Sen. Loeffler Introduces Legislation to Prohibit PPP Loans from Funding Abortions

Posted: May 20, 2020 1:45 PM
Sen. Loeffler Introduces Legislation to Prohibit PPP Loans from Funding Abortions

Source: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) introduced legislation that would scrap the 500-employee cap for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, in order to expand the reach of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act, would allow larger nonprofits to see economic relief, while also ensuring that abortion providers do not have access to the taxpayer-funded loan program:

“The Paycheck Protection Program was created to keep American small businesses afloat and keep their workers on payroll amid the coronavirus pandemic, not to provide government funding for abortions,” Sen. Loeffler said in a statement. “Abortion providers shouldn't get a dime of this taxpayer lifeline. It is critical that Congress pass my LIFE NOW Act to lift restrictions preventing larger pro-family nonprofit organizations from receiving PPP relief and to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortion providers.”

GOP Sens. Mike Rounds (SD), James Lankford (OK) and Kevin Cramer (ND) signed onto the legislation to expand PPP for non-profits and protect taxpayers from funding abortions. 

This legislation is timely, as Planned Parenthood managed to be approved for nearly $80 million dollars PPP loans. The nation’s largest abortion provider is not a small business, by any means, and is certainly not worthy of taxpayer funding during a global health crisis. Planned Parenthood receiving the loans is a clear violation of PPP affiliation rules, and lawmakers are now calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to look into how this happened: