Officials confirmed on Thursday that the Trump administration will not distribute coronavirus rescue funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
A senior official told The Daily Caller News Foundation: “Through the Paycheck Protection Program, President Trump is delivering vital relief to help small businesses keep employees on payroll.”
The Paycheck Protection Program is a subdivision of the $2.3 trillion CARES act passed in early April. The PPP allocated hundreds of billions of dollars in loans to small businesses that pledge to retain employees during the shutdown.
“It’s clear that the abortion industry shouldn’t be able to qualify for those funds, which are desperately needed by small businesses,” the official told the DCNF.
The coronavirus crisis has halted so-called “elective” procedures in the US. Though the term may lead some to believe that such surgeries are optional, that is not the case.
Surgeries such as tumor removals, cancer biopsies, and cardiovascular procedures often fall under the umbrella of “elective” procedures, but nevertheless have meaningful implications for those that have been forced to forego them due to hospital directives.
However, abortion advocates in the US have been hard at work attempting to classify abortions as essential. Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia have all protected abortions despite canceling other life-sustaining procedures.
Other states have taken the opposite tack, classifying abortions as non-essential procedures due to concerns about hospital capacity and PPE shortages. These states face have faced ferocious pushback from abortion advocates even as the pandemic rages through the nation.
“President Trump is the most pro-life president in American history,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. “It’s disgusting, but not surprising, that the extreme abortion lobby would try to use a global health crisis to promote the killing of unborn children.”