Planned Parenthood trains volunteers for election campaign

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Planned Parenthood is vowing an army of volunteers to campaign for Hillary Clinton and other candidates in this year’s election and against restrictions on abortion rights.

In this file photo, about 50 people rally in support of Planned Parenthood at its Central PA branch in York City Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Bill Kalina -

The group’s president, Cecile Richards, told hundreds of activists at a rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday that fighting “for the right to reproductive health care for everyone” was “what this election is all about.”

The rally capped a conference at the convention center since Thursday at which organizers discussed political strategies for the upcoming election. Officials said nearly 1,000 volunteers received field training on such things as recruitment and voting drives.

Officials called it the largest such gathering for volunteer training in Planned Parenthood’s history, and said Pittsburgh was chosen in part because the Pennsylvania chapter is the organization’s largest with about 500 members.