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In letters obtained by NPR, the Small Business Administration informs local Planned Parenthood affiliates that they are not eligible for loans received through the paycheck protection program due to rules to limit funds to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Above, the Planned Parenthood health center in Saint-Louis on May 30, 2019.

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In letters obtained by NPR, the Small Business Administration informs local Planned Parenthood affiliates that they are not eligible for loans received through the paycheck protection program due to rules to limit funds to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Above, the Planned Parenthood health center in Saint-Louis on May 30, 2019.

Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration is asking local Planned Parenthood affiliates in the United States to repay millions of dollars in loans received through the federal government’s coronavirus rescue program.

In letters obtained by NPR, the Small Business Administration, which manages the Paycheck Protection Program, informs local affiliates that they are not eligible under the program rules to limit funds to small businesses and non-profit organizations lucrative. In total, according to the letters, Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide have asked for more than $ 80 million through the loan forgiveness program established by CARES.

Under the program rules, small businesses and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees can apply for repayable loans. Planned Parenthood officials say local member organizations that fall within these limits – not the larger national group – asked for and received the funds.

The Small Business Administration requests affiliates to return funds or respond with documents demonstrating eligibility for the program. The letters end with a warning that “if SBA determines that a borrower has knowingly made a false certification” on a loan application, the agency “may refer the borrower for appropriate civil or criminal penalties”.

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