In the 100 years of Planned Parenthood’s existence, they have never made an endorsement in a presidential primary….until now, that is.
Planned Parenthood announced on Thursday that they will be endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for President. The official announcement and acceptance will be Sunday at a Clinton campaign event in New Hampshire.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said,
“Let’s be clear — reproductive rights and health are on the ballot in 2016. We’re proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.”
“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.”
As the Republican Congress continues to waste time and tax payer money taking votes on defunding Planned Parenthood, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have stood strong in their support for the nation’s leading supplier for women’s reproductive health care. But based on Clinton’s lifelong record of fighting for women’s rights and her ongoing defense of Planned Parenthood itself, the organization has decided to back her. And they are so enthusiastic about their candidate in fact, that they’ve decided to give the endorsement earlier than they’ve ever done in their 100 year history.
Following the announcement, Clinton said,
“As a lifelong Planned Parenthood supporter, I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. There has never been a more important election when it comes to women’s health and reproductive rights—and Planned Parenthood’s patients, providers, and advocates across the country are a crucial line of defense against the dangerous agenda being advanced by every Republican candidate for president.”
Planned Parenthood believes that Hillary Clinton has been influential in moving the country forward on important women’s issues as her time as First Lady, as Senator, as Secretary of State, and that she will continue to do so as President.
Some of the key issues that helped the non-profit organization make their decision are…
- Hillary Clinton has taken every opportunity to speak out in support of Planned Parenthood, including dozens of shout-outs on the campaign trail. She’s been in Planned Parenthood’s corner more than any other presidential candidate.
- As Senator, Hillary Clinton introduced 8 pieces of legislation with the clear purpose of expanding and protecting women’s access to reproductive health care — more than any other presidential candidate.
- Hillary Clinton chaired the 1993 task force that created the first plan for health care reform and testified on it before Congress — an unprecedented move by a presidential spouse.
Hillary Clinton helped launch the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Teen birth rates are now at a 40-year low.
- Hillary Clinton introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2005, 2007 and 2009. No other presidential candidate has introduced equal pay legislation.
- Hillary Clinton waged a multi-year effort with Sen. Patty Murray — and even blocked the nomination of an FDA head — to pass the law that made emergency contraception available over-the-counter.
- Hillary Clinton would build on the Affordable Care Act, which has helped nearly 8.2 million adult women gain health coverage. This has been especially important for women of color, who accounted for 53.2 percent of uninsured women before the law went into effect.