Planned Parenthood Won’t Return Coronavirus Relief Funds Meant for Struggling Small Businesses

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 3, 2020   |   6:39PM   |   Washington, DC

At least two Planned Parenthood abortion facilities refused to return millions of dollars in coronavirus aid funds this summer that were meant for struggling small businesses.

The Dallas Morning News reports the abortion chain’s centers in San Antonio and Houston both received $1 million to $2 million grants through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and both said they will not give back the money.

In May, news broke that the billion-dollar abortion chain took more than $80 million in coronavirus aid meant for struggling small businesses through the program. Businesses and non-profits with more than 500 employees are not eligible for the PPP funds, and Planned Parenthood employs more than that. However, it exploited a loophole by applying through local affiliates that employ fewer than 500 people.

“We have no plans to return these essential funds,” said Jeffrey Hons, CEO of the San Antonio Planned Parenthood, in a statement.

A third Texas abortion affiliate, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, did return its $2 million to $5 million grant, according to the report. However, it accused elected officials of singling out Planned Parenthood to return the funds for “political reasons.”

The abortion chain is hardly hurting for cash. According to the report, the three Texas abortion groups reported almost $63 million in revenue in 2018 on their IRS filings. Nationally, Planned Parenthood reported $1.6 billion in revenue on its latest annual report, including about $600 million in taxpayer funds.

“Texas Right to Life is appalled, though not surprised, that Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have found another way to receive taxpayer dollars,” the pro-life organization said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the U.S. Its most recent annual report lists more than 345,000 abortions.

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To prevent the abortion chain from receiving even more tax dollars, pro-life U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, of Kansas, recently introduced the Abortion Provider Loan Elimination Act.

“We want legislation that specifically demands that Planned Parenthood give the money back for several reasons, including the Hyde Amendment,” Marshall told The Epoch Times this week.

His bill, which has the support of the Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life Committee and the Family Research Council, would expand the Hyde Amendment to include the PPP program. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in federal health care spending.

Marshall said Planned Parenthood employs about 16,000 people and has $2 million in assets, and the PPP program was meant to help small businesses.

“We actually think there was fraud in what they did, it was very fraudulent, and they should be prosecuted as well,” he told the news outlet.

The Trump administration also has demanded that Planned Parenthood return the coronavirus aid funds, and said it may file criminal charges against employees of the abortion giant if they lied on the applications for funding.

During the coronavirus outbreak, some Planned Parenthood facilities advertised being open for “abortion services only.”

Planned Parenthood did nearly 346,000 abortions last year while reaping in $1.6 billion in revenue. Its employees have accused it of salary inequality, racism and leaders who care more about money and power than actually helping women. Others have accused Planned Parenthood of discriminating against its pregnant employees, defrauding Medicaid, covering up the sexual abuse of minors and selling aborted baby body parts.