Planned Parenthood, the monolithic abortion provider that performs a third of all abortions in the United States, is spending $45 million on the 2020 election. $45 million is a lot of money; it's a great deal more than the National Rifle Association spends in most elections, and the NRA is one of the heavy hitters in the campaign finance sector. Planned Parenthood has dubbed its campaign "We Decide 2020." If they're spending that much, one would imagine that's pretty close to the truth.
There are two lessons to draw from this. The first is that the abortion lobby, of which Planned Parenthood functions as something of a paramilitary wing, is very powerful. Any constituency that can marshall forty five million dollars in one election has a lot of clout. It's unsurprising in a way: The pro-abortion movement has the support of most celebrities, most of the media, a great deal of very powerful politicians, and a significant chunk of the electorate with a lot of disposable income. There is money, and power, in that combination.
The second lesson is this: The abortion lobby is scared. That seems self-evident: You don't spend several dozen million dollars on one election if you're feeling particularly hopeful about your chances in it. This is heartening. The pro-life movement, after all, has never been stronger. Compared to the pro-abortion movement, pro-life is younger, more vibrant, more resourceful and more optimistic. Plus, it has the added benefit of being right. Money is powerful, but money can't buy what the pro-life movement comes by naturally.
Next Friday, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers will gather at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. to peacefully protest abortion. The pro-life movement does this every year; they've been doing it every year for nearly 50 years. Pro-lifers have sustained themselves for half a century on a message and a vision to which a high-budget ad campaign simply cannot compare.
"The stakes have never been higher," one Planned Parenthood official recently remarked. She's right, but not in the way she thinks. As daunting as the well-funded pro-abortion lobby may seem, in the end it is bound to collapse under its own sick, broken weight. Abortion's days are surely numbered; years from now, long after the pro-life movement has won, that $45 million will seem like an irrelevant pittance, and the people who spent it will seem like a footnote to a dark but mercifully forgotten part of our history.