On Wednesday, the far-left pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood that it would be spending a record total of $50 million on the midterm elections this year, with the stated goal of electing as many pro-abortion candidates to office as possible.
The Daily Caller reports that the statement was released by Planned Parenthood Votes, one of the political advocacy groups in the broader orbit of the main Planned Parenthood organization. The statement declared that the historic sum would be “strategically used to elect abortion rights champions” in the aftermath of the decision earlier this year by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which returned the issue of abortion back to the individual states to be decided.
In addition to the massive spending, the group also launched a website dedicated solely to its 2022 election efforts, called takecontrol2022.org, which will showcase all candidates who have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The investment will focus especially on states with close races for the U.S. Senate, including Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, and has a set goal of turning out at least 6 million voters on the issue of abortion alone, through conventional campaign means such as canvassing, phone banking, mailers, and digital advertising.
“This is an election about about power and control,” said Jenny Lawson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes. “The Supreme Court and anti-abortion rights politicians have stripped people of their constitutional right to abortion and the ability to make personal healthcare decisions.”
Lawson went on to falsely claim that pro-life politicians want to “throw health care providers and pregnant people in jail, and endanger the health and lives of pregnant people across the country,” incorrectly adding that “this is not what the American people want.”
In response, pro-life groups such as Live Action and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America pointed out that abortion is, in fact, widely unpopular with the American people, who have shifted gradually over the years towards a more pro-life stance.
“They want to ‘regain control’ by electing pro-abortion Democrats who will advance their deeply unpopular agenda and we cannt let that happen,” said Mallory Carroll of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. “Polls show Americans simply do not support abortion on demand without restrictions, rather they support compassionate limits enacted by the will of the people through their legislators—this includes protections for babies when they can feel pain and when their heartbeats can be protected.”
Many in the mainstream media and on the far-left pointed to the results of a recent ballot initiative in Kansas as proof that abortion will be a powerful driver of turnout in the upcoming midterms, after the ostensibly red state rejected a pro-life measure by an 18-point margin. However, other analysts have pointed out that nearly 200,000 more people cast a vote on the abortion measure than on any of the other major statewide campaigns, including the race for governor; as such, this result represents a sudden spike in turnout, produced by massive spending by pro-abortion groups, of voters who only cast a vote on the abortion issue and subsequently did not vote down-ballot.