Social & Domestic Issues

Taxpayers Spend $1 Billion to Promote Abortion

Organizations that promote or perform abortions spent nearly $1 billion in taxpayer money since 2002, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week.

The report was requested in April 2009 by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), whose office told HUMAN EVENTS that members of Congress have asked for an updated report every year since the last report was issued in 2002. Rep. Jim Jordan’s and Rep. Chris Smith’s offices had headed up the requests in previous years.

Olson asked the GAO to look into the expenditures of six organizations and their affiliates: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, The Guttmacher Institute, Advocates for Youth, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The report says these organizations and their affiliates spent $967.1 million in federal funds for fiscal years 2002-2009.

Each of these organizations promotes or performs abortions. Planned Parenthood’s 2006-2007 annual report, for example, states the organization performed 289,750 abortions in 2006 alone—a year it spent $100 million of taxpayer’s money. It performed 306,310 abortions in 2007, when it spent $97.6 million of federal funds.

The Guttmacher Institute has advocated legalizing abortion across the globe, and the Advocates for Youth recently came out in support of the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010, which calls for “safe abortion.” The SIEC has its pro-abortion position listed on its website.

The Population Council was responsible during the Clinton years for helping to promote RU-486, or the “abortion pill.” USAID noted in the GAO report that it did not allocate any funds for the International Planned Parenthood Federation after the Mexico City Policy required such organizations to agree that they would not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning,” because the IPPF refused to comply.

“A majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for groups that promote or perform abortions,” Olson said in a statement on the report. “With the national debt over $13 trillion—costing every American $118,000—we must apply strict scrutiny to every federal dollar allocated.”

The issue of taxpayer-funded abortions was one of the primary battles during the passage of Obamacare in March. President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting taxpayer-funded abortions under the new healthcare law.  But House Minority Leader John Boehner wrote in an op-ed Friday that it doesn’t appear the administration has implemented the order:

“As far as anyone can tell, the Obama Administration hasn’t lifted a finger to implement the executive order, even as it forges ahead aggressively with implementation of the rest of the massive new law. I asked President Obama about this directly at the White House last week. Since then, however, there has been no communication from the White House about the status of his executive order,” Boehner said.

The Hill reported last week that GAO said it’s having difficulty obtaining information from several federal agencies, including the Department of Heath and Human Services—one of the agencies consulted by GAO in the report. UPDATE: GAO told Human Events, however, that there was no difficulty with HHS for this specific report.

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