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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
August 19, 2013
AFA President Tim Wildmon to Supporters: Call Congressmen to Stop Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood - $4 BILLION in Total Taxpayer Funding Over 10 Years; $12 Million Fraudulently Used
American Family Association Calls for More Aggressive Congressional Investigation into Planned Parenthood Medicaid Fraud

American Family Association (AFA, AFA.net)  is calling for over 2 million of its supportersto contact their congressmen at the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and its affiliates around the country after the abortion giant settled a court case that alleged it was deeply involved in Medicaid fraud—to the tune of millions of dollars. 

Earlier this month, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was ordered to pay $4.3 million for making false, fraudulent and ineligible Medicaid claims through the Texas Women’s Health Program from 2003 to 2009. The pro-abortion group must also pay the legal fees of plaintiff, former Planned Parenthood employee and whistleblower Karen Reynolds, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice. The case marks the first time the U.S. Department of Justice has accused a Planned Parenthood affiliate of fraud. 

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve taxpayer funding - period,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for government-funded abortions in the first place, but if Planned Parenthood is intentionally fraudulent with its Medicaid claims—essentially stealing even more money from taxpayers—the abortion factory definitely shouldn’t receive government funding. In fact, the government should cease funding of Planned Parenthood affiliates immediately and completely after these findings that it committed fraud. We are calling for our supporters to contact Congress and speak to their congressmen and request that Planned Parenthood stop receiving taxpayer dollars (to the tune of over $4 Billion over the last 10 years!) as we are convinced that other branches are committing fraud as well.” 

Several former employees have filed lawsuits claiming they were instructed to repeatedly make false Medicaid claims. Two other cases are active in Texas and Iowa. The alleged Medicaid fraud amount totals over 12 million dollars for tens of thousands of false claims. 

In its work on the Planned Parenthood cases, Alliance Defending Freedom brought to light that Planned Parenthood, to enhance revenues, implemented a program that automatically mailed a year’s supply of birth control pills to women who had only been seen once at a Planned Parenthood clinic and usually by personnel who were not qualified health care professionals. 

Steve Aden, a pro-life attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom talked with National Review about the investigation that the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a Congressional agency, indicated it would conduct, and why it is so important: 

“Over the past ten years, Planned Parenthood and its 71 separate affiliates have reportedly received more than $4 billion in taxpayer funding. During that same period of time, approximately 20 percent of Planned Parenthood’s affiliates have been implicated in waste, abuse, and potential fraud. Much of this waste, abuse, and potential fraud has been identified in publicly available audits to which little attention has been paid until Alliance Defending Freedom’s first report to the Congress in October 2011.” 

Planned Parenthood’s cost for a 28-day supply of birth control pills mailed to clients was $2.98, but the Medicaid reimbursement Planned Parenthood received for the pills was $26.32. In some cases, the Postal Service returned the birth control pills to Planned Parenthood. Instead of crediting Medicaid or destroying the returned pills, Planned Parenthood resold the same birth control pills and billed Medicaid twice for the same pills. 

As more transgressions continue to leak, taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood affiliates are increasingly becoming the focus of scrutiny across the country. Vermont, for example, the first state to complete its health insurance exchange under Obamacare, is funding Planned Parenthood through the exchange by awarding the abortion mill a $100,000 grant.  Just last week, it was reported that the health insurance exchanges in Washington, D.C., Montana, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Northern New England awarded grants for a combined total of over $1 million to Planned Parenthood affiliates which included helping to enroll participants in Obamacare. 

“In short, tax dollars are being used for abortion,” Wildmon said, “which is absolutely unacceptable to the majority of faith-based taxpayers. Our religious liberties continue to be abused and we cannot allow it to continue.” 

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.  

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com and OneMillionDads.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 

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