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Planned Parenthood, the titan of the abortion industry, wants to win in 2020 and it’s investing more money than ever to do it.
The organization announced on Wednesday that it plans to spend at least $45 million on local, state, and federal candidates who support abortion. Its “largest-ever electoral effort” is a huge jump from 2018, when the group spent a comparatively meager $5.1 million in the midterm elections, according to Open Secrets.
Planned Parenthood wants to win the White House, take back the Senate for Democrats, and elect legislators across America who will support legal and subsidized abortion. But Planned Parenthood, its executives still insist, is not political.
Acting Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson complained in the Washington Post this summer, “Planned Parenthood isn’t political. It’s been politicized.” She argued that “some are dismissing or mischaracterizing the organization’s mission as ‘political,’ offering a false choice between advocating for women’s health and offering health care.”
But it’s not just about women’s health, is it? Former Planned Parenthood leader Leana Wen got cut from the organization this summer for being too much of a medical professional and not enough of a lobbyist.
“At its essence,” Jeanne Mancini, the president of the March for Life, said in a statement, “Planned Parenthood is a political advocacy group with a focus on expanding abortion.”
When a substantial portion of the American population, including women, still oppose abortion, and when the organization is shelling out millions and millions of dollars into one side in national elections, can it really claim that it’s just about “women’s health”? No, but that won’t stop it from trying.
“We’ll fight for our rights and freedoms down the ballot in 2020,” Planned Parenthood Action claimed in its tweet announcing its political initiative. “This November, basic rights and freedoms are on the line,” it added later, “and the stakes have never been higher.”
Planned Parenthood may couch its political strategies in language about “basic rights and freedoms,” but that doesn’t change the fact that the organization, which receives more than $500 million in funding from taxpayers each year, is patently political.
Perhaps even more significantly, Planned Parenthood already has hundreds of supporters spreading its propaganda in the entertainment industry. More than 100 musicians have joined its “Bans Off My Body” campaign, and every year, the organization consults with Hollywood filmmakers about how to portray abortion on screen. This usually means that women in film choose abortion because they feel that it’s best for them.
When Planned Parenthood is “accused of being political,” it’s not “standing up for patients,” as McGill Johnson argues. It’s standing up for its own future and no one else’s — especially not the future of the unborn.