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D.C.-based pro-abortion organization paying Alabamians to fight pro-life amendment

Washington, D.C.-based Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE) is hiring people in the Montgomery area to fight Amendment Two, which is up for constitutional referendum on the upcoming general election ballot.

In documents posted online, the organization formerly known as Choice USA “seeks committed people in Montgomery who are passionate about reproductive/social justice to help implement [their] voter engagement campaign.”

The pay is listed at $15 per hour, with the position responsibilities including door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. URGE explains that it is “dedicated to the right of each person worldwide to decide when and if they will have sex, when and if they will be pregnant, and when and if they will have a child.”

This comes as part of a massive out-of-state, dark money effort to defeat Alabama’s pro-life constitutional amendment, with Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) all opposing Amendment Two.

FMF and URGE share the same founder, Gloria Steinem.

URGE, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are utilizing Planned Parenthood Southeast’s in-state PAC, “Alabama for Healthy Families,” to lead the effort. Several Planned Parenthood entities from New York and California have recently put $800,000 cash into this PAC alone, and on Tuesday, Planned Parenthood of New York City pitched in another $25,000. This is on top of in-kind contributions, like URGE paying people to actively work against the amendment.

Additionally, FMF is operating their own PAC targeting college campuses across the state. Entitled “Alabama Students Voting No On Amendment 2,” the PAC has $50,000 of its own to spend on the pro-abortion effort.

On the other side, the Alliance for a Pro-Life Alabama is leading the charge to pass the amendment. This in-state grassroots group named three prominent co-chairs on Thursday.

Amendment Two, which was sponsored by state Rep. Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo), “would add language to the state constitution acknowledging the sanctity of unborn life and stipulating that the state constitution provides no right to abortion.”

You can read the objective Fair Ballot Commission’s entire write-up on the amendment, which Alabamians will vote on November 6, here.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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