Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NARAL Endorses Barack Obama



Washington, DC - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement today, announcing that her organization's political action committee proudly endorses Sen. Barack Obama for president.

"Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president. Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose throughout his career in public office. 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.

"Sen. Obama has been a leader on this issue in the United States Senate. Since joining the Senate in 2005, he has worked to unite Americans on both side of this debate behind commonsense, common-ground ways to prevent unintended pregnancy. Sen. Obama supports legislation to provide our teens with comprehensive sex education, prevent pharmacies from denying women access to their legal birth-control prescriptions, and increase access to family-planning services.

"We are confident that Barack Obama is the candidate of the future. Americans are tired of the divisive politics of the last eight years, and will unite behind Obama in the fall. We look forward to working with a pro-choice Obama White House in January."

Keenan also praised Senator Clinton as a pro-choice leader. "Americans have been fortunate to have two fully pro-choice candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination. But only one can go forward to the general election. It is truly historic for us to have these two outstanding candidates in the race."

Ah, to be a fly on the wall when Camp Hillpatine found out.


Anonymous said...

Yes. that's an important issue for me (and many other voters).

But it's a deal breaker for many others. The thing that I don't quite understand is that Republicans are traditionally the party of individual rights and freedom - non-government interference in the personal lives of it's citizens. Why is this issue an exception? What's the history of that?

Brian said...

"Why is this issue an exception?"

Because they believe that they are doing Gods Will by getting involved in these matters. Many Conservatives believe that only they have been annointed to know what Gods Will is and to make sure that it is carried out, especially on the pro-life issue.

I can't agree that they are the Party of non governmental interference in our personal lives. They have been in Americas bedrooms for many years now. And they have gotten themselves involved in some of the most personal issues we face.... for example...the Terri Schiavo matter from a few years ago. This kind of decision has always been the purview of families, but the Republican controlled Congress (at the time) believed that it was their job to inject themselves into such a tough, heart wrenching, and personal time in the lives of Americans and to overrule families....imposing their own religious convictions onto others during what is probably the most intimate and tragic moment that any of us will face in the context of a family crisis- when to end life support for a loved one.