Abortion giant Planned Parenthood received more than $80 million after the company illegally applied for the funds via loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News reports.
According to the report, the Small Business Administration said the application and subsequent acceptance of the funds were illegal and it wants the money back to reallocate it to more needing organizations.
“The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reaching out to each involved Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees aren’t eligible for PPP distributions, Fox News is told. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) alone has had more than 600 employees,” Fox News reports.
The bad news is abortion-giant Planned Parenthood improperly took $80 million of tax dollars
— March for Life Action (@MFLAction) May 20, 2020
For example, a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington applied and was automatically approved for $1,328,000 in loans.
The controversy comes as Planned Parenthood and the Trump administration have clashed over the aid.
Nationally, Planned Parenthood claims to be a healthcare organization that is essential to Americans and should not only be allowed to remain open but should be allowed to receive the federal funds. This status has been challenged by the Trump administration and Republican governors across the country.
Fox News adds:
The SBA warned more “severe penalties” were possible, beyond mandatory repayment. In particular, incorrect or false eligibility certifications by PPP recipients could result in criminal or civil sanctions if the SBA determined borrowers made knowingly false statements, the SBA letter read.
The letter explained that PPFA affiliates clearly were covered by the PPP affiliate rules. “PPFA’s bylaws, a version of which is publicly available, reveal that becoming a PPFA affiliate requires a certification by the PPFA board,” the document continued. “Once certified, “[e]ach Affiliate shall be governed by written bylaws, which conform to PPFA policies.”
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The largest single government loan was a $7.5 million allotment to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California. One Planned Parenthood affiliate received a loan but declined it.
Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley are calling for an investigation into Planned Parenthood and what they called a “clear” violation of the 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 in a statement. “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.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) May 20, 2020