WASHINGTON – On March 25, 2021, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to open an investigation into Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates. This week he penned a letter to the editor published in the Houma Courier explaining his inquiry and reiterating the call for an investigation.
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“Last year, the press reported that 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates received over $80 million in taxpayer funds meant for small business relief. They have nearly $2 billion in assets and over 16,000 employees nationwide. They are not a small business.
“Last week, the U.S. Congress took action to extend the PPP until June 30, 2021. This program is a lifeline for small businesses, churches, and charities as we recover from the pandemic. It was not meant to pad the purses of large, national organizations.
“I, along with others, wrote a letter to the Small Business Administration to ensure Paycheck Protection Plan loans are not issued to Planned Parenthood and, if they were issued, they are promptly returned.
“Our country was founded on the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is important that these rights are protected and respected. This means protecting the unborn. The lives and rights of unborn children are under attack. All life is sacred and precious.
“The Biden Administration’s recent actions make it clear where they stand on unborn children.
“We must speak for those who do not have voices whether its ensuring Planned Parenthood does not receive PPP loans or pushing back against the efforts of this administration to make abortion more likely and more accessible.”