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. Rosalind

    This is not disrespectful. People and groups have the right to endorse whomever they want when they want. Since when does Hillary demand so much respect? The NARAL can endorse Barack if they want to at this time.

    Go Obama!

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    The President of EMILYS List believes loyalty should outweigh whats right t for the country and the peoples choice?

    I have lost all patience with angry women.

    May 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Real Change

    NARAL has supported Bill and Hillary Clinton since they were running for County pip squeak. You’re telling me they couldn’t have waited another two weeks, until the primaries are over, to announce this. This is a powerful Democratic interest group trying to gently nudge nudge nudge Hillary out of the race.

    May 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    I think it'd be a much more fair and balanced article if it pointed out that Emily's List endorsed Hillary Clinton in -January-, whereas, they are claiming that it's now all of a sudden disrespectful to endorse someone with 3 weeks left? Give me a break. Hypocrites.

    May 14, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Gerry

    A huge endorsement that puts one of the final nails in the coffin ( more to come) for John McCain.

    This is going to be a HUGE issue in the election and push the majority of female vote to Obama.

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Who ?

    WHO CARES

    WE ARE VOTING FOR THE NAVY GUY AND NOT THE
    COMMUNITY GARDENER !

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. The Whole Truth

    "NARAL officials said the decision wasn't intended to be a snub of Clinton, who is running to be the first female president.

    They said the board decided to back Obama over Clinton because he is overwhelmingly favored to win the nomination and to heal what the organization viewed as a growing rift between black voters and white female activists that the protracted Clinton-Obama contest may have caused."

    This is more of the story that was run on MSNBC. To bad it was hacked here instead of letting NARAL better explain their decision. Just enough of the story published to get some conflict going.

    May 14, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Nina

    This somethng to be proud of?
    Nina

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. David Ferdinand/New York

    Goes to show...obama unites across gender, racial, cultural, and economic lines
    Everyone wants obama..

    Ooops... except uhm.. racist. and
    we want them only if the denounce their old ways.

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Bye-bye Hillary

    Way to go OBAMA! As a woman I couldn't agree more! NARAL – you made the right choice!

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. brush

    Everyone wants Clinton out, wants her to give up, say her ty speach and go her merry way. I for one, do not. Obama makes my skin crawl, always has , always will. Not because he is a black man, but because since day one I have had a erie feeling about the man. Now its like so many want to put him on high, come get on the band wagon, well you very well may get what you wish, but remember this, "beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing ,but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." You people flock to him like he is GOD, I refuse to take a chance on a UNKNOWN as him. He and his wife scare me. I think he comes full of deception and trickery. So, so what Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that has supported Hillary Clinton in the past. Shame on you , shame on all of us, not because she is a woman, not because she is a Clinton, because we have become blinded to WHO WE MAY HAVE SEATED IN THE WHITEHOUSE AS A PRESIDENT, Shame on us all. Forgive us when it comes to light , for we were blinded to the truth.

    May 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Alexander

    "It is tremendously disrespectful for an organization to support someone they believe in as opposed to basing their decision off of gender."

    From Nancy Keenan's statement, it sounds like they ARE standing with an elected leader who stands up for reproductive rights. He's just not a woman. Why should they wait until the primary process is officially over? It's more or less over already.

    May 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Bill Clinton

    Why is this disrepectful to Clinton. She has been totally disrespectful in thinking she is entitled to any and all matters of female concerns. She may think her gender should apply but in some rational cases it does not.

    May 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. raf

    I didn't realize a candidate had to be a woman to support women's rights.

    May 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. melvin

    obama is has the best stand for women's choice. He was education for a women so she will not have to get an abortion.

    May 14, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Nausea

    n response to a Pennsylvania voter's question about elementary school sex education, Obama said:

    "Look, I got two daughters – nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

    May 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. FedUpDem

    Absolutely unbelievable that they would endorse him over Clinton and try to spin his support for women as greater than hers. NARAL you deserve the McCain presidency you just opted to bring into office.

    I now have no respect for this organization that I have donated to in the past. Never again.

    May 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. Ex Hillary Supporter

    More Defecting... she won WV and it didn't even make a dent! Maybe NOW her supporters will see why every one is saying the race is over.
    Sen Obama's lead is too great for her to catch with the remaining 6 states. he only needs 145 left to go whileHillary got 304!
    Its OVER!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Teresa

    I feel that this is a well deserved edorsement for Barack Obama. I thank God for fair and openly minded people. He is truly a great presidential candidate for this country. Nobody ever got anywhere without hope. We love you Barack and all of your staff.

    May 14, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Nausea

    In response to a Pennsylvania voter's question about elementary school sex education, Obama said:

    "Look, I got two daughters – nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

    March 28, 2008

    May 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Ed

    You tell em', Ellen! Unlike the do-nothing empty suit who hasn't even completed half a senate term and votes "present" on key issues, Hillary actually took a stand on a very controversial topic and did what she had to do to protect the rights of her constituency. Shame on you, NARAL!

    May 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Ken Austin, TX

    Hey EMILY's List, here's a little notice for you since you have obviously not paid attention to anything during this election process:

    HILLARY IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED (and about 54.99% of other Americans agree with me. So, that is the reason they chose to endorse Barack over her...because they have faith in his words.

    May 14, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. KMAN

    To the president of EMILY's List ... it IS NOT disrespectful to HRC for NARAL to endorse the individual they believe will best serve our nation. It is actually disrespectful to NARAL for them to be criticized for their endorsement ... it’s their right! Although, a woman's right to choose is an important issue ... it's really too small of an issue to be the only reason to vote for a candidate ... care and caution would go along way on the part of an individual to reduce their 'need' to have an abortion in the first place. I am always very leery of one issue voters ... they simply do not have a balanced perspective of life!

    May 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. David

    What is Hillary still doing?

    It seems she still can't make a good jugment or is she trying to get more interest from the money she borrowed to her campaign?

    May 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. shola

    I think it is impudent to say Obama getting the NARAL endorsement is disrespectful to senator clinton. Neither NARAL, America, the democratic party nor anyone else is Senator Clinton's private property! If we all are objective and stopped using loyalties to decide whom to support, the world would be a better place.

    May 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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