Clinton promises Planned Parenthood to prioritize abortion rights in first policy speech since becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee
Hillary Clinton promised support for Planned Parenthood in speech Friday
Presumptive Democratic nominee tore into Trump for his views on women
Clinton said Trump would weaken women's rights if elected president
In January, the Planned Parenthood group backed Clinton, offering its first endorsement in the group's 100 year history
Hillary Clinton promised to stand by Planned Parenthood in a speech to activists from the group in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
In her speech Friday, she thanked the non-profit women's health group for their support in the primary and highlighted her staunch support for abortion rights.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee warned the crowd that if elected president, her opponent Donald Trump would weaken women's rights.
'He actually said women should be punished for having abortions,' Clinton said of Trump, referring to comments Trump made in an interview in March.
'Anyone who would so casually agree with the idea of punishing women as if it was nothing to him… that's someone who doesn't hold women in high regard,' Clinton said.
In a speech Friday, Hillary Clinton thanked the non-profit women's health group Planned Parenthood for their support in the primary and highlighted her staunch support for abortion rights
'But don't worry, Donald assures us that as president he'll be - and I quote again - the best for women,' Clinton said to laughter from the crowd.
'Do we want to put our health, our lives, our futures in Donald Trump's hands?' Clinton asked.
'Everything I have seen' as first lady, a U.S. senator, and as secretary of state, Clinton said, 'has convinced me that life is freer, fairer, healthier, safer and far more humane when women are empowered to make their own reproductive health decisions.'
In January, the Planned Parenthood group backed Clinton, offering its first endorsement in the group's 100 year history.
Also on Friday, Clinton was scheduled to meet with Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic official told the Associated Press.
Warren was in town for a rare Friday session in the Senate.
Warren threw her support behind Clinton Thursday night, following President Barack Obama. On Thursday, she offered a blistering attack on the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Warren was the only holdout among the Senate's Democratic women and, given her stature among liberals, her endorsement could be an important boost for Clinton. She also is being floated as a potential vice presidential pick for Clinton.
Clinton's relationship with Planned Parenthood and her outspoken support for women's right could cause trouble for Trump in November.
'Anyone who would so casually agree with the idea of punishing women as if it was nothing to him… that's someone who doesn't hold women in high regard,' Clinton said of Donald Trump
In her speech, Clinton mocked Trump and promised to support women's reproductive rights
In this picture, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is greeted by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Clinton tore into Donald Trump during her speech, reminding the audience he has said he would have women punished for having abortions if the practice became illegal
In every presidential election since 1980, a greater proportion of women than men preferred the Democratic candidate.
'The challenge for Republican candidates has been trying to make some inroads into that women's vote,' said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, in April.
'And it's hard to imagine that Donald Trump, as of right now, is well positioned to be the Republican candidate to make those inroads, given the things that he's said.'
A woman's candidacy can cut both ways with voters.
In an Associated Press-GfK poll in February, 14 percent said a female candidate would be at least somewhat less likely to get their vote. Likewise, 19 percent said a woman would be at least somewhat more likely to get their vote.
In the primaries, Trump has drawn a disproportionate amount of his support from men, with an average of 44 percent of men and 36 percent of women supporting him in states where exit polls were conducted.
In every presidential election since 1980, a greater proportion of women than men preferred the Democratic candidate
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee warned the crowd that if elected president, her opponent Donald Trump would cause disastrous consequences for American women
'He actually said women should be punished for having abortions,' Clinton said of Trump, referring to comments Trump made in an interview in March
Further, in a recent AP-GfK poll, women (66 percent) were slightly more likely than men (60 percent) to say they definitely would not vote for Trump in a general election.
Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, cautioned that both Trump and Clinton 'have a problem with gender in this election.'
'Trump's is more serious,' she added, pointing to his high unfavorable ratings with women, who make up a larger share of the electorate than do men.
Clinton, she said, shows significant weakness with white men, particularly white working-class males