Abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood has announced they will be spending $45 million on the upcoming 2020 presidential elections, the most in their history.
“The stakes have never been higher,” said Planned Parenthood Votes Executive Director Jenny Lawson, via CBS News. She noted the Trump Administration “has managed to undo so much over the last three years.”
“The fact that this summer the Supreme Court might gut Roe v. Wade is an indicator of their intention and they’ve never been so bold,” Lawson added.
“The Democratic candidates collectively have the boldest reproductive rights policies we’ve ever seen,” she also said, via the Hill. “Every major candidate in the 2020 elections, except for Donald Trump, has spoken out against dangerous abortion bans and many of them have actually introduced real plans to protect the reproductive rights in this country.”
CBS News reports Planned Parenthood is looking to impact the elections in nine states often regarded as “battleground states,” including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The electoral movement—called “We Decide 2020″—is intending “to reach five million voters” through canvassing, mailers, and digital and radio ads.
CBS News adds:
State lawmakers introduced over 300 anti-abortion measures last year, a record-high number, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights research organization. Twelve states passed bans on the procedure, though all have been blocked by federal judges. Many of those other restrictions have gone into effect, however, including mandatory waiting periods and other measures designed to dissuade women from choosing an abortion.
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This year is expected to be no different. South Carolina is considering its own six-week ban on abortion and lawmakers in Tennessee are pushing to restrict the procedure entirely. A bill in Ohio overhauls the state’s penal code to call for some abortion patients to receive the death penalty.
In March, the Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since the appointments of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh flipped the Supreme Court conservative. The case centers on a 2014 Louisiana law that requires abortion-providing doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the law is upheld, Louisiana could become the first state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalized in 1973.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz criticized the announcement, noting much of the $45 million Planned Parenthood is looking to spend comes from American taxpayers.
If they’ve got $45m laying around, why exactly do they need taxpayer dollars? https://t.co/FhnfZnHjNE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 17, 2020
Pushing back on these efforts, the Hill reports Susan B. Anthony List said in 2019 that it would be spending $41 million to “aggressively challenge, erode, and finally, overturn Roe v. Wade.”