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February 3, 2021

Report Shows Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International Received Nearly $2 Billion in Taxpayer Funding over 3 Years

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A December 2020 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Marie Stopes International (recently rebranded to MSI Reproductive Services) received almost $2 billion of taxpayer funding.

The GAO works for Congress as a watchdog to find how tax dollars are spent. In its report, it stated that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) provided the majority of the funds given to the abortion organization.

The data comes from the years 2016-2018.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America received $1.6 billion, the International Planned Parenthood Federation received almost $21 million, and MSI Reproductive Services received $86.5 million.

Additionally, the GAO report found that $124 million from Medicaid and the HHS went to four other US abortion providers: Family Planning Associates, American Women's Services, All Women's Health Center, and Whole Women's Health.

Each state has control over how its Medicaid program is run, including whether it will spend its federal funding to cover abortions. Texas, for example, stopped giving funding to abortion providers this week.

The Biden administration has already done away with Trump's pro-life Title X rules and the Mexico City Policy. Biden has also stated that he supports getting rid of the Hyde Amendment, an amendment applied to congressional spending bills designed to prevent federal tax dollars from funding abortions. Given these policies, government spending to promote abortion could increase dramatically under the new administration.