by Steven Ertelt
February 7, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — NARAL president Nancy Keenan emailed her supporters early on Wednesday asking for money for a campaign to begin bashing John McCain for his pro-life voting record on abortion. She didn’t waste any time in launching the attack as, later in the day, NARAL issued a press release blasting the possible Republican nominee.
Keenan said she’s worried that some people on the conservative side who disagree with McCain on other political issues will make it appear to some voters that he’s not "extreme in his opposition" to abortion.
"John McCain has a 25-year record of voting against women’s freedom and privacy, and he has even gone so far as to call for the overturn of Roe v. Wade," Keenan said.
McCain served in the U.S. House from 1983 to 1986 and in the U.S. Senate since 1987. During that time, Keenan said her organization has given him only a 4 percent pro-abortion voting record — including a rating of 0 from 2002 through 2007.
According to NARAL, McCain has voted pro-life 123 times out of 128 votes, for a 96 percent pro-life voting record.
Keenan said McCain has a "documented record of hostility toward" abortion and that, on pro-life issues, "McCain is neither a moderate nor a maverick."
"As we move toward the general election, NARAL Pro-Choice America will make sure that voters, especially pro-choice Independent and Republican women, know the truth about Sen. McCain," Keenan promised.
Despite her criticism, McCain has said he’s proud of his pro-life voting record when it comes to abortion issues.
"I have many, many votes and it’s been consistent. And I’ve got a consistent zero from NARAL throughout all those years," he told National Review in March 2007.
"And I think the important thing is you look at people’s voting record because sometimes rhetoric can be a little… misleading," he added.