NARAL pledges $5 million to elect abortion advocates to U.S. House
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The pro-abortion lobbying group NARAL has announced plans to spend $5 million dollars to return the U.S. House of Representatives to Democratic hands.
Their largest campaign spending plan yet is targeting the battleground states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, the Washington Post reports.
Republicans won the House in 2010 and have held it ever since, but NARAL thinks it can finally turn things around by targeting lawmakers who vote pro-life without vocally advertising their stance, due to representing more abortion-friendly districts.
“Voters are shocked when they find out how these guys are voting,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said. “When you tell them, at the very least it depresses their enthusiasm for supporting them. At best, it moves them toward another candidate.”
Among their targets are Reps. Steve Knight of California, Mike Bishop of Michigan, and Steve Chabot of Ohio, all of whom are cosponsors of the Life at Conception Act.
The midterm spending is a dramatic increase over the $1.3 million NARAL spent on all candidates during the 2016 presidential campaign, a spike the group attributes to an increase in donations following President Donald Trump’s victory. Election wins by one side tend to increase motivation for the other side’s interest groups.
Planned Parenthood Votes is also spending heavily in the name of a pro-abortion Congress. Earlier this month, LifeSiteNews reported that was part of a George Soros-backed initiative hoping to spend $30 million to mobilize minority voters to flip Senate races in Florida, Michigan, and Nevada. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund also intends to spend an unprecedented $20 million on its own to elect pro-abortion candidates in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Of course, national pro-life groups are investing heavily in the midterms, as well. The Susan B. Anthony List, for example, plans to spend $25 million in 2018, a dramatic increase from the $18 million it spent in 2016.
Pro-life activists have been thrilled by President Trump’s steady stream of pro-life administrative actions, but frustrated that the GOP-controlled Congress has failed to pursue or enact more comprehensive pro-life legislation. The elections this fall will have significant ramifications for the federal pro-life agenda’s progress in the remainder of Trump’s presidency.