Second NARAL Mailer to Key States Attacks McCain and Palin on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 23, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Second NARAL Mailer to Key States Attacks McCain and Palin on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 23
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Leading pro-abortion group NARAL is sending a second mailer to key battleground states after a first one attacked John McCain on birth control. The new mailer finally features abortion as a central issue and claimed McCain and Palin are "even more anti-choice than George Bush and Dick Cheney."

"On their own, John McCain and Sarah Palin are bad for women," the NARAL mailer claims. "Together? They’re downright dangerous."

"John McCain and Sarah Palin oppose a woman’s right to choose and want Roe v. Wade overturned," the mailer adds.

NARAL accuses McCain, as it has done before of supposedly wanting women to die from illegal abortions, claiming he "has said he wants to outlaw abortion in all cases even if women die as a result."

The comment takes comments McCain made in a 2000 interview out of context and relies on what a NARAL founder admitted were false statistics about the number of women dying from illegal abortions prior to Roe.

The NARAL flier claims the pro-life policies of McCain and Palin are "dangerous" for women’s health, but their piece makes no mention of the medical, mental health and other problems women face after a legal abortion.

NARAL goes on in the flier to attack McCain and Palin for their positions on the use of birth control and the Plan B drug, but fails to mention Barack Obama’s vote against providing federal funding for health care for pregnant women.

NARAL president Nancy Keenan issued a statement about the mailer.

“During these final days leading up to the election, all voters, particularly those who are still undecided, are looking for clear cut differences between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain,” Keenan said. “The issue of women’s reproductive health care is one of those obvious differences."

The mailer will be sent on Friday to 290,000 households in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

In fact, there are stark differences between Obama and McCain.

Unlike McCain, Obama takes a position in favor of unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy, has voted for taxpayer-funding of abortions, opposes the ban on partial-birth abortion, and supports a bill to overturn the abortion-reduction laws in all 50 states.

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