In Michigan
6:20 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Bernero endorsed by abortion rights groups

LANSING, MI –

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero has won the endorsement of two groups that support abortion rights.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and the Michigan National Organization for Women said Wednesday they're backing Bernero in the governor's race.

The Lansing mayor is running against House Speaker Andy Dillon for the Democratic nomination. Dillon opposes abortion.

The groups say in a news release that Bernero will protect "a woman's right to choose" and fight to end gender bias in the workplace.

Five Republicans also are running for governor. Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed GOP Attorney General Mike Cox, although all five say they're abortion opponents.

Voters will choose winners in the Aug. 3 primary election.