Collins: Planned Parenthood Must Return Federal Funds
WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined his colleagues in writing a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting an update on whether the millions of dollars in forgivable loans improperly granted to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been returned.
"These loans are intended for struggling small businesses, and PPFA clearly exceeds the affiliation rules and size standards,” they wrote.
Congress made sure that Planned Parenthood affiliates would be ineligible to receive PPP dollars when it established the program in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which states that nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for these loans. Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood has a staff of 16,000 employees, they still applied and accepted these taxpayer dollars. However, over 40 PPFA organizations are listed as approved for loans for as much as $151 million, according to the SBA PPP funding data.
"We are encouraged by SBA’s letter dated May 19, 2020, to PPFA’s affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Inc., in which SBA has notified the organization that it is ineligible for these PPP funds,” they continued. “We wholeheartedly support the decision to block funding to this PPFA affiliate, but we also encourage the SBA to apply the same standards to all PPFA affiliates."
Earlier this year, Collins joined a number of his colleagues in introducing the Protecting Life in Crisis Act to prohibit federal COVID-19 response funds from going towards abortions or abortion coverage by extending existing Hyde Amendment protections to any COVID-19-related health care provisions. This legislation also prevents federal tax credits from being used to cover any post-employment health care (COBRA) premiums that include abortion coverage.
In May, Collins joined his colleagues in writing to the SBA urging them to investigate how some Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly received $80 million in forgivable loans from the PPP.