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Legislators, Pro-Life Advocates Denounce Planned Parenthood Receiving $80 Million in Coronavirus Funding

Lawmakers and pro-lifers slammed Planned Parenthood following a report from Fox News saying that the nation’s largest abortion provider applied for and received over $80 million in coronavirus funding.

Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” reported Tuesday evening that 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in coronavirus funding loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Fox reported that the Small Business Administration would contact the Planned Parenthood affiliates involved and let these affiliates know that Planned Parenthood is not eligible for distributions, since the organization has more than 500 employees.

The Small Business Administration told The Daily Caller News Foundation: “We do not comment about individual borrowers.” Planned Parenthood has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

News that Planned Parenthood applied and received the coronavirus funding comes after President Donald Trump took deliberate steps to prevent the nation’s largest abortion provider from receiving any of these funds.

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., both called for Planned Parenthood to immediately return the funds in statements following the Tuesday night report.

“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.”

The Florida senator added that the Small Business Administration should investigate how the loans were made “in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules” to discover whether “Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law.”

“All appropriate legal options should be pursued,” he said.

Hawley also said that if anyone who knowingly turned in false applications should be prosecuted, noting that if any parties “knowingly falsified applications, they need to be prosecuted.”

The Missouri senator expressed his concerns in a Wednesday letter to the Small Business Administration.

“Planned Parenthood is not a small business,” Hawley said in the letter. “It is a multibillion-dollar company.”

“In the fiscal year ending last June, Planned Parenthood had $2.3 billion in assets and nearly $2 billion in revenue,” Hawley said. “The year before, Planned Parenthood paid its CEO more than $1 million. And now, Planned Parenthood has diverted $80 million from actual small businesses during a global pandemic even though Planned Parenthood knew it was ineligible for this program.”

“The money needs to be recovered and if anybody knowingly falsified applications, they need to be prosecuted,” Hawley said in a Tuesday evening tweet.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., called the move “unconscionable,” tweeting Wednesday: “Unacceptable. I’ve spoken [with] many small business owners who NEED the Paycheck Protection Program to survive. It is unconscionable that Planned Parenthood, which has nearly half a billion dollars in assets, was able to secure $80 million from this program.”

Pro-life leaders joined lawmakers in condemning the nation’s largest abortion provider for taking coronavirus funding.

March for Life President Tom McCluskey called the move “appalling,” and said in a statement that the funds were meant for “legitimate businesses suffering from the economic effects of the current pandemic.”

“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,” McCluskey said. “This is hardly an industry that needs bailing out.”

Both McCluskey and the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List emphasized that Planned Parenthood is primarily concerned with its own profit, which McCluskey says is “garnered through preying on women and their unborn children and adding to the death toll of this pandemic.”

“Across the country, Planned Parenthood refused to cease its abortion operation in the wake of the pandemic, hoarding personal protective equipment and putting its staff and women at risk,” the Susan B. Anthony List said in a press release. “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 nearly two billion dollars in net assets,” the organization added, calling on Planned Parenthood to return the funding and thanking President Donald Trump for his “strong commitment to stop taxpayer funding of abortion and abortionists like Planned Parenthood.”


Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Mary Margaret Olohan

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G Schalk
1 year ago

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So now beer, cigars, lottery tickets, and abortions are essential. Bypass surgeries and cancer screenings are non-essential. The ‘new norm’ is to hide your face behind a ‘mask’ (breath back in the CO2 you just exhaled). And NY sends elderly patients with CV-19 back to nursing homes to infect more elderly. Something has gone horribly wrong here.

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  G Schalk

It’s called “thinning the herd”. The left has always advocated for what they call “managed population control”, because many on the left view humanity, aside from themselves and others that totally agree with them, as a blight on the planet. That the ideal number of people on earth should be limited to 500 million or so. So obviously this “opportunity”, a virus that can be do over-hyped as to allow for draconian mandates from on high, was just too good to pass up. Never let a good crisis go to waste as they say.

Euthanasia, by any means handy, has always been a favored policy of socialists going all the way back to the proponents of eugenics in the early 20th century. What better way to achieve it than feeding Covid-19 virus infected patients into nursing homes already filled with the most frail and helpless among us. Governor Cuomo in New York now expresses surprise at the amount of nursing home deaths he has seen in his state AFTER he signed an executive order to send elderly Covid-19 to those nursing homes in the first place. Only now, after some media attention has fallen on the disastrous results of his policy, has he recently reversed it.

You say something has gone horribly wrong here. Yet the left has merely enacted policies that they have always promoted. What is wrong here is that far too many people on our side didn’t take them seriously. Blissful ignorance isn’t so blissful once the policies of the left become reality. If you want life, liberty and the opportunity to pursue happiness, you have to fight to obtain it and preserve it. It is NOT guaranteed otherwise.

Preacherman
1 year ago

Who internally decided to okay the allocation to them? This is a stench in the nostrils of an Almighty God. Americans wonder why were having some many problems? Well look at the 60 million children we are missing due to abortion!. 67% of the pornography in the world cones from the USA. Time for preachers to rise up without fear and preach the Word of God. God bless the politicians who are standing against this public funding!

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Preacherman

Prayer alone isn’t going to get your country back. If you think most organized religions in this country are going to mount a massive resistance to business as usual, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Most organized religions in this country care far more about their tax exempt status and doing nothing to endanger it, than doing anything of substance to stand up to the status quo. Nice thought though.

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