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Report: AmeriCorps Volunteers Escorted Women to Abortion Clinics

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AmeriCorps volunteers are sworn in at the White House in 2014. (AP) 

By    |   Monday, 25 Apr 2016 10:54 PM

Several AmeriCorps volunteers recently helped young women get abortions, which is a "direct violation" of the federal funding rules that cover the group, The Hill reports.

The federal inspector general's office will publish the report online on Tuesday, according to The Hill.

The volunteers worked as "abortion doulas" in New York City, comforting pregnant women and driving them to clinics, a summary of the report says.

The group self-reported the violations among "a few volunteers" at one of 38 community health centers that works with AmeriCorps' health division, The Hill quoted a statement from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Dave Taylor, chief operating officer of NACHC, said the group took swift action to end the program and required staff to be trained on "all relevant rules and regulations related to AmeriCorps prohibited activities."

"We moved immediately to cease the activity in question, and suspended the identified site's AmeriCorps members for a period until they and their site supervisors were retrained and revised member service contracts were reviewed and signed," Taylor said.

Contracts with 500 other partners were revised "to prevent future misinterpretations," he said.

AmeriCorps was founded in 1994 as a national service program, and the law specifically forbids "providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services," according to allgov.com.

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