According to reports, the Trump Administration has ensured that Planned Parenthood is not eligible to apply for small business loans, which are part of a stimulus package to help American small businesses affected by the coronavirus.
“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,” a senior administration official told The Daily Signal.
It’s a smart plan. As a billion-dollar business that willingly let some of its clinics close last month, Planned Parenthood definitely doesn’t need the money.
In its 2019 annual report, Planned Parenthood claimed that it pulled in about $1.638 billion in revenue, $616.8 million from “government health services grants and reimbursements” and $591.3 million in “private contributions and bequests.” The totals were even higher the previous year when it got $563.8 million in government funding and $630.7 million in private donations with an overall total of $1.665 billion.
If Planned Parenthood affiliate offices need the money, then surely the abortion business can reach into its deep pockets to help with that, but it won’t.
As a general rule, Planned Parenthood’s corporate office does little to help its individual Planned Parenthood locations, which are called affiliate offices. The only time the corporate office might intervene is when there is a pro-abortion or pro-life case that’s being pushed through a state legislature. Each affiliate office is responsible for funding its own enterprise for the most part.
For example, when President Donald Trump amended the Title X funding requirements, effectively defunding Planned Parenthood of $60 million of government money, two non-abortion clinics in Ohio closed in response. If there was a desire to make sure these locations could continue supporting the health needs of the community, then the corporate office surely could have helped these Ohio locations.
In California, Planned Parenthood also temporarily closed several of its clinics, which mostly focused on health care and not abortion.
The Paycheck Protection Program is “designed to shore up small businesses that had to close or otherwise were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.” While some locations have definitely closed in response to the pandemic, Planned Parenthood has made the decision before to sacrifice health care for the sake of abortion.
While there are many businesses that deserve support, Planned Parenthood isn’t one of them.