Planned Parenthood plans to spend $20 million to fight Republicans at the ballot box next year as the group punches back against GOP efforts to end its federal funding.
This comes after the abortion giant has been caught up in a massive scandal involving its sales of aborted babies and their body parts.
“Extremists made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says in a new promotional video to abortion activists.
“Enough is enough,” Richards said in the video. “With our supporters, we’re launching ‘I Vote Planned Parenthood Action.’ We’ll organize and mobilize to elect lawmakers who are in our corner.”
The nation’s largest abortion provider intends to spend millions of dollars to influence voters to elect a candidate that supports Planned Parenthood, which notably include Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
They plan to take its efforts to swing states like New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that have both top Senate races as well as holding a status as a key presidential state.
The $20 million will be spent on a mix of volunteer and activist organizing in each state and advertising.
Planned Parenthood’s statement announcing the $20 million election campaign ignores the criticism over its sale of aborted baby parts:
Reproductive health and rights are under unprecedented attack — and that makes the stakes sky high this election. Here’s what we’re up against: extreme lawmakers in states across the country who are doing everything they can to ban patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood, politicians in Washington who are trying to cut off access to essential reproductive care (6 votes in September alone!), and top GOP presidential hopefuls, all of whom would ban safe and legal abortion.
What happens this year will have very real repercussions for access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. It will also have a real impact on the women, men and young people who count on Planned Parenthood across the country for quality, affordable care.
In fact, this year is our biggest chance yet to elect champions of reproductive health. We need leaders in Congress and state legislatures who have fought alongside Planned Parenthood supporters and stood up against relentless attacks on women’s health. We need a reproductive health champion in the White House. Period.
That’s why Planned Parenthood Action Fund is going all out from now until Election Day.
In an interview with Katie Couric this month, Planned Parenthood president and CEO Cecile Richards defended the abortion business’ practice of selling aborted babies and their body parts. She called on the pro-life activists who exposed the practice to quit “shaming” the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners involved.