NARAL risks clout by choosing between pro-choice Obama and Clinton

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WASHINGTON–NARAL’s decision to choose between two strong abortion rights advocates–Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary–risks their political clout and divides an activist base at a time the party is talking about unifying against anti-choice Sen. John McCain.

EMILYs List backed Clinton from the beginning and president Ellen R. Malcolm–a charter member of the abortion rights community-strongly objected to NARALs Obama endorsement.

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,” Malcolm said.

” It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them.

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