This is the first time in history that Planned Parenthood has endorsed a presidential candidate during the Primary.
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Planned Parenthood will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, tomorrow. It is the first time the group has backed a candidate during the Primary in its 100 years history. At the rally, Natarsha McQueen, a 40-year-old Planned Parenthood volunteer from Brooklyn, N.Y., is expected to introduce the candidate, after telling her personal story about how her breast cancer was diagnosed at her local Planned Parenthood clinic.
“If you aren’t in the same economic state or haven’t been to our communities, you can’t relate to how important this is to women of color,” Ms. McQueen has said.
Planned Parenthood leadership made the decision to endorse Hillary early, in part because they are being attacked by the Republican presidential candidates, all of whom have threatened to defund the women's health organization. Just this week, President Obama was forced to veto a bill endorsed by the leading Republican presidential candidates, that would have ended federal financing for Planned Parenthood.
“Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood indicated they felt Hillary is uniquely sympathetic to their concerns, as evidenced by her lifelong record as an advocate for women. In her stump speech, Hillary includes the line: “I am for a woman’s right to choose, and I will fight against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.”
"Hillary Clinton holds the strongest record on reproductive rights of all presidential contenders in not just this election, but in American history," Planned Parenthood said in a statement. "She doesn’t just support women’s health - she has been a proactive leader on expanding access to women’s health care."
Hillary acknowledged the Planned Parenthood endorsement in a written statement, saying she was "honored," and calling the bill the House jammed through this week, “a jarring reminder of what’s at stake in 2016.” Hillary promised as president she will:
“...defend against attacks on reproductive health care, and protect access to affordable contraception and safe and legal abortion the country.”
The Planned Parenthood endorsement comes with a $20 million war chest and a pro-Hillary social media campaign already being waged by the non-profit.
"Cecile Richards (photo right with Hillary) said the Planned Parenthood Action Fund sent endorsement surveys out to all the presidential candidates on both sides, but only heard back from Democrats. She said Mrs. Clinton’s record on women’s issues and health care gave her an edge against her Democratic rivals, including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont."