Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker launched and funded a dark-money non-profit to support pro-abortion legislation last week — the latest in the multi-billionaire’s long line of legislation and donations designed to undermine protections for children, mothers and pre-born babies.

Think Big America (TBA) “is dedicated to ensuring the fundamental right of reproductive choice for individuals everywhere,” according to Pritzker, which loosely translates to ensuring women can get abortions and abortifacients anywhere in the United States.

Expanding Illinois’ radically pro-abortion agenda to the whole country is a natural next step for the governor, who once bragged that more than 7,500 out-of-staters came to Illinois to get an abortion in 2019, a 60% increase from 2014.

Consider his legislative record: Since Pritzker took office in 2019, he has:

  • Signed the “Reproductive Health Care Act” — an early version of the legislation Ohio is trying to pass in November — making abortion a “fundamental right.”
  • Repealed the Parental Notification Act, which required minors to tell a parent or guardian before they got an abortion.
  • Called the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade an “atrocity of an opinion,” and promised “Illinois…will remain a beacon of hope in an increasingly dark world” by, paradoxically, keeping abortion “safe and legal.”
  • Invested $11.2 million of federal and state funding into “family planning services” that can refer women to abortion clinics.
  • Signed a sweeping bill requiring, among other provisions, public health funds be spent on training doctors to perform abortions, forcing insurance companies that cover contraception to cover abortion, preventing doctors from being sued for wrongful death when performing abortions, and allowing people to dispose of fertilized embryos — pre-born babies — during IVF treatments.
  • Joined the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, a group of governors working to draft and support pro-abortion legislation.
  • Signed legislation essentially preventing pregnancy resource centers from printing or saying anything anti-abortion. The law was such a blatant violation of free speech that the judge who temporarily stopped it from taking effect called it “stupid and very likely unconstitutional.”

Through his self-funded non-profit, Pritzker can use his estimated $3.5 billion fortune to support bills like the ones he’s passed in Illinois. TBA is reportedly funneling money to Arizona, Nevada and Ohio to support pro-abortion legislation, though it’s unclear how much it has donated thus far.

Pritzker has personally donated at least $250,000 to support Ohio Issue 1, which would make abortion at any time in a woman’s pregnancy a constitutional right and allow minors to get abortions and harmful transgender medical interventional without parents’ permission.

Pritzker told the Chicago Sun-Times of TBA’s involvement in Ohio:

We’re supporting [pro-abortion groups] in [supporting Issue 1], whether it’s working with them on get-out-the-vote where they say we ought to do it, or sometimes it’s helping pay for a poll to determine if one message or another message is better. Or sometimes it’s helping them pay for an ad, whether it’s on a billboard or on TV.

Pritzker’s deep pockets pose a problem for believers, but especially those involved in opposing Ohio Issue 1 and bills like it. Money plays a big role in raising issue awareness and getting people to the polls.

TBA itself poses a problem because it’s a dark-money group, which means it doesn’t have to publish a list of its donors. Non-profits with endless streams of money from unidentifiable sources can be particularly tricky to combat.

Even more concerning is TBA’s reported plans to expand toward lobbying for “gender-affirming care,” which means allowing children to undergo harmful transgender medical interventions that can cause sterility, and “LGBTQ rights,” which can include allowing lewd drag performances to occur in public, pushing men who identify as women to participate in women’s sports, or adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to non-discrimination laws.

Short of a billion-dollar fundraising push, it can seem like everyday believers have little chance of beating TBA and its billionaire backer — but that’s not true.

We can vote.

By voting and voluntarily spreading awareness about bills like Ohio Issue 1, we can make a difference by advocating for family- and faith-friendly policies. That’s why its so important that believers in Ohio vote “no” on Issue 1 in November.

Most importantly, we can pray.

Elected officials and abortion activists can hold significant sway, but they’re not beyond the reach of a sovereign Lord. Proverbs 21:1 tells us,

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever He will” (ESV).

Please pray for God to be present in Ohio this November and in the hearts of misguided and misdirected authorities. Pray His perfect will may prevail and His Kingdom on Earth come speedily. And for Him to turn Governor Pritzker’s heart to the lives of pre-born children.

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us. He who sits in heaven laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then He will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in His fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill” (Psalm 2:1-3 ESV).


Additional Resources:

Abortion Activists Double Down on Ballot Measures to Roll Back Pro-Life Laws and Solidify Abortion Gains

Fact Check True: Abortion Supporters are the Real Extremists

Abortion was on the Ballot in Five States and Voters Rejected Life in Each Case

Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Teachers Unions and Dark Money Groups Spend Millions to Promote Abortion


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