Congressional leaders to discuss potential investigation of Planned Parenthood
Two Republican members of Congress will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss Americans United for Life’s recent report accusing Planned Parenthood Federation of America of criminal wrongdoing.
Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) responded to AUL’s recent request to consider a taxpayer-funded investigation of the national reproductive health services and abortion provider, according to an AUL press release issued Wednesday.
AUL CEO and President Charmaine Yoest will be in attendance to the noon press conference along with Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) to discuss implications of the group’s report and the possibility of an investigation.
“I invite my colleagues to review the findings of this Report and to join us on Thursday as we voice our concerns about the issues raised by AUL’s Report and express our renewed commitment to seeking accountability for taxpayers and for investigating whether taxpayers are funding an organization that misuses government funding and violates state laws,” said Ellmers in a letter to House members, according to the release.
Planned Parenthood has disputed AUL’s allegations that it has misused federal funds and violated state and federal laws, calling AUL’s report an ‘ideologically driven” publication. AUL has since rebutted Planned Parenthood’s rebuttal (PDF) and resumed its call for an investigation with the end goal being to defund Planned Parenthood on a national level.
“A lot of people see Planned Parenthood as just an organization down the street,” said AUL staff counsel Kellie Fiedorek at a Heritage Foundation-sponsored Bloggers Briefing Tuesday. “They are unaware of [Planned Parenthood's] lack of concern health and safety.”