To Overcome Planned Parenthood Juggernaut, Pro-Lifers Must Support Our Cause!
Pro-life groups are in the final stages of reaching voters as early voting continues across the country. On Monday, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released new numbers for their grassroots campaign, announcing that more than 700 pro-life activists are working with them and their partner PAC, Women Speak Out, knocking on over 1 million doors over the 2016 election cycle.
Groups like SBA List are working overtime to reach voters — pro-life and pro-choice alike — while being out-spent by the abortion lobby.
This cycle, Planned Parenthood has spent over $30 million and in the final run of the cycle plans to have 1,500 paid staffers and 3,500 volunteers knocking on 500,000 doors in swing states such as New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and North Carolina. This is the same abortion giant that receives over $500 million from tax-payers every year that covers their “preventative” measures such as condoms, STD testing, contraceptives, ect. While Planned Parenthood cannot spend taxpayer dollars on politics, money is fungible and resources they receive from the federal government free up other resources for politics. This gives them the opportunity to use their abortion proceeds and donor dollars to work to elect and defend pro-abortion politicians who will protect their federal monies and their unregulated abortion practices.
Planned Parenthood uses its abortion proceeds and donor dollars to work to elect and defend pro-abortion politicians who will protect their federal monies and their unregulated abortion practices.
Over the last 40 years, pro-lifers have countered this effort, forming organizations such as National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List to go up against the pro-abortion political strategy by electing pro-life leaders and supporting them and holding them accountable while in Washington, D.C.
And they are a powerful force. Just looking at the SBA List’s election activities this cycle, SBA List and its partner PAC Women Speak Out, have spent just over $18 million and they have knocked on doors to get voters out to vote for pro-life candidates down the ticket in swing states such as Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, commented, “Our 2016 ground operation is an unprecedented effort demonstrating the political muscle of the pro-life movement. SBA List and Women Speak Out have been on the ground since last October, spending the past year working with statewide pro-life activists on a massive scale to reach 1 million voters directly at their homes, cutting through the noise of television and radio ads.”
With half of the abortion lobby’s spending power, SBA List is taking on their ground-game: $18 million vs. $30 million.
As these groups work overtime, a handful of pro-life individuals have spoken out on the election, complaining about candidates This is not new. From problems with legislation to candidates they do not like, over the years everything that happens that is not to this group’s liking suddenly becomes the “pro-life establishment’s” fault — as if groups who have formed to counter the abortion lobby’s legislative and electoral efforts are only in it for the money or glory.
Half of Americans agree that abortion is morally wrong, but when it comes to engaging with the movement by supporting it monetarily, reading about the issue, or talking with their friends and family about abortion, the numbers drastically decrease.
It is easy to criticize groups on Facebook or on blogs when writers disagree with strategy, but new polling from Human Coalition shows that self-identified pro-lifers do not donate or engage with pro-life groups as a whole. They may give to their Churches or other charitable organizations, but they do not give to specifically pro-life groups (including pregnancy centers). A 2015 survey showed that about half of Americans agreed that abortion is morally wrong, but when it came to engaging with the movement by supporting it monetarily, reading about the issue, or talking with their friends and family about abortion, the numbers drastically decrease. 58% responded that they do not engage in any activity with pro-life groups, read about the issue or discuss the issue with anyone. Only 16% said that they had donated to a pro-life group. The reasons for not giving vary, but for such a critical mass of “supporters,” pro-lifers choose to not engage with the movement.
Perhaps instead of writing blogs and critiquing groups in the media, pro-lifers ought to join the movement with their time, treasure and talents. As the pro-life movement rises to meet every challenge the abortion lobby erects, it creates new organizations to reach people where they are to bring the message of the culture of life to them. It is easy to see flawed humanity at play in the media, on Capitol Hill, or on the campaign trail, but it creates a larger challenge to the movement to work with human nature to protect the most vulnerable among us and protect women and unborn children from the violence of abortion.
The challenge is there for all Americans: come together to defend life this election.