The Planned Parenthood Federation of America confirmed that some of the organization’s affiliates received coronavirus funding.
GOP lawmakers said that this violates rules of the pandemic stimulus package, and that Planned Parenthood was well aware of in a Thursday letter to the Department of Justice.
“It was also well-publicized at the time that the CARES Act did not allow Planned Parenthood affiliates to utilize these loans,” the senators said in a letter.
Planned Parenthood said that its affiliates appropriately received coronavirus funding, but Republican lawmakers argue that the loans violate the requirements of the pandemic stimulus package.
The nation’s largest abortion provider came under fire after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday that 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in coronavirus funding.
A Wednesday statement from Planned Parenthood Federation of America confirmed that “some independent Planned Parenthood 501(c)(3) organizations applied for and were awarded loans under the eligibility rules established by the CARES Act and the Small Business Administration (SBA), which they met.”
The statement did not say how many Planned Parenthood affiliates received loans. Some independent Planned Parenthood organizations applied for and were awarded loans subject to eligibility rules established by Congress and the Small Business Administration (SBA), which they met. — Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) May 21, 2020 Planned Parenthood’s claim that the affiliates were awarded loans under the CARES Act and SBA eligibility rules clashes with a Thursday letter from Republican senators to the Department of Justice. The letter accused Planned Parenthood of applying for and receiving the loans despite knowing the organization was ineligible.
“These Planned Parenthood entities self-certified eligibility for these loans despite the clear ineligibility under the statutory text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020,” […]