Government Accountability Office investigates Planned Parenthood

In the wake of a $4.3 million settlement paid in Texas after allegations of fraud, Planned Parenthood will be investigated by the Government Accountability Office, as reported by Fox News:

Planned Parenthood received more than a half billion dollars in federal funding last year. The GAO’s investigation is in response to a request made by more than 50 members of Congress in February who asked for a detailed report on how money is being used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across the country.

Specifically, lawmakers want to know what procedures and services they provided and the number of people who were served and how much it cost.

That’s a lot of lettuce for a group that large numbers of Americans find morally offensive.  It comes from a government that has been borrowing an awful lot of its lettuce from the unborn children that Planned Parenthood plans not to bring into the world.  Things were so much simpler and cheaper, back when it was considered sinful and tyrannical to compel people to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions they abhor.  Free men and women abhor lots of different things, which kept the government small, and we didn’t have to wonder what massive organizations accused of millions of dollars in fraud were doing with the other half-billion dollars we’ve been forced to give them.  We also didn’t have to put up with their bought-and-paid for politicians threatening to shut down the government if their subsidies didn’t keep rolling in.

Casey Mattox, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative organization that has filed lawsuits against Planned Parenthood and is providing free legal assistance to former workers-turned-whistleblowers at Planned Parenthood, told Fox News that the group is surprised at how little media attention the fraud story has received.

Mattox also said his organization has proof of falsified claims.

“What we’ve found is that there are at least $12.5 million worth of government waste abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood affiliates,” he said.

I’m sure Mr. Mattox isn’t really surprised at how little media attention the Planned Parenthood fraud story has been getting.  He’s just saying that to be polite.

The Texas investigation was prompted by a whistleblower named Karen Reynolds, who worked for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast for ten years.  LifeNews describes the documentation she brought to the attention of the Texas Attorney General:

Reynolds, who worked as a “health care assistant” from 1999 to 2009 at the Lufkin, Texas, branch of the affiliate formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, submitted company memos and emails to support her charge that PPGC has engaged in a systemwide scheme to bilk Medicaid, Title XX, and the Women’s Health Program of tens of millions of dollars over the course of at least a decade.

Reynolds alleges bosses trained employees to bill government agencies for medical and family planning services not rendered, for services no reasonable medical personnel would provide, and – the biggest bombshell – for abortion-related services fudged to appear as if they were not.

I would not be surprised if the GAO found similar stories in other parts of the country.  Nothing else the media ever tried not to report about Planned Parenthood has ever been confined to a single office.

It seems odd that we need a big special investigation to find out where all that taxpayer money is going – not just with regard to Planned Parenthood, but everywhere else public dollars surge, and vanish.  Instead of spending massive databases to keep tabs on all American citizens, the mega-State should spend more time monitoring itself, and its very special partners.