Pro-Abortion Clinton Backers Attack Pro-Abortion Obama Supporters

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Clinton Backers Attack Pro-Abortion Obama Supporters

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 17
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The feud between pro-abortion activists backing Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and abortion advocates supporting fellow candidate Barack Obama is growing. Now, superdelegates for Obama, including members of Congress, say they’re getting an earful.

While both Obama and Clinton take staunchly pro-abortion positions — supporting both taxpayer-funded abortions and partial-birth abortions — at least one leading pro-abortion group is solidly behind Clinton.

Emily’s List has spent millions of dollars and hundreds of hours stumping for Clinton and its president Ellen Malcolm recently went as far as saying she didn’t know if Obama would be able to capture the women’s vote in the general election.

Now pro-abortion Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other superdelegates are saying abortion advocates are complaining about their support for Obama.

"Early on, I had a few people call and say, ‘Please don’t do this,’" Klobuchar told the Associated Press Thursday. "No one actually yelled at me to my face."

Some are going as far as saying they are betraying the very groups like Emily’s List that helped put them in office with money and votes.

The pro-abortion activists are questioning the "sisterhood" of the Obama backers saying a few more presidential elections will occur before another woman has such a good shot of capturing the White House.

Malcolm admitted in an AP interview that abortion activists are upset with Klobuchar and other superdelegates backing Obama.

"There’s no question that some of our members are very angry," Malcolm said. "They feel that they elect the women and they’ve gone to bat for the women and they want every single woman to go to bat for every woman candidate."

"It is sort of a man bites dog story when the women senators or congresswomen support Senator Obama," she added.

Malcolm refused to say whether her group would back Klobuchar and pro-Obama Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri or challenge them with candidates in a primary, telling AP, "We’ll just have to wait and see."

Earlier this week, Malcolm told the Statesman Journal newspaper she’s not sure if Obama will be able to appeal to women voters.

"I think one of the unanswered questions going forward in the primaries is whether or not Sen. Obama can close the deal with these voters," Malcolm said.