The midterm elections this fall will determine whether many states can implement further abortion restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. A legislature made up of pro-life politicians could be the difference between life-saving laws and maintaining the status quo. What’s more, flipping enough seats in Congress could allow Republicans to push legislation to restrict abortion at the federal level.
Perhaps that is why Planned Parenthood is nervous. The organization is spending a record-breaking $50 million on the elections this fall. (For reference, its usual efforts in a midterm election year usually total about $30 million.)
“We say this every cycle: ‘This is the important election,’” Amy Kennedy, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Votes in Georgia, told the Associated Press. “For us, this really is the most important election cycle of our life.”
Planned Parenthood’s millions will go toward “door knocking, phone calls, digital advertising, mailers and radio ads,” the AP reports.
Though congressional Republicans have weighed implementing a national abortion ban, it would be met by a veto from President Joe Biden. That said, the highest stakes in this election are in states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, “where gubernatorial or down-ballot races could determine abortion access in the state or federally,” notes the Washington Post. “For example, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan currently have Democratic governors who have prevented their Republican-led state legislatures from enacting statewide abortion restrictions.”
Planned Parenthood likely hopes to repeat in these states the record voter turnout in Kansas, where residents recently voted down an amendment to revoke the state’s “right to abortion.” Several other states will become the next battlegrounds in the fight for life, and while Planned Parenthood dumps millions into the upcoming elections, pro-lifers have the opportunity to counteract pro-abortion misinformation and make the case for supporting both mothers and babies.