December 16, 2020

New Data Shows Abortion Businesses Took Millions in PPP Funding Despite Booming Business

Emergency loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were sent out by the federal government this past spring to allow small businesses to pay their employees during a time that they may not even be allowed to operate. Frustratingly, new data reveals that financially successful abortion businesses received over $3.5 million in PPP loans, and pro-abortion lobbying groups received over $9.3 million.

It was discovered in May that Planned Parenthood affiliates had received more than $80 million in loans, but those loans were canceled by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Planned Parenthood was supposed to be excluded from those loans since it classified itself as a non-profit with over 500 employees, and it upset many that the largest abortion business in the country had successfully taken millions of dollars from the limited PPP loans available to small businesses.

Alison Dreith, the deputy director of the abortion business Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, IL, told CBS News in April that “women are now less likely to change their minds once they schedule an abortion. Normally, 50% go through with it; amid the pandemic, the rate is 85%.” Abortion clinics have been allowed to remain open in Illinois, even as other businesses have been forced to shut down, many of which have closed permanently. At the same time, Hope Clinic received over $150,000 in PPP funding.

The SBA disclosed in July only the names of businesses that received $150,000 or more in PPP loans, but it did give the exact amounts of the grants or the names of businesses that received less than $150,000. After major media outlets filed a lawsuit, the SBA recently released more complete data.

Secular Pro-Life analyzed this newly released data compiled a list of abortion businesses and lobbying groups that took loans, as well as how much funding they received. Below is a selection of Illinois abortion businesses from that list.

Access Health Center in Downers Grove, IL received $64,155.

Michigan Avenue Center for Health in Chicago, IL received $28,012. The grant was approved on May 1, 2020. Less than three months later, Michigan Avenue for Health hospitalized a teenage girl.

Women's Aid Center in Chicago, IL received $90,000.