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. Margaret

    Why is it that when any former Clinton supporters decide to support Senator Obama they have to face criticism and sometimes name-calling from Clinton supporters.

    I thought this was a free country where one can make their own choices. I respect Senator Clinton but I don't think that my being a woman means I have to support her. Senator Obama has always been a strong supporter of women's rights.

    May 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. JAB

    What do you expect?

    May 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Anna, SW Missouri

    I only hope that all of the women that say they will vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination understand that the next President will be able to appoint up to 3 new judges to the Supreme Court, which means that if McCain wins then Roe vs. Wade will be overturned. That will not stop abortions, it will only make them illegal again, which means many young women will die from infections or will be butchered by freaks that offer abortions like it used to be. We need better sex education, including abstinece, and better ways for young mothers to be able to give up their newborns for adoption, but we also don't want to go back to those horrible days. Emil's List needs to make it very clear that Obama stands with women on this issue just as Hillary does.

    May 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Vig

    Obama would be a strong supporter of anyone who supports him. This guy is full of bull dung that he can fling when the situation calls for it. I will be sitting out the November election unless John McCain starts talking about getting out of Iraq, in which case he will get my vote. I am a life long Democratic and they can go to Hades.

    May 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Hillary Supporter


    May 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    "to not give her the courtesy to finish the final three weeks of the primary process,"

    So an organization totaly independent from your own doesn't have the right to endorse anybody at any time. If Emily's wants to endorse Hillary(if they haven't already) then good for you...go ahead and do it. Exercise your right to do what ever you feel is best for your organization.

    What's the big deal about Obama getting this endorsement?

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    May 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. yns

    This is disgusting after all Hillary had done for them! What a stab in the back!

    Go Hillary Go!

    May 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Linda

    Some people are fixated in the 90's, when things were pretty good until Bill Clinton outsourced our jobs. Durning that time Hillary was able to join up with organizations that she knew would further her career . Senator Obama is pro-choice also. I'm glad NARAL endorsed Obama

    May 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. KT

    It is NOT wise to have BOTH houses of Congress AND the White House to be controlled by the same party.
    That woudl be a re-run of 2001-2007 years when Bush took office and the Republicans had control. Nothing of substance was done, excpet a tax cut for the rich, 9/11 and the unjust Iraq war.

    May 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Concerned Canadian

    E tu Brute !

    Has anyone studied Shakespeare. If not, read the play 'Julius Caesar'.

    The knives are coming out from within the Democratic Party from all sides. Such a tragedy.

    May 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Unite to Save our Nation

    It's not disrespectful to Clinton. Just because she's a woman doesn't mean she's a shoe-in for pro-choice groups' endorsements.

    Obama/Sebellius 2008

    May 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Hillary is Disrespectful to Americans....

    May 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Christine

    Cnn, I see what you are doing: trying to get women to switch over to Obama. Well, if anyone is the best candidate for women when it comes to women's rights, it is Hillary!!

    Hillary '08

    May 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. JK of Maryland

    I don't think it's premature. Looking at the numbers that are left, Obama needs to win only about 33% of the remaining delegate (super and otherwise) to win. Even in West Virginia, the margin was only about that much, and every remaining race looks to be closer than that.
    If Clinton wins 65% of the remaining delegates, super and otherwise, Obama still wins.

    So this looks more like a move to unite behind the likely nominee rather than disrespect

    May 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. anglopole

    now thats what i call sincererity from them

    May 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. mjc

    too bad he'll never win in november.

    May 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Sure you're a moderate Obama.

    May 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Jai in PA

    While I would have preferred for NARAL to have waited to endorse Obama, I do not agree that it was "tremendously disrepectful." Both candidates are very strong advocates for womens rights in general and of a women's right to choose. We need to stop attacking organizations and people who support our Democratic candidates – we all have to unite. I am strong supporter of EMILY's list, but I am disappointed in the organization's response. We must do everything we can to defeat McCain in November if we really care about womens' rights.

    May 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. My " Dr Phil" Viewpoint

    This is the kind of objective evidence that can't be spun. Mr. Obama's support for women's rights will appeal to those thinking women that may have supported Hillary but recognize his character

    This excerpt from the story ....

    The president of EMILY’s List, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates, called NARAL's endorsement "tremendously disrespectful" to Hillary Clinton

    Doesn't this sound a lot like the way Bush treated anyone who dared suggest his administration was at fault about anything ... remember all those people he and Rove, and Scooter, and Cheney trashed?

    May 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. KAB

    This is so incredibly funny!!!
    CNN is totally HRC!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Wendy

    GOOD for NARAL. Its time to put issues over egos.

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. fred

    They must want Roe v Wade overturned....Obama will never win!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. JR Veteran from New York City, NY

    Dear Ms. Emily: I don't see any particular reason for your comment about NARAL. It's over for Senator Clinton, it's time for the Democratic Party to move on. I hope the Super Delegates do the same to end this senseless primary. Why wait another 3 weeks while there's no chance in Hell for her to catch up or to even get close to the nomination.

    Senator Clinton: Not enough votes, Not enough Delegates, Not enough States won, Not enough money. She has nothing to offer but lies, and deception. Reality Check! Get real!

    May 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Dina

    Good for you Sen. Obama. The fact that you as a man of pro-choice values who has proven he cares about the women of this nation says a lot about your character when such a well-respected organization steps up to give you their seal of approval.

    And given how wonderfully I've seen you behave with both your wife and lovely daughters, it says a lot about you as a husband and father who wants the best for not only the women of this country but those in your own family. Bravo!

    May 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah


    The Obama campaign has announced a "major national endorsement" for a rally tonight at 7pm in Michigan, and the rumor mill is swirling that it is none other than Sen. John Edwards. Time's Mark Halperin is teasing as much at his Web site, with a photo of Edwards and the text, "Ready to choose? Ready to hope?"

    Edwards has certainly dropped some hints in recent days. He's chided Hillary Clinton over her comments about race, said he can't figure out how Clinton could ever win the nomination, and even said he planned to endorse the person he voted for in North Carolina's primary, using (it seems) the word "him."

    May 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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