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. Marilyn

    *what happened to my comment?

    Barack Obama has proven many times over that he supports the rights of All Americans, not just the "blue-collar, hardworking, white Americans"

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Proud1of 26% in WV

    It's about time that you report something,what about the superdelegates ,Oh Jack Cafferty reported these ,thanks Jack.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. MS Gal

    You go Obama! Almost there! Wake up people! America is finally coming around!

    Go OBama! Yes!

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Ann

    It just demonstrates the low quality of these endorsers who are actually following the crowd. You doubt if they ever think of issues. What makes Obama more appropriate for this endorsement than Clinton? Shame on you NARAL.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Joyce

    Way to bite the hand that fed you. What are you thinking? HRC has actually demonstrated her support , Obama talks about it., but that's right, he talks a good game about everything.

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Keith from Lorain, Ohio

    Hillary will not give up till the convention and I can't blame her. Super delegates don't official vote until August and by then all will be over for Obama. We haven't heard of this in the national media, but quite a few know about Barrack and it seems that it’s just mostly republicans that I speak with. This is what you will find out when the news media finally breaks the rest of the story. It is funny that the investigation got wrapped up in September 2005. Rezko was indicted in January of 2006.

    Obama voted for the Bush Energy Bill in 2005, Hillary didn't. Obama reach out across the isle. This Energy Bill of Bush's included a nuclear power plant in Iraq. Companion Security corporation received the contract for this project and is owned by Nadhmi Auchi. Nadhmi Auchi has known Saddam since 1959 and was a political fixer in the Bath Party in Iraq. When the country fell apart he ran of with billions of Iraqi money. He is wanted in France on corruption charges and is hiding out in London. Companion Security is a subsidiary of the Rezmar Corporation.

    In the Rezko trial on April 14, 2008, evidence was introduced in court that Barrack Obama attended a private party at Rezko's mansion In April of 2004. This wasn't a fund raiser but a party in honor of Auchi. There are a lot of questions the authorities can't answer on how Nadhmi got into this country in the first place, since he is wanted in France, but who helped him get in.

    We have heard a little about the house deal that happened on June 15, 2005 between Michelle Obama and Judy Rezko, but Barrack called that mudslinging. We haven't heard much about how Tony Rezko received 3.2 million dollars the end of May 2005 from another subsidiary company in Panama. This Finn Trade Inc. that is majority owned by Auchi ironically wired 3.2 million dollars to Rezko just 3 weeks before the house deal closed. What will Obama call this news when it breaks?

    May 14, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. ralph-MD

    Though I'm a Obama supporter, I am extremely proud of Sen. Clinton's stands on a woman's right to choose. From my understanding, she is a staunch defender of her pro choice position. This is an area that I'll always be thankful to her on. She is very dedicated to causes she believes in. The public has benefitted tremendously from her efforts.

    May 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. pat ny

    abortion is murder. enough said

    May 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Mike in Columbus

    The majority of Clinton supporters will support Obama in November…

    Some will not, but I think most realize the stakes, and put that above sour grapes and petty jealousy.

    However, most of the folks who keep repeating they won't support Obama on this blog will probably stick to their word. They can congratulate themselves if Obama loses, and smirk for a bit. They can also pat themselves on the back when the US troop casualty count comes in each month, and feel proud they help perpetuate that. They can smile to themselves as the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can't find blue collar jobs in America, and know they had a hand in that too. As more conservative judges are appointed to the supreme court, they can laugh to themselves and say "yeah, but we sure taught the DNC a leason, didn't we?"

    So be proud Obama haters, you are the true Americans aren't you?

    May 14, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. jane in CA

    Good choice. Obama is a sincere one.

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Hmmm, where does Hillary stand on this issue? I guess her efforts in the past don't matter to Nancy. This type of endorsement makes me really scared of Obama and the power he seems to have, very scary indeed.

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. ralph-MD

    Though I'm a Obama supporter, I am extremely proud of Sen. Clinton's stands on a woman's right to choose. From my understanding, she is a staunch defender of her pro choice position. This is an area that I'll always be thankful to her on. She is very dedicated to causes she believes in. The public has benefitted tremendously from her efforts.

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE BEHIND OBAMA ? IT SEEMS TO ME , IT'S LIKE GOING FROM FIRST GRADE TO A SENIOR OVER NIGHT ! I BELIEVE HILLARY IS THE CLEAR CANIDATE FOR THE WHITEHOUSE..

    JOHN BUHRIE
    ST. CLAIR SHORES MI.

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Mary-Dallas, TX

    This statement from Emily's List is EXACTLY why I stopped my Sustaining membership. It is BLIND allegience to someone who is supposed to be a feminist but is actually not. Most of her arguments for her candidacy are based on her position as a WIFE, not on her OWN accomplishments. And why has no one asked her, when she sanctimoniously said that she wouldn't have stayed in Rev. Wright's church, why she stayed in a marriage which was much more damaging! Does she enjoy being a victim because she get's votes that way? Is this really feminism?? And do we like the fake tears to get votes?

    Sen. Obama shows in his marriage to a strong woman as a real co-equal that he would be much more effective for women's rights! Good for NARAL for being true to the essence of what we want!

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Cammi317

    Why should they pledge loyalty to Clinton over just one issue, if they agree with Obama on that issue and more. This is how idiots end up in power.....blind loyalty and voting straight party tickets.

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. JDM

    Question?
    WHEN DID THE CLINTONS RAISE TO THE LEVEL OF THE A GOD LIKE BEINGS -TO BE WORSHIP. I DON'T THINK THE POPE IS GETTING THIS MUCH RESPECT DUE!
    Someone need to check themselve.

    May 14, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Kenneth M

    CNN IS SCOPED AGAIN. ACCORDING TO HUFF OBAMA GOT A UNION, 3 SCE CHAIRMEN ENDORSMENTS, AND 2 OR 3 SUPER DELEGETS SINCE WV

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. susie

    I don't understand, Obama has said it would be a punishment if his daughter gets pregnant.

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Considering his reversal at the faith forum on CNN, I wonder what they were thinking? Obama not pro-choice anymore according to his own statements.

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Desmond Sequeira

    I see no disrespect to Mrs Clinton in NARAL's endorsement of OBAMA

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Greg Pottstown Pa

    can i post here?

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Voodoo mama

    Go Obama, we need a place for our meetings, you can help us, yes you can.

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. helen

    THE MATH OF HONOR.....is.............50.....yes you can !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Rose

    come one ...come all...Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Oren Ovadia, California

    As a Male voter, I am amazed that women do not not support Hillary. They always cry for respect and being equal to men , but they will not support a woman President. Makes me gasp for air.

    May 14, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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