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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:58 PM

GOP seeks Planned Parenthood study with hope to strip funding

Dozens of Republicans in the House and Senate have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine how Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services are using taxpayer money.

Those spearheading the effort Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.), Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) and Sen. David Vitter (La.) are hoping the study confirms their suspicion that these groups are focusing more on abortion and less on other healthcare services. Black said this finding could be used to justify a reduction in federal funds to abortion providers.

"I firmly believe that organizations which both provide comprehensive health care and respect all life both the born and unborn are best equipped to offer the most effective health care services to those in need," she said in a press release. "My hope is that through greater transparency and accountability we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund abortion providers once and for all."

Black added that Planned Parenthood showed in its latest report that they are providing more abortions and fewer other health services, all while federal funding has increased. "An independent study of the federal funding for abortion providers is necessary to further expose the truth of how these precious taxpayer dollars are truly being used," Black said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/284633-gop-seeks-planned-parenthood-study-in-hopes-of-defunding-abortion-providers

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