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Planned Parenthood is at once a hugely profitable business and a taxpayer-funded non-profit outfit. Now they’re expanding into telemedicine, a new method of delivering abortion. Backed by citizens’ dollars.

Pro-life  leaders keep working to stop the flow of federal funds for abortion. Now they’re outing their latest use.

In March, pro-life activist group Operation Rescue secretly taped a phone conversation between a Planned Parenthood of the Heartland receptionist in Iowa and a member of its team in Wichita posing as a prospective abortion client.

It was then that we first learned of telemed RU-486 abortions….

Think of clinical practice via Skype.

It’s a wave of the future for the abortion giant.

Director of Patient Services Barbara Chadwick says it’s the goal of Planned Parenthood to expand abortion services at its clinics nationwide over the next five years.

“We have been looking at initiating abortion service as a core service of all Planned Parenthoods, part of the Federation’s strategic plan for 2015.”

Medical abortions, Chadwick says, will be a key element in that strategy, and signing up for the long-distance option will get her organization toward the goal faster. …

But note this:

Planned Parenthood’s big plan becomes clearer when realizing Obama’s 2009 stimulus package included $19 billion for health information technology, of which at least $1.6 billion was earmarked for telemedicine funding.

A June 2009 report by Tides and the California Endowment wrote of the “unprecedented opportunity” due to “new funding for health information technology at the federal level,” listing nine California Planned Parenthoods as “community clinics” for which telemed grants might be available

Is anyone paying attention to this besides the pro-life world? Yes.

Six organizations that perform or promote abortion received at least $967 million in federal funding in fiscal years 2002 through 2009, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

The report, made public June 16, looked at government funding given to Advocates for Youth, the Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Council of the United States, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

GAO had been asked for the report by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and 30 other members of Congress, including five senators.

“With the national debt over $13 trillion — costing every American $118,000 — we must apply strict scrutiny to every federal dollar allocated,” said Olson at a June 16 news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

“That this tax money is spent by organizations that offend the majority of Americans (who oppose taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions) only further justifies the need for this alarming report,” he added.

And requires its widespread publication. Let there be transparency.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....