Planned Parenthood is spending $45 million on the 2020 election, and your tax dollars are still subsidizing it
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Planned Parenthood is planning to spend $45 million supporting pro-abortion politicians in the next election, and it is still pulling in hundreds of millions of Americans’ taxpayer dollars.
According to a Wednesday report at The Hill, America’s largest abortion provider is set to spend the money in key battleground states in a “large scale,” multifaceted effort to unseat President Donald Trump and flip the Senate to Democrat control.
“The stakes are higher than ever, and we’re coming out more powerfully than ever with the largest investment we’ve ever made,” Planned Parenthood Votes executive director Kelley Robinson told the outlet.
This latest spending blitz dwarfs the abortion provider’s efforts in the last election cycle. Ahead of the 2018 elections, Planned Parenthood’s political arm announced that it would spend $20 million by itself on pro-abortion candidates while taking part in another $30 million political investment with three other groups.
And all of this happens with the assistance of American taxpayers.
While the abortion giant opted out of taking money from the federal Title X program earlier this year over a pro-life Trump administration rule, it still pulls down roughly $500 billion per year in government funding, much of that from Medicaid reimbursements.
And while the group’s medical and political arms are nominally separate, a 2018 report from Live Action explained that “because taxpayers are forced to give the abortion chain over $500 million a year, donors are freed up to direct their money to Planned Parenthood’s political agenda rather than to fund what nominal health services Planned Parenthood itself provides.”
While the federal tax dollar pipeline could have been cut on the in the last Republican-controlled Congress as part of the effort to partially repeal Obamacare, the health care legislation failed at the last minute.
In prepared statements on Wednesday afternoon, Live Action founder Lila Rose and March for Life President Jeanne Mancini took issue with the fact that the group is spending this much on influencing elections while at the same time raking in voters’ hard-earned tax dollars.
“Americans shouldn’t be forced to fund a pro-abortion political advocacy group which has chosen to spend tens of millions to secure its government revenue streams while destroying human lives,” Rose said.
“At its essence, Planned Parenthood is a political advocacy group with a focus on expanding abortion,” said Mancini. “It is unfair to force Americans to subsidize through their tax dollars this partisan political organization bent on electing pro-abortion politicians.”