(CNN) – A Los Angeles chapter of Planned Parenthood is taking on the Republican candidates for governor, accusing them of misleading voters on their views on abortion rights in the final days of the campaign.
In a radio ad airing in the Los Angeles market, the group tells voters, who support abortion rights, to "Say no to Meg Whitman and no to Steve Poizner." The $100,000 buy from the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, says neither candidate agreed to meet with the statewide group or support their mission.
"Both candidates claim they support choice and both have attacked each other for that same support," said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood affiliates of California.
She said the group launched the ad because "the public trusts Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California to provide open, honest and accurate information, and we're doing just that - by setting the record straight on who's the real pro-choice candidate in this election."
California has a history of electing candidates who support abortion rights for statewide office and both Whitman and Poizner say they support this position.
Both candidates have moved to the right on the issue as they've campaigned for the votes of the state's more conservative Republican primary voters. In recent weeks and trailing in the polls, Poizner has made abortion a bigger issue in the race - trying to position himself to the right of Whitman by highlighting support for parental notification and banning all government funding for abortions. Whitman opposes federal funding for abortions, but has not expressed a desire to challenge California's policy of allowing some state funding to be used for abortion related services.
The Poizner campaign seems to welcome Planned Parenthood's critique.
"Steve Poizner disagrees with Planned Parenthood on many issues and therefore its no surprise the group would be attacking him in this campaign," said Poizner spokesman Jarrod Agen. The Whitman campaign declined comment.
Between them, the two Republican candidates have spent more than $100 million on the primary – much of it going to an unprecedented avalanche of ads. The Planned Parenthood ad takes a dig at the amount of money they've spent, suggesting they've used it to mislead the public
"We believe that everyone deserves to be healthy – not just people with money. Because every Californian deserves accurate, honest information."