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Planned Parenthood Announces $45 Million Campaign in Efforts to Unseat Trump, Flip Senate

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The political action committee of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, is planning to invest $45 million or more into efforts aimed at flipping control of the Republican-led Senate and unseating President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

The multi-million dollar funding will go toward “large-scale” campaigns with print, radio, television, direct-mail ads, and neighborhood canvasses, according to The Hill.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Planned Parenthood said that the funding will reach across 50 states to “to take back the Senate, the White House, state legislatures, and defeat harmful ballot measures across the country.”

“The stakes are higher than ever, and were coming out more powerfully than ever with the largest investment weve ever made,” Kelley Robinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, told The Hill.

While the campaign will span across the United States, the abortion provider is focusing on nine key swing states in its initial spending: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Robinson said that Planned Parenthoods message may have the potential to “mobilize women and people of color to vote in 2020.”

“We know were going to have a critical role mobilizing those folks to win back the Senate and expand the path to 270 to win back the presidency,” she told The Hill.

According to the outlet, Planned Parenthood plans to tell Americans that there is a “coordinated attack” among Republicans in state legislatures, Congress, and the White House to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that hamstrung states ability to restrict abortion.

Twelve states have passed laws restricting abortion access this year, some aimed at provoking a Supreme Court review of Roe v. Wade.

In addition to slamming the prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood in its blog post also denounced Trumps recent rule changes with regard to the federal governments Title X family planning program.

In August, Planned Parenthood left the federal Title X program due to the Trump administrations new rules, which “prohibit the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”

Planned Parenthood in its blog also flagged a recently-announced abortion case as having the potential to yield “a decision that could defy precedent and make the protections of Roe v. Wade virtually meaningless.”

The Supreme Court announced on Oct. 4 that it would take a major abortion case related to abortion access—the first abortion case since the appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which shifted the court to the right.

Following Planned Parenthoods $45 million announcement, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement cited by Fox News: “It is unfair to force Americans to subsidize through their tax dollars this partisan political organization bent on electing pro-abortion politicians.”

Mancini also alleged that Planned Parenthood is “a political advocacy group with a focus on expanding abortion,” and as such, the multi-million dollar funding is “no surprise.”

Roe v. Wade

The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision established that it is part of a womans “right to privacy” to undergo abortion (pdf). States can only ban abortion after “viability,” meaning “potentially able to live outside the mothers womb, albeit with artificial aid.”

The Supreme Courts 1973 decision said that if unborn children are persons, then they have the right to life. The ruling determined that unborn children are not persons, but acknowledged that “if this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellants case, of course, collapses, for the fetuss right to life Read More – Source

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