Women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood is endorsing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, but says that won’t mean negative campaigning against her primary opponents.
The endorsement by the group’s political arm is Planned Parenthood’s first time wading into a presidential primary, and it comes as Clinton remains locked in a tight contest with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, home of the first two nominating contests. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley trails both rivals in the race.
Accepting the endorsement Sunday in New Hampshire, Clinton sought to energize her Democratic base with a passionate pledge to always protect reproductive rights. And she painted a dark picture of what women’s health care would look like under a Republican president, singling out two of the top Republican contenders by name.
“Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and their powerful friends may be trying to drag us back to the Stone Age, but we’ve got our sights set on the future,” Clinton said.
Trump said last year that he agreed “the abortion aspect” of Planned Parenthood should not receive government funding but did not necessarily support defunding the entire organization.