NARAL Pro-Choice America — with more than 1 million members across the country — surprised a lot of people Wednesday with its endorsement of Barack Obama.
Nancy Keenan, president of the group, said pro-choice voters were lucky to have two strong pro-choice candidates and the AP reported that NARAL’s political committee board was about evenly split between Obama and Hillary Clinton — but ultimately backed Obama unanimously.
According to the AP, NARAL officials said:
…the board decided to back Obama over Clinton because he is overwhelmingly favored to win the nomination and to heal what the organization viewed as a growing rift between black voters and white female activists that the protracted Clinton-Obama contest may have caused
That may be true, but it seems to have opened a rift in the pro-choice community.
Ellen Malcolm, president of Emily’s List, which has backed Clinton in a big way, just fired back with this statement:
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. It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them.