Abortion clinic Planned Parenthood has officially endorsed former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, ironically stating that this election is “life and death.”
Planned Parenthood is responsible for aborting over 300,000 babies a year.
Check out what NPR reported:
With abortion rights advocates on the defensive at the federal and state levels over the last four years, Planned Parenthood’s advocacy arm is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in his race to defeat President Trump.
Activists are putting their hope in Biden, whom some see as having a mixed record on abortion, as they watch a U.S. Supreme Court reshaped by Trump appointees for key decisions that could scale back access to abortion and birth control. They’re also reeling from a series of policy reversals related to reproductive health during the Trump administration.
“This is literally a life and death election,” acting president of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson said to NPR, clearly missing the irony in her comment. “We felt like we can’t endure another four years of Trump; we have to do everything we can to get him out of office.”
Planned Parenthood announced their endorsement in a video statement where Biden is shown voicing his support for abortion. The video also goes into the Affordable Care Act which was enacted when Biden was vice president with Barack Obama.
“We will protect women’s constitutional right to choose, and I am proud to stand with you in this fight,” Biden says in the video.
Check out what else NPR had to say:
Planned Parenthood is contrasting Biden’s record with that of Trump, who has won praise from abortion rights opponents for appointing conservative judges, and for blocking domestic and international organizations that provide abortions from receiving federal funds to cover other reproductive health care such as birth control and sexually transmitted infection screenings.
McGill Johnson told NPR that it’s urgent to reverse Trump’s policies.
“I think that’s where most Americans are,” she said. “We need to be able to kind of move past this very challenging, divisive, polarized era and move into a place where we can actually rebuild our lives after this disaster.”
In response, Jeanne Mancini, president of the anti-abortion rights group March For Life, said in a statement, “It is offensive to hear our nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, an organization that claims the lives of 345,672 American babies annually (a third of all of the abortions in this country each year), call the 2020 cycle a ‘life and death’ election. Those who really care about protecting life realize that the election of Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidate, Joe Biden, will result in a major increase of tax dollars going to the billion-dollar organization, including direct payment for abortions, among other deadly consequences.”
Planned Parenthood has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate in every election cycle since 2004 when former U.S. Sen. John Kerry was the nominee. After endorsing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary four years ago, Planned Parenthood did not make a primary endorsement this year.
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