In a tweet Monday, Planned Parenthood bemoaned that money in politics has made the abortion debate “toxic.”
“What happened to make the abortion debate so toxic? It wasn't always this way but money in politics had an influence,” the organization tweeted along with a link to an article on Salon.com.
While Planned Parenthood decries money in politics, the organization is preparing to spend tens of millions of dollars during the course of the 2016 election.
The program, “I Vote Planned Parenthood Action,” is a website compiling candidates’ positions on abortion and other issues, as well as volunteer forums and grassroots organizing. The program will specifically target races in New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio with an ad campaign.
According to CNN, Planned Parenthood plans to spend “at least $20 million” on the ad campaign during the 2016 election cycle.
“Extremists made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards said in a video announcing the initiative.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, hopes that the campaign will help elect lawmakers friendly to their cause.
“Enough is enough,” Richards continued. “With our supporters, we’re launching ‘I Vote Planned Parenthood Action.’ We’ll organize and mobilize to elect lawmakers who are in our corner, and politicians who side with these extremists, you are not my candidate. We're paying attention and we vote.”
Planned Parenthood has been embroiled in a controversy for several months after the release of controversial undercover videos alleging that the organization is trafficking aborted fetal body parts. Profiting from the sale of human organs is a felony in the United States. Spokesmen for Planned Parenthood have denied wrongdoing.