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March 11, 2008

Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist Cynthia Tucker Keynote at San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon

Pro-choice advocates focus on the 2008 presidential elections

SAN FRANCISCO - On Thursday, March 6, NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted the 13th annual Power of Choice luncheon at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco. Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal Constitution editorial page editor, prize-winning syndicated columnist, and 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary presented the keynote address. Emmy Award winning news anchor Jan Yanehiro served as the mistress of ceremonies.

The two were joined by Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In her remarks, Keenan outlined the organization's 2008 electoral strategy, including an ongoing effort to unmask Sen. John McCain's image as a "moderate maverick", the state of choice in the country, and the complex moral issues that surround the abortion debate.

"When it comes to choice, John McCain is neither a moderate nor a maverick, he's just plain wrong," Keenan said. "We face a challenge making sure voters know that McCain is bad on legal abortion, birth control, and a whole host of other issues related to women's health and privacy. This conversation starts in California."

The event highlighted the organization's Protect & Elect initiative for the 2008 election cycle. NARAL Pro-Choice America plays a unique role that other progressive groups cannot play in elections: reaching pro-choice Independent and Republican women and persuading them to vote for pro-choice candidates, regardless of party affiliation. NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching this program to protect the net gain of 23 pro-choice seats in the U.S. House and three in the U.S. Senate made in 2006 and elect even more pro-choice candidates, including a pro-choice president, in 2008.

The event leadership includes San Francisco philanthropists Dagmar Dolby, Janie Friend, Nonie Greene, and Jane Wolf.

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