NARAL Mailer to Voters Attacks McCain More on Birth Control Than Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 21, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Once again, leading pro-abortion NARAL appears to understand that its attacks on John McCain on the issue of abortion would fall on deaf ears with polls showing a majority of Americans oppose most or all abortions. So a new NARAL mailer attacks McCain on a less controversial topic — birth control.
Knowing more Americans favor birth control than abortion, NARAL has mailed a new piece of campaign literature to voters in several top battleground states.
The ad claims McCain is opposed to birth control.
"When it comes to birth control and family planning, John McCain just says no," the mailer contends. "When it comes to reproductive rights, John McCain’s answer is no. On November 4, return the favor by just saying no to John McCain."
Not until voters read the fine print of the NARAL mailer are they confronted with abortion.
NARAL complains that McCain has voted against forcing taxpayers to fund family planning programs run by abortion businesses. It also gripes that McCain, "voted to ban abortion," and has said that "Roe v. Wade should be overturned."
The abortion advocacy group is mailing the piece to voters it has identified as pro-abortion in the battleground states of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
NARAL is likely relying on attacks related to birth control because it conducted an internal poll in August 2006 showing voters are "most intensely negative toward a candidate who supports pharmacist refusal for birth control and who opposes emergency contraception in the emergency rooms for rape and incest victims."
On the other hand, a Marist College poll released earlier this month shows some 60 percent of Americans say abortions should never be allowed or only in the rarest of circumstances, such as rape and incest, that constitute less than two percent of all abortions nationwide.
Just 40 percent took one of three pro-abortion positions and only 8 percent agreed with Barack Obama’s position that abortions should be allowed any time during pregnancy for any reason.
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