Up to $150 million in coronavirus aid goes to abortion provider Planned Parenthood
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a list of Pay Check Protection Program (PPP) participants and it’s making some conservatives see red. Listed amongst the recipients are Planned Parent affiliates that received possibly as much as $150 million in government loans that will be forgiven and paid for by American taxpayers through a program designed to help small businesses weather the coronavirus storm.
“At least 43 Planned Parenthood affiliates received loans of $65 million to $150 million, according to the SBA records,” says NBC News. “Planned Parenthood withdrew from the federal government’s main family planning fund last year after Trump issued a regulation that would otherwise have limited its ability to advise patients about abortion.”
Previously, a group of Republican senators had questioned the loans, which they believe to be illegal.
Twenty-seven senators, including Tom Cotton and Mitch McConnell, sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr in May demanding an investigation of Planned Parenthood loans.
“It was not designed to give government funds to politicized, partisan abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” the senators said of the PPP loans. “The funds in the program are not unlimited and were depleted once already because of high demand.”
The SBA sent a letter to some Planned Parenthood locations to return any money received from PPP loans, saying that the parent organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was prevented from getting the loans under the program, therefore the local affiliates were also ineligible.
The letter warns that civil and criminal penalties come with a fraudulent PPP application.
The latest release of information from the SBA has Republican legislators furious.
“Planned Parenthood shouldn’t have received a dime from the government’s PPP program. It’s sick!” tweeted Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).
Included amongst the recipients of the Planned Parenthood PPP loans are the affiliates in Orange and San Bernardino counties, CA, which detractors say are responsible for at least ten botched abortions.
“There is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
The Democrats have been using the coronavirus crisis to push for federal funding for abortions in the U.S. that is currently generally forbidden under the Hyde Amendment.
“A new mandatory funding stream that does not have Hyde protections would be unprecedented,” a White House official told the New York Post. “Under the guise of protecting people, Speaker Pelosi is working to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent covering abortion — which is not only backwards, but goes against historical norms.”
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