May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
7 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. oil rules

    Let's protect the right to murder unborn children. Always smacked me in the face how it is a woman's choice to murder her children since it is her body. Guess as long as it doesn't make it out the womb it is OK. Glowing endorsement, OBAMA.

    Obama/Hamas 08

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Who cares about abortion rights? Why don't all you educated Obama followers learn how to use birth control?

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. NZ, NJ

    JUST WAIT AND SEE........

    THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL HAVE A RUDE AWAKENING IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Typical

    I guess you could say NARAL aborted Hillary prematurely!

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Tired of W, OH

    LOL! They probably endorsed Obama because he's as pro-choice as and Hillary and they know he's going to win the nomination. No rocket science here.

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. judi in NJ

    Maybe the American people are finally just sick of mean and ugly
    politics. This has been the style of the Republican party for many, many years. Wouldn't it be nice to be nice!

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    As an Obama supporter this is one issue I do not agree with him on. I think there are some better ways than aborting kids. Like education and spirtual values. However, I am with Obama on all the other issues.

    May 14, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Remi N.(Atlanta)

    Why some people think like Hillary is a Queen, that she is supposed to have her way. People and Organization endorse who they think can do the job for the entire country. This is a FREE Country. America is not a Kingdom ruled by the Clintons. Any move or endorsment does not need explanation to the Clintons, that's to say They do not own anybody. The Democratic Party does not belong to them. They are part of the party like anybody else, despite the signicant role they have played. Don't forget that , we have stood by them during the impeachement.... Hillary supporters , stop beeing sensitive and think that anybody is turning their back to Hillary when they endorse Obama. It's a choice they make, same as you are choosing Hillary

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Michael

    Welcome aboard!!!

    Yes We Can and NO Hillary Can't.

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. R.I.F.

    Hey EMILY’s List,

    I don't know if you've noticed but Hillray's morphed into a Republican over the past couple of months. She's more interested in gun rights than Pro-choice. Hard working blur-collar, rural Americans don't like Pro-choice and she's their canditdate now.

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Dal CA Republican

    WOW HRC loses a Pro-Choice women's vote. Really the writing is on the wall for Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Amazed!!!

    Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have the same stance on abortion rights, and both have worked diligently to support and defend Roe v. Wade...so, why is it disrespectful for NARAL to endorse anyone? They have a right to choose just like everyone else.

    It's pretty disheartening that the Clinton supporters feel that anyone who doesn't support or endorse her are disrespectful, or judases, or whatever have you. And you talk about Obama supporters, how hypocritical! Get over it! Your vote counts, so should theirs.

    Democrat '08

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. 52 year old Baltimore ,CPA, Black Women

    who cares- just makes red states more determine to beat him in the fall go Obama

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Stacy Clarks

    Okay, what is up with this Emily people, this is the second time they have made remarks to point to the fact the women must vote for other women!!!

    People complain when black people (who last time i checked had the right for who they want) vote for Obama, but women and pro-choice orgs MUST vote for Clinton?

    Im all for supporting someone, and doing it publically, but do NOT attack someone else for supproting someone else, that is why this country is FREE, IT MEANS YOU CAN SUPPORT WHOEVER YOU WANT!!!!

    anyways--> DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Beltway Insider

    Operation Chaos is still going full steam.

    Don't get played by the neo-cons – Don't let them divide the party – Don't let them steal the election in November.

    Vote Democrat '08 – Either way.

    May 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Angus McDugan

    I am totally against the Clinton's getting back into the White House, but Hillary is very smart. I am hearing that something is comming and it ain't pretty.

    May 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. RB

    Now that they know who the nominee IS, alot more of HRC's supporters will start to endorse Obama.

    May 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. WIll

    WOW...
    Feminists even going to Obama. Is Hill's campaign over? Has anyone bothered to tell her?

    May 14, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Sean

    I love it. Old politics. They make a decision based on what they believe is right, and they are derided because they were supposed to return some favor.

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Brent Robbins

    Of course Obama should have received endorsement by NARAL....he believes in infanticide. He out does Clinton on that.

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Fiyah_Startah

    How about if they endorse Clinton and see if the statement is written about Obama? What's your guest of the same statement people?

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. OK

    Not sure where my comment went but here it is again:

    I'm a little confused. Why is the other party so angry that this group is endorsing Obama? Don't they share the same views as one another and the same views as Obama and Clinton???

    Are they angry because they are endorsing a male instead of a female??

    Someone please help me understand this one. Thank you!

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. CT in CT

    How about HRC showing some respect for the party, values, the PEOPLE?

    She has absolutely no chance at the nomination.

    Many HRC supporters say they will not support Obama in the GE – She needs to come to grips with the devisiveness she has caused and work to heal that rift with NO STRINGS ATTACHED if she expects to ever be supported in a future endeavor.

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Maybe NARAL endorsed Obama because the group remembers what happened when Bill got elected–the Republicans swept into power just a few years later, threatening women's rights on a whole host of issues.

    Maybe NARAL decided it was better to "disrespect" Hillary than to threaten the welfare of all women.

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Blaising

    Wah, wah, wah Emily's List!

    Clitnon voted FOR the war in Iraq!

    May 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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