Labor Unions Give $2 Million to Planned Parenthood and Pro-Abortion Groups

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2017   |   5:29PM   |   Washington, DC

The biggest labor unions have long had ties with top pro-abortion organizations. A new report indicates the leading labor unions across the country donated approximately $2,000,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business and other abortion advocacy groups.

The American Federation of Teachers led the way with well over $1 million dollars in contributions to the Abortion Lobby. The total number of donations from the teachers organization to pro-abortion organizations is confounding. Why would a so-called teachers group give so much money to the nation’s biggest abortion business that kills future students in abortions?

The Daily Caller has additional info about the ties between labor unions and big abortion:

Unions across the country donated $765 million to various organizations over the last four years, and 99 percent of that cash went to liberal-leaning causes.

Labor unions gave $764,952,394 to left-wing special interests between 2012 and 2016, according to the Center for Union Facts. Of the nearly $765 million, 99 percent of union political contributions went to left-wing causes. The Center for Union Facts compiled a comprehensive database of information about labor unions in the United States: outlining union spending, salary information, dues revenue data, and more using data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

During this same time frame, almost $307 million went to the Democratic Party and aligned groups, including Media Matters, the Clinton Foundation, Mi Familia Vota, the National Democratic Club, the Advocacy Fund, Progressive Democrats of America, and Planned Parenthood.

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Money given to these groups and labor union spending on abortion funding, however, is almost exclusively unapproved. Union members must consent to candidate contributions and super PAC spending by affirming they are part of the union, but the same is not true for political advocacy. Thus, union member dues end up going toward political causes—like abortion advocacy—disguised as representational activity.

Here’s how much a few pro-abortion groups received from labor unions since 2007, according to Luka Ladan, communications director for the Center for Union Facts:

  • Planned Parenthood: $1.18 million
  • Emily’s List: $810,000
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: $45,000

Here are the dollar amounts since 2007 that a few labor unions have given for abortion lobby funding:

  • American Federation of Teachers: $1,150,000
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees: $520,100
  • International Association of Firefighters: $10,000
  • Service Employees International Union: $180,000
  • United Association: $40,000
  • United Auto Workers: $100,000
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union: $35,000

Groups like the Coalition of Labor Union Women also support abortion advocacy projects like the Contraceptive Equity Project that fights to guarantee insurance companies will cover comprehensive contraception services, including abortion. The group did not reply to multiple requests for comment.

That funding doesn’t begin to touch on the hundreds of millions labor unions gave to pro-abortion political candidates or pro-abortion political party organizations.