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Planned Parenthood Voters of Nebraska has endorsed Chuck Hassebrook in the 2014 race for governor, citing his pro-choice position on abortion rights.

"As the only pro-women's health candidate in this critically important race, it is imperative that Chuck Hassebrook wins the primary in May and goes on to capture the office next November," the Planned Parenthood political action committee stated.

Hassebrook, a former University of Nebraska regent from Lyons, faces state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton in the Democratic primary race.

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Dubas and the Republicans have taken strong pro-life positions in the battle over abortion rights.

Hassebrook embraced the Planned Parenthood endorsement, citing the organization's efforts to "provide education and health and family planning services to communities all across the state," including protection of reproductive rights.

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Reach Don Walton at 402-473-7248 or at dwalton@journalstar.com.

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