Planned Parenthood endorses Biden: "This is literally a life and death election"

by Laura Mize · Jun 16th, 2020 10:53 am

Planned Parenthood has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president in the 2020 election, calling this year's presidential contest "literally a life and death election."

"This is literally a life and death election," Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood, told NPR. "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 released a video Monday announcing the endorsement. The abortion provider, which reportedly performs a third of all abortions in the United States, has opposed the Trump administration's actions on abortion, including President Trump's appointment of conservative judges and halting federal funding to some organizations that provide abortions.

In 2019, Biden reversed his longstanding support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding of most abortions. Biden helped pass the amendment in 1976 and has often supported limitations on abortion throughout his political career. He has since changed his stance on abortion and now says that as president he would codify Roe vs. Wade into law. He also promised to nominate only judges who support the ruling.

"We will protect women's constitutional right to choose, and I am proud to stand with you in this fight," Biden said in the video.


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