Planned Parenthood backing Clinton in primary race

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says its endorsement of Hillary Clinton won't result in negative campaigning against her Democratic primary opponents.

President Cecile Richards says the group's political arm is endorsing early so it can begin reminding voters about what she calls the Republican candidates' "extreme" positions on women's health. The endorsement is the group's first in a presidential primary.

Planned Parenthood provides abortion and reproductive health services and has become a lightning rod in the 2016 campaign. Most Republican presidential candidates object to continued federal financing of the organization and a measure has passed the Republican-led House to stop the flow of money.

The group plans to spend $20 million in the 2016 presidential campaign. Richards says that won't be used to criticize Clinton's chief primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.