Planned Parenthood Rejects Latest Claims

Group says it follows law that keeps federal support separate from abortion costs.

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Planned Parenthood, rejecting new claims it wrongly mixes federal tax dollars with abortion costs, said tonight that it follows every law governing the use of state and federal funds.

Reacting to a Whispers story about new claims from seven former workers, Planned Parenthood said in a statement that it takes its responsibility "very seriously" and added that is audited regularly.

Their statement:

Planned Parenthood is a trusted nonprofit health care provider of professional, reliable, quality health care to 1 in 5 women in America. Our health centers provide birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment to millions of women. In many communities, Planned Parenthood health centers are the only source of affordable quality health care for women.

We take our responsibility as a trusted health care provider very seriously. In addition to providing essential health care, we have a strong record of fiscal responsibility. We follow all local, state and federal laws and comply with all regulations applicable to the receipt and use of federal and state funds. We are regularly audited—not only by independent auditors retained by the state but also by our own outside auditors. We have a zero-tolerance policy with employees regarding noncompliance with state laws concerning reporting instances of child abuse.

Planned Parenthood's nearly 800 health centers currently employ more than 10,000 highly trained staff, including nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals who provide essential care to patients everyday. This letter from seven former employees offers no evidence to support their misleading claims and simply recycles old and discredited attacks.

As Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) have noted in a letter objecting to the Republican investigation, 'We are aware of no predicate that would justify this sweeping and invasive request to Planned Parenthood. The Health and Human Services inspector general and state Medicaid programs regularly audit Planned Parenthood and report publicly on their findings. These audits have not identified any pattern of misuse of federal funds, illegal activity or other abuse that would justify a broad and invasive congressional investigation.