Senior House Oversight Committee members have sent a letter to the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, asking for several documents and other information to better “understand the role of federal funding in Planned Parenthood operations.” The request comes after undercover videos have come to light featuring employees haggling over fetal body parts.
“Recently released videos implicate Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates in potentially unlawful transactions involving fetal tissue,” begins the letter authored by House Oversight and Government Reform chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules.
In the videos, Planned Parenthood representatives discuss the demand for certain body parts, the manner in which patient consent is solicited, pricing considerations, and the methods by which doctors manipulate procedures to ensure that tissues remain intact.
Chaffetz and Jordan’s letter requests several pieces of information from Planned Parenthood dating back to 2010, including how much funding the group received from the federal government, all financial statements, and an accounting of all activities used with federal funds.
The duo also wants the cumulative amount of funding Planned Parenthood received from each state and a list of the group’s 50 highest-paid employees with their titles, annual salary, bonuses and other compensation. Chaffetz and Jordan have also requested a complete list with contacts of the “66 independently incorporated affiliates,” which operate “approximately 700 health centers across the U.S.” the organization says it supports.
Finally, Richards is asked to specifically identify “what procedures, services, or other medical treatments are available only or exclusively at a Planned Parenthood affiliate or health center that are covered by either a state’s Medicaid program or a health plan sold via a state exchange or HealthCare.gov under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
“Do not include services or procedures that could otherwise be provided by a private health care provider,” the letter added. Richards has until August 28 to provide the information to the committee.
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