(LifeSiteNews) — President Joe Biden’s administration has violated the rules over a COVID bailout program in order to send money to Planned Parenthood.
The Washington Free Beacon conducted an analysis of ProPublica’s database on recipients of funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a 2020 fund created by Congress that is supposed to be used to help small business keep people employed and pay bills, and identified the amount given in 2021.
Nearly half of the $23 million received by Planned Parenthood affiliates through PPP is attributable to a $10 million loan to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.
Congress had created the program to help mitigate the consequences of coronavirus shutdowns. Organizations with more than 500 employees are not eligible for the taxpayer money.
Planned Parenthood has previously been told that it is not eligible for the money because its affiliates are considered part of the larger organization. The Small Business Administration (SBA) under then-President Donald Trump told 37 affiliates to return $80 million in total loans received through the PPP.
One pro-life group told LifeSiteNews that the problem is bureaucratic, but Biden could stop it.
“I think it’s obvious that the people in charge at the SBA for the loans are the ones who are just violating the laws, so I think if you really want to get into this there needs to be change in personnel down the line,” Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, told LifeSiteNews in a phone interview. “It’s the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who have been there a long time [and] who are going to do what they want. It’s just absolutely ridiculous.”
Biden is not off the hook, however. “The president does appoint the people at the top, the department heads,” Sedlak said, “so if Biden would appoint department heads [who ensured] that laws be followed and then took action against those members who were not following the law,” the problem would fix itself.
PETITION UPDATE (9/27/21) -
United has agreed to put off its threatened COVID vaccine mandate for another 2 weeks, as proceedings came to a screeching halt in federal court last Friday.
Mark Paoletta, a partner at Schaerr Jaffe representing the plaintiffs, was quoted by Breitbart as saying:
"Now everyone can follow the court’s decision to take the time and care needed to carefully consider the legitimate claims our clients have as we seek a solution that allows United to take necessary steps to combat COVID-19 while respecting the civil rights of valuable employees who have sincere religious objections or medical conditions that make them unable to take the vaccine."
While this appears to be a lessening of tensions and possibly a step in the right direction, we must wait till the case resumes on October 15 to see if United will scrap their draconian mandate.
In the meantime, we must continue to apply pressure on United.
So, please continue to SIGN and SHARE this pledge to boycott the airline giant for threatening to impose harsh measures - including forced unpaid leave - in order to coerce employees with religious or medical objections to the vaccine to take the jab.
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United Airlines is accused of not respecting the religious and medical COVID vaccine exemptions which the company offered to employees who cannot, in good conscience or health, take the vaccine.
2,000 employees of the industry giant are represented in two court cases which have been initiated to stop United from laying-off or indefinitely furloughing workers who have sought COVID vaccine exemptions.
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Many United Airlines employees have sincerely held religious objections to taking the COVID vaccines, while other employees have been told by their doctors not to take the vaccine due to health concerns.
The religious and medical rights of these employees must be respected, and, will hopefully be vindicated by the courts.
But, airlines are for-profit businesses, and apart from the legal incentives, there must also be financial incentives for them to respect their employees' religious and medical rights, and, indeed, the same rights of all Americans.
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The CEO of United Airlines, Scott Kirby, and HR Manager, Kate Gebo, need to understand that the American public will not support businesses who force their employees or customers to violate their religious beliefs or their doctors' recommendations.
Of course, this is totally unnecessary.
United could simply make reasonable accommodations for their employees who are claiming either a religious or medical exemption.
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“Of course, under the current administration, most of the cabinet members are pro-abortion, because that’s the way Biden wants it,” Sedlak said. He said pro-life politicians could use the power of the purse strings to try to force change. “Congress is currently trying to say they won’t give any money to the offending agencies, so that’s another way.”
The House Small Business Committee’s Republican members announced they would block a vote on the SBA’s deputy administrator role until the PPP money is returned.
“We will not allow a vote on SBA’s nominee for Deputy Administrator until the SBA takes action to recover the wrongfully acquired PPP funds by Planned Parenthood entities,” the minority members wrote on Twitter on September 20.
But even if Republicans are successful, there’s another funding stream to consider, Sedlak said.
“There are five states [where] Planned Parenthood has a total of 16 sites where they are actually administering the COVID shots. So, they’re getting government money to administer the COVID shots,” Sedlak said. The states are California, Florida, Iowa, New York, and Washington.
The loan program is not the only way the Biden administration has recently circumvented the law to benefit the abortion industry.
His administration ignored the normal rule-making process to try and push through a rule that will require health insurance companies to bill all clients one fee for both their regular premiums and for abortion coverage.
This despite clear language in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which requires people who want abortion coverage to pay a separate fee for it. The administration shortened the comment period to 50 days, despite a precedent for it being generally 60 or 90 days in length.
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