Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today issued the following statement in support of the decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to end grant contributions to Planned Parenthood because the organization is under congressional investigation of their practices and operations:
"The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation did the right thing in deciding to discontinue grants to Planned Parenthood. The strong lack of transparency in the use of funds by Planned Parenthood is deeply concerning. Although Planned Parenthood claims that private grants and the federal dollars it receives don't go to abortion services, the plain fact is donations and grants dedicated to non-abortion activities allow the organization to devote more of their own sizeable resources to abortion and abortion-related activities. Any group contributing to their financial well-being has the right to demand accountability and discontinue a partnership.
"The vicious attacks from the left on an organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer demonstrates the desperate lengths they will go to further a political agenda. To them, it is unacceptable to be neutral on the issue of abortion if you are concerned about women's health. The left is determined to make abortion a "health" issue.
"Since my first day in Congress, I've been fighting to end taxpayer funding of organizations that perform or promote abortions. At my insistence, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) investigated and exposed almost $1 billion in taxpayer dollars directed to Planned Parenthood and similar organizations over a nine year period. Planned Parenthood and its umbrella organizations should not be in a position to expect or demand the dollars of taxpayers or private organizations. I will continue to advocate on behalf of taxpayers who morally oppose their money being used to offset the cost of performing abortions."