With over thirty-nine Planned Parenthood Federations of America affiliates nationwide, millions of government spending in the form of federal grants quickly added up for the fiscal years 2016 to 2018.
According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan research arm of Congress, these affiliates were able to spend $271 million in total, not counting for the massive Medicaid reimbursements they’ve also received.
These affiliates stretch all over the nation from New England all the way to the regions of Greater Texas. More than two-thirds of that funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs for its Family Planning Services program.
Republican lawmakers asked GAO auditors to tally the funds following a December 2020 GAO that found that PPFA has more than 49 affiliates operating more than 600 centers across the country.
The flow of funding went in both directions. Its employees and PACs donated nearly $6 million to political campaigns in the 2020 election cycle, and it's super PACs, which can spend unlimited money advocating on behalf of candidates, spent nearly $13 million that cycle. That included $5.7 million boosting Joe Biden over Donald Trump, and $1.6 million attempting to unseat moderate Republican Susan Collins of Maine, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Planned Parenthood also spent $887,000 on lobbying in 2020, up from $683,000 in 2019. It lobbied on bills such as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which “establishes requirements for the degree of care a health care practitioner must exercise in the event a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion.”
“A health care practitioner who is present must (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to another child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) immediately admit the child to a hospital. The bill also requires a health care practitioner or other employee to immediately report any failure to comply with this requirement to law enforcement,” a Congressional Research Service summary of the bill says.