A DOJ Investigation Into Planned Parenthood Is Warranted
A few weeks ago, nationwide abortion clinic Planned Parenthood allegedly applied for $80 million in COVID-19 small business relief funds and received it. Needless to say, Planned Parenthood is not a small business, meaning they received these funds against the law outlined in the CARES Act passed by Congress in March.
Republican Senators rightly sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday calling for an investigation on these actions. The letter, led by Senators Mitch McConnell and Tom Cotton, states:
“Most damningly, Planned Parenthood's own political action committee, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued a statement on the CARES Act after the Act's passage in the Senate, saying: "The bill gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates and other non-profits serving people with low incomes and deny them benefits under the new small business loan program."
“Based on these statements, it seems clear that Planned Parenthood knew that it was ineligible for the small business loans under the CARES Act long before its affiliates fraudulently self certified that they were eligible. As you know, fraudulent loan applications can trigger both civil and criminal penalties.”
This is damning evidence indeed, and the American people need answers. Planned Parenthood released a response to the letter stating in part:
“...This is a clear political attack on Planned Parenthood health centers and access to reproductive health care. It has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood health care organizations’ eligibility for COVID-19 relief efforts, and everything to do with the Trump administration using a public health crisis to advance a political agenda and distract from their own failures in protecting the American public from the spread of COVID-19...”
This statement is ridiculous. It promotes the inaccurate talking point that the institution of abortion, a procedure which takes an unborn life, is simply “reproductive healthcare”. Moreover, as the GOP letter stated, Planned Parenthood knew that they were ineligible for the aid. They even stated so on their own website.
Planned Parenthood illicitly receiving this aid points to a bigger problem in our society. Taxpayer money should not go towards funding abortions— end of story. Americans should not have their hard-earned dollars funding these procedures, which stain the social fabric of this great nation. We need to stand for all life, and not cower in the face of persecution from those who believe otherwise.
The first step in satisfying this is to continue the calls for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable.
Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical