President Trump Provides Millions to Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Struggling During Coronavirus

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 3, 2020   |   11:46AM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-life pregnancy centers received millions of dollars to help mothers and babies in need this spring through the Cares Act coronavirus aid fund.

According to research by The Guardian, the Trump administration gave more than $4 million to pregnancy resource centers through the Cares Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, it noted that the estimate is likely low, and pregnancy centers may have received up to $10 million through the program.

The extra money comes at a critical time. These small, community-based nonprofits provide free services to tens of thousands of mothers and babies each year, and many are reporting an uptick in calls for help during the pandemic. In March and April, Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network reported helping twice as many mothers and babies as it typically does.

Among the recipients of the grants were Heartbeat International and Obria, both of which provide free counseling, material assistance and more to help mothers choose life for their unborn babies.

According to the report:

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Heartbeat International [has] 2,700 crisis pregnancy center affiliates worldwide, and was itself approved for a PPP loan of between $350,000 and $1m, according to data released by the SBA. Heartbeat International said it would save 42 jobs. …

The SBA approved the Obria clinic in San Jose, California, for up to $350,000 in PPP loans, and the group said it would save 31 jobs. The Obria network of clinics already receives federal funding from the Trump administration, including a Title X federal family planning grant worth up to $5.1m over three years.

Pro-life pregnancy centers serve hundreds of thousands of women and babies each year in America, and most function primarily with donations and volunteers. Some receive government funding to support their life-affirming work, but many do not.

Thousands of pregnancy centers are located in communities across the United States, offering free resources to pregnant and parenting families. These services often include counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, diapers, baby and maternity clothes, cribs, post-abortion counseling, parenting classes and more. Some provide temporary housing, career and education assistance, food and other basic needs as well.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small businesses and nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic. Though it was not supposed to, the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood also reaped in about $80 million through the PPP program – taking away the money from small businesses and organizations that are hurting amid the shut-downs. Reports indicate the Trump administration is taking steps to recover the funds from the abortion chain and investigate how the applications were approved.