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September 12, 2008

New NARAL Pro-Choice America Video Exposes Extreme McCain-Palin Position on Choice

Directly from the Candidates: Overturn Roe, No Exceptions for Rape Survivors

Washington, D.C. – Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced the launch of the organization's first video in a planned series that shows just how extreme and radical the McCain-Palin ticket is when it comes to a woman's right to choose. The video showcases the candidates own remarks on choice, including their opposition to Roe v. Wade.

"Voters may not hear John McCain and Sarah Palin talk about their opposition to abortion in their daily appearances on the campaign trail, but their positions are hard to deny," Keenan said. "John McCain and Sarah Palin want to outlaw abortion, with no exception for cases of rape or incest. Americans are not going to support the McCain-Palin ticket when all they stand for is another four years of Bush-style politics in the White House."

This video series is intended to introduce pro-choice voters to the McCain-Palin ticket, and in particular the mostly unknown and unvetted Sarah Palin. The first video, which highlights Palin's opposition to abortion, including cases of rape, will be sent to half a million pro-choice activists. In addition, special ad buys are planned on sites, like Facebook, aimed at young voters, and also blogs and Google that will help reach pro-choice Republican and Independent women that NARAL Pro-Choice America is unique in targeting.

Highlights from the video:

  • John McCain: "I favor the ultimate repeal of Roe v. Wade."
    CNN Interview with John McCain. Originally Aired: August 22, 1999.

  • When asked if she supports a constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, Sarah Palin answered: "I would. I would. And you know, it's no secret that I'm pro-life. And I don't hide that, nor am I ashamed of that, and I am pro-life... and yes, a proposal like that, I would stand by it."
    Alaska Governor's Debate (Courtesy KTOO-TV, Juneau, AK), C-SPAN. Originally aired: November 2, 2006.

View NARAL Pro-Choice America's video.

Download the fact sheet about the video, with sources for statements.




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