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. jackie

    Good for You! Nancy Keenan! you made the right choice. Doesn't matter when you did it, the point is, he supports it just like Billary.

    May 14, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. carl from Houston


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

    The only way an endorsement could be "disrespectful" is if the other party thinks its theirs by right. You don't get to inherit these things – they have to be earned.

    May 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Jeanne

    I think NARAL made the right choice. Obama has a record of fighting for civil rights & liberties.

    May 14, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. AJ

    The rats are jumping ship. Obama is going to be a disaster for the Democratic party.

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

    Way to go.

    This race has been over for a week.

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

    thats Right OBAMA......why isnt that only clinton supporters are haters///////////////////they are just haters...

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

    That's wonderful

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

    It has nothing to do with respect, the question is – do we want a continuation if the Bush-Clinton-Bush tag time at the White House. Hilary should resign and go to the senate and do what she was electe dto do. I am sure her reasons to beacome a Senator were to somehow force her way to the White House. Sorry lady, this just isnt the right time, and you are not what the country or the world need!!

    May 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Tareque Chy

    Carry on GOBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!11

    May 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Trish- PA

    Woo Hoo! And what in the heck is EMILY talking about?? The NARAL didn't tell Hillary to drop out of the race! What a joke that statement is! It doesn't even make any sense! I bet the clinton's paid them to make that statement. Just because they decided that Obama is a better candidate doesn't give them the right to throw blatant lies around in their statements. NARAL did NOT tell Hillary to drop out. They endorsed Obama, which they have every right to do, even it it makes Hillary cry again. What makes th Clinton's think they deserve this nomination and everyone's support? I really can't stand them.

    May 14, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Im not sure how that is disrespectful to Hillary Clinton, as both her and Obama are pro-choice. From what I read, is that they reviewed both candidates and after a difficult decision, they voted to go with Barack, which to me seems like a very democratic decision, since it was a majority vote.

    May 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Marcel

    Everyday Obama gets closer and closer to being President, and their is nothing that CNN or Hillary can do to stop it. WV we understand that you don't know Obama and you can't find out enough information about him by watching the corp. owned media. They are part of the reason that GWB was able to lead this country into war in Iraq. They didn't do right by America.

    May 14, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Yes we can!

    You have got to be kidding me....everyone that endorses Obama per clinton supporters are delusional, hoodwinked, judas and now just "tremendously disrespectful" to Hillary Clinton. this is nonsense, every organization has a right to endorse whoever they the president of emily's list, you are bias on gender and that's sad...
    I'm excited, cause it continues to prove the reason why i made the right decision in leaving mike huckabee and switching to Obama. he continues to unify and bring people of all race, ethnic backgrounds, economic status, job status, young, old, rich, poor,,,,he's a unifier...
    Obama/Nagel 2008/2012

    May 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Tjaye

    Good call, but why do HRC's supporters always act like everyone, particularly women OWE Hillary their support. Its an election...a job interview. You hire the person you feel will do the best job.

    Obama O-8!!

    May 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. unions are not stupid

    funny they put this in the ticker but not the other 4 super delegates Obama got today!

    Way to go Clinton New Network! AKA CNN

    May 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Lynda from Texas

    NARAL took the right step. By coming out for Obama it will help him shore up his numbers with women. Women who have backed Hillary and say they will not vote for Obama in November better take a chill and think about having McCain in – if they vote for McCain they will be voting to overturn Roe v Wade and damage the women's movement greatly.

    It is time for Hillary to step down as soon as the June 3rd elections are over. She feels she is entitled and by staying in longer demonstrates that she cares nothing for women, the party or the country – only about her feeling she is entitled to the presidency. Wake up Hillary, it is over!

    May 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Tarin Allen

    Thanks NARAL for your endorsement of Senator Obama. Senator Clinton is a great candidate but Obama has what it takes to truly make a difference in this country. Thank you!

    May 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Steve From Dallas

    Well that will be the last time i support NARAL or here in Texas TARAL....

    Amazing... over a woman! They should be ashamed of themselves!

    May 14, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. shawna

    Honestly, all these endorsements have no meaning. People were just waiting to see who is the potential nominee so they can jump on his or her band wagon with an endorsement to get in the winners circle. Lets be real. On another note, where is Hillary headed?? Does anybody know????

    May 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Eli

    All the endirsements in the world can't save this man the Clinton grief for next three weeks! Hang in their Obama, your band wagon is filling up with educated minds!

    May 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. aka

    Women dinying the layer and divider

    May 14, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Kristina

    Unity people..unity.

    May 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Fraser from Maryland

    Great news! As a pro-choice Democratic woman, I am glad that NARAL has endorsed Senator Obama. McCain obviously would be harmful to protecting a woman's right to choose. Now Dems, let's get ready to stomp McCain in November–we're going to win!

    May 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Hillary for President

    of course they endose Obama !!! they are afraid of women!!!! mens are afraid, she is the stronghest and they know.... women can wear peans too.

    May 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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