Planned Parenthood's Hillary Clinton Endorsement Just Made History
For the first time in their 100-year history, the divisive nonprofit Planned Parenthood has officially endorsed a presidential candidate. The endorsement is obviously not for any of the GOP hopefuls. Their views on the organization range from low-key hate, to overwhelming, pitchfork hatred so hot it could heat your apartment all winter. It’s also not for Bernie Sanders (aka the radical Socialist you wish was your grandpa). That leaves just one viable candidate for the prestigious endorsement: Martin O’Malley.
We’re joking. O’Malley has his hands full trying to win over the one person who showed up to his Iowa campaign event. Planned Parenthood’s nonprofit’s advocacy arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, actually endorsed Hillary Clinton—a move that should surprise no one. The woman has held a 100% congressional scorecard on women’s issues every year she served in the Senate and is an outspoken advocate for the organization. That aligns with Bernie Sander’s own perfect record on women’s issues and stands in stark contrast with the abysmal 0% ratings Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—two presidential hopefuls who have actually served on Congress. No surprise given that every GOP presidential candidate has advocated for defunding Planned Parenthood.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) January 7, 2016
This endorsement is historic not just for the fact that they’ve literally never endorsed a candidate, but also because it’s representative of a deeper divide between conservatives and liberals in the United States in regards to women’s rights. Towards the end of summer, Planned Parenthood suffered one of its biggest public relations setbacks, when the now infamous undercover (and highly edited) videos were released by an anti-abortion groups, allegedly showing proof that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal body parts. It set off a chain reaction of protests that culminated in a vile shooting inside the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic.
Clinton is set to formally announce her acceptance of the announcement on Sunday, during a campaign event that will surely make headlines. Through this endorsement, Hillary will have access to some of the $20 million raised by the organization to use for this election cycle on presidential and Senate races in key battleground states. As lawmakers try again and again to strip funding and shut down the organization, advocates are scrambling to make sure that a Democrat takes the White House and fights back in the War on Women. The gravity of the situation is not lost on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
“This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Health care for an entire generation is at stake.”
Images via The New Yorker and Planned Parenthood.