Radical abortion groups are spending big to promote abortion, which is on the ballot in five states: California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont. These go far beyond what Roe v. Wade ever allowed.
In Montana and Kentucky, a “Yes” vote will protect preborn human life in the womb.
In California, Vermont and Michigan, pro-abortion constitutional amendments are on the ballot. In addition to allowing abortions through all nine months, these proposals also enshrine a “right” to transgender procedures that sterilize and mutilate children and teens.
Michigan is seeing the largest influx of cash, with Ballotpedia reporting that supporters of Proposal 3, the so-called “Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative,” have brought in almost $46 million to promote abortion and transgender procedures in the state.
Pro-life groups, on the other hand have raised a little over $17 million in the battle to protect human life in the Great Lakes State.
Some of the top donors pushing abortion in Michigan include these left-leaning, radical groups:
- American Civil Liberties Union – $7,397,500.00
- Sixteen Thirty Fund – $5,225,000.00
- Open Society Policy Center – $4,500,000.00
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund Federal – $2,010,000.00
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of MI – $1,150,000.00
Planned Parenthood supports this initiative, of course, because so much of its income is tied to aborting preborn infants. But in recent years, the organization has expanded its destructive efforts to include dispensing opposite sex hormones to children, teens and adults with sexual identity confusion, which is included in the proposition’s right to sterilization.
The Open Society Policy Center is part of a network of Open Society Foundations established by George Soros that now operates in more than 70 countries. Influence Watch reports that the Sixteen Thirty Fund has been labeled a “dark money” group by outlets such as The New York Times and The Atlantic, influencing elections where the source of the money is not disclosed.
Other states haven’t seen quite those levels of spending, but in every state where it’s on the ballot, pro-life groups are being dramatically outspent by abortion activists.
In California, teachers unions have jumped into the fray, joining Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, two Indian tribes, and a number of left-wing politicians who support Proposition 1, which would add a right to “reproductive freedom” to the state constitution. Abortion activists have raised almost $15 million to advocate for the amendment, reports Ballotpedia.
Currently, the state allows abortion up to the point of viability, unless the mother’s life or health is endangered. The amendment would make abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy.
Three teachers unions have strayed far from the world of education to support the abortion measure: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers, literally eliminating their future students.
The two Indian tribes are the Coast Miwok and the Southern Pomo Indians; they’ve joined together to form the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. The two tribes run a casino and have donated $5 million to the pro-abortion initiative in their state.
Pro-life opponents of the measure are being completely outspent, more than 50 to 1, having raised only $293,000.
Since Vermont is reliably pro-abortion, less is being spent on the issue. Supporters of Proposal 5, a constitutional amendment guaranteeing “reproductive autonomy” have brought in only $570,000 to promote the ballot measure. Pro-life opponents have raised only $19,000, giving pro-abortion groups an advantage of 30 to 1.
Again, the ACLU, the Sixteen Thirty Fund and Planned Parenthood are big supporters of abortion in the Green Mountain State.
In Kentucky, the battle is over protecting preborn lives. Constitutional Amendment #2, dubbed the “Yes for Life Amendment,” is on the ballot November 8. The amendment would add Section 26A to the Constitution of Kentucky:
To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.
Pro-life groups are being outspent about 5 to 1, with supporters raising a little over $1 million to protect life in the womb. Those fighting for life include the state’s Catholic Conference, Baptist Convention and The Family Foundation.
Pro-abortion groups have raised $5.45 million, with the usual suspects like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood leading the way.
Finally, in Montana, voters can protect infants born alive after an attempted abortion by passing Montana LR 131, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
- States that infants born alive at any stage of development are legal persons.
- Requires medical care to be provided to infants born alive after an induced labor, cesarean section, attempted abortion, or another method.
- Establishes a $50,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison as the maximum penalty for violating the law.
Opponents are working hard to defeat the act, raising a little over $1 million to defeat the sensible, compassionate legislation. As of October 30, no money had been reported by policy groups supporting the initiative.
As Christians, we recognize that all humans are made in God’s image and likeness, male and female. Life is sacred, and every newborn reflects something of God to the world.
Abortion is a vicious attack on human life and the image of God in the womb. As a long-time pro-life group, Focus on the Family encourages voters to pray, to support pro-life ballot initiatives and to oppose these pro-abortion constitutional amendments.
Life is on the ballot – we urge voters to vote for life and for pro-life candidates.
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