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 In a packed conference room in
Providence
, Planned Parenthood endorsed Democrat Gina Raimondo for Governor. The organization - which provides reproductive health care, including abortion - has long been politically active. Raimondo knows the endorsement may be controversial in this heavily Catholic state.


"You know the Catholic Church has a clear position, and I have a clear position. And I am clearly pro–choice and as I've said, I as Governor, support the decision in Roe v. Wade."


Outside Planned Parenthood, one lone protester made his thoughts known.


"Well I think that there should be more pro–life people out here because we want to protect the unborn," said Steve Earley, an anti-abortion rights protester.


Gina Raimondo, says she is more pro–choice than Republican Allan Fung. She opposes the U.S. Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision that says private firms cannot be forced to provide contraception in their health care, when opposed on religious grounds. Fung supports the Hobby Lobby ruling.


ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "The abortion issue came to the forefront in this race a couple of weeks ago, when
Rhode Island
Right-to-Life took the unusual step of endorsing Allan Fung for Governor, in the Republican primary, even though he has long been pro–choice."


And Allan Fung says he will remain that way as Governor:


"Roe v Wade is the law of the land, and there is nothing I'm going to be able to do to impact that, and I'm not focusing on social issues," said Mayor Allan Fung, (R) Nominee for Rhode Island Governor.


Fung and Raimondo agree, the economy remains the number one issue.