The Trump administration took the necessary steps to ensure Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, would be excluded from receiving funds from the new Paycheck Protection Program, White House officials told Fox News Thursday.
A senior administration official told The Daily Signal that federal relief funds are for saving jobs, not funding abortions.
"President Trump is committed to ensuring Paycheck Protection Program money is used for saving jobs at small businesses, not getting the government into the business of funding abortion," the official said. "While not all Americans share President Trump's pro-life beliefs, there is broad bipartisan support for the idea that American taxpayers should not have to fund abortion."
The PPP was designed to financially help those affiliated with the Small Business Administration that were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Although each Planned Parenthood affiliate has fewer than 500 employees — one of the criteria for receiving federal funds — it has more than 16,000 employees nationwide, rendering the private healthcare facility ineligible.
"So when applying PPP's affiliation rules neutrally, it's clear that Planned Parenthood is one large employer and not eligible for PPP money," the White House official said.
? The PPP's initial $350 billion fund was depleted on April 16. Last Friday, President Trump signed a new bill that includes $320 billion to replenishe the program.