By Bill O'Reilly
We have been taking a very hard look at a disturbing situation that may be a major violation, maybe of federal law.
In 1976 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment which forbids federal tax dollars from being used for abortions. The reason is obvious. Many Americans believe abortion is morally wrong. So to protect those Americans, the feds said no to public funding of abortions.
But now it looks like pro-choice zealots have figured out a way to get around the Hyde Amendment. They are using Planned Parenthood. Here are the stats. 2001, Planned Parenthood received about 203 million taxpayer dollars. 10 years later, 2011, the organization received a whopping $542 million dollars, more than double.
Planned Parenthood says it doesn't use that money for abortion purposes but that's hard to believe. 2011, Planned Parenthood performed 334,000 abortions -- close to half of all the abortions performed in the USA. The agency only referred 0.08 percent of the women who came through their doors to adoption agencies. So let me repeat. An amazing amount of abortions, very few adoptions.
Now, Planned Parenthood will tell you that they perform prenatal services. Yet in 2011, it's estimated that fewer than 30,000 women received prenatal care from the organization.
So who is kidding who here? Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. That's what it is. And it is receiving more than a half billion dollars from American taxpayers in order to carry out that mandate.
"Talking Points" believes this is a blatant ruse, a con on the taxpayer. President Obama is a big fan of Planned Parenthood, as we know. In fact the head of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards was given a prominent speaking position at the Democratic convention.
Mr. Obama well knows what Planned Parenthood does and how much money it is getting from the taxpayer. Mr. Obama also knows what the Hyde Amendment says. So we have a problem, Mr. President with all due respect. It's clear the Obama administration is spending an enormous amount on one agency that specializes in abortion, this in a time when the national debt is crushing the American people.
So that's wrong on many levels. And we need a congressional investigation into the funding of Planned Parenthood. Since the Senate is controlled by Democrats, we don't expect that body to cooperate in any investigation. But we're asking members of the House to take a hard look at what could be, what could be a gross violation of federal law. We'll let you know what Congress people step up and agree to do that.
And that's "The Memo."