Planned Parenthood spending $45M in key 2020 states, including Michigan

    About 500 people attended the Ann Arbor rally | Ken Coleman

    Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan this week announced the launch of a $45 million program for the 2020 election in battleground states, including Michigan.

    Lori Carpentier | Ken Coleman

    The reproductive rights organization said this is its largest-ever electoral program. It will focus on electing abortion rights candidates up and down the ballot and opposing the President Trump administration’s attacks on reproductive rights. Other states included are: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

    “When it comes to accessing basic reproductive care and birth control, the stakes couldn’t be higher in 2020. Just like in 2018, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan will be leading the charge to elect choice champions up and down the ballot,” said Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan President and CEO Lori Carpentier. “A majority of Michiganders believe that the decision to end a pregnancy should be made by the pregnant person and their doctor. It’s time they had leaders who represented them.”

    Planned Parenthood’s advocacy and political organizations will fund large-scale grassroots organizing programs and targeted canvass, digital, television, radio and mail programs and will reach out to at least 5 million voters. Organizers will work to mobilize communities they say have been disproportionately targeted by the Trump administration’s policies, including Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, youth, and low wage-earning voters.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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