Americorps Shuts Down Program After Volunteers Broke the Law Working at Abortion Businesses

A few months after AmeriCorps was caught illegally using taxpayer dollars to help women get abortions, the public service agency announced an end to its problematic healthcare program, according to Jezebel. In April, news broke that some volunteers in the taxpayer-funded program were working with abortion businesses in direct violation of the program’s federal grant requirements, according to The Hill. According to the investigation, six AmeriCorps volunteers provided emotional support and transportation to women seeking abortions at a community health center in New York City. The abortion work was organized through the National Association of Community Health Centers, which oversees AmeriCorps, the report states. In May, the health centers association and AmeriCorps leaders faced an investigative hearing in front of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce to examine the violations and consider what action to take. Now, the health centers association is shutting down the AmeriCorps healthcare program, Buzzfeed reports. The program, Community HealthCorps, trained thousands of members to volunteer at health clinics across the nation, according to the report. Members worked in 17 states and Washington, D.C., educating asthma and diabetes patients, reminding older patients to take their medicine, giving HIV tests and performing other tasks, the report states. Here’s more from the article: Community HealthCorps “was our longest-running health care program,” CNCS spokesperson Samantha Warfield told BuzzFeed News, confirming that NACHC failed to secure renewal of its grant this year. The grant has given $30 million to the nonprofit over the last five years. More than 400 AmeriCorps volunteers, who receive a small stipend and student loan forgiveness in return for their service, are...