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. Marc PDX

    Where does Ellen Malcolm get off deciding who is ok to support? If NARAL wants to back Obama instead of Clinton that's perfectly valid and not the least bit disrespectful of Clinton. It's simply their choice. I think Malcolm may be a Hillary supporter who's having a hard time coming to grips with her candidate's failed campaign. That's democracy, honey. Get over it!

    May 14, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Marty, Orlando

    Thank you. We appreciate the endorsements.

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

    No where did NARAL tell Clinton (Hill, Bill or Chill) to not finish the three weeks. Where did you get an idea like that? All they did was endorse the candidate they wanted – just like you did and like everyone else in America has the right to do. There is no disrespect. It's called freedom of choice. Your comment does not make any sense. All your statement does is make you sound bitter and full of sour grapes.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. granforchange

    WHO CARES WHAT EMILY'S LIST THINKS?? I AM A PROUD MEMBER OF NARAL, AND I AM GLAD THEY FINALLY SAW THE LIGHT IN ENDORSING SENATOR OBAMA.. QUIT WHINING EMILY AND ALL YOU PRO CHOICE HILLARY SUPPORTERS, SOUNDS LIKE SOUR GRAPES TO ME !! GET OVER IT! OBAMA SUPPORTER 08

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Eddie

    Are you kidding,she can endorse who she wants,why is it everybody has to ole Hillary.She think she is the godfather.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Mike

    Bo doesn't want any girl or woman punished with a baby. Even if it's a full term baby.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Jamarr

    More infighting with the Clinton camp? Obama's supporters don't do that.
    But whatever. let HRC play this out and three weeks later it will all be over. no fighting. no pulling. no dissing. no racially charged remarks. It will just be over.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. patrick b

    Plenty of endorsements have been given for the primary season – what the heck is this "EMILY'S List' idiot talking about? This wasn't about general election.

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Bobby

    OkAAAY?

    May 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. HH

    And the chips keep falling this is a group that supported Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. LucyPearl

    Go Obama!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Contrary to what the press may be trying to peddle, not all women support Hillary, not all African-Americans support Barack, and not all men support McCain. This is a country of independent thinkers that can all think for themselves.

    For EMILY'S List to come out like they did against NARAL because they chose to support Barack is extremely small-minded.

    May 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. MJ, NYC

    It makes me feel rteally good when an organization that I support takes such a crucial step and makes such an important statement. I am also a member of Move On. As we know, they too have done the right thing.

    May 14, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Lisa in Canada

    GO OBAMA. You will get more endorsements.

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Bob

    Are they irrelevant too, Hillary?

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Tim

    Great endorsement!!!

    Obama 08/12

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. OBAMA

    Well get over it!!! I don't think is disrespectful at all, everybody has the right to change their mind... GOOD FOR OBAMA

    oBAMA 2008!!! YES WE CAN AND WE WILL!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Jay

    I sure wish I had one of those Georgia Tee-Shirts.

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Tracey caple

    Yes ASAP it's time for change jack.

    May 14, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Congratulations, Senator Obama. You have run a truly inspiring and first rate campaign.

    May 14, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Michele, WV

    there you go!! keep em coming!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Alonzo Demetrius - FL

    God said in the Bible that He will punish those "who call evil, good". That is what "a woman's right to choose" is, evil in the form of killing babies.

    May 14, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Both candidates are pro-choice. Pick one!

    May 14, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. pat

    emily you are so right this how this election has been going all of hillary supporters disrespecting her SHAME ON YOU ALL. why would you support someone then when they really need you, you jump ship, this is why the dem. party stinks i cannot be aparty to this anymore after this election im going to be an independent. you dem. need to have your heads checked i think you,ve lost all your marbels.

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Jane L.

    So many people have been disrespectful to Senator Clinton that it's hard to keep track any more. I'm afraid our wounded country is missing a rare window of opportunity to elect a woman who would probably be the most capable president in our history.

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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