CONGRESS INVESTIGATES: Rep. Cliff Stearns’ letter to Planned Parenthood

[We’ll have more on this developing story soon…]

Rep. Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has written an official letter to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, demanding documentation to investigate whether the nation’s largest abortion provider is handling its federal funding properly and to what degree it is properly following federal guidelines on the mandatory reporting of underage sexual abuse, etc.

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House Freshmen Hold Press Conference Calling for Hearings on PP “Abortion Factory”

“The taking of innocent life is not health care,” Fleming said. “And yet we see a situation where Planned Parenthood seems to disguise its abortion factory as health care.” Referencing the number of abortions provided by Planned Parenthood in 2009 — 332,278 — Fleming said, “If that’s not a factory, I don’t know what is.”

Those are the words of Louisiana Rep. Dr. John Fleming at a press conference held today by pro-life House freshmen with Americans United for Life, calling for the congressional investigation that pro-life groups have long sought into Planned Parenthood. The press

conference comes just days after AUL released a blockbuster 37-page report enumerating nearly every major scandal at Planned Parenthood–including Live Action’s undercover documentation of sexual abuse coverup and aiding and abetting child sex trafficking–and laying the groundwork for a congressional investigation.

Let’s take Cecile Richards to the witness stand. (Or maybe Stuart Schear?) The Obama administration may have put the kibosh on federal defunding of Planned Parenthood for now, but in the meantime, congressional hearings can keep the negative pressure on Planned Parenthood & co. and support further state defundings. Moreover–with the special authority of Congress to subpoena witnesses and documents in an investigation of a federally-funded organization, who knows what further corruption and violations inside Planned Parenthood might come to light? After all, all it took was some kids walking in the front door to find this:

AUL Drops Bombshell on Planned Parenthood

Americans United for Life just dropped a bombshell on Planned Parenthood with their new 37-page report that summarizes the abortion giant’s scandals and illicit activity over the past few decades. Find the full report here.

The report calls for an extensive Congressional investigation to determine whether Planned Parenthood deserves over $363 million a year in taxpayer funding. Planned Parenthood and friends seem so apoplectic at this report that their quotes to media are almost funny. Do you hear that? It sounds like the wheels falling off:

In response to request by The Washington Times for comment, Planned Parenthood said the AUL’s “so-called report is a politically driven attack by an organization opposed to common forms of birth control and expanded access to birth control.”

As far as I know, Americans United for Life is a pro-life organization dedicated, as it’s mission says, to ending “[t]he social experiment in abortion on demand.” So really, AUL is “an organization opposed to common forms of abortion and expanded access to abortion.” Of course, in Planned Parenthood’s eyes, abortion is really just BirthControl ULTRA(TM). Maybe that’s what that quote is tacitly admitting?

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, praised Planned Parenthood for its “honorable and noble” endeavors.

“Planned Parenthood saves lives of teenage girls and women every day,” said Ms. O’Neill. “And that’s not something that this Americans United For Life, whoever they are, can say about themselves.”

Unless NOW has a new medical arm that nobody knows about, they don’t save the lives of teenage girls and women every day, either. And “this Americans United For Life, whoever they are” has been dueling with NOW in amicus curiae briefs before the Supreme Court for decades.

The AUL report is a treasure-trove of primary source documentation against Planned Parenthood. It will be an invaluable tool to start preparations for a Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood and provides helpful questions in each section for lawmakers to consider. Look for us to highlight selections from the report on this blog in the coming days.