By Jim Sedlak
In our March 7, 2018, issue of the Wednesday STOPP Report, we explained that Planned Parenthood is pouring $20 million dollars into elections in eight states—Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
At the time, we anticipated that this would just be the first of Planned Parenthood’s expenditures on political races this year. Now, word comes that Planned Parenthood, along with a coalition of like-minded organizations, is putting up another $30 million to help election campaigns. Called “Win Justice,” this coalition is seeking a national leader:
The Center for Community Change Action, Color of Change PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes, and Service Employees International Union, along with our state-level affiliates, partners, and political committees—have joined together to form a groundbreaking coalition to build lasting power and win key elections in battleground states in 2018. The strength of our collaboration is in our organizations’ deep capacity on the ground, brand strength, positive vision and values, history of collaboration and trust, and track record of engaging voters at scale. Our campaign will reach 2.5 million voters in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada, and change the face of the electorate from the ground up by mobilizing low- and mid-propensity voters of color, women, young people, and union supporters in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada. Each state program will be designed to motivate and deliver drop-off voters who do not reliably vote during non-presidential elections.
We are building fully integrated plans in each state—from creating the initial voter universe to testing and scaling what we see working—while leveraging the unique strengths of each organization. Our program will be fully coordinated with the America Votes program and all data will live in the VAN—the platform used by progressive organizations that ensures integration and use of best practices in compliance, digital, field work, and organizing.
Planned Parenthood is desperate to undo its losses in 2016 and to regain political power. As we’ve documented, Planned Parenthood is in fact a political organization. Remember what Dawn Laguens told the press back in February: “And just to remind people, health care is the means by which we deliver on our big idea, but the big idea behind Planned Parenthood for more than 100 years is that your body is your own and unless you can control your own body, you cannot be free and you cannot be equal.”
Rephrased, Laguens’ words say that providing so-called health services is just the means Planned Parenthood uses to get the cash it needs to push its big idea and run political campaigns. It gets half-a-billion-dollars of that money from the American taxpayer so it can get more of its friends elected, so it can get more taxpayer money, so it can get more of its friends elected, so it can get more taxpayer money.
There is something really wrong with this picture.
Jim Sedlak is vice president of American Life League, founder of STOPP International, and host of a weekly talk program on the Radio Maria Network. He has been successfully fighting Planned Parenthood since 1985.