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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2008

CONTACT: Suzanne Bibby (202) 544-0353

Eagle Forum Renews its Call on Congress to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

Washington, D.C. — Planned Parenthood, the organization founded in 1916 that has over 850 clinics and is believed to be the largest abortion provider in the United States, has routinely come under fire over the past year with allegations of racism, financial fraud, failure to report sexual abuse, and falsifying documents in order to perform illegal late-term abortions. In its most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood cited that an additional 25,000 abortions were performed in 2006 than in 2005, certainly not a promising figure for an organization that claims to exist in order to reduce the number of abortions in the U.S. Currently, the "non-profit" organization receives over $300 million dollars in taxpayer funds per year and in its 2006-07 annual financial disclosure, it reported a record $1 billion in income, with $114.8 million in profit and $1.2 billion in total assets.

"If politicians on the Hill want to focus on an industry with 'windfall profits,' they don't need to look any further than Planned Parenthood, the organization Congress bestows over $300 million taxpayer dollars per year," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "There is no reason why the hard-earned money of millions of pro-life Americans should go toward sustaining and underwriting private abortion providers. There is no reason why a group that makes a profit on the services it provides should be receiving federal funds."

"Not only was the organization exposed for its racist fundraising practices back in March when a group of college students secretly taped phone conversations with Planned Parenthood employees, but Planned Parenthood of California has now privately admitted to overcharging the state and federal government by at least $180 million for birth-control pills," Echard said. "On top of all this corruption, Planned Parenthood has just been slapped with a $50 million lawsuit after a young girl was left infertile due to a botched abortion which left her with permanent abdominal and cervical injuries, as well as pieces of the fetus inside her."

"It's very sad and unsettling that Planned Parenthood has just announced that it is looking to 'rebrand' their clinics in order to appeal to more affluent women," said Echard. "This new marketing ploy, in conjunction with its long list of scandals and fraud, is just a greater testament to the fact that the business of abortion has nothing to do with helping women and everything to do with lining their own pockets."

"Eagle Forum calls on Congress to pass H.R. 4133, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana," concluded Echard. "Passing this bill is vital in guaranteeing that Title X family planning money does not go to entities that promote abortion as a method of 'family planning.' "

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