Planned Parenthood crying wolf in California

"We've looked at the financial data for the Planned Parenthood affiliates in California," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, "and it is clear that they are crying wolf in order to get additional taxpayer funding for their operations."


Planned Parenthood's California affiliates have launched an all-out lobbying effort to get additional funding, claiming that current Medi-Cal reimbursement rates are causing it to turn away 10,000 customers every month.


"According to the financial data filed with the government (IRS Form 990), Planned Parenthood affiliates in California have received $272 million in taxpayer money since 1998 and have recorded a total profit of $83 million," said Sedlak. "In a typical recent year, Planned Parenthood received $42 million in taxpayer funds and had a profit of $14 million."


This means, noted Sedlak, that taxpayer money could be cut by 30 percent and Planned Parenthood would still make a profit of over $1 million ? without having to make any changes to its operation.


"It is incredible that Planned Parenthood can hope to be taken seriously in its campaign to grab more taxpayer money when it has shown that it really doesn't need all that it has been getting," Sedlak said. "It is time to stop all taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, especially in California."


Release issued: 5 Jun 07