Planned Parenthood Affiliates Received Millions in Coronavirus Relief Funds Meant for Small Businesses BY TYLER O’NEIL for PJ Media
No fewer than thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for an received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) meant to help small businesses under the CARES Act coronavirus stimulus bill, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Small Business Administration (SBA), which manages the program, is asking for the money back. Senators and pro-life organizations have expressed outrage that America’s largest abortion provider has seized this coronavirus relief.
“It is appalling that Planned Parenthood applied for and received $80 million of taxpayer funds meant for legitimate businesses suffering from the economic effects of the current pandemic,” Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, told PJ Media in a statement Wednesday. “The abortion giant is a multi-billion dollar industry that received over $1.5 BILLION in taxpayer funds over the last three years, reporting a gross profit of almost $245 million this past year alone.”
“This is hardly an industry that needs bailing out,” McClusky added. “Planned Parenthood’s self-serving actions prove that in this time of the COVID-19 crisis, they are concerned only with their own profit, garnered through preying on women and their unborn children and adding to the death toll of this pandemic. The Small Business Administration must fully investigate this case, and policymakers should ensure that all future taxpayer-funded relief legislation follow in the footsteps of the CARES Act to exclude the abortion industry.”
SBA is reaching out to each Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees are ineligible for PPP loans, Fox News reported. The administration warned that if the funds were not repaid, affiliates could face “severe penalties” such as criminal or civil sanctions. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) has more than 600 employees.
In at least one case, a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington will have to return a loan of more than $1.3 million. Ironically, that affiliate’s president and CEO, Laura Meyers, promised to turn down federal funds last August. She had complained about a White House rule preventing clinics from making abortion referrals if they wanted to continue receiving federal funds. “Planned Parenthood is never going to allow the Trump-Pence administration to bully us into withholding critical health information from our patients,” she said at the time.