Despite protests from senators, Planned Parenthood affiliates still received PPP loans in 2021

“We have not received the requested information or a formal response from you.” wrote the senators. Senator Paul’s office did not confirm to CNA on Monday May 17 whether the SBA responded to the May 10 letter.

A spokesperson for the US Small Business Administration did not immediately respond to CNA’s request for comment on Monday.

When the CARES Act was passed in Congress in March 2020, the acting president of Planned Parenthood Action appeared to criticize the legislation for “targeting” Planned Parenthood affiliates.

PPP loans were only intended for businesses and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees, but the organization warned that the SBA would have “great discretion” to count all Planned Parenthood affiliates as part of it. of a large organization – thus excluding subsidiaries from loans.

However, it was reported in May 2020 that Planned Parenthood affiliates had received $ 80 million in PPP loans. Last year, the SBA called for the return of funds distributed to at least one Planned Parenthood affiliate, explaining that it was affiliated with the national organization.

Senators noted last week that since their initial April 15 letter to the SBA, “at least two” additional Planned Parenthood affiliates have been approved for P3 loans.

Data released by the SBA shows that two Planned Parenthood subsidiaries in Pennsylvania and New York were approved for P3 loans on April 21 and 27.

Planned Parenthood Keystone, in Warminster, Pa., Was approved for a PPP loan in the amount of $ 853,975 on April 21. On April 27, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, Inc. in New York City was approved for a $ 10 million P3 loan. – the maximum loan amount under the program.

“This is unacceptable,” the Republican senators wrote. “As members of the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, we expect transparency and cooperation with your agency’s inquiries.”

Earlier in 2021, a group of 25 Republican senators sent a letter to the SBA administrator on March 25, requesting an investigation into why Planned Parenthood affiliates continued to receive P3 loans.

Other affiliates who received PPP loans in 2021 include Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, Inc. in Portland, Ore., Which was approved for a $ 2 million loan on February 25. Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Baltimore and Intermountain Planned Parenthood in Billings, MT, were each approved for P3 loans on March 15; their loan amounts were over $ 1.6 million and over $ 1.2 million, respectively.