May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
12 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. SusanDemforLife

    It would have been fine though if Hilary had gotten the endorsement. Noone would have seen that as disrespectful to Barack. This is way America is tired of the entitlement issues the Clinton's have. She is not entitled to the highest office just because she thinks she is owed this. She has doen nothing for NY while being a senator and will doing nothing as a President. Sick to death of seeing and hearing her all over the TV. Will be really glad when I don't have to constantly turn the TV on and she or hear her annoying lies!

    Obama 08 ! You ROCK!

    May 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. SBvoter

    I'M A woman and i think this endorsement is a slap in the face to all women that support HIllary. What political nonsense. Don't you see that women aren't voting for him. I hope Obama loses in November.

    May 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Dylan

    Wow. I'm an Obama supporter but have to admit I found this surprising... and awesome. What an important endorsement.

    This really says something.

    May 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Good for you Sen. Obama and for Hillary, OH WELL.

    May 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Mook

    Ms. Malcolm, support who you want to support and stop criticizing the willful decision of other Americans to support whom they deem necessary.

    Afterall, "Democracy" is what this country is all about!

    OBAMA 2008

    May 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Dale

    WOW everyone is being so soft on poor Hillary...this lady is giving the Democratic Party a really bad name with what she is doing in the final days of this Primary that she HAS LOST!!!!!! Now groups wants everyone else to feel sorry for her....Maybe all these groups are backing Obama now because they have finally seen Senator Clinton for who she really is... A FAKE!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Adedokun from Atlanta

    Endorsements are not always helpful. I DO NOT SUPPORT KILLING BABIES ( aka pro choice) But I STRONGLY support Obama and I support the Democratic party for this year general election.

    May 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. IF, Lisbon

    "tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton "? That's got to be a joke. Hillary has kept on speaking eloquently. Maybe she just talked too much, and showed her true colors. Hillary will say anything at any given moment to bolster her chances at a specific time. Just remember her sudden proficiency with guns, after (surprise) bittergate.

    Is an endorsement a commitement for life come what may?

    May 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Logic Man

    They are endorsing the presumptive nominee. A nominee who has the interests of the organization in mind. It makes sense to me.

    May 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Sante


    May 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. mdt

    I wonder how NARAL feels about his votes on bills in the Illinois senate (SB1094, SB1095). The National Organization of Women absolutely slammed him for his votes. Look them up. It's scary, disgusting stuff... for anyone, even pro-choice voters.

    May 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Danny

    It just show Women will not support another women.

    May 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. gerald strother

    GO OBAMA OO8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. CW4Barak

    You go boy!!

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    I think this is called PILING ON...

    May 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Matt Hoffman

    The endorsement was not "tremendously disrespectful." What's disrespectful is holding up the primary process against all sense and realistic probability for purely self-serving reasons. NARAL's endorsement is a simple and common-sense one: it's clear they made a choice consistent with pro-choice values between McCain – the presumptive Republican nominee – and Obama – the inevitable Democratic nominee.

    May 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. noemi in los angeles

    Apparently the president of EMILY's is also feeding on the Clinton's "entitlement" attitude to the Presidency. Organizations, supers, voters.... we all have the free choice to pick between Clinton and Obama. As Democrats, we should all be able to pick and rally behind our candidate. It is not "disrespectful" it's called the Democratic process' freedom of vote.

    May 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Pamela (Oceanside, Ca)

    This is great news. Now if the others could just follow we would have a President in the making. I can't wait. I am so excited.

    May 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Chris

    The real story here is the backlash on the NARAL web site. Women are really angry as they should be with this dumb decision by NARAL. They really underestimated how their supporters would react to this endorsement. For an organization that depends on donations from Pro Choice women, they really blew it.

    May 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Joyce, NY

    Only shows once again what Hilary had actually done versus Obama's words.

    He'll promise the heavens but action speaks louder than words. Where's the respect huh after all that she's fought for for this group – that actually made a difference.

    May 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Billy Gibbons in Houston

    The problem is not a "right to choose". The problem is making EVERYONE pay for controversial procedures. Reaching into my pocket to pay for elective surgery makes ME sick.

    May 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. julie - oakland, ca

    wow. i'm blown away by this.

    I have personally worked with NARAL of Iowa and high ranking officials of NOW on the ERA campaign in several states...I am absolutely appalled by this. I must admit I haven't kept up with the leadership of NARAL and will look into it now as clearly they are missing a few screws....

    May 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. p Coleman



    May 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. NO-BAMA

    APPALLING !!!!!!!



    Hillary – SMART Choice!

    May 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. NGANGA,Austin TX

    Some people support the policies and others support the politicians.
    When the right politician have the right policies to move the country forward,you call call that Vision and Leadership.
    With all due respect Hillary is a symbol of the status quo and more of the same and has no Fresh offer that we currently need to change the course of the wastful years of You Know Who!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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