United States Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) and Diana DeGette (CO-1), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, today issued a joint statement in response to the Congressional Republicans letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calling for an investigation on how Planned Parenthood and other health centers use their federal funding:
"Congressional Republicans have signaled that they intend to waste valuable time and taxpayer money investigating and scrutinizing groups like Planned Parenthood, who provide primary care to patients including pap tests, breast exams, and testing for sexually transmitted infections to millions of Americans. HHS Inspector General and state Medicaid programs regularly audit Planned Parenthood and publicly report their findings, and since 1995, six GAO reports have been released focusing on International Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America's federal expenditures. Not one has uncovered any pattern of misuse of taxpayer funds, illegal activity, or abuse that would justify further investigation.
This has nothing to do with accountability and everything to do with an ideological crusade against women's health, reminding the American people that while Republicans may not be interested in averting the sequester's disastrous cuts, they are interested in getting between women and their doctors and limiting women's health choices."