Planned Parenthood targets youth voters in Ohio

Ballot box for election. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
(WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The political arm of Planned Parenthood is targeting Ohio as part of its largest education and get-out-the-vote effort ever.

Planned Parenthood Votes says its Ohio campaign’s public launch Wednesday is part of an unprecedented, $30 million national effort to mobilize voters, particularly young and undecided Americans.

The field campaign is data-driven. The group says internal analysis shows uncommitted Ohio voters can be moved by issues surrounding Planned Parenthood, the women’s health care and abortion provider, and abortion rights.

Its volunteers will push votes for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Senate candidate Ted Strickland in 450,000 door knocks and 17,000 phone calls.

Abortion opponents are rallying support through a 40-day bus tour launched Tuesday. It promotes politicians who favor legal abortion limits.

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