With runoff elections in Georgia that will determine the control of the United States Senate two weeks away, a pro-life group is planning to fly an airplane banner featuring a picture of an aborted child in cities across the state in an effort to juice pro-life turnout.
“Because of the landmark upcoming election in GA that will decide which party holds the US Senate, we’ll be flying a massive airplane tow banner depicting a human killed by abortion,” the pro-life group Created Equal announced on Twitter Monday. “The banner flies over downtown Columbus, GA on Dec. 31st from 9am-1pm and 2-6pm.”
LifeSite News reported that the banner will fly over the city of Augusta on Jan. 1 and the state’s capital and largest city of Atlanta on Jan. 4.
Because of the landmark upcoming election in GA that will decide which party holds the US Senate, we'll be flying a massive airplane tow banner depicting a human killed by abortion. The banner flies over downtown Columbus, GA on Dec. 31st from 9am-1pm and 2-6pm. pic.twitter.com/4yc1xF5qGz— Created Equal (@createdequalorg) December 21, 2020
The air campaign comes as Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are set to go head-to-head against their Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively, in a Jan. 5 runoff. Since no candidate received 50% of the vote in either of the Senate races that took place concurrently with the general election, Georgia law requires the two candidates who received the most votes in each race to face off in a runoff.
The outcome of the runoff elections will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. Currently, Republicans will have 50 Senate seats in the 117th Congress to the Democrats’ 48. If Republicans win one or both Georgia races, they will maintain control of the Senate.
If Democrats win both races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote, giving a Democrats a majority in the upper chamber as well as complete control of the federal government.
The Democratic Party has been outspoken in its support for the pro-abortion movement. Biden has vowed to codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, into law.
The most progressive voices in the party have called for the expansion of the Supreme Court following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, in an effort to dilute the voting power of the six Republican-appointed justices. While Biden has not explicitly endorsed “court packing,” he has expressed an openness to the idea of “rotating” Supreme Court justices to the lower courts.
Additionally, top Democrats have vowed to push for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Two weeks ago, the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on “abortion affordability,” where the Hyde Amendment was repeatedly cast as a “discriminatory policy” and the incoming chairwoman of the committee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., argued that “the time has come” to abandon it.
The air banner campaign is just one aspect of Created Equal’s efforts to “keep radical anti-life fanatics from taking control of the U.S. Senate and all of Congress.”
“With this effort, we will be on the streets and above busy overpasses as well as on the ground and in the air in Georgia,” vowed Mark Harrington, president of the pro-life group. “Our ground team will also focus on captive audiences waiting to vote early.”
According to the U.S. Elections Project, which tracks early and mail-in voting, nearly 1.5 million Georgians had cast ballots in the runoffs, either by voting early in-person or submitting mail-in ballots, as of Monday afternoon. That number is equivalent to 19.3% of all registered voters.
President Donald Trump, who has clashed with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State and Gov. Brian Kemp over their handling of the 2020 presidential election, has already held a campaign rally on behalf of Perdue and Loeffler and is scheduled to do so again on Jan. 4, the night before the runoff.