Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other major pro-abortion groups are investing $150 million toward the 2022 midterm elections nationwide.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund, along with NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List, are targeting the political funding into paid ads and other initiatives across nine states, including Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, California, Kansas, and Wisconsin.
Six of the nine states include competitive Senate races, according to Politico.
Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, claimed the plan serves as “a warning” to pro-life candidates.
“Let this be a warning to the out-of-touch politicians standing in the way of our reproductive freedom: People are watching. People are furious. And this November, the people will vote you out,” Johnson said in a statement shared with Politico.
Let this be a warning to the out-of-touch politicians standing in the way of our reproductive freedom: People are watching. People are furious. And this November, the people will vote you out. https://t.co/fXOJGn2VN6
— Alexis McGill Johnson (@alexismcgill) May 2, 2022
“Electing lawmakers who will ferociously fight for reproductive freedom is essential to ensuring that we’re prepared for what comes next, and that’s exactly why we’re joining our partners in this critical, unprecedented effort,” Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL, said in a statement, according to Axios.
“We are at a crucial moment for abortion access. With so much at stake, we must take bold action to elect reproductive freedom champions up and down the ballot and to unseat those who attack our freedoms,” she added on Twitter.
We are at a crucial moment for abortion access. With so much at stake, we must take bold action to elect reproductive freedom champions up and down the ballot and to unseat those who attack our freedoms (1/4) https://t.co/YosiVCAccZ
— Mini Timmaraju (@mintimm) May 2, 2022
“It’s never been more crucial to secure pro-choice majorities at all levels of government to stop anti-abortion lawmakers from decimating our access to abortion across the nation,” Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List, also stated.
The significant funding also comes as the Supreme Court is set to soon rule in the case of a Republican-backed Mississippi pro-life law that could return abortion legislation to state control, upending the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
In addition, several Republican-led states have added new abortion restrictions in the past year ahead of both the Supreme Court’s ruling and the midterm elections.
Texas passed a six-week “fetal heartbeat” bill that went into effect last year, while Oklahoma recently passed a law that seeks to ban nearly all abortions in its state.
In contrast, Connecticut passed a bill last week to protect abortion providers from bans in other states. California is considering legislation to become an “abortion sanctuary” to offer abortion services to women from others states where abortion is more restricted.
The new announcement follows Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2020 election efforts that committed $45 million to pro-abortion allies during the last presidential election.
“We decide who our leaders are. We decide our future,” the website for “We Decide 2020” said at the time. “At the ballot box this year, we — not out-of-touch politicians — decide what we do with our own bodies.”