Pro-Abortion Group’s Leadership Comes Together to Unite for Barack Obama

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 13, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group’s Leadership Comes Together to Unite for Barack Obama

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 13
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Leaders of pro-abortion group Emily’s List came together with candidates and activists at a swanky dinner Thursday to unite under a new banner: Barack Obama. The organization was solidly behind Hillary Clinton during the primary but its focus is now on getting the pro-abortion Obama in the White House.

Ellen Malcolm is the president and founder of group that typically endorses only pro-abortion Democratic women who support partial-birth abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions.

She said abortions advocates now have to work for Barack Obama and denounced both John McCain and George Bush, calling them "two peas" in the same pro-life pod.

"We cannot afford a third term of George W. Bush’s policies," Malcolm said, according to a Scripps Howard news service report.

After the dinner, Obama called Malcolm and spoke with her for several minutes about how he will be a pro-abortion president if he’s elected. The call prompted one Emily’s List to comment that Obama knows the group "is a force to be reckoned with."

Though she repeated her endorsement of Obama, Malcolm also maintained her commitment to Clinton.

"The choice was always clear," Malcolm said. "We wanted Hillary Clinton to be our president."

"Thanks to Hillary Clinton," Malcolm said, "every woman who runs for office from this day forward will have a smoother path."

Other speakers, including Indiana gubernatorial candidate Jill Thompson, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, and Donna Edwards, running for a seat in Congress for Maryland’s 4th District, also called for unity behind the Obama banner.