According to The Tennessean, abortion activists have raised more money than pro-lifers for their campaign on Amendment 1.Financial reports showed that the ‘Vote No’ campaign brought in 1.5 million, while the YES on 1 campaign brought in $631,576.
If enacted, Amendment 1 would overturn the Tennessee Supreme Court ruling, Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee vs. Sundquist, that prohibited common-sense pro-life laws and safety standards to be placed on the abortion industry. Brian Harris, the president of Tennessee Right to Life said, “Yes on 1 is a grassroots effort from Memphis to Mountain City. We are working to restore the voice of Tennesseans and to reinstate common sense protections so that we are no longer known as an abortion destination.”
On the YES on 1 website, the campaign highlights the importance of the amendment. “Because each of Tennessee’s 8 border states have active policies requiring informed consent, waiting periods and regulation of abortion facilities by state Department of Health, Tennessee has quickly become a destination for women, girls, spouses, partners and parents seeking unregulated abortions.”
At a quick glance it seems like the ‘Vote No’ campaign has far more financial support in Tennessee, but the majority of their contributions came from the abortion industry. In contrast, the Vote YES on 1 campaign reported that 600 Tennessee donors contributed $455,968 in itemized contributions.
In a press release, Lorene Steffes, a spokeswoman from the Yes on 1 campaign said, “An industry that refuses to police itself is pouring millions into deceptive television ads in order to confuse voters and continue operating without common-sense safeguards. The disclosures make clear that those who care most about defeating Amendment 1 are those who profit from performing abortions”
The details about the abortion industry’s contributions are shown in the report below.
|$817,140||Planned Parenthood of Memphis|
|$500,000||Planned Parenthood of Middle & East TN|
|$42,000||Planned Parenthood of Chicago|
|$32,500||Memphis Center for Reproductive Health|
|$7,500||Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health|
|$5,000||Planned Parenthood California|
|$1,000||Planned Parenthood of North Carolina|
|$1,000||Planned Parenthood, New York|
|$1,424,840||90% of contributions|
Overall, eight abortion facilities contributed to the Vote No campaign, ranking in a total of $1.4 million; however, they secured less than $150,000 from individual contributions.
Additionally, the majority of the $1.4 million came from none other than Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. Once again, they are spending millions of dollars to ensure that they can perform unregulated abortions and risk hurting women in the process.