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Kamala Harris plans to go to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota this Thursday. Her campaign is highlighting the importance of abortion rights

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Vice President Kamala Harris plans to visit a clinic run by Planned Parenthood in Minnesota this Thursday, as shared by a White House official with CNN. This visit is seen as important, especially since it’s rare for such high-ranking officials to visit abortion providers. Harris aims to keep the spotlight on reproductive rights, which her team believes could sway middle-of-the-road voters come November.

This trip to Minnesota is part of Harris’s larger initiative, the “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” tour, which is her sixth stop. During her visit, she’s expected to tour the Planned Parenthood facility and have discussions with the staff about reproductive rights, according to another White House official.

Harris kicked off this tour back in January in Wisconsin and has since made stops in California, Georgia, Michigan, and Arizona. Minnesota marks her fifth state visit since the president’s State of the Union address, where the word “abortion” was included in prepared remarks but not mentioned during the speech.

In 2023, Minnesota’s Democratic Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law that solidifies the “fundamental right” to access abortion in the state.

This visit coincides with what the Biden campaign is calling the “March Month of Action,” during which both President Joe Biden and Harris plan to visit every battleground state. Abortion remains a focal point in their messaging as they aim to appeal to moderate voters, particularly women.

According to a recent KFF survey, about half of registered voters in the United States believe this year’s elections will greatly affect access to abortion, with approximately 1 in 8 voters considering it the most crucial issue influencing their vote.

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