Pro-Abortion Group Launches $5 Million Campaign to Take Over Congress

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 25, 2018   |   9:10AM   |   Washington, DC

Desperate abortion advocacy groups are spending huge amounts of money to put Congress back into the hands of pro-abortion lawmakers.

The radical pro-abortion group NARAL announced a $5 million spending campaign on the midterm elections Thursday – the largest amount it has ever spent on an election, The Hill reports.

It plans to target pro-life House Republicans in 19 states and attempt to unseat them with pro-abortion Democrats, according to the report. Key states include California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.

“Never before have our rights and freedoms been under greater attack, and never before have we had greater opportunity to fight back and win,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said Thursday.

The pro-abortion group said it plans to hone in on voters in swing districts, especially female suburban voters, through mailers, phone calls, digital and TV ads, canvassing and rallies.

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The “Majority Maker” program, the largest spending plan in the group’s history, will specifically target GOP House members who have voted for anti-abortion bills that have flown under the radar, usually because they failed to pass the Senate.

Hogue used the example of Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), who voted in favor of a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

“There is no way that Mast voters know he has taken these votes. He certainly doesn’t trumpet it from his stump speech that he is voting to remove people’s rights left and right, with no exception for rape or incest,” Hogue said.

Earlier this spring, Planned Parenthood also announced a $30 million spending campaign for the 2018 midterm elections. Its focus is on the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.

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Republicans narrowly hold the U.S. Senate. However, they have too few votes to overcome filibusters on key pro-life bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Just a few more pro-life wins in the Senate could see important pro-life legislation passed. A few losses could bring the pro-abortion Democratic Party back into power.

Deirdre Schifeling, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, previously criticized President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for introducing pro-life policies in the past two years. These included defunding Planned Parenthood’s international arm and cutting off grants to its failed teen pregnancy prevention program. This week, Trump also introduced a rule to defund the abortion giant of Title X family planning funds, of which it receives about $60 million a year.

Separately, in March, Newsweek reported Planned Parenthood’s political arms also plan to spend $20 million to support pro-abortion Senate candidates in eight states.

Key targets include Senate and gubernatorial races in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to the report. Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes plan to spend the money on TV and digital ads, mailers and on-the-ground efforts.

Two years ago, Planned Parenthood spent more than $38 million to back Hillary Clinton and other pro-abortion candidates in 2016. Many of those candidates lost.