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Planned Parenthood Endorses Hillary Clinton

By Danica Lo

For the first time in its century-long history, Planned Parenthood has endorsed a presidential candidate in the primaries. In a statement currently live on its action site, the women's healthcare organization announced that it would throw its weight behind Hillary Clinton's campaign ahead of the New Hampshire and Iowa primary:

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Hillary Clinton
Our Nation's Best Presidential Candidate for Reproductive Rights, Hands Down 
There's no question: Hillary Clinton holds the strongest record on reproductive rights of all presidential contenders in not just this election, but in American history. She doesn't just support women's health — she has been a proactive leader on expanding access to women’s health care. In fact, no other 2016 candidate has shown such strong, lifelong commitment to the issues Planned Parenthood Action Fund cares about. We live in an era where access to birth control, abortion, and services at Planned Parenthood are under unprecedented attack. With so much at stake, we can't afford to have a president who continues these attacks — or who won't stand strong and fight against them, no matter what. We need Hillary Clinton, women’s health champion, in the White House.

Planned Parenthood also released this video, pointing out three incidences in which Clinton has come out in support of women's health and access to health care:

The New York Times reports that Clinton is expected to accept Planned Parenthood's endorsement at a planned rally in Manchester, N.H., this Sunday. "The endorsement, technically made through the nonprofit’s advocacy arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, brings with it at least $20 million to spend in this election cycle on presidential and Senate races in crucial battleground states, including New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin," the Times reports.

The endorsement was announced a few days after NARAL endorsed Clinton. "The stakes are high in 2016," said NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue. "Between shrinking access to abortion, contraception under siege, no real family leave policies in this country, and a Supreme Court up for grabs, we will look back at this election as an inflection point. We want voters to know that when it comes to women's rights and women's opportunity, only a champion can forge the right path by being vocal about the kinds of policies we need to allow women to be in control of our destinies. Hillary is that vocal champion."

Watch Clinton's exclusive MAKERS story in the video at the top.

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