(Photo:  Many people still have not watched the undercover videos.  Please continue to distribute these full-color cards to encourage them to do so.  Contact Pro-Life Action Ministries at (651) 771-1500 or prolife@plam.org.) Last July, The Center for Medical Progress released its authenticated undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s (PP) trafficking in aborted baby parts and altering abortion procedures in order to get more intact parts.  The videos motivated new people to get involved in the pro-life movement and damaged PP’s public image.  The next annual report by PP (which will cover the months following the release of the videos) might reveal more details of the fall-out (including any effect on donations), but here’s a recap of what has already happened:

* Three Congressional committees immediately began investigating PP last summer. Then the House created a special Select Investigative Panel to consolidate the investigations. Congress is still actively investigating PP, focusing on the following issues, among others:
-using illegal abortion procedures
-making a profit on the sale of body parts

* On March 4, more than 120 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), requesting another review of the federal funds provided to PP. In 2015 the GAO issued a report documenting that over a three-year period (2010-2012) PP received approximately $500 million in taxpayer dollars annually. The March 4 letter asks the GAO to update that report with information from 2013-2015. Additionally, the letter requests information about federal funding for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI), two groups that provide abortions overseas.

“The latest annual report from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, showed that preventive healthcare services are, once again, on the decline while the organization continued to perform more than 320,000 abortions a year,” said U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn). “Despite this, their taxpayer funding has increased over the last year even as serious new questions are raised about the organization’s ethics and adherence to federal law.  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. . . . My hope is that through greater transparency and accountability we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund abortion providers – once and for all.”

* Thirteen states began separate investigations, and recently, Wisconsin and Ohio became the ninth and tenth states to pass legislation taking at least some state funding away from  PP.  Some states (unfortunately not Minnesota yet) are seeing that PP is undeserving of the over half billion it receives in federal and state funding every year.

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