Pro-Abortion Groups Back Moseley Braun for President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 22, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Groups Back Moseley Braun for President

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 22, 2003

Washington, DC ( — Though she is at the back of the pack in every major presidential poll and has yet to raise significant cash for her campaign, two pro-abortion organizations have given their endorsement to embattled ex-Senator Carol Moseley Braun for the Democratic nomination for president.

The National Organization for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus announced on Friday that they have endorsed Moseley Braun. They are the first major endorsements for the pro-abortion politician and are expected to be officially announced early next week.

Like the other Democratic presidential contenders, Braun has played up her support for abortion on the campaign trail. She received a rousing ovation at a NOW forum last month after saying it was time to elect a woman president.

Braun is the only woman among the field of contenders.

While she was serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois, Moseley-Braun voted pro-life only 7% of the time. Pro-life groups have called her a "strong voice for abortion."

Yet, her support for abortion hasn’t translated into support on the campaign trail.

In May, Moseley-Braun virtually pleaded with Emily’s List to support her bid for the White House. Without the PAC’s money, Moseley-Braun said she would be forced to "fold my tent" in her efforts to win the Democratic nomination.

The endorsements may have been made in response to the plea for help and some political observers say they may have been done to prop up the only woman running for President in an effort to provide credibility to future women candidates.

A New Hampshire poll taken last week of voters in the first primary state had her among three candidates registering less than 1 percent of the vote. She has similar results in polls in other key primary states.

Braun’s campaign hopes the endorsements will bring both money and volunteers to their otherwise shoestring effort.

The National Women’s Political Caucus was founded in 1971 and recruits pro-abortion women to run for office and provides them with training and resources.

Braun is expected to officially announce her candidacy in September.