January 7, 2016 – Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa Endorses Hillary Clinton

DES MOINES, IOWA – Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa (PPVI) announced today 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.

Statement from Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa:

“In Iowa, 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 has pledged to block patients from accessing essential care at Planned Parenthood, to ban abortion, and roll back insurance coverage for birth control. In Iowa, 31,761 people relied on Planned Parenthood last year for essential, life-saving care. In this election, the health care for millions – 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 – is at stake.

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 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.

PPVI members fight for thousands of people across Iowa – 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 – including 31,761 people in Iowa – rely on Planned Parenthood for essential reproductive health care, 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 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. 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.


Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa (PPVI), formerly the Freedom Fund, was created in 1990 to protect freedom of choice for Iowans. PPVI is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supported entirely by independently raised donations and managed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Board of Directors.

The mission of PPVI is to foster and preserve a social and political climate favorable to reproductive health and to protect reproductive choice.

To meet this mission, PPVI engages in lobbying, issues education and pro-choice voter identification, education and mobilization.


Angie Remington, Public Relations Manager
ph: 515.249.6084 email: angie.remington@ppheartland.org