NEVADA – Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates announced that it will endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. This endorsement follows the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsement of Secretary Clinton — marking the first time in the organization’s history that it has endorsed a candidate in a presidential primary.
This endorsement comes in advance of the presidential preference caucuses in February. Nevada is the first in the West presidential caucus, and one of the first in the country.
Statement from Elisa Cafferata, President & CEO of Nevada Advocates:
“In Nevada, we will not take a back seat in this election — there’s too much at stake. It’s clear that reproductive health and rights are on the ballot in 2016. Every single Republican presidential candidate has pledged to block patients from accessing essential care at Planned Parenthood, to ban abortion, and roll back insurance coverage for birth control. In Nevada, over 20,000 people rely on Planned Parenthood each year for essential, life-saving care. In this election, the health care for millions is at stake — particularly young women and men, communities of color, low-income women, and the LGBT community, all of whom are hit the hardest by these recent attacks on reproductive health care.
We don’t just need someone who can defend against these relentless attacks — we need a champion who can continue to move the needle forward. Secretary Clinton has been a steadfast champion her whole career — fighting to not only protect but also expand access to reproductive health care across the country and the world. As her decades-long legislative and advocacy record shows, she has made access to health care a driving issue throughout her political career. There is no greater champion.”
Women’s health and Planned Parenthood are already front and center in the 2016 Presidential Race — with every single GOP presidential candidate pushing dangerous policies that would block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood, which would disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color; ban safe, legal abortion; and roll back insurance coverage of birth control. In Congress and statehouses across the country women’s health is under attack.
In Nevada, legislators introduced bills to require forced parental notification before women could access abortion care – regardless of whether they were safe doing so. There were also transgender bathroom bullying bill voted on during the 2105 legislative session.
Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates has several thousand members who fight for thousands of people across Nevada — particularly young women and men, low-income women, the LGBT community, and communities of color — who are hit the hardest by recent attacks on reproductive health care.
Millions of Americans rely on Planned Parenthood for essential reproductive health care — including 24,000 each year in Nevada — millions of women access birth control through their health insurance, and nearly one-third of women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Every single Republican presidential candidate has pledged to eliminate all three.
Prior to the endorsement, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations held grassroots forums across the country where volunteers and supporters came together to discuss which issues impacted them most in their everyday lives.
Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates has hosted and continues to host follow up Action Forums and training for the caucuses and the party process throughout the national conventions. The forums saw a young, energized, diverse base of supporters who are ready to fight back against attacks on women’s health.
Secretary Clinton has helped move the country forward on these issues — as First Lady, as Senator, as Secretary of State — and will keep moving the country forward as President.
Paid for by Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates (NAPPA), the statewide policy, education, lobbying and election arm of the Planned Parenthood health centers in Nevada. Contributions to NAPPA are not tax-deductible; they may be used to support our independent, effective, citizen-based advocacy, lobbying and election efforts.