by Steven Ertelt
February 6, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — John McCain took a sizable lead in the Republican race for president on Super Tuesday and leading pro-abortion group NARAL used the occasion to ratchet up its rhetoric against him. The abortion advocacy group sent out a fundraising email Wednesday morning asking for donations to tell the nation McCain is "extreme" on abortion.
"When all the dust settles, when the party nominees are finally decided, there will be two candidates left standing — one who is pro-choice and one who is anti-choice," NARAL president Nancy Keenan told her supporters.
Keenan said that, as she watched the returns come in on Tuesday night, she was reminded that her group can’t let McCain become president.
"We can’t afford John McCain and we cannot take anything for granted," she said, saying it is wrong for abortion proponents to assume that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will win in November.
That’s why Keenan issued her plea for more funds — urging abortion advocates to "donate now."
"Some are talking as if this election is a foregone conclusion — that Americans will elect a pro-choice president in 2008," Keenan wrote. "But know this: Most Americans don’t know that John McCain is extremely anti-choice."
"We cannot sit back and assume that this important truth will come out," Keenan added.
She said the money raised would go towards educating independents and Republican women who support abortion that McCain is pro-life and claimed they’re more likely to vote for a pro-abortion Democrat when told the Republican candidate is pro-life.
"That is why it is vital to reach and educate this important voting bloc about McCains long-held hostility to a womans right to choose," Keenan said.
"You and I know the truth. But we cannot assume that others know just how extreme John McCain is. I need your help to expose his anti-choice record," Keenan said.
For proof, Keenan quoted a statement pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback read for McCain at the March for Life last month.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next president of the United States, I pledge to you to be a loyal and unswerving friend of the right-to-life movement," McCain said.
Keenan concluded, "Pro-choice supporters like you and I cannot let the fate of a womans right to choose rest in the hands of this man."