Republican lawmakers will introduce a bill Tuesday that explicitly bans abortion providers from receiving coronavirus aid.
The Abortion Providers Loan Elimination Act, sponsored by North Carolina Republican Rep. Greg Murphy, would “prohibit abortion providers from receiving a covered loan under the paycheck protection program,” according to a draft of the proposal provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. The bill is a direct response to accusations from Republican lawmakers that Planned Parenthood affiliates illegally accepted millions in coronavirus aid.
GOP lawmakers had previously demanded an investigation into $80 million in PPP loans to Planned Parenthood affiliates, saying they were obtained illegally.
The Small Business Administration has repeatedly declined to comment on the Republicans’ claims.
“Abortion providers have absolutely no business receiving PPP loans,” Murphy told the DCNF. “It is a scandal that Planned Parenthood received loans through PPP in the first place.”