Planned Parenthood is going on the offensive for the upcoming midterm elections. The nation’s largest abortion provider announced Thursday that they are focusing their efforts on eight states with competitive races in a $20 million midterm campaign, its largest ever.
The $20 million investment from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes makes it “one of the biggest outside spending forces in Democratic politics,” according to CNN.
The list of states targeted are Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
"This is our last chance to flip some of those governors' seats before redistricting," Deirdre Schifeling, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, said. "A lot of those states have governors who have been terrible for women, terrible for access to reproductive health care."
“The Trump-Pence administration is responsible for an unprecedented assault on Planned Parenthood patients and our communities,” Schifeling claimed, “aided by politicians at state and federal levels who have supported dangerous policies meant to strip us of our rights and our ability to access health care. In response, we’ve marched, we’ve mobilized, we’ve organized, and together we’ve built a historic resistance. Now, our electoral program is going to channel that energy and the activism into electoral victories across the country in 2018.”
The new campaign is called “March. Vote. Win.”
Planned Parenthood has been heavily involved in campaign fundraising for Democrats in the past. They lost $734,000+ by backing John Ossoff’s failed congressional campaign in Georgia and spent over $38 million in the last three election cycles to elect Democrats.
Planned Parenthood performed 321,384 abortions and received $543.7 million in taxpayer funding over this past year, according to their latest annual report.