Planned Parenthood Will Endorse Hillary Clinton, Their First In A Primary In A Century — REPORT

In its first presidential primary endorsement in its 100-year history, Planned Parenthood endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday. In a statement, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards explained the organization's decision, saying, "Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot." Indeed, the organization has much at stake. On Wednesday, the House approved a bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and block federal funding for Planned Parenthood, legislation that was supported by some of the Republican presidential candidates. Clinton is expected to accept the endorsement at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sunday.

In response to Planned Parenthood's announcement, Clinton expressed her appreciation and reiterated her support for the health organization on her Facebook page, writing:

Following the House's 240-181 vote to pass the legislation on Wednesday, Clinton also wrote a response on her website, calling the vote "a jarring reminder of what's at stake in 2016":

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The only way to save the health organization, which offers a wide range of important, life-saving services to women, Clinton writes, is to elect a Democratic president. While Planned Parenthood needs a Democratic president in office in order to make sure bills like this aren't written into law, Clinton relies on Planned Parenthood to appeal to women, a crucial demographic in her campaign. The relationship between the two has long been symbiotic and mutually supportive.

Last April, Richards tweeted her praise for Clinton's "commitment to women's health & rights" while, in August, Clinton delivered a clear statement on her support of the health organization. Amid the controversy caused by undercover videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials talking about selling fetal tissue, Clinton released a video in which she says:

Clinton will officially accept the endorsement on Sunday in Manchester, where a woman who detected her breast cancer at a local Planned Parenthood center is expected to tell her story.