Abortion Activists are Spending $40 Million on Prop 3 for Abortions Up to Birth, Vote No

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 31, 2022   |   4:48PM   |   Lansing, Michigan

Billionaires and “dark money” groups are dumping tens of millions of dollars into Michigan this fall to persuade voters to adopt a radical pro-abortion amendment to their state constitution.

That proposal, Proposition 3 on the ballot in November, would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth and end parents’ rights to be involved when their child wants an abortion or transgender drugs or surgery.

Major donors to the pro-abortion campaign Reproductive Freedom for All include billionaires George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and “dark money” group The Sixteen Thirty Fund, Bridge Michigan reports.

“Proposal 3 is billionaires from other states funding something they have never read and won’t have to live with—permanently—because they live 500 miles away,” Right to Life of Michigan responded to the report on Twitter.

According to campaign finance reports Friday, the pro-abortion campaign raised $40.2 million while the pro-life coalition Citizens to Support MI Women and Children raised $16.9 million. Almost all the money donated to the pro-life coalition came from within Michigan, but the opposite was the case with the pro-abortion campaign.

Soros’s Open Society Policy Center donated $4.5 million and Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, donated $2 million to the pro-abortion campaign, according to the report. Nishad Singh, an executive at the Bahamas-based company FTX, donated an additional $4 million, campaign finance records show.

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According to Bridge Michigan, most of the pro-abortion campaign money came “from ‘dark money’ groups that are not required to disclose donors, leaving the real source of the money unknown to the public. The Sixteen Thirty Fund, a liberal national 501(c)(4) group, contributed $5.2 million for the quarter — the most among all donations over the past three months.”

Christen Pollo, spokesperson for the pro-life Citizens to Support MI Women and Children coalition, said the money shows that Proposition 3 is not a state effort.

“Proponents of 3 have raised $24 million (2/3rds of their funds) from NYC and LA. A mere 100 people gave 98 percent of their $34 million total,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is New York and California pushing extremism on Michigan to become a blueprint they take across the country.”

The pro-life campaign has received almost all of its money from within the state. Its largest donors include Right to Life of Michigan, which donated $9.2 million; and the Michigan Catholic Conference, which gave $5.9 million, according to campaign finance records. Many Catholic dioceses, churches and individuals also donated smaller amounts to the campaign.

The proposed amendment would legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and allow anyone, including people without any medical training, to assist with an abortion, according to the Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children.

And while Michigan law requires parents to consent for a 12-year-old to have their tonsils removed, the amendment would make it so parents do not need to consent or even be informed if their 12-year-old daughter has an abortion, or receives transgender drugs or surgery.

Meanwhile, pro-lifers working to defeat the amendment have been targets of violence. In September, an elderly pro-life woman was shot by an angry abortion supporter while campaigning against the amendment in Lake Odessa; she survived. The man is facing several charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and careless discharge of a firearm causing injury.

Several churches and pregnancy centers also have been vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti in recent months.

Michigan is a major abortion battleground state. Pro-life Republicans control the state legislature, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer repeatedly has vetoed life-saving legislation. In July, she even vetoed $21.4 million in funding to support pregnant and parenting mothers who choose life for their babies.

Michigan has a pre-Roe v. Wade law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but a judge recently blocked the law at the request of pro-abortion groups.

Nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Michigan every year.