NARAL Divided on Obama Endorsement

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s choice to endorse Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for president, rather than Hillary Clinton, has proven to be a divisive issue—for NARAL.

Naral Picks Obama, and Uproar Breaks Out,” reports the New York Times.

Why Barack and not old reliably abortion-friendly Hillary?

Nancy Keenan, NARAL’s president, claimed that the endorsement’s timing was necessary “because because Senator John McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, who opposes abortion rights, was getting a ‘free ride.’”

The group’s Political Director Elizabeth Shipp’s comments on NARAL’s choice are more telling:

Ms. Shipp also said there was a feeling that endorsing Mr. Obama at a high-profile juncture might help Naral shed its image as an organization for white women only.

What nonsense!

NARAL’s wish to attract minorities is a response to growing awareness in the African-American community of the disproportionate number of abortions performed there.


Bravo to groups like the National Black Pro-Life Union, LEARN (, ProLifeUnity, individuals like Alveda King and many others, who save lives by speaking truth to NARAL’s power.

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