WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, joined 126 other Republican members of Congress in calling for investigation of Planned Parenthood, after some of the organization’s affiliates received federal loans through the CARES Act.
The Paycheck Protection Program in the CARES Act was designed for small business owners to be able to maintain employee payrolls, but some funds went to large corporations and organizations, like Shake Shack and the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Shake Shack and the Lakers returned the money, the Small Business Administration is demanding that at least one Planned Parenthood affiliate return its PPP loan.
Planned Parenthood operates numerous reproductive health clinics in the U.S. While abortion services have made the organization a target of conservative and other anti-abortion rights groups, Planned Parenthood also offers other reproductive health services and sexually transmitted disease treatment and testing.
“Money in the Paycheck Protection Program was designed to save jobs and small businesses across the nation,” Huizenga said in a statement. “The ending of a child’s life is an atrocity, not a business. The Small Business Administration needs to examine the legality of Planned Parenthood accessing these funds.
“Additionally, I believe the Financial Services Committee should call the financial institutions that processed these loans before Congress to explain how these loans were approved.”
Huizenga and other members of Congress sent a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for an investigation on Friday, May 22.
The letter asserts that since Planned Parenthood employs close to 16,000 people nationally, it shouldn’t be eligible for PPP funds.