Planned Parenthood endorsed 89 candidates for federal workplace Thursday in a one-two punch to assist win a Democrat majority in Congress.
The block of candidates—each challengers and incumbents—marks the one largest wave of endorsements by the reproductive well being care group. It comes on the heels of Planned Parenthood’s announcement of its record-breaking $45 million 2020 marketing campaign program.
“The Trump administration and Republican leadership’s attacks against our health and rights have been relentless. People won’t take these attacks anymore—and they’re looking to make their voices heard at the ballot box,” mentioned Alexis McGill Johnson, the appearing president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a press release.
Planned Parenthood mentioned it’s going to prioritize candidates in “red-to-pink” congressional races the place they’ve the potential to flip a Republican-held seat. The group may even concentrate on a number of Senate and House re-election campaigns by which Democratic incumbents are seen as weak.
In the Senate, Planned Parenthood has endorsed 4 candidates, together with incumbents Gary Peters of Michigan, Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. The solely challenger endorsed by the group was Mark Kelly, who’s working in opposition to Republican Martha McSally in Arizona. Kelly, a retired astronaut, has outraised McSally for the previous three quarters.
Planned Parenthood’s tremendous PAC is pouring a report $45 million into subsequent yr’s elections, which is able to embody large-scale canvass, broadcast, digital and mail promoting packages, to push President Donald Trump and conservative legislators out of workplace. The group mentioned it additionally will dedicate assets in 9 states which are thought of must-wins for the president in 2020: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In 2016 and 2018, Planned Parenthood spent about $30 million to assist elect Democrats in any respect ranges of political workplace. But with the flurry of state legal guidelines handed this yr geared toward limiting entry to abortion, the group mentioned it determined to up their stage of funding.
“To all the politicians working to take away our rights and undermine access to health care—you’ve been warned,” mentioned Kelley Robinson, the chief director at Planned Parenthood Votes, in a press release. “We have steadily been building our power over the last decade and we are ready to set the table on our terms. We are fired up, we are engaged, and we are going to win.”
Nearly a dozen states have handed laws limiting entry to abortion to date in 2019. Many state leaders have mentioned that the legal guidelines, most of that are being challenged in courtroom, are a part of an effort to dismantle Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court resolution recognizing a lady’s constitutional proper to an abortion.
The Trump administration additionally just lately enforced a controversial “gag rule” that prohibits taxpayer-funded household planning clinics from referring ladies for abortion companies. As a consequence, Planned Parenthood left the federal government’s Title X program, which supplies funding to assist low-income ladies entry reproductive well being care.