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. Freida NYC

    What a disgrace indeed! Hillary does all the work, and Obama gets the recognition.

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






    May 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jon

    This is what this poor woman has had to go through all long – disrespecting her record and effort as a woman who has fought women and children's right along –

    May 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Jon

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This is what this poor woman has had to go through all long – disrespecting her record and effort as a woman who has fought for women and children's right along –

    May 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. dmw

    When Obama loses in November all of these disloyal groups that the Clintons have supported over the years will be sorry for their disrespect of Hillary.

    Most of her supporters, although she wants us to back Obama will not do it! The media, Obama, Obama's campaign and Obama's supporters have been so sexists, mean and hateful this primary season. Hillary may forgive them, but we will not! Hillary or McCain in 2008; then Hillary in 2012.

    May 14, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. atypical white person

    MOre and more lining up in the Obama camp.
    I look forward to being excited about a President I can respect. Almost forgot what that felt like.
    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Adam - TX

    NARAL's national office endorsed without consent from the state offices. Where is Obama's history of standing up for reproductive rights?? Must be buried with those land deal papers he worked with Rezko....

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Jasper from Dallas

    whiney much?

    May 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Steve

    Hilliary Clinton will continue to work tirelessly for NARAL despite this politically motivated endorsement.

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Victoria from MA

    So Barack is sexist now? Do you even know anything about John McCain?

    May 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Adam

    I think Obama's stance on abortion is what is going to stop him from having many conservatives vote for him. Obama talks about bringing the parties together but lets get serious. No one who is pro-life is going to all of a sudden support a candidate who is a strong supporter of partial birth abortion. The majority of democrats don't support it, probably because it involves stabbing a live baby in the neck and leaving it to die outside of the mother. Somehow Obama finds that acceptable.

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Alex

    Who said women do not support Obama? I am just tired the media spin. The good thing is at the end of the day it is the people not the media who has the final say. This one is for you in the media...if it will make you shut your mouth.

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Robert

    Emily's list is a bit Gestapo in the way it reacts to other people exercising their democratic rights. I think it is odd that as they act as Hillary's enforcers, they are both attacking their former allies and hurting the democratic ticket in the long run. I would argue that they are ultimately hurting their cause as well. It never helps a cause to attach it to one candidate 100% – it might die with the candidate, and it might look unthinking like this does.

    I hope that Hillary can convince them to help out with unifying the Democratic ticket after someone wins.

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Disrespectful? How about having the good sense to bet on the winning horse AND, more important, uniting the Democratic party.

    This is much bigger than one person feeling "disconcerted."

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Farhan

    Yes we can .. be unity

    woman 4 Obama

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Denise

    Obama has a long history of supporting a woman's right to choose and is completely deserving of the NARAL endorsement. NARAL, like many superdelegates, has decided to weigh in and tell Hillary that it's time to leave the stage! Every day this race goes on weakens our chances against McCain in November. It is completely reasonable for NARAL to help make sure that doesn't happen.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. GCG - Austin, TX

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Why is it even EMILY's List's president's business?

    Perhaps NARAL was concerned about all of the rhetoric played out in the press about the democratic party creating a schism which would do nothing but keep Republicans ensconced in the White House?

    Perhaps NARAL was hoping that, by coming out now, it might help kick-start the healing process in recognition that Barack Obama really *does* support most of the same agenda items of the Democratic party, and the same ones as Hillary, albeit the achievement will be done in different ways.

    I don't see how not waiting is disrespectful to one candidate or another, and to see disrespect must mean there is a lot of emotionalism in this statement. THAT is the problem right now, there *is* a lot of emotions and they are running pretty high, and it is critically important that they start to cool off, AND SOON, in order to have a united coalition for November.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Dexter

    Hey Adam... I dont think ANYONE finds that acceptable, but when faced with a choice of a partial birth abortion or watching both the mother and the baby die, he, like all smart people, will choose to save the mother.

    I suppose you would want them both to die, am I right.

    Doesn't sound pro life to me.

    May 14, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. griffin

    To all you Hillary supporters let me say one thing, I am a democrat first and I supported Barack Obama because of his message for change and I felt deeply that we needed someone without all the political ties and dirty politics that is going on behind close doors. Behind these doors no one is fighting for us Americans who is going through foreclosure or can't pay there gas bills and pay for medication. It just so happen that Obama is in the lead and this is fair game if Hillary was to beat out Obama I would stand behind her and support her candiacy before I would ever put my vote behind John McCain, we should be smarter about the decisions we make as democrats, If Hillary wins the nomination Obama will campaign for her as well, If Obama wins Hillary has said time and time again she will support him. To be a democrat and switch to McCain over Barack that is total nonsense especially if you think we can take another 8 years of this administration.. GIVE ME A BREAK PLEASE – THIS IS COMMON SENSE

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. bill s

    Obama has won everything you are suppose to win in order
    to be the one., If it wasn't for cnn I am quite sure he would
    have been declared the winning even though he doesn't have
    all the votes.

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

    Jump on the loser wagon everyone!

    Obama will never win the general election, which is just as well. The Democratic Congress can be the balance to McCain's presidency.

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

    ‘Crushing’ win in WV and 1 SD gain (and not this one). Slow news day. The insignificant droves who make up the white uneducated voter base of Hillary Clinton would vote for a canned ham or a six-pack as long as it isn't black or has branches on its family tree.

    Moreover, many of Hillary's more jaded supporters have proudly proclaimed that they would vote for John McCain WHEN Senator Obama wins the nomination. If this is in fact true, then these same supporters need to put their money where their mouth is, and march straight to their local armed services recruiting center and sign up for McCain’s 100 year plan; and the war Hillary proudly voted for. Cue those cute munchkins and watch out for the flying house. Ding….Dong….

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. NickNas

    Maybe now all those Bitter Women who say they will vote for McSame if Hillary isn't the nominee ( and she won't be) will see that Obama IS for womens cause'.

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. Jen B.

    Clinton has only herself to blame for her dwindling support:-
    too many lies
    too much pandering to voters that fooled too few
    too much negative campaigning and personal attacks
    too much of the race, gender and victim card played by herself and
    and a campaign that has run up horrendous debts

    May 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Linned

    It;s a known fact you get back what you give out. It might not come back the way you dished it out but it does come back.

    May 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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