From the Morning Memo:

Democratic state Senate candidate Alessandra Biaggi on Monday is set to announce her endorsement from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC.

Biaggi is challenging Sen. Jeff Klein, the former leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, in a closely watched primary on Sept. 13.

“We are at a critical crossroads in our history and we must act now to ensure our access to reproductive health and secure our rights,” said Robin Chappelle Goldston, the PAC’s chairwoman.

“This election depends on every New Yorker taking action to send a message to Washington that we will not go backwards, that we will stand up for the most marginalized members of our community, and that everyone of us deserves equal access to health care. Alessandra Biaggi is committed to this fight.”

The endorsement comes as reproductive rights groups are expected to make another push next year for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, a bill meant to strengthen abortion laws in New York. The odds of the bill receiving a vote in the Senate would improve should Democrats gain control of the chamber.

As leader of the IDC in the state Senate, Klein had push for votes for on the RHA, but the bill did not receive the needed votes to gain a debate on the floor.

But the push for the RHA is taking on a renewed urgency for organizations that back abortion rights given the likely confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court later this fall.

“One of my main reasons for running was not being able to help pass the Reproductive Health Act, which would give New York State women, through state law, all the protections now provided under Roe v. Wade. So it’s particularly meaningful to me to have such a strong endorsement from Planned Parenthood’s PAC,” Biaggi said.

“It’s completely unacceptable that New York, a leader on this issue almost 50 years ago, treats abortion in its criminal laws, not its health laws. And we couldn’t even get common sense birth control legislation passed in the Senate. With Roe at risk federally, I pledge to make passing the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act my highest priorities.”

Planned Parenthood of New York City last year was angered by the use of its logo on the mailers of lawmakers then in the IDC, worried that it implied the organization had given its endorsement to them.

The IDC disbanded in April and rejoined the mainline Democratic conference fold in the Senate.

Klein has picked up endorsements from a variety of labor unions and advocacy groups. Last week he was endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters and Building and Construction Trades Council.