WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Head of National Right to Life and other pro-life leaders criticized Planned Parenthood affiliates for soliciting and receiving funding under the Congress-launched Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses with support less than 500 employees.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, developed PPP to “protect small businesses and not giant organizations with over 16,000 employees,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life, in a statement Jan.
A May 19 report by Fox News said 37 Planned Parenthood partners applied for and received $ 80 million, which Tobias said the organization should “give back”.
PPP, administered by the Small Business Administration, is a nearly $ 700 billion loan program to help certain businesses, self-employed people, sole proprietorships, certain nonprofits, and tribal companies keep paying their employees. The low interest personal loans allow small businesses to cover their payroll and certain other costs.
Fox reported that the largest single PPP loan was $ 7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, California. “A Planned Parenthood partner received a loan but declined,” the report said.
In separate statements, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Josh Hawley, R-Missouri said the money must be returned and requested an investigation into how Planned Parenthood members qualified for the loans. Rubio chairs the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Jacqueline Ayers, vice president of government relations and public order for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a May 20 statement that criticism of Planned Parenthood’s independent affiliates applying for funding they qualify for politically motivated.
“This is a clear political attack on Planned Parenthood health centers and access to reproductive health care,” Ayers said.
“It has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood health organizations being eligible for COVID-19 relief efforts, and it all has to do with the Trump administration using a public health crisis to advance a political agenda and of theirs distracting its own failures in protecting the American public with the spread of COVID-19, “she said.
Critics of the funds going to Planned Parenthood members include Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Freedom Commission, the public order agency for the Southern Baptist Convention.
According to a story by Tom Strode, head of the Washington office of Baptist Press, Moore said the federal government was right to call for the loans to be returned.
“At a time when we are all concerned about protecting lives and livelihoods, it is once again insane to see that nothing – not even a global pandemic – will stop Planned Parenthood from pursuing death,” said he wrote comments to Strode on 20.
“We must continue to focus on defeating this virus and saving lives,” added Moore. “Planned Parenthood’s actions show that it is not interested in the former because it has never cared about the latter.”
According to National Right to Life, Planned Parenthood reported, according to its most recent annual report, that 345,672 abortions were performed in 2018, “the most that the organization has ever reported.”
“This number corresponds to 40.1% of all abortions that were performed in the United States in 2017, according to the Guttmacher Institute,” said the Pro-Life organization.
The “abortion giant” also reported sales of nearly $ 1.64 million for 2018-2019, “he noted.” These numbers continue to reinforce Planned Parenthood’s reputation as the best abortion artist and promoter in the country. “