California audit of Planned Parenthood funding blocked

Aug 26, 2015 1:51 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic legislators in Sacramento have blocked a proposal by Republicans to order a state audit of Planned Parenthood after undercover videos surfaced of the group's officials discussing aborted fetal organs it provides for research.

Thirteen GOP lawmakers, led by Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez of Lake Elsinore, asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to approve a review to determine whether taxpayer funds were used to improperly harvest and sell fetal tissue.

Melendez said the audit should look at whether Planned Parenthood is improperly profiting from the sale of fetal parts, organs and tissues

The Los Angeles Times reports Democrats scuttled the proposal on Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $200 million annually in state Medi-Cal patient reimbursements, and its clinics are licensed by the state Department of Public Health.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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