Planned Parenthood is Desperate to Save Gavin Newsom, That’s a Great Reason to Recall Him

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 23, 2021   |   9:57AM   |   Sacramento, California

Californians have the chance to recall radical pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom in September and elect a candidate who will thwart the abortion industry’s attempts to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

But the pro-abortion movement is fighting fiercely to keep Newsom in power.

Politico reports Planned Parenthood, NARAL and a new pro-abortion group called Women Against the Recall are trying to motivate voters by warning them about what a pro-life governor could do, if elected to fill Newsom’s place.

Taxpayer funding to the abortion industry and the governor’s veto power over pro-abortion bills are among the abortion groups’ concerns, but the power of the narrowly Democrat-held U.S. Senate is another.

“The reality is if we have a Republican in the governor’s mansion and something, God forbid, were to happen to our sitting state senator, Dianne Feinstein, [who is 88] and we were to have a governor then appoint that position, it could be Georgia who helped us win the U.S. Senate and California somehow that helps us lose the U.S. Senate,” Shannon Olivieri Hovis, leader of NARAL Pro Choice California, told Politico.

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Olivieri Hovis warned abortion activists not to take California’s pro-abortion Democrat political leanings for granted.

Pro-abortion groups are working to garner support for Newsom through phone calls and door-to-door canvassing, political ads and events with the governor and his supporters, according to the report. Already, they have spent tens of thousands of dollars to support Newsom, according to Politico, and they likely will spend much more before the election ends.

But Jodi Hicks, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, is worried that Californians who support abortion just aren’t motivated.

“As much as people in California support these rights, you can see by the polls that we’ve become a little complacent about what that actually means,” Hicks said during an online event Wednesday with the governor.

Newsom particularly seems worried about conservative radio host Larry Elder who “doesn’t believe in” Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that forces states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to viability.

A recent poll from the Los Angeles Times/UC Berkeley showed Elder as the Republican front-runner in the race.

Though the California legislature is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats, a pro-life Republican governor still could make a huge difference for life in the state. As Politico noted, “a governor could still cut state funding to clinics that provide abortion, or veto legislative proposals to expand access, said Laurie Sobel, an attorney and associate director of women’s health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

Newsom has been a close ally of the abortion industry. He angered voters on both sides of the aisle, however, after issuing strict lock-down orders during the coronavirus pandemic and later was caught breaking them.

During his first year as governor, Newsom doubled state taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, FOX 40 reports.

He also signed a law forcing public colleges to provide abortions for free on campus – something even his pro-abortion predecessor Gov. Jerry Brown thought was too radical.

And when other states began passing a record number of pro-life laws to protect unborn babies, Newsom issued a proclamation welcoming women to come to California for abortions.

The recall election is Sept. 14, but California is mailing ballots to voters early. On the ballot, voters will be asked two questions: first, if Newsom should be recalled, and, second, who should replace him.