Hillary Clinton will be honored next month in New York City with a “Champion of the Century Award” by Planned Parenthood as it celebrates 100 years of operation.
The U.S. presidential election may have went to Donald Trump, but his Democratic Party challenger is still a “Champion of the Century” to Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards. Mrs. Clinton will be honored by the abortion and health services provider on May 2 for “her 40 years of service to women and girls.”
Television producer Shonda Rhimes will also share the limelight.
“We’re proud to celebrate Planned Parenthood’s 100 years of strength and resilience at this moment in our history, as well as the tremendous outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood and our patients,” Ms. Richards said on the nonprofit organization’s website April 6. “This Gala is a powerful reminder that Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years and will continue to be here for the people who rely on us, no matter what. One hundred years of care, education, and activism have changed everything, and we will not rest until access to health care and rights is a reality for all people.”
Planned Parenthood’s previous support for Mrs. Clinton included its first-ever endorsement of a U.S. presidential candidate during a primary campaign.
“We’re excited to announced we’re endorsing @HillaryClinton! She’ll lead on #reprorights. #PPact4Hillary #ImWithHer,” the group tweeted Jan. 7, 2016, along with a pledge to spend at least $20 million on her behalf.
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“We’re proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” Ms. Richards said in a statement released at the time. “No other candidate in our nation’s history has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women or such a clear record on behalf of women’s health and rights. This is about so much more than Planned Parenthood. Health care for an entire generation is at stake.”
Millions of American voters disagreed with Ms. Richards, as Mr. Trump became the 45th U.S. commander in chief on Nov. 8 by capturing 304 Electoral College votes to Mrs. Clinton’s 227.