For the first time in its 100-year existence, Planned Parenthood has decided to endorse a presidential candidate. The organization revealed today that it would back Hillary Clinton for president, cheering her support for women's healthcare in a political environment that has become increasingly hostile toward it.
"Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot," said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Proving her point, the House once more voted to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood on Wednesday. The President is expected to veto the measures.
Clinton said she was "honored" to be the chosen candidate for the organization, adding that the latest congressional vote is a "reminder of what's at stake in 2016."
Planned Parenthood knows it, which is why it plans to spend at least $20 million in this election cycle on the presidential race and in key Senate contests. So far, constituents are already on their side. The New York Times reports that half of male voters and 60 percent of female voters believe that Planned Parenthood should receive government funds for the healthcare services that it provides to men and women all across the country. Even in the divisive matter of abortion, the data is conclusive: 72 percent of voters said that abortion should be available or "available within limits" nationwide. And Clinton has been unequivocal in her support of the organization. On social media, she is a fan of the hashtag #StandwithPP. And at campaign stops, she regularly invokes the work that Planned Parenthood does in her speeches.
Fittingly, Clinton will officially receive the endorsement at an event in early primary state New Hampshire on Sunday.
Oh! And FYI: Richards said that Planned Parenthood sent endorsement surveys to all the candidates in both parties. Only Democrats responded.
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