NPR: Planned Parenthood Still In Cross Hairs
This story first appeared online at NPR on February 7, 2012.
by Julie Rovner
One of the driving forces behind the now-reversed decision to cancel funding to Planned Parenthood has stepped down from her executive position at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
But the resignation of Karen Handel, an outspoken opponent of the reproductive health group, hasn't slowed down foes of Planned Parenthood.
Even as Handel was on her way out the door, two anti-abortion groups were releasing a report intended to push Republicans in Congress to continue their investigation of Planned Parenthood.
A 23-page memo from the Susan B. Anthony List and the Alliance Defense Fund outlines what those groups' leaders say are a series of funding irregularities uncovered in various state and federal audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates.
"These problems reveal a pattern of gross financial mismanagement," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List.
Steven Aden, the Alliance Defense Fund's senior counsel, added, "The 10 state audits amounted to nearly 8 million dollars in waste, abuse and potential fraud."
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