Planned Parenthood made history this Thursday after announcing its endorsement of Hillary Clinton. This is a first in the nonprofit's 100-year history, having never before endorsed a presidential primary candidate.
The monumental moment comes at a particularly significant time in light of the House's approval on Wednesday of a bill that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act and effectively block federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Unsurprisingly, this legislation has been supported by several Republican presidential candidates.
On her Facebook page, Clinton stated in response to the 240-181 vote,
Yesterday was a preview of what would happen under a Republican president. Every single GOP candidate would defund Planned Parenthood. I'll take on Republicans or anyone who tries to interfere with women's health. Proud to have Planned Parenthood Action's support in this important election.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement following the endorsement, "Everything Planned Parenthood has believed in and fought for over the past 100 years is on the ballot."
There was also this amazing tweet:
.@HillaryClinton Proud to support a lifelong champion for women's health. See you in NH. Talk soon to coordinate pantsuits? Too much? — Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) January 7, 2016
Considering the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood -- from the shooting in November to the four arsons in the last year -- this endorsement marks a make-or-break moment in defense of women's health.
Clinton has a rally scheduled for Sunday in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she will likely accept the endorsement.
Citations: Planned Parenthood Will Endorse Hillary Clinton, Their First In A Primary In A Century (Bustle)