Sacramento – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, officially requested a state audit of Planned Parenthood last week to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC). Since then, twelve of her fellow legislators have signed onto the audit request.
The audit will focus on Planned Parenthood’s alleged black market, human tissue ventures and to what extent taxpayer funds were used in this criminal conspiracy. There are additional concerns, including but not limited to, systemic medical consent violations on the part of Planned Parenthood, which may implicate state agencies that provide funding, resources and collaboration to Planned Parenthood.
“The people of California deserve accountability. If Planned Parenthood is innocent of these egregious allegations then they should have nothing to hide,” Melendez said. “It’s time Planned Parenthood opened its books and we put this to rest.”
Independent investigations have recently brought to light evidence that Planned Parenthood has engaged in the illegal sale of human tissue taken from abortion patients. In addition, the videos show a Planned Parenthood Director discussing ways to make more money by deceptively violating their female patients' consent in order to get better tissue. The illegal profit made off of an abortion procedure’s human fetus byproduct represents an obvious financial motive for the alleged breach of a patient’s consent.
“These allegations don’t just concern violations of the law, these videos show Planned Parenthood directors discussing ways to deceive and conspire against their female patient’s so they can get make more money from her tissue” said Melendez. “To expect the taxpayers of California to then reward such illegal and despicable behavior with public funds is beyond the pale whether you support abortion or not.”
The following members have joined the Assemblywoman’s call for accountability: Assemblymembers William Brough (Dana Point), Beth Gaines (El Dorado Hills), James Gallagher (Nicolaus), Shannon Grove (Bakersfield), Brian Jones (Santee), Young Kim (Fullerton), Tom Lackey (Palmdale), Devon Mathis (Visalia), Jim Patterson (Fresno), Donald Wagner (Irvine), Marie Waldron (Escondido), and Senator Ted Gaines (El Dorado Hills).
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez serves as Vice-Chair of both Budget and Public Safety Committees in the Assembly, is a proud Navy veteran, and is a vigilant consumer privacy advocate.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. Follow her on Twitter: @asmMelendez
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