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Planned Parenthood Received Nearly $2 Billion in Federal Funding over Three-Year Span, Congressional Probe Finds

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Planned Parenthood Received Nearly $2 Billion in Federal Funding over Three-Year Span, Congressional Probe Finds

Sign on a Planned Parenthood building in New York in 2015(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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By BRITTANY BERNSTEIN

December 12, 2023 11:01 AM102 CommentsListen

Abortion advocacy groups received $1.89 billion in federal funding between fiscal year 2019 and 2021, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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The report, which was commissioned by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and Representative Chris Smith (R., N.J.) in January 2022, found Planned Parenthood received $1.78 billion over the three-year period.

That funding included $1.53 billion from Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP reimbursements; $148.5 million in grants and cooperative agreements; and $90.41 million in loans forgiven in the Paycheck Protection Program. 

The PPP program was intended to assist independent small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Planned Parenthood affiliates were warned they were ineligible for PPP funding because Planned Parenthood’s corporate office supervises and controls its affiliates, providing considerable funding and support, the report notes. Still, more than three dozen Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received PPP loans.

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Over that three-year period, Planned Parenthood performed 1.11 million abortions.

During the Obama Administration, Title X was Planned Parenthood’s second largest source of federal funding; it expended $61 million in Title X funds in 2016 alone. In 2019, the Trump Administration required all grantees receiving Title X funding to agree not to refer for abortion and to maintain physical and financial separation from abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood chose not to comply and therefore forfeited Title X funding under the Trump admin, with the GAO finding that that refusal “led almost all affiliates to discontinue using family planning grants under Title X” during 2020 and 2021.

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But under the Biden administration, the Department of Health and Human Services increased obligations to Planned Parenthood 373 percent, from $5.71 million to $27.06 million, the report found.

Meanwhile, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) received $2.03 million in federal funding over the three-year period. The group has 150 member associations that operate in 146 countries. It

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