ActBlue, a small-donor fundraising initiative that supports Democratic candidates, reported that over $12 million was raised in just three days after last Monday’s leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court which showed the court’s conservative majority was preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark precedent enshrining abortion as a constitutional right. The total is anticipated to at least double before the end of May.
From the time of the leak on Monday night through midnight on Wednesday, Democratic donors supported a wide variety of organizations that support abortion rights. “Abortion funds, reproductive justice groups both big and small, & candidates who will fight GOP efforts to restrict abortion access” were included, ActBlue tweeted on Wednesday morning.
The Democratic National Committee’s website also includes a pop-up for quick donations that reads: “There’s never been a more important time to fight for reproductive rights and elect Democrats in every corner of the country who are ready to do the same, but we can’t do that without you.”
Who gave Republicans the right to make decisions about a woman’s livelihood?
Nobody did—and nobody should have that right other than a woman and her doctor. pic.twitter.com/e97h5YALj7
— Jaime Harrison, DNC Chair (@harrisonjaime) May 9, 2022
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent out fundraising emails requesting donations, while the Republican National Committee issued a counter-fundraiser asking supporters to “defend life, protect conservative judges and stop the far left.”
We are in the vast majority when it comes to Abortion, Climate Change. Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, Taxes. Education, Health Care. We are being controlled by the minority. This is how Autocracies work. Time to wake the fuck up!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 9, 2022
Some of the organizations eligible for donations via ActBlue’s website include Planned Parenthood affiliates, the Abortion Care Network, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health. ActBlue also supports Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. But even before the leak, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List announced they were planning to spend $150 million on the 2022 midterms to support abortion rights as several states have already implemented restrictive abortion laws or have outlawed abortion outright.
Looking to give to reproductive justice groups or local abortion funds? You can always search the ActBlue directory to find reproductive justice groups to support: https://t.co/TLxGlMijd4
— ActBlue (@actblue) May 4, 2022
Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement on Tuesday indicated the draft was “authentic” but said it “did not represent the final views” of the Court. On the same day, President Joe Biden called for Americans to vote for pro-choice candidates in the upcoming midterm elections and for Congress to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.
My statement on the reported Supreme Court decision draft. pic.twitter.com/Kt3bP0kzqU
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 3, 2022
Senate Democrats will bring their cloture vote to codify Roe to the floor on Wednesday.