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US House subcommittee investigating Planned Parenthood

September 28, 2011

A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives has opened an investigation of the “institutional practices and policies” of Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Cliff Stearns, who chairs the oversight subcommittee for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that he has sought information from Planned Parenthood about the use of funds from federal grants “and its compliance with various laws.” He called attention to the exposés by Live Action, which have shown instances of Planned Parenthood clinics “violating state sexual assault and child abuse reporting laws, and of encouraging young girls to lie about their ages to circumvent state reporting laws."

Supporters of Planned Parenthood charged that the investigation is politically motivated, and vowed that it would not diminish federal support for the group.


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