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Democrats Raise Over $12M in Wake of Leaked SCOTUS Ruling

Democrats Raise Over $12M in Wake of Leaked SCOTUS Ruling

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.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 07: Abortion-rights demonstrators rally before marching through downtown on May 07, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Demonstrations across the country continue as abortion-rights and anti-abortion advocates react to the leaked initial draft majority opinion indicating the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn two abortion-related cases, which would end federal protection of abortion rights. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

Senate Democrats will bring their cloture vote to codify Roe to the floor on Wednesday.

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