Planned Parenthood announced this week that its political arms (Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action Fund) will spend at least $20 million in just eight states to get its people elected to various governor and US Senate offices. The states that it will focus on are Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In Arizona and Nevada, Planned Parenthood will focus on Senate seats currently held by Jeff Flake (who is retiring) and Dean Heller (who is running for re-election). In the other six states, Planned Parenthood will focus on the gubernatorial races. Planned Parenthood will reportedly spend the $20 million on advertising and funding door-to-door efforts. People opposed to Planned Parenthood in those eight states should begin now to organize efforts to defeat candidates who support Planned Parenthood’s agenda.
This week, Planned Parenthood announced that it is actively supporting a bill in Maryland (Senate Bill 686) that will require insurance companies to “provide coverage without a prescription for all contraceptive drugs AND DEVICES approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and available [by prescription and] over the counter,” and “may not apply a copayment or coinsurance requirement for a contraceptive drug OR DEVICE dispensed without a prescription . . . that exceeds the copayment or coinsurance requirement for the contraceptive drug OR DEVICE dispensed under a prescription.”
American Life League’s analysis of this bill is that it is much more dangerous than it may appear. While most of the talk is about forcing insurance companies to pay for condoms or other barrier methods, we remind our readers that Plan B (the morning after pill) is an abortifacient already available over the counter without a prescription. There has been a significant trend in the last decade for the Food and Drug Administration to make many drugs available OTC. This bill sets the stage to force insurance companies to pay for more and more abortion-causing OTC drugs. We expect to see similar bills introduced across the country and encourage all of our readers to fight vigorously against these bills.
Finally, speaking at a luncheon celebrating the merger of the SBA List and the Life Institute organizations, Vice President Mike Pence gave encouragement to the pro-life movement as a whole. Although much of Pence’s remarks were specifically directed toward those two organizations, the entire pro-life community should be encouraged when he said: “I urge you to continue to speak about the cause of life on every platform that you have an opportunity to address . . . because the work is essential. The work is timely. And I truly believe that if all of us do all that we can, that we will once again in our time restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”