Lawmakers want probe of Planned Parenthood hiring citing possible conflict
BOSTON — Two local legislators are asking Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate Planned Parenthood’s hiring of former state Rep. Marty Walz as the organization’s CEO, alleging that it’s a violation of the conflict-of-interest law.
State Reps. Marc Lombardo and James Lyons wrote in a letter this week to Coakley that Walz was a leading sponsor of the abortion clinic “Buffer Zone Law,” and was then hired to a position directly related to that law.
“The question we are asking is simple. Is there a violation of the conflict-of-interest law when a legislator sponsors a law on behalf of an organization, then that same legislator is hired to a position in that organization that has paid $250,000 per year?” according to their letter to Coakley.
Lombardo, R-Billerica, and Lyons, R-Andover, sent the request to Coakley’s office on Thursday. Walz, a Democrat, was appointed Planned Parenthood’s CEO in early 2013, but the local legislators sent the letter now because of a recent Boston Globe article that mentioned Walz sponsoring a law for Planned Parenthood in 2007.
And for those seeking more info on Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report: We Did 333,964 Abortions; 1 Every 94 Seconds
(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011.
That works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.
The 333,964 abortion Planned Parenthood did in fiscal 2011 is an increase of 4,519 from the 329,445 abortions it did in 2010, according to a fact sheet that Planned Parenthood published last year.
Over two years, Planned Parenthood says, it has aborted 663,409.
The 2011-2012 report states that Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements,” which it states includes “payments from Medicaid managed care plans.”
The report also shows that Planned Parenthood’s total assets top $1 billion dollars, specifically $1,244.7 billion.