Former U.S. Rep. and staunch anti-abortion activist Marilyn Musgrave tells Newsmax TV that the recently announced government accounting investigation into Planned Parenthood is likely to inspire more whistleblowers with stories of abuse from the nation’s abortion mills.
“There will be more whistleblowers and … former employees coming forth from these clinics,” Musgrave predicted in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “When you think about the bright lights as being shed on clinics, whether they’re Planned Parenthood clinics or other facilities that provide abortions, the things that we’ve seen in recent months have garnered a great deal of attention, and not just from the so-called pro-life community.
“People that care about women, taxpayers concerned about how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent, are very concerned when we find out what’s going on in these facilities,” the Colorado Republican said. “And of course, Planned Parenthood is a giant in the industry, performing the most abortions in this country, and the case in Texas … will continue to create a lot of scrutiny for Planned Parenthood.”
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In Texas, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast recently agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged Planned Parenthood in Houston fraudulently billed Medicaid for claims up to $30 million between 2003 and 2009. The whistleblower was a medical assistant at the agency who sued the nonprofit.
Planned Parenthood said in a statement that the allegations were baseless and the settlement was not an admission of guilt.
The Government Accountability Office confirmed last week it will investigate how Planned Parenthood is using the millions of taxpayer dollars it receives each year.
Musgrave, who is vice president of government affairs at the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, said that while taxpayer funds are not permitted to be used for abortions, there is no practical way to prevent organizations like Planned Parenthood from doing so.
“Everybody knows that money is fungible. It frees up more money for Planned Parenthood to perform abortions if they get taxpayer dollars for their other services,” she said.
“Ninety-two percent of pregnant women that go into a Planned Parenthood facility receive an abortion. I mean they’re all about abortion. They’re about making their money from abortion, and if you really care about women, you want them to go to a facility where they can receive healthcare.”
Musgrave said that she wants American women to receive the healthcare they deserve.
“You need to know if a pregnant woman has high blood pressure, if she has heart problems, if she has substance abuse,” Musgrave explained. “I want women to really receive the healthcare that they deserve and again, Planned Parenthood is all about abortion and they want our tax dollars to fill their coffers.”
The announcement of the GAO investigation came after 72 members of Congress petitioned the agency in February seeking an audit of the country’s largest abortion provider and other providers that receive federal funding.
In 2010, the GAO released a report that indicated significant discrepancies in Planned Parenthood’s reported spending and funding. Musgrave would like to put an end to all federal funding for groups like Planned Parenthood.
“They also like to portray themselves as the only place where poor women can get healthcare,” she said. “Are you kidding me? There are over 7,000 facilities that provide healthcare to women across this country where women can get full … healthcare.”
Musgrave believes the total number of abortions performed in the United States would drop if the tax money was cut off.
“I absolutely believe that and I believe that Americans, even those who would consider themselves pro-choice, do not support their tax dollars going for abortion,” she asserted.
Musgrave said the organization has been “masterful in masquerading as a place where poor women receive healthcare,” which is not the case.
“I’ve heard it by bureaucrats who are in the Health Department that they provide mammograms. They have this image that they’ve portrayed and I’ll tell you what, we are cracking away at that façade … and this audit is going to be a huge part of that,” she added. “I believe that people around the country are crying out for accountability in all areas and when Americans overwhelmingly do not support their tax dollars going toward abortion, this audit is very timely and very important.”
She added that the pro-life debate is likely to figure prominently in the 2014 mid-term elections and 2016 presidential race.
“Abortion will be front and center whether you’re talking about 2014 or 2016, but the wonderful thing is this nation is becoming more and more pro-life,” Musgrave said.
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