Pro-abortion rights groups to spend $150M on midterms

A trio of pro-abortion rights groups is rolling out a $150 million spending plan ahead of the 2022 midterms.

The groups — Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY's List — will spend the nine-figure investment on paid ads, field programs, messaging research and polling in nine states, all of which feature top congressional and gubernatorial races this fall. The spending will be spread across offices up and down the ballot, from state legislative races to Senate races, in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, California, Kansas and Wisconsin.

Of the nine states, six are home to competitive Senate races, and all are electing governors in November.

The spending plan, first shared with POLITICO, coincides with a particularly perilous moment for abortion rights. Several Republican-led states have passed bills that curb abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest, and the conservative-leaning Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that challenges Roe v. Wade this summer.

But Democrats are increasingly worried that voters who support abortion rights, especially the suburban women who were key to their victories in 2018 and 2020, are not motivated to turn out in November.

"Let this be a warning to the out-of-touch politicians standing in the way of our reproductive freedom: People are watching. People are furious. And this November, the people will vote you out," Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement shared with POLITICO.