A total of 43 Planned Parenthood affiliates received emergency federal aid intended to keep small businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents released Monday by the Small Business Administration.
The amount of aid varied from $150,000 up to $10 million. In total, Planned Parenthood received somewhere between $65.8 million and $135 million from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.
When news broke in May that Planned Parenthood had received these taxpayer dollars, several Republican senators demanded answers from the Small Business Administration given that the abortion giant should have been ineligible. Rules for the loans mandated that companies had to employ fewer than 500 people. Planned Parenthood employs more than 16,000 nationwide with assets totaling over $2 billion.
"It has come to our attention that affiliates of Planned Parenthood improperly applied for, and received loans, through the program," the letter to the SBA said. "While we appreciate the Small Business Administration's ('SBA') efforts to promptly cancel those loans, the circumstances under which they were made merit further investigation of possible wrongdoing."
The abortion organization was asked to return the money, with a warning that it would face "severe penalties" if it did not. To this point, Planned Parenthood has not repaid any of the millions it received.