Washington, DC -- Planned Parenthood Action Fund tonight celebrated Hillary Clinton’s victory in Nevada and issued the following statement.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“Today’s victory in Nevada is another important step for women and families to have the leader they need in the White House. Young people and Nevadans of all backgrounds are sending a clear message that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who will expand the progress we’ve made so far and has a clear vision for American families.
“The stakes are higher this year than in any other election in memory. Access to safe and legal abortion is on the ballot, and so are insurance coverage for birth control and equal pay. The fundamental rights towards justice and equity are in jeopardy. This election is about whether our children and grandchildren will have fewer rights than we have. Hillary Clinton won’t let that happen, and the people of Nevada have said that she’s the best the candidate to fight for all of us.
“Every one of the Republican candidates for President would take women back to the 1950s, or worse. But with the momentum of today’s win in Nevada, after a historic win in Iowa, we know that people are ready for Hillary Clinton to continue to fight for our rights. Onward to South Carolina!”
Earlier in the week, Planned Parenthood Votes launched a six-figure TV and digital ad buy featuring Planned Parenthood Action Fund members from Nevada. The videos — “Reyna,” “Latonya,” and “Lisa” — feature women discussing what’s at stake for women in this election and how Hillary Clinton is the fighter who stands with women and families.
About Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton:
After two months of evaluating the records of all of the candidates and interviewing all of the candidates – and after more than 100 local leaders from across the country voted to recommend endorsement -- Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed Hillary Clinton in early January. Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations plan to spend an unprecedented $20 million in this election cycle, with a focus on the presidential race, as well as key Senate races in New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio to make sure voters know where the candidates stand on these issues and how candidates’ positions will impact them.
Women’s health was a deciding issue in the 2012 presidential election. Mitt Romney took a hard stance on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care in 2012, and he then lost the election by the biggest gender gap in recent history. In Virginia in 2013, women’s health was a deciding factor when Terry McAuliffe won women overall–and won 59% of the votes of people who said abortion was the most important issue to them – 20% of the electorate.