The Hillary Clinton campaign has scored another key endorsement, this time coming from the very polarizing (but very life-saving) women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. The organization, which has become a political football in recent months, has never made a primary election endorsement – until today. With the endorsement, channeled through its advocacy branch, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will be over $20 million spent on various elections throughout the country, including Senate elections in New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In all those elections, the Republican incumbents (which include Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Ron Johnson and Pat Toomey) are considered to be vulnerable. These particular Republican senators expressed support for defunding Planned Parenthood.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, made the decision based on Clinton’s long and indisputable record of fighting for women’s issues and health care rights, saying, “Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot.” The Planned Parenthood Action reportedly sent out endorsement surveys to all candidates on both sides (no Republican bothered to respond) and found Clinton had an edge over competitor Bernie Sanders.
Clinton, who was “honored,” praised Planned Parenthood’s endorsement, saying:
Every single GOP candidate would defund Planned Parenthood. I’ll take on Republicans or anyone who tries to interfere with women’s health. Proud to have Planned Parenthood Action’s support in this important election.
Clinton also said that as president she would “defend against attacks on reproductive health care, and protect access to affordable contraception and safe and legal abortion across the country.”
Next Sunday, at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, Clinton will formally accept the endorsement. Other pro-choice groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, have endorsed Clinton for the presidency.
Planned Parenthood decided to break it’s 100 year tradition after tensions against the organization reached near catastrophic levels when Republicans in the House and the Senate (including every republican presidential contender) promised to end federal funding and repeal ObamaCare, a cornerstone in women’s healthcare coverage. If there is one thing Republicans have done for Planned Parenthood, it’s fired them up for a tough political season.
With Iowa and New Hampshire coming up in less than a month, the Democratic candidates are taking all the endorsements they get.
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