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Planned Parenthood PAC Backs Kelly in Race for N.H. Governor

Josh Rogers for NHPR
Planned Parenthood's PAC says it's supporting former state senator Molly Kelly becuase of her record on women's health issues.

The political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is endorsing former state senator Molly Kelly in the race for governor. 

Kelly and fellow Democrat Steve Marchand have both stressed their staunch support of abortion rights. Marchand has even proposed using tax dollars to make abortion more available to women of low income. 

That's a position Planned Parenthood also backs, but according to Sabrina Dunlap, VP for policy of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund, Kelly's record on women's health care makes her the stronger candidate, particularly at a time when Roe v Wade may be at risk. 

"She has fought for these issues her entire life and we think in these unprecedented time, when reproductive rights are under just relentless attack, that we need an unwavering champion and she is that champion," Dunlap said. 

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC's endorsement of Kelly marks the second straight governor's race where the PAC has worked to influence the outcome of a primary between pro-abortion rights Democrats. Two years ago, the PAC endorsed Colin Van Ostern, a move that prompted one board member to resign in protest.  


Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.
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