By Jack Minor
A new report has validated concerns expressed by the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation over investigations into Planned Parenthood, the U.S. abortion industry’s biggest player.
And there also has been suggested a reason why Planned Parenthood stomped so hard and so fast on the foundation and its relatively minor grants when officials there said they would discontinue them because of the multiple investigations of Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood is like the mafia and if one store owner doesn’t want to pay, they take him out because they can’t afford to have any group stand up to them,” said Gualberto Garcia Jones, the legal analyst for Personhood USA, the campaign that simply suggests defining the unborn as “persons” under the Constitution, which would protect them from abortion.
There have been many questions about why Planned Parenthood officials freaked out over the suggestion by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation that it would re-evaluate its annual $600,000 or $700,000 in grants to the abortion industry giant that routinely reports tens of millions of dollars in profits.
It was in a 23-page report that was delivered to Congress that the Alliance Defense Fund suggests the reason for the Planned Parenthood interest is the money.
The abortion company’s primary motivation is to “take advantage of ‘overbilling’ opportunities to maximize its revenues” from federal and state programs, the report said. It identifies 12 types of potential fraud committed by the organization.
Those activities include Planned Parenthood billing and then receiving reimbursement for medications and services provided in conjunction with an abortion, which is against federal law, the report said.
Additionally, the report revealed that the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division was currently conducting its own audit of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate following a complaint by a former employee over a possible improper relationship between PPGG and its related political organization.
ADF Litigation Counsel Catherine Foster said, “Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it.”
The report provides detailed information on improprieties discovered during multiple audits performed on Planned Parenthood in California, Texas New York and Washington State.
Additionally, 10 state audits revealed that Planned Parenthood has overbilled Medicaid by nearly $8 million, while 38 federal audits found between $88 million and $99 million in overbilling.
Based on Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report the organization took in over $1 billion in revenue. Some $18.5 million of that was “in excess of revenue over expenses,” or in other words – profit. Almost half of the group’s funding comes from taxpayers. The report also revealed Planned Parenthood had over $1 billion in assets.
The amount provided by the Komen Foundation was $680,000 last year and $580,000 in 2010, which amounts to less than one tenth of a percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenues.
And while Cecile Richards, CEO for Planned Parenthood, said the Komen cuts would “end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers,” Planned Parenthood actually does not offer mammograms, but instead refers patients to local radiology centers.
In announcing the cuts, Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the Komen Foundation said in an online video that the group has “the highest responsibility to ensure that these donor dollars make the biggest impact possible.”
Following the announcement, Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies in the media immediately sprang into action, claiming that none of the funds by Komen was used to provide abortions and that the cuts were the result of “right wing radicals” who hated women.
Under pressure from the pro-abortion lobby, Karen Handel, senior vice president for public policy, resigned from the foundation. Handel, who had served as Georgia’s secretary of state and was known to be pro-life, acknowledged that she had a part in the decision to cut off funding.
Within days the Komen Foundation bowed to the abortion lobby and reversed its decision.
Garcia Jones said the way the media and Planned Parenthood went after Komen bordered on extortion.
“If Komen stands up to the extortion then maybe the next non-profit or corporation will stand up to Planned Parenthood. The eugenicist-founded group simply will not and cannot allow any group to ‘stop making their payments.’”
In addition to being vilified in the press, 22 U.S. senators issued a letter “urging” Komen to reinstate the cuts.
Garcia Jones said he was not surprised by the congressional letter.
“People are afraid of them; they are a powerful organization and the have a lot of politicians in their back pocket.”
With its millions of dollars in profits, Planned Parenthood has the funds to generously fight attempts to protect the unborn.
During a recent election in Mississippi, Planned Parenthood and its affiliate chapters spent more than $1 million to defeat Amendment 26, which would have defined a person as beginning at the moment of conception.
A campaign finance report filed by Mississippians For Healthy Families revealed that the amount included $209,000 by Planned Parenthood Action Fund in New York, while the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York donated $524,000 against the plan.
Also, following the announcement of the funding cuts, Planned Parenthood said it had received $650,000 in donations in just 24 hours, which was just $30,000 short of last year’s grant from Komen.
The report to Congress noted among the types of suspicious activity pursued by Planned Parenthood is “unbundling,” which is separate billings for abortion related services; dispensing medications without a physician’s approval; handing out prescriptions to patients who haven’t been seen for more than a year; billing for more than the costs of supplies; billing for services not medically necessary; billing for multiple “initial” visits; billing incorrectly for followup visits, lacking documentation for billings; billing at incorrect rates and failing to pay subcontractors.
Separately, Planned Parenthood was charged criminally in Kansas on allegations of falsifying records and failing to follow abortion laws. Most of the major charges, however, eventually were dropped when it was revealed that state officials had destroyed key evidence in the case.
The records were destroyed during the administration of Kathleen Sebelius, an ardent abortion supporter who later became U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.