Planned Parenthood will soon announce a campaign offensive that includes spending over $16 million in the upcoming midterm elections in 14 different states. This $16 million comes on top of the $2.4 million the organization already spent on Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s successful run for Virginia governor in 2013, Politico reports.
“The bottom line is: Many of these races are going to be determined by women and women voters. To the extent that we still have politicians who are running on a platform to repeal women’s access to health care and women’s rights, that’s a losing proposition,” Cecile Richard, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund said. “We will absolutely be on the offense on these issues.”
Crossing the $18 million mark in Virginia’s election and the upcoming elections would make Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes two of the largest third-party spenders on Democratic campaigns, Politico says. This sum is much larger than the $4.2 million Planned Parenthood spent in the 2010 midterm election.
Republicans have unsuccessfully attempted to pull government funding from the pro-abortion, politically active Planned Parenthood, which received $540.6 million in taxpayer money in 2013.
— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.