CA17: Honda and Khanna on abortion choice

One thing that’s not at issue in the 17th Congressional District battle between Rep. Mike Honda and his Democratic challenger Ro Khanna: A woman’s right to choose.

honda.jpgHonda, D-San Jose, announced Monday that he’s been endorsed for re-election by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Honda “has been an unwavering champion of women’s health in Congress,” PPAF President Cecile Richards said in Honda’s news release. “His support for Title X and teen pregnancy prevention programs as a member of the Appropriations Committee have helped strengthening family planning and women’s health care in Silicon Valley and across the country. We applaud the Congressman’s leadership and are proud to stand with him just as he has stood with millions of women, men, and young people.”

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte – serving communities in 40 counties in California and Northern Nevada – has eight health centers in Santa Clara County, including one (in Sunnyvale) within the 17th District.

“I understand the critical importance of the many community health services that organizations like Planned Parenthood provide,” Honda said. “I am proud to have the continued support of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund and its members as we work together to expand preventative health services to everyone who needs them.”

Ro KhannaBut guess who’s a member of Mar Monte’s board of directors? Ro Khanna.

“A woman’s right to choose is a fundamental constitutional right which should be protected not just as a matter of privacy, but also under the 14th Amendment of the United States,” Khanna wrote on the “Women’s Rights” section of his campaign website. “As a Board Member of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, I strongly believe that all women should have access to reproductive health care. We should stand up for choice, birth control, and sex education.”

In fact, the former Obama administration official from Fremont made a $10,000 donation from his campaign fund to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in October 2012.

Honda, however, has received PPAF’s endorsement in each of his House re-election campaigns.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.