December 19, 2023

Abortion Advocacy Groups Received $2 Billion in Federal Funds over Three Years

On December 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report showing that the abortion industry received almost $1.89 billion in federal taxpayer dollars between 2019 and 2021.

The overwhelming majority of those funds, $1.78 billion, went to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The remainder went to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, MSI Reproductive Choices, and "four domestic regional organizations."

Most of this funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services or the United States Agency for International Development. Payments to Planned Parenthood came in the form of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Planned Parenthood also received federal loans that were forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program, which provided relief for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Congressional Pro-Life Caucus released a review of the data shortly after its release. The caucus noted that while federal tax dollars cannot directly pay for abortions, “neither the Hyde nor Helms amendments limit funding for abortion providers. Federal funding of abortion providers expands the reach and influence of abortion advocates, giving taxpayers’ stamp of approval to the agenda of abortion advocates.”