Pro-Abortion Group Endorses Kerry, Plans to Attack Bush Campaign

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - The nation's leading pro-abortion group announced its endorsement Tuesday for Democrat John Kerry and plans to launch an aggressive attack on President George Bush's candidacy.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, which describes itself as "the leading national advocate for personal privacy and a woman's right to choose," plans to use television ads, grassroots efforts and online advocacy to drum up support among pro-abortion voters.

The group plans to highlight the Bush administration's efforts to seize the private medical records of women who have had abortions, the president's signing of the "first federal abortion ban in history," and "his appointment of radical anti-choice judges to lifetime seats on federal courts - as well as the potential for two or more Supreme Court vacancies in the next four years."

The pro-abortion group said, because of its MCFL legal status, NARAL Pro-Choice America can conduct express advocacy campaigns up to Election Day "in a way that most other organizations cannot."

"The choice for pro-choice voters is clear - and the stakes could not be higher. If George Bush is re-elected, the future of reproductive freedom is in the hands of someone who has violated women's privacy, criminalized women's medical choices and pledged to do everything in his power to restrict safe and legal abortion," said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman in a statement.

"John Kerry will be a President pro-choice Americans can rely on. He understands that our private lives are private, and will make sure that Roe vs. Wade remains the law of the land. Throughout his public life, Senator Kerry has been a leader on women's issues such as protecting the right to choose and preventing domestic violence," Michelman said.

The group plans to target 14 battleground states: California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.

To support its campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America has launched its Choice 2004 Fund campaign, led by Govs. Bill Richardson (N.M.), Ed Rendell (Pa.), Tom Vilsack (Iowa), Jim Doyle (Wisc.), Rod Blagojevich (Ill.), Gary Locke (Wash.) and Ted Kulongoski (Ore.).

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