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It could also energize Republicans, who have their own heated nomination contest. State Sen. Michael Williams, one of five top GOP contenders, called the group “barbaric” minutes after the endorsement was announced.
Planned Parenthood is deeply polarizing for many conservatives, and during the 2016 presidential campaign anti-abortion groups tried to damage the organization with video of an official discussing the price of providing fetal parts. The group and its backers called the video part of an assault on a woman’s right to choose.
The move dealt a blow to Evans, whose supporters urged the group to back her campaign or stay out of the race altogether.
They pointed to her service on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia board and pro bono legal work for young women who seek abortions. And they cite her opposition to a 20-week abortion ban during the 2012 legislative session.
She was nine months pregnant during that vote, which was scheduled on the day she was to be induced into labor. She spoke against the bill in a videotaped statement played for House lawmakers hours before she gave birth.
Fox, the group’s president, declined to comment on the group’s process when asked whether there was a vote or a decision that distinguished Abrams over Evans. But she said board members “took this very seriously” before they voted.
“It was a really important time for us to take a stand,” said Fox. “It’s a significant moment in history, and we felt like Stacey Abrams was the candidate who best reflected our work and the patients that we serve across the state of Georgia.”