New York NARAL Defies Pro-Abortion Parent Group, Won’t Endorse Obama

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New York NARAL Defies Pro-Abortion Parent Group, Won’t Endorse Obama

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 13
, 2008

Albany, NY ( — Abortion advocates normally march in lockstep when it comes to politics, but the New York affiliate of NARAL expressed its loyalty to home-state senator Hillary Clinton after NARAL said Obama was strenuously pro-abortion enough to earn its endorsement.

New York NARAL complained that NARAL’s endorsement was made "without the consultation" of its state affiliates and that it "will not be issuing an endorsement at this time."

The abortion advocacy group said there is no doubt that it will support one of the two pro-abortion Democrats but prefers to wait until after one of them officially captures the nomination.

"NARAL Pro-Choice New York believes that this endorsement in the Democratic primary is premature. We are fortunate to have two pro-choice candidates in Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama," the organization continued.

"When a nominee is named, NARAL Pro-Choice New York will stand proudly with the pro-choice Democratic candidate in order to defeat anti-choice Republican candidate John McCain in November," it said.

New York Daily News correspondent Elizabeth Benjamin responded to the statement with a post on her blog.

She says the statement "is carefully crafted to be as middle of the road as possible."

Benjamin said it does "illustrate the quandary many New York groups and elected officials are finding themselves in as her campaign appears to be on its last legs."

She said no one in New York wants to upset Clinton because she is still a New York senator and a "force to be reckoned with."

Should Obama win the nomination and lose to McCain, Clinton could be seen as the frontrunner for a 2012 campaign.