The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) represents an expansive, multifaceted response to the economic effects of the government shutdowns due to COVID-19. The Act also allocated hundreds of billions of dollars in forgivable loans to small businesses, many of which are struggling to meet payroll. This program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), promises to forgive the loans if the business preserves employee counts and sustains wages.
Rather than being appropriated solely to revive the American economy and promote the welfare of the citizenry as Congress intended, some of this funding instead flooded the bank accounts of Planned Parenthood, a business dedicated to the destruction of innocent human Life.
During the CARES Act negotiations, Congress debated eligibility requirements of businesses for the forgivable loans under PPP. Pro-Life Republicans insisted on language that would prohibit funding to the abortion industry’s coffers, pointing out that Planned Parenthood already receives over half a billion dollars in government grants and reimbursements. Congress finally agreed on a way to block Planned Parenthood from PPP funding: if a business is affiliated with other organizations totaling more than 500 employees, that business is ineligible. Planned Parenthood itself observed that this CARES Act language “gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates.”
Nevertheless, 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation still fraudulently applied for and received $80 million in forgivable loans, directly undermining the intention of lawmakers and violating the explicit requirements of the CARES Act. Moreover, Texas Right to Life has received early reports that Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas—Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (Dallas), Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (Houston), and Planned Parenthood of South Texas (San Antonio)—are among those affiliates that have secured these loans.
According to initial reports, these Texas Affiliates of Planned Parenthood received federal funding under the Coronavirus relief bill, the CARES Act:
- $3.25 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
- $2.73 million to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
- $835,000 to Planned Parenthood of South Texas
If securing federal loans to destroy innocent Life during a global pandemic were not sickening enough, Planned Parenthood’s hypocrisy over the past two months demonstrates complete depravity toward humanity. On March 22, Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed that elective abortions—along with every other elective procedure—should be banned while hospitals ensured prepared their initial response to COVID-19. The abortion industry, including all three Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates, revolted in court, challenging the temporary ban on elective abortion. So while Planned Parenthood was fighting to keep profiting from the deaths of innocent human beings, they were also clamoring for special federal funding intended specifically for businesses negatively impacted by the shutdowns. Essentially, Planned Parenthood insisted they need to both stay open for business as usual and be awarded forgivable loans meant for small businesses with shuttered operations.
Is there any law, regulation, or ethical standard by which Planned Parenthood believes they should be bound? Decades of scandals, litigation, and destruction of human Life suggest not. The laws that apply to other businesses and health care providers seem not to apply to Planned Parenthood- and those other businesses do not profit off the mass slaughter of innocent preborn children. The federal government must immediately rectify the error of granting Planned Parenthood the CARES Act loans and hold administrators accountable for their fraudulent applications. The abortion industry must not be allowed to manipulate a global pandemic for their own destructive purposes.