The Planned Parenthood abortion chain announced a whopping $45 million election budget this week to defeat President Donald Trump and pro-life candidates across the nation in 2020.
NPR reports this will be the billion dollar abortion group’s “largest electoral effort yet.” In 2016, Planned Parenthood spent more than $30 million in a failed attempt to elect pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Kelley Robinson, executive director of the superPAC Planned Parenthood Votes, said the $45 million is just an initial projection, but they hope to spend even more.
She told NPR that their top priority is to defeat Trump and push the U.S. Senate into the control of pro-abortion Democrats. This would prevent pro-life lawmakers from confirming any more judges to the U.S. Supreme Court who could overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The stakes are higher than ever, and our donors and our supporters understand that very clearly,” Robinson said.
It’s clear why the largest abortion chain in America wants to end the Trump administration. In the past three years, Trump has defunded Planned Parenthood of approximately $160 million in tax dollars through the Mexico City policy and Title X protect life rule. His administration is fighting for the rights of doctors and nurses whose livelihoods are being threatened because they oppose abortion, and Trump has appointed numerous conservative judges to federal courts.
If pro-life Republicans gain control of the U.S. House and win a few more seats in the U.S. Senate, important legislation like the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and a ban on late-term abortions could become law and protect countless babies’ lives.
Starting in the next few months, Planned Parenthood plans to focus its election efforts on nine swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The money will be used to buy mail pieces, digital, TV and radio ads and pay for door-to-door voter canvassing, the report states.
“This year what we’re finding is that people really understand exactly what’s at stake,” Robinson said. “We’ve built some serious grassroots power in the states with millions of new supporters signing up.”
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Planned Parenthood certainly has the money, but it does not have the grassroots support that it claims. According to its annual reports, its patient numbers are shrinking, and its non-abortion services have been dropping steadily over the past decade. Still, the abortion chain managed to pull in a record $1.6 billion in revenue last year while doing more than 330,000 abortions.
Year after year, pro-abortion groups have vastly outspent pro-life organizations in elections, but that spending largely has not swayed public opinions on abortion.
According to the Pacific Standard: “If you search the usual websites for campaign-finance data on pro-choice and pro-life groups, a surprising fact becomes clear: Pro-choice abortion-policy organizations outspend pro-life ones, by anywhere from 20 percent to 900 percent, nearly every year, going back to 1990, which is the oldest data gathered by the Center for Responsive Politics.”
According to Gallup polls, however, Americans have remained consistently opposed to abortion across those same decades. As LifeNews reported in June, Gallup found 60% of Americans take a pro-life position on abortion wanting all (21%) or almost all 39% abortions made illegal.
Still, pro-lifers have a lot of work to do. The abortion industry has a lot of money and influence, and its backers are some of the richest old men in the world, including George Soros and Warren Buffet. It also has the backing of much of the mainstream media, which frequently fails to inform voters about its extreme pro-abortion agenda.
The 2020 election has high stakes. Depending on who wins, America could restore protections for babies in the womb, or it could return to the early post-Roe days when unborn babies could be aborted for any reason up to birth by an unregulated, profit-driven abortion industry.
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Author: Micaiah Bilger