Washington, DC – Planned Parenthood Action Fund tonight celebrated Hillary Clinton’s victory in South Carolina.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“We are thrilled with Hillary Clinton’s decisive victory tonight. This is another step forward in electing an outspoken champion of women’s health and rights to the White House.
“In the past few days, volunteers reached out to tens of thousands of voters at their doors and by phone. They worked hard to make a difference in this primary, and will keep working hard through election day.
“There’s too much at stake to take a backseat in this election. Republican candidates for President routinely dismiss women’s health and lives — especially the lives of African-American and Latina women. In state after state, reproductive health is under attack from hostile politicians. And just next week, a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion is being argued in front of the Supreme Court. We need real solutions, and a champion who will not back down from a tough fight. Hillary Clinton is that champion.”
In the weeks before the South Carolina primary, Planned Parenthood Votes volunteers mobilized and engaged voters across the state. Together, volunteers made over 35,000 phone calls and knocked on over 3,000 doors in support of Hillary Clinton.
Early exit polls showed that Clinton won a sweeping victory in the South Carolina, winning women voters by a margin of 74% to 26% and African American voters by 84% to 16%. Clinton did especially well with African American women, winning their votes by 86% to Sander’s 14%.
Women, especially African-American and Latina women, have been a determining force in recent elections. In 2012, Romney took an extreme stance against Planned Parenthood and women’s health, and ended up losing with the biggest gender gap in recent history — losing Latina women by 53 percent and losing African-American women by a whopping 93 percent. Hart Research found that 62 percent of all voters disagreed with Romney’s position to end funding for Planned Parenthood’s health services, including 66 percent of women voters. And 61 percent of all voters disagreed with Romney’s position on overturning Roe v. Wade.
In Virginia in 2013, Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia’s governor’s race because of the strength of women’s votes. African-American, Latina, and unmarried women turned out in numbers close to Barack Obama’s 2012 election, McAuliffe won women overall — and with them, the election. He also won 59 percent of the votes of people who said abortion was the most important issue to them, who made up 20 percent of the electorate.
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 Fundendorsed 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.