Abortion Advocates Will Help Hillary Clinton With Democratic Nat Cmte Protest

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates Will Help Hillary Clinton With Democratic Nat Cmte Protest

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 28
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are leading the way with plans for a protest at the upcoming meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. The panel is deciding whether or not to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan, states Clinton won but that lost delegates in a rules violation.

Clinton is running behind her pro-abortion rival Barack Obama in the delegate battle and appears unlikely to capture the nomination unless she can get the panel to change the rules.

The two large states lost delegates when they jumped ahead in the primary calendar after party leaders warned state Democrats doing so would cost delegates.

Clinton backers, including the pro-abortion National Organization of Women and Emily’s List, are hoping a protest will help get a rules change in Clinton’s favor. They think delegates from the states and a change of heart by superdelegates could hand the nomination to the pro-abortion senator.

The two pro-abortion groups are part of a coalition called the Hillary Rapid Responders and NOW president Kim Gandy will be one of the speakers at the rally.

"Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama," the group said in a statement posted on its web site about the protest. "At the same time, Hillary’s strong support cannot be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party."

The protest comes on the heels of a NARAL endorsement of Barack Obama that upset pro-abortion advocates across the country who are remaining neutral in the primary contest or supporting Clinton.

Ellen Malcolm, the president of Emily’s List, considered one of the most heavily bankrolled political action committee’s in the country, told The Hill newspaper she’s upset with NARAL.

“I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton to not give her the courtesy to finish the final three weeks of the primary process," she said at the time.

"It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them," she said.