It has just been revealed that thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in coronavirus stimulus loans via the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood, however, the government is now demanding that they give that money back.
The government is arguing that the affiliates should have known that they were not eligible to receive the COVID-19 stimulus funds, according to Fox News. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has since reached out to all 37 of the Planned Parenthood affiliates in question to remind them that affiliates of larger organizations that have over 500 employees aren’t eligible for PPP distribution.
A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Metropolitan Washington (PPMW) is one such facility that is set to receive the letter saying that it will need to return the money despite the fact that it claimed to be eligible for a $1,328,000 PPP loan in accordance with the SBA’s affiliation rules.
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PPMW issued a request for the funds months after the affiliate’s president and CEO Laura Meyers pledged to turn down federal funds as a protest of Donald Trump’s White House banning Planned Parenthood clinics from making abortion referrals if they want to keep getting federal funding. Planned Parenthood had said at the time that they would not comply and would instead give up federal funding entirely.
“Planned Parenthood is never going to allow the Trump-Pence administration to bully us into withholding critical health information from our patients,” Meyers said back in August. Clearly, this did not last long.
The SBA said in its letter to the affiliates that “severe penalties” are possible if they do not repay the money. The largest single government loan to one of these affiliates went to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California, which received $7.5 million.
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for an investigation after this report was published while also calling for the money to be returned immediately.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 20, 2020
Senator Rubio, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, said that what Planned Parenthood did is a “clear” violation of PPP rules. “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,” Rubio said. “Those funds must be returned immediately. Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”
The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life nonprofit, responded to the report by pointing out that Planned Parenthood provides abortions. “Across the country, Planned Parenthood refused to cease its abortion operation in wake of the pandemic, hoarding personal protective equipment and putting its staff and women at risk,” a spokesperson for the nonprofit said. “It is rich that they, in turn, feel entitled to taxpayer dollars meant to help businesses in need. After decades of feeding at the taxpayer’s trough while running the nation’s largest abortion operation, they have over a billion dollars in net assets. They should return this funding immediately. We thank President Trump for his strong commitment to stop taxpayer funding of abortion and abortionists like Planned Parenthood.”
This is just the latest example of Planned Parenthood being one of the most corrupt organizations in America. The organization is as crooked as they come, and it’s time for them to be shut down once and for all.