May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama gets NARAL endorsement

(CNN) - Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that has supported Hillary Clinton in the past.

"Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose throughout his career in public office," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said in a statement Wednesday. "He steadfastly supports and defends a woman's right to make the most personal, private decisions regarding her reproductive health without interference from government or politicians."

The president of EMILY’s List, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates, called NARAL's endorsement "tremendously disrespectful" to Hillary Clinton.

“I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton - who held up the nomination of a FDA commissioner in order to force approval of Plan B and who spoke so eloquently during the Supreme Court nomination about the importance of protecting Roe vs. Wade - to not give her the courtesy to finish the final three weeks of the primary process," Ellen Malcolm said in a statement. "It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them.”

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Karl Rove

    tell Clinton she needed to add more Zeros to that check

    May 14, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    about time cnn reported and endorsement for Sen Obama. you all are slipping. tighten up!

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. spencer

    Who cares, He just an elitist.....

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Steve in DC

    That's nice, what about his two superdelegates picked up today.

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Independent

    Thank You NARAL! He is the best candidate!

    May 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. M.S. Indiana

    Good choice NARAL... just because Hillary is a woman don't mean she will do much, if even anything, for women..

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. FreshAir

    Cue the Hillary head explosion!

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Joe Regis

    AMERICA WANT CHANGE.

    THE TIME HAS COME FOR A CHANGE.

    GO OBAMA GO!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Ok

    I'm a little confused. Why are they so angry? Doesn't Obama share the same views on this topic as Clinton? Are they upset becuase they are backing a male???

    Maybe I'm not quite understanding the issue here...Someone please explain. Thank you!

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Kelz

    whether it been 3 weeks, or 3 days, or 3 hours, obama still would of received the endorsement whether people want him to or not. he is the presumptive nominee and next week will show just that. lets get ready for november already!!

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Michelle

    Way to go! Now let's see all the Obama bashers rise from their coffins and make it seem like this man don't deserve to win! Obama is a smart man and he cought Hillary sleeping because she just knew she had this nomination all wrapped up....LOL.

    May 14, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Mike from Westchester

    Just more of that sense of entitlement from the Clintons. Everyone OWES them. "Your either with us, or your against us" – Hillary Clinton. And of course, anyone who is not with them is a Judas.

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. zina

    This is a HUGE endorsement considering McCain is against a woman's right to choose!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Sharon Minnesota

    One more reason to jump ship and vote for McCain. This was one of my former sacrifices to vote democrat. I won't need to compromise my stand on pro-choice any longer.

    John McCain in 08

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    DEMOCRATS...............it's time to unite.

    Stop the infighting!

    Unite against our REAL adversary. No Bush third term!

    Obama/Clark in 2008!

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Robin

    Have you seen the "Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Madtv" on the youtube? Obama wins the prise that Hillary thinks he cannot.

    May 14, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Josa in Iowa

    I agree with Emily's List...an endorsement for Nobama..tsk, tsk. I didn't know they were souless as well as brainless. Another Judas like Richardson...

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Checkmate! Again!

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Venus

    Welcome to the "O" Team!

    We are happy to have you!

    Go Obama!

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. James

    Welcome on board.

    May 14, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Joanne

    That is reason enough not to vote for her. Abortion is murder. The time to choose is before you get pregnant. I would never vote for any candidate that suports Roe vs Wade. McCain gets my vote.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Jennifer

    Just because a group is pro choice does not mean Hillary has a claim to them . Like the group is pro-choice they Chose and it happened to be OBAMA.
    NOT EVERY woman has to agree with Hillary or even disagree with her, we just have the right to choose what we feel is best,and some of us happens to choose other than Hillary Clinton.
    Contrary to belief Hillary doesn't have the monopoly on all women's issues.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Robert in Toronto,ON

    First of all, why is EMILY'S List getting in a huff? It's not like NARAL are superdelegates – they're just an organization who happens to support Obama? And btw, it's obvious by their tone that they support Hillary Clinton – but no one is (or should be) slamming them for that. I'm pretty sure that the NAACP is behind Barack Obama – again...it's only an organization. Influential, yes...but does not count a vote.

    If anything....EMILY'S List AND NARAL should BOTH be coming out AGAINST Sen. John McCain since he supports legislation that would make abortions illegal unless the mother's life is in danger or rape. Now you wanna talk about taking back women's rights?

    That's a just a head's up for anybody thinking about switching from Democrat to Republican.

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. R.I.F.

    "Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose throughout his career in public office," NARAL President Nancy Keenan

    Where's that blogger from yesatrday who said that Obama hdd been mocking women? I gues NARAL sees it a little different and I'm inclined to listen to them and not a blogger hiding behind a keyboard.

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Paul

    NObama

    Hillary we love you and support you all the way!!!
    We need a Clinton to restore our broken economy

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are Americans

    Obama can be your VP until he learns how to do the job. He might eventually be ready in the future.

    Hillary 08 – Yes you will!!!
    Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky for Clinton!!!
    Vote Democrat- Vote for Clinton

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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