WASHINGTON - Last week, 72 members of Congress signed onto a letter initiated by Congresswoman Diane Black of Tennessee calling for the federal Government Accountability Office to investigate the amount of tax dollars Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are receiving annually from American taxpayers. No members of the Illinois delegation signed onto Black's February 21 request.
Illinois hosts 18 Planned Parenthood clinics, one of which is being sued for alleged negligent care of 24 year old Tonya Reaves. Reaves died last year at the Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic after her uterus was perforated during a late term abortion. The Planned Parenthood website says they offer birth control counseling and in two locations they now offer permanent sterilization for women and men.
Black's letter asks that the GAO check into the funds going to Planned Parenthood and its numerous affiliates because low and middle income women are going to these clinics for health services, and federal tax dollars are subsidizing Planned Parenthood services. A portion of Black's letter reads:
More on the letter and its contents HERE.