Well, there is one glaring difference: The NRA doesn’t get $500 million a year in government funding.
Then there’s the impact the two groups have on the parties they tend to support. Planned Parenthood and the NRA are both virtually 100 percent partisan in their spending (Democrats vs Republicans, respectively). However, while there are a number of Republicans with less-than-perfect grades from the NRA, there is only one Democratic senator — Joe Donnelly of Indiana — with less than a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Last year when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) announced he would not support a “litmus test” on abortion for Democratic candidates, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards declared him “totally wrong.”
Richards told Politico, “It’s a shocking sort of misunderstanding of actually where the country is… which is overwhelmingly supportive of abortion rights.” Planned Parenthood’s allies immediately issued a statement decrying any moderation on the abortion issue. “Our party is pro-choice, it’s written into our platform” said then-DNC CEO Jess O’Connell.