Jan 10, 2016 10:09 AM

Planned Parenthood to endorse Clinton in New Hampshire

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — Planned Parenthood's political arm is backing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president.

Clinton and Cecile Richards, president of the organization, are set to appear together Sunday afternoon in Manchester. Clinton's campaign says it is the first time the organization has endorsed a candidate in a presidential primary. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton's campaign says Planned Parenthood is preparing to spend $20 million in the 2016 election.

Women's health and abortion rights continue to be potent political issues and will weigh heavily in the 2016 contest should Clinton win the party's nomination.

Clinton is locked in a close contest with Sanders in New Hampshire. The state's primary is scheduled for February 9th.

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