ACLU Will Spend $25 Million This Year Pushing Pro-Abortion Candidates

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 8, 2018   |   11:08AM   |   Washington, DC

The American Civil Liberties Union, often a partner with the abortion industry in lawsuits, plans to spend a huge amount to support pro-abortion candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

Politico reports the liberal non-profit has at least $25 million slated to promote abortion and other liberal issues in the upcoming elections. The ACLU does not have a political action committee, so it cannot directly support or endorse candidates; it can, however, support issues, according to the Christian Post.

The pro-abortion legal group said it will release an election scorecard with candidates’ positions, statements and votes on various issues. It also plans to run advertisements, town hall meetings and phone banks leading up to the midterm elections, according to the report.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told Politico that they hope to further engage voters in the increasingly divisive political climate.

“It’s clear that a larger portion of the American public is deeply engaged in politics in a way they’ve never been before,” Romero said.

Here’s more from the report:

Soaring after a banner year — the ACLU raised $93 million online in the 12 months after Donald Trump was elected president, up from $5.5 million the year before, and its membership quadrupled to 1.6 million — the civil rights group is in the midst of a dramatic makeover. The group aims to rival the National Rifle Association as a force on the left and become a hub of the anti-Trump movement. …

Most of the ACLU’s spending in 2018 will be directed at Republicans, though operatives haven’t ruled out indirectly going after Democrats on the wrong side of their issues, too. It will not form a PAC or endorse candidates, moves that would mean losing its 501(c)(4) nonprofit status, instead limiting its activity to promoting issues and initiatives. Among them are voting rights, the travel ban, disability rights, reproductive rights and immigration.

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The ACLU is a multi-issue group, but abortion is one of its key focuses. It often partners with Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses to challenge pro-life laws and regulations.

Currently, the group is challenging the Trump administration’s new life-affirming policies for unaccompanied immigrant minors and refugees. Late last year, the ACLU forced the administration to help facilitate an abortion for an illegal immigrant minor.

A few weeks later, the pro-abortion legal group filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to force it to facilitate abortions for the young girls in its care.

It also fought to deny federal grants to Catholic charities that help immigrants and refugees. The ACLU argues that the government should not give money to Catholic aid programs because they do not refer or provide abortions or birth control to young, unaccompanied minor refugees and immigrants, the New York Times reported. In the lawsuit, it argues that the agencies are legally required to provide access to contraception and abortion because they receive government funding.

The ACLU and Hawaiian abortion activists also are suing the federal government in a case that could force every pharmacy in America to sell dangerous abortion drugs.

The goals of the ACLU are clear. It states on its website that it “works every day to stop … attack[s] on reproductive freedom,” or legalized abortion on demand.