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Planned Parenthood doesn't need federal money

The Sun's editors opine that taxpayers should fund Planned Parenthood ("The GOP's never-ending war on women," Aug. 4). Here are just a few reasons Planned Parenthood does not deserve these hard-earned taxpayer dollars:

1) Planned Parenthood is the leader in the abortion industry, performing over 327,000 abortions annually.

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2) Per recent evidence, Planned Parenthood traffics in baby body parts and may be violating federal law. An investigation is needed.

3) A federal audit found that Planned Parenthood has overbilled for services.

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4) In 2013 Planned Parenthood settled a billing fraud suit with Texas for $4.3 million.

5) According to IRS form 990 the annual salary of Planned Parenthood's CEO is close to half a million dollars.

6) Eleven executives with Planned Parenthood have salaries over $200,000. Four have salaries over $300,000, per the 2013 form 990.

7) According to the same form 990, Planned Parenthood has total revenue of over $179,000,000 while total expenses are about $148,000,000. Net assets are over $278,000,000.

Planned Parenthood has more than enough money without coercing donations from taxpayers. If The Sun's editors want to support this organization, they are free to make their donations, however hard-working citizens should not have their tax dollars funneled to this rapacious outfit.

Lisa Basarab, Baltimore


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