FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses President Obama’s Re-election Campaign
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, today announced that her organization’s political action committee proudly endorses President Obama’s bid for a second term, calling his re-election critical to protecting women’s freedom and privacy.
The announcement, which comes as the country marks National Women’s Health Week, makes NARAL Pro-Choice America the first reproductive rights group to endorse President Obama’s re-election effort.
“On behalf of our one million member activists across the country, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC is proud to endorse President Barack Obama’s re-election,” Keenan said. “At a time when politicians are attacking choice on the campaign trail, in Congress, and in state legislatures, President Obama continues to distinguish himself as a leader who stands with women and their families. The president understands that we cannot know the situation of every woman who is considering abortion. That’s why he believes that every woman should be able to consult with her doctor in making the personal, private decisions that are best for her and her family. Without question, President Obama is the choice for voters who support the fundamental American values of freedom and privacy.”
Keenan also said that her organization will continue to draw the contrast between President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee, anti-choice former Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney’s support for far-reaching policies that attack abortion, contraception, and other basic health care puts him far outside the mainstream of voters he will need to reach in the general election.
“The difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney on choice is clear and stark,” Keenan said. “President Obama thinks women and doctors should make medical decisions; Romney thinks politicians should be in charge. President Obama wants to uphold a woman’s right to choose; Romney wants to outlaw abortion and even supports a ‘personhood’ ban that would outlaw common forms of contraception. President Obama made it possible for nearly every woman to get insurance coverage of contraception without a copay; Romney wants to take away contraception coverage and defund family-planning programs. We will make sure that voters understand the importance of re-electing President Obama. We are ready to go to battle and work every day to keep a pro-choice leader in the White House.”
Keenan said her organization will focus on a key bloc of women voters in battleground states. Choice is the issue that compels this segment to support President Obama once he is contrasted with a candidate with extreme anti-choice views.
Highlights of President Obama’s Accomplishments for Women’s Reproductive Rights
- President Obama rescinded the global gag rule, the Bush administration policy that canceled U.S. family-planning funds to many overseas health centers and denied the world's poorest women access to birth control.
- President Obama refunded the U.N. family-planning program (the UNFPA), which President Bush had defunded for seven years straight. President Obama also signed legislation into law boosting UNFPA funding and increasing family-planning funding at USAID by more than $30 million.
- President Obama repealed the worst provisions of the controversial, last-minute Bush policy known as the Federal Refusal Rule. The regulation could have allowed entire health-care corporations to refuse to provide medical services - including, potentially, birth control.
- President Obama signed legislation into law fixing the birth-control price crisis at college health centers and safety-net provider clinics across the country.
- President Obama signed legislation increasing family-planning funding for American women and cut failed “abstinence-only” programs.
- President Obama won passage of the Affordable Care Act, the law that will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care.
- President Obama also pledged to veto two far-reaching anti-choice bills, H.R.3 and H.R.358, that passed the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R.3 could force rape survivors who choose abortion care to prove to an Internal Revenue Service agent that they were sexually assaulted, while H.R.358 would let hospitals refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who would die without it.
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