More NARAL Affiliates Upset Pro-Abortion Group Endorsed Barack Obama

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 15, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

More NARAL Affiliates Upset Pro-Abortion Group Endorsed Barack Obama

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 15
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — More NARAL state affiliates are upset that leaders of the top national pro-abortion group decided to endorse Barack Obama’s presidential bid. Several of NARAL’s affiliates have revolted over the decision with some issuing states and one making thousands of phone calls to its members.

Since NARAL announced its endorsement of Obama, affiliates in Missouri, New York Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington have released statements condemning the decision.

They’ve said NARAL’s endorsement doesn’t represent the views of their state group and that they are staying neutral since both Obama and Hillary Clinton strongly support unlimited abortions.

Both the Oregon and new York affiliates complained NARAL’s endorsement came without any input from state affiliates.

"This decision was not made in consultation with the affiliate network and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon will not be endorsing a candidate in this race," NARAL Oregon director Michele Stranger Hunter said.

"We are proud to have two strongly pro-choice candidates running for President. And we look forward to supporting whoever the nominee will be and are committed to defeating Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in November," she added.

NARAL’s Missouri affiliate was so upset with the decision that the group made over 8,000 automated phone calls to its members saying it doesn’t support the national group’s decision to back Obama.

The Missouri group’s director, Pamela Sumners, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that she recorded the call yesterday afternoon following the announcement and after getting complaints from local abortion advocates.

“In our membership demographic, a lot of longtime women’s rights supporters are strong supporters of Hillary Clinton,” Sumners said. “If we had been consulted, we would have said, ‘Let this play out.’"

The Texas affiliate said it can’t make an endorsement in the presidential race without a federal PAC but also complained that NARAL leaders should have consulted state affiliates beforehand.

"There is no consultation role for NPCT or other state affiliates in this process," it said.