Planned Parenthood has launched a new multimillion dollar political initiative to fight against anti-abortion extremists in the Republican Party trying to end its federal funding.
The women’s health organization announced Tuesday it plans to spend at least $20 million in the 2016 election to keep Republicans who want to defund the group from being elected.
“Extremists have made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a video announcing the effort. “Politicians who side with these extremists, you are not my candidate.”
Planned Parenthood has been under fire since July when an anti-abortion group released videos that allegedly show medical workers affiliated with the pro-choice nonprofit discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The women’s health organization has denied any wrongdoing and pointed out the videos are heavily edited.