Leading Pro-Abortion Group Endorses John Kerry for President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Leading Pro-Abortion Group Endorses John Kerry for President

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 31, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As expected, one of the leading abortion advocacy groups announced yesterday that it has endorsed pro-abortion Massachusetts senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, for president.

"John Kerry will be a President pro-choice Americans can rely on," said Kate Michelman, president of NARAL. "He understands that our private lives are private, and will make sure that Roe vs. Wade remains the law of the land. Throughout his public life, Senator Kerry has been a leader on women’s issues such as protecting the right to choose and preventing domestic violence."

The endorsement is no shock to Carol Tobias, the director of the National Right to Life political action committee.

Tobias told LifeNews.com that John Kerry is "a perfect fit for NARAL, so their endorsement comes as no surprise."

"John Kerry supports partial-birth abortion, he supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion, and he will only appoint pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court," Tobias explained. Also, "Kerry just voted against making it a crime to kill or injure an unborn child during the commission of a violent federal crime."

Along with the endorsement, the pro-abortion group unveiled an "aggressive plan to protect the future of choice by defeating George W. Bush."

The organization says it will work to activate pro-abortion voters through a mix of television advertising, grassroots organizing and online advocacy.

NARAL will focus on trashing the Bush administration for seeking medical records of partial-birth abortions in order to defend the partial-birth abortion ban and prove that such abortions are routinely performed on healthy women and healthy babies.

NARAL will also warn its members that Bush has appointed numerous pro-life appeals court nominees and has the potential to appoint two new members to the Supreme Court if reelected.

"The choice for pro-choice voters is clear — and the stakes could not be higher," Michelman added. "If George Bush is re-elected, the future of reproductive freedom is in the hands of someone who has violated women’s privacy, criminalized women’s medical choices and pledged to do everything in his power to restrict safe and legal abortion."

NARAL says it has a list of more than four million members from which to start fundraising and it will target the following 14 states to defeat Bush and elect Kerry: California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.