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Economic Elites Pour Millions into Abortion Advocacy

by | Jun 6, 2024

By Kelsey Hazzard, Board President, Secular Pro-Life

Billionaire Melinda French Gates recently made headlines for her pledge to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to groups advocating “reproductive rights.” Her statements to the press made it clear that this is a euphemism for abortion:

“While I have long focused on improving contraceptive access overseas, in the post-Dobbs era, I now feel compelled to support reproductive rights here at home,” French Gates said in her op-ed. “For too long, a lack of money has forced organizations fighting for women’s rights into a defensive posture while the enemies of progress play offense. I want to help even the match.”

Her framing is patently ridiculous. Setting aside the notion that we are “enemies of progress,” the abortion industry has always held the upper hand in fundraising. I’d even go so far as to say that while Gates’ lethal “philanthropy” is disheartening, it’s a drop in the bucket. After all, Planned Parenthood got nearly $700 million from taxpayers alonelast year alone. On ballot initiatives, we are constantly outspent, and our opposition is not afraid to play dirty.

The pro-life movement’s fundraising disadvantage will likely persist, at least until we are on the verge of total victory, for two reasons.

The first is obvious: abortion businesses charge fees, then invest a portion of their blood money into lobbying. There is no comparable profit generation on our side. We have to rely on charitable giving.

That leads to the second reason: pro-life Americans, on average, have less disposable income to give. Recent Gallup polling illustrates the phenomenon well. Among those with an annual income of $40,000 or less, 54% identify as pro-life. But for those earning more than $40,000, the numbers flip: 54% are pro-choice. That number climbs even higher in the $100K+ set. This disparity has appeared in surveys for over a decade.

Pro-abortion policies flow from the economic elite. Remember that the next time a billionaire valiantly pretends to be acting on behalf of the poor and downtrodden.

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