The text claimed that approving that measure, which could allow the Republican-controlled legislature to outlaw abortion, would safeguard “choice” If the amendment fails, constitutional protections would remain in place, buttressing current law that allows abortion in the first 22 weeks of pregnancy. The texts sent Monday did not mention Alliance Forge or its client, leaving no clear way for people who received the messages to tell who was seeking to push them in favor of a “Yes” vote. The messages were sent from phone numbers that had been leased by Alliance Forge, a fast-growing, Republican-aligned technology firm. Alliance Forge has been paid more than $60,000 by federal campaigns alone this election cycle, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The Catholic Church and its affiliates have spent $3.4 million in support of the amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood spent $382,000 and $1.3 million to oppose it.