May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
13 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. Confused CNN Viewer

    You ever notice how both Hillary and Obama are 'characterized': the first 'woman' president, the first 'black' president? As if they're less than what they should be?

    Nobody has ever said McCain's running to be the 45th 'white' president, now have they??

    May 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. mm

    Have they actually looked at Obama's record?

    May 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Brenda

    Why don't all you abortion rights people have the good sense to use birth control.Duh.

    May 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    What a disgrace to all women. I don't believe Obama is the "women" to understand these issues. I'll be glad to not support NARAL.

    I am one of those who will not vote for Obama not matter who endorces him. I believe he is to much like his pastor and he will say or do anything to get elected. Oh, yea and sexism at its best with him and the media.


    May 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Breakemdown

    It's funny how Hillary supporters say Obama can't win but on both sides of the political table (Dems/Repubs) He is all they talk about??? So go ahead and hate all you want it's going to happen!!! Remember the things we put the most energy to will manifest!!!
    OBAMA 2008 – 2016

    May 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Cindy

    oops.. I meant "Pro-Choice" not Pro-Life. A Pro-Choice group is free to endorce a pro-choice man just as surely as a pro-choice woman. Decisions for endorsements "should" be gender-blind.

    May 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Stavroula

    Senator Edwards did avery bad mistake .For me i dont know if they understan the will of the voters

    May 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Canadian bystander

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I always thought that feminists believe in changing the status quo when it comes to power relationships, that feminists believe in negotiation and consensus, that feminists believe in inclusion as opposed to exclusion. Which candidate has more clearly expressed this message?
    Senator Clinton s comments on hard working white Americans are an affront to the true spriit of feminism.
    Feminism is not about voting for a woman just for the sake of voting for a woman.
    So Emily's List, how can you defend Senator Clintons anit feminism?

    May 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Mary


    May 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I guess all of the Clinton supporters that want to vote for MCCain might as well do it. If you think Hillary will be on this ticket you must be crazy...By the way all of the African Americans who voted for her in NY. Put your money where your mouth is...

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" MLK

    May 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. jes from Ontario

    Sorry Hillary, but I know this is going to work out for the best. USA is about the most despised nation on the globe!!! They are losing two wars, in DEEP debt to so many countries especially China, overrun with illegal immigrants, a health care system that is laughable etc. etc. Obama hasn't the guts to have a strong female as VP. If he does ask her I hope she tells him to shove it in spades.

    May 14, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Linda

    This is just another political move for Obama to pick up women votes. Let's get real here! Hillary has done 100 times more in the world for women's rights than Obama. What exactly has he done? From his record of voting on key issues pertaining to women's right. He consistently abstained from voting. Is this the kind of President we want? Or do we want someone who can make a decision and stand by it?

    May 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Rave

    Canadians, you dont have the right to vote in USA
    Maybe you forgot that
    So all Canadian supporting Hillary.. go away.

    May 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14