Planned Parenthood Endorses Hillary Clinton
By Rachel M. Cohen | Jan 08, 2016
On Sunday, January 10, in Manchester, New Hampshire, Planned Parenthood Action Fund will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president—its first-ever primary endorsement. Planned Parenthood says it plans to spend at least $20 million on this election.
The national women’s health organization has thrown itself ever more forcefully into politics since its president, Cecile Richards, took over in 2006.
The Planned Parenthood endorsement comes on the heels of a Clinton endorsement by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a national abortion rights group. In 2008, NARAL endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.
“We're proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Richards in a statement. “No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights. This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake."
Clinton, Richards, and Planned Parenthood took to Twitter after news of the forthcoming endorsement was released:
.@HillaryClinton Proud to support a lifelong champion for women's health. See you in NH. Talk soon to coordinate pantsuits? Too much?
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) January 7, 2016
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) January 7, 2016
I'll take on Republicans or anyone who tries to interfere with women's health. Proud to have @PPact's support in this important election. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 7, 2016
Reproductive rights are set to be a major issue in this next election. Just this week, House Republicans voted yet again to defund Planned Parenthood, in large part because they are hoping Obama’s inevitable veto will galvanize anti-abortion voters on the campaign trail. Last year was a rocky one for Planned Parenthood, which sustained months of attacks after a conservative group accused the abortion provider of illegally profiting off of fetal tissue, a charge Planned Parenthood denied.