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In the midst of internal turmoil, Planned Parenthood announced a $45 million spending binge to defeat Republicans in 2020 by targeting specific swing states and focusing on state-level races.
Kelley Robinson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood's super PAC, told NPR the spending is intended to combat pro-life attempts to undermine Roe v. Wade. She also said the $45 million is an "initial investment," and the group hopes to raise more money for pro-abortion causes.
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Planned Parenthood is focusing on races in nine key swing states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, according to NPR. The $45 million figure represents a significant increase over 2018, when Planned Parenthood spent almost $30 million to get Democratic lawmakers elected.
"Today, Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are launching their largest-ever electoral effort for the 2020 cycle," the organization wrote on Twitter. "We'll fight for our rights and freedoms down the ballot in 2020."
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The announcement comes after a turbulent few months for the organization. In July, the group removed its president, Leana Wen. At the time, Wen cited "philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood," and said the organization's leadership did not think she was "political" enough.
The separation has grown more contentious since Wen's ouster. In September, she wrote a scathing letter to Planned Parenthood's leadership, accusing the group of withholding her health insurance and severance payout to pressure her into signing a confidentiality agreement.
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"No amount of money can ever buy my integrity and my commitment to the patients I serve," she wrote. The group denied the allegations.
In August, Planned Parenthood withdrew from Title X funding due to a directive from the Trump administration prohibiting recipients of Title X funds from providing direct abortion referrals as a "method of family planning." The rule...
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