- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Planned Parenthood in Louisiana has complied with laws that ban public funds from being used to pay for abortions or to encourage abortions, according to an audit released Monday.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office conducted the review in response to requests from the state House and Senate during last year’s legislative session.

Auditors looked at $641,874 in Medicaid payments made by the state Department of Health and Hospitals to Planned Parenthood during 2012 for nearly 26,000 health services claims, covering 7,677 people.

The review says payments were made for allowable family planning services.

“We found no indication that Planned Parenthood had recommended that a patient have an abortion or had performed an abortion for the patients in our sample,” auditors wrote.

State law prohibits the use of public funds for abortions except to save the life of the mother or in instances of rape or incest.

Jewel Bush, a Louisiana spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, said the audit confirms the organization complies with all regulations and laws.

“Our patients’ health and safety are top priorities, and for nearly 30 years we have been here for women and men in Louisiana who need access to basic, preventative health care,” Bush said in a statement.

Some lawmakers have looked for ways to create roadblocks for Planned Parenthood’s public funding and asked various agencies to investigate the organization and make sure it is complying with state and federal regulations.

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The audit is viewable at: https://1.usa.gov/1fiHKWv

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