Wow: Planned Parenthood Commitment To Defeating Measure 3 At Nearly $700,000


Several days ago I posted about the anti-Measure 3 campaign (Measure 3 is the religious liberty amendment on the primary ballot) getting hundreds of thousands of dollars almost exclusively from Planned Parenthood. At the time of that post the contributions were around $400,000, but in just days that has ballooned to nearly $700,000.

Teri Finneman reports:

As of Tuesday, North Dakotans Against Measure Three received nearly $700,000 worth of contributions this year.

Planned Parenthood is primarily financing the campaign against Measure 3 and has contributed about $650,000 worth of support. Reports indicate $380,400 was through in-kind donations.

The Planned Parenthood contributions come from across the country, but about $610,400 worth is from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota based in St. Paul.

In comparison, the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment Committee raised $103,200 to support the measure. The Catholic Diocese of Fargo gave $20,666, while the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck and North Dakota Catholic Conference each gave $10,666.

A $20,000 contribution came from Colorado-based Citizen Link, described on its website as “a family advocacy organization that inspires men and women to live out biblical citizenship that transforms culture.”

Most of the financing to support Measure 3 comes from within the state, said Tom Freier of the North Dakota Family Alliance, which gave $10,000.

That is an astounding amount of money for an issue that, up until a few weeks ago, really hadn’t gotten a lot of attention.

The source of most of these funds – abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood – really shows what the opposition is all about. Opponents of Measure 3 have tried to bog the debate down with all sorts of wild claims about domestic violence and other blatantly criminal behavior being justified on religious grounds if the law passes, but that’s not what it’s about.

Groups like Planned Parenthood realize that if Measure 3 passes religious organizations (including hospitals and schools with ties to religion) would have more protection from public policy running contrary to religious beliefs. The standard courts use now would allow a policy requiring that all hospitals provide abortions, and that all employers provide insurance for abortions, to apply to religious organizations because that wouldn’t single out religious organizations.

But that’s an absurd standard. That the law doesn’t single out religious organizations doesn’t make the law any less burdensome to religious practice.

Planned Parenthood and others on the left don’t want Measure 3 because they want to be free to trample religious conscience with public policy. That’s wrong, and is not in keeping with notions about religious liberty this country was founded on.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    That explains why Jane Ahlin and Cheryl Bergian are against it, too.

    • Rick Olson

      Remember, Kevin, we have a statewide audience here.  I doubt that most anyone outside of the Fargo-Moorhead area even knows that Jane Ahlin and Cheryl Bergian exist.

  • Rick Olson

    I wound up voting in favor of Measure 3.  I was particularly concerned about where the NO contingent was getting the lion’s share of its money.  From Planned Parenthood.  As far as the stuff that’s been mentioned about men beating their wives and children, etc. all because their religion says it’s okay for them to do so, I guess that will remain to be seen. 

    Planned Parenthood of course offers abortion counseling and in some states, including Minnesota, actual abortion services as well.

    $700,000 is obnoxious, if you ask me.

    • $8194357

      They’re $700,000 in for a reason for sure…

      • borborygmi

        The Right outspent the left …….wah,  wah,  wah,     From the Scott Walker thread.  

        • $8194357

          Do you have those Wisconson numbers to prove your hypothisis?

        • Gern Blanston

          Its less about right v left than Planned Parenthood, who receives plenty of tax dollars spending that money – and acts as an abortion mill in many states.  If First Choice clinc contributed that much, I’m sure the left would go ballistic. But then First Choice clinic can’t contribute that much because they aren’t federally subsidized (I don’t even now if they voiced an opinion on the Measure – that’s not the point).

    • Lianne


  • Clint F

    Blood money.

  • Wesbutte

    They are beyond disgusting.  Every public dollar should be taken from them.

  • Jimmypop

    does anyone know where are they spending it? it certainly doenst look like a $700K move meant to me….more like $70,000.

    • $8194357

      Propably ended up in someones personal account or top load freezer?

  • SRM

    Just kinda funny thinking about how folks like George Bush (GW’s father), Barbara Bush, Richard Nixon, Nancy Reagan would nowadays be considered RINOs. You guys aren’t so much conservatives as you are political fundamentalists, not something the world needs more of right now.

    • realitybasedbob

      Raygun himself was a RINO.