Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political advocacy arm of the abortion giant, officially endorsed Joe Biden for president Monday in the hope that he will roll back actions taken by the Trump administration to implement abortion restrictions.
“This is literally a life and death election,” Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood, told NPR ahead of the announcement. “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.”
In response, Jeanne Mancini, president of the pro-life 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.”
National pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List also took issue with Planned Parenthood’s “life and death” comment: “Planned Parenthood noted that this election is about ‘life and death.’ On that point we agree—the lives of countless children are at stake. For that reason it is imperative that we re-elect President Trump—the most pro-life president our nation has ever seen—and secure a solid pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate.”
Since 2004, Planned Parenthood has endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate in every election cycle. And this year, the abortion giant has pledged to spend $45 million in an effort to target battleground states to help Biden get elected—three times what the group spent in 2016.
The abortion lobby touts Biden’s “100% voting record from Planned Parenthood Action Fund” when he left the Senate, yet just last year, Kelley Robinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, called out Biden for his support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal dollars for abortion services in most cases.
“To support the Hyde Amendment is to block people—particularly women of color and women with low incomes—from accessing safe, legal abortion,” she said in a statement. “As abortion access is being restricted and pushed out of reach in states around the country, it is unacceptable for a candidate to support policies that further restrict abortion.”
Not surprisingly, just one day later, Biden reversed course, denouncing the Hyde Amendment and vowing to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood if elected.
“The issue was never whether but when Planned Parenthood’s political action arm would endorse pro-abortion former vice president Joe Biden,” said National Right to Life, America’s largest national pro-life organization.
Above: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden addresses the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Candidates Forum on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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