Once again we see that Planned Parenthood believes they are above the law by applying for and taking coronavirus relief funds for which they were not entitled. Please see press release below from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life.
Planned Parenthood is once again trying to steal more money from taxpayers. At least 37 Planned Parenthood affiliates, including two from New Jersey, who were ineligible for funds from the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program, applied for and received a total of $80 million from the coronavirus relief fund.
Among them are two Planned Parenthood affiliates from New Jersey. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is their parent company, has more than 600 employees. They took the money even though the loans prohibited organizations with more than 500 employees to apply for the funds.
According to reports released by the Small Business Association (SBA) this past week, Planned Parenthood of Northern and Central New Jersey in Morristown received $2-5 Million and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey based in Newark, which received $1-2 Million.
SBA sent Planned Parenthood a letter stating that their 49 affiliates were ineligible for the loans. A group of 27 Republican U.S. Senators subsequently sent a letter asking U.S. Attorney General Barr to investigate the matter. As proof that Planned Parenthood knew they were ineligible for funds, the Senators cited a statement by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that the Small Business Administration could exclude them from the funding. The penalty for fraudulent loan applications carries civil and criminal penalties.
This is not the first time Planned Parenthood affiliates in NJ have applied for and received taxpayer funds illegally.
Several years ago, the abortion group was found engaging in fraudulent Medicaid activity in New Jersey. The U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services uncovered a consistent problem with New Jersey-based family planning clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business. A government audit found that they were improperly billing Medicaid for services that did not qualify as family planning.
An initial audit revealed New Jersey improperly received federal reimbursement at the enhanced 90 percent rate for 160,955 prescription drug claims that were billed as family planning but did not qualify as family planning services. A letter from the Inspector General to New Jersey officials recommended that New Jersey repay $2,219,746 to the federal government.
On Tuesday, June 30, NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed a Supplemental Appropriation Bill (A3/S20) which allocated $3.814 Million in taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood sent a letter to legislators demanding that they vote in favor of the bill and warned them that they intend to score the vote. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature the day before, along mostly partisan lines. Governor Murphy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature previously allocated $20 Million this year to the abortion lobbying group and Governor Murphy’s FY 2021 proposed budget allocated another $20 million to the abortion business.
“Our state is facing a $2 Billion deficit, businesses have had to shutter their doors, over 1 million NJ citizens are currently unemployed, and so many worthwhile programs are not being funded, yet the shameful money grab by this legislature and Governor Murphy to use our tax dollars to subsidize and boost Planned Parenthood’s abortion business continues unabated,” said NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy.
Planned Parenthood is a private, non-profit, political, partisan organization that financially supports the Governor and many members of his current party at election time.
Commenting on this latest scheme to syphon more money from taxpayers, NJRTL Executive Director Marie Tasy, said, “Planned Parenthood should be immediately charged with civil and criminal penalties and ordered to pay the money back immediately. It is not surprising that Planned Parenthood would use a global pandemic to try to steal more money from taxpayers. They have proven to be ruthless pro-abortion political advocates that will go to any length to protect their bottom line.”