By DON GONYEA
Add Planned Parenthood to the list of organizations looking to take advantage of President Trump’s low approval ratings in the 2018 midterm elections.
The organization is not new to the rough-and-tumble of electoral politics — and has often itself become a top issue for Republicans looking to slash federal funding for the organization — but this year Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action Fund will launch their biggest-ever push to try to tip the balance in Congress and in key states.
Planned Parenthood sees the Trump administration as a threat and, with a Republican-controlled Congress, sees the danger to abortion rights as great as it has been in decades. But the upside for progressive groups is that Trump has also inspired a newly energized movement in protest of his policies. The best example of this so far is the massive Women’s March on Washington, D.C., a year ago, a day after Trump’s inauguration, and the hundreds of smaller marches across the country on that day and since.