Planned Parenthood received hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding in the last fiscal year and has now announced plans to spend tens of millions of those public dollars on keeping Democrat control of the U.S. House of Representatives, wresting the U.S. Senate from Republican hands, and ousting President Donald Trump from the White House.
Planned Parenthood Votes (PPV), the super PAC of the nation’s largest abortion chain, announced Wednesday it plans to spend at least $45 million in 2020 on “large-scale” multimedia advertising, mail, and on-the-ground canvassing focusing on Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The Hill reports the mass advertising drive will center around the message that Republicans at the state and national levels are engaged in a “coordinated attack” on Roe v. Wade.
“The stakes are higher than ever, and we’re coming out more powerfully than ever with the largest investment we’ve ever made,” PPV executive director Kelley Robinson told The Hill. “We know we’re 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.”
Several pro-life leaders and commentators responded by questioning how the political spending squares with the abortion giant’s claims to be dependent on taxpayer dollars:
Planned Parenthood received $563.8 million in taxpayer dollars during the most recent fiscal year, and has expressed outrage that the Trump administration has cut almost $60 million from that sum by disqualifying abortion groups frrom Title X family planning grants. This is despite the facts that the organization not only enjoys almost a billion dollars in annual private revenue and contributions, but will continue to receive over $500 million from taxpayers even without the Title X money.
Last year, Live Action argued that the relationship between Planned Parenthood’s tax-subsidized “healthcare” organization and its political arm constitute a “political money laundering scheme.”
Under this “corrupt funding cycle,” the group explained, pro-abortion politicians funnel tax dollars to Planned Parenthood for “health” operations, leading pro-abortion donors to conclude its “health” needs are covered, so they can direct their contributions to the abortion giant’s political arms. This, in turn, helps Planned Parenthood Votes, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Planned Parenthood Federal PAC elect politicians who will protect their federal subsidies.
“According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood and its political arms were able to spend $160 million last year for ‘public policy’ and ‘movement building’ and to ‘promote health equity’ and ‘engage communities’ as well as another $85 million on fundraising,” Live Action wrote. “Planned Parenthood is in essence weaponizing the taxpayers’ own money against them.”