For a group that claims to serve low-income patients, Planned Parenthood certainly spends a lot of money on politics.
In addition to a $30 million mid-term election budget, the abortion chain plans to spend six figures on ads trashing President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, The Hill reports.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced the ad buy, targeting several swing-vote U.S. senators who could make or break Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“The constitutional right to have an abortion is at stake. Our ability to get health care and to live free of discrimination is at stake,” said Carmen Berkley, managing director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a statement.
Pro-abortion TV ads will run in Maine and Alaska, and a digital ad will run nationwide, according to the report. The two states are particular targets because their senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, are pro-abortion Republicans. With such a closely divided U.S. Senate, they and several moderately pro-life Democrats are critical to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The ads will run as part of a multi-group #DearSenators campaign to persuade the U.S. Senate to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, according to the Washington Examiner. The ads and other campaign efforts will feature patients’ personal stories about abortions prior to Roe v. Wade and other issues.
Here’s more from the report:
The campaign, called #dearsenators, hopes to use personal stories from constituents on how Kavanaugh could affect their lives if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court. It is the latest campaign from progressive groups who view Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights and Obamacare.
The campaign has a website, dearsenators.org, that features voice recordings of patient stories and a way for supporters to send their own voicemail to senators.
Other pro-abortion groups involved in the effort include the National Women’s Law Center, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Stand Up for America and Advocates for Youth.
National pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.
A federal judge, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he developed an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.
Two years ago, Planned Parenthood spent more than $38 million to back Hillary Clinton and other pro-abortion candidates in 2016.