NARAL pounds McCain-Palin: ‘more anti-choice’ than Bush-Cheney

Just days after hitting Colorado mailboxes with its first mailer criticizing John McCain’s positions on reproductive issues, NARAL Pro-Choice America sent a second flyer on Friday to Republican and unaffiliated women in Colorado. The flyer warned that the McCain-Palin ticket is “downright dangerous” for women. The abortion-rights group also pointed to a poll released Wednesday that shows the same Republican and unaffiliated women voters prefer Barack Obama 48-44 percent if they identify themselves as pro-choice.

The front side of a NARAL mailer distributed to swing-state Republican and unaffiliated voters.
The front side of a NARAL mailer distributed to swing-state Republican and unaffiliated voters.

“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,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement about the campaign. “The issue of women’s reproductive health care is one of those obvious differences.”

“The McCain-Palin ticket,” the mailer charges, “is even more anti-choice than George Bush and Dick Cheney.” It cites the Republican ticket’s opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. The mailer is being distributed to 290,000 households in Colorado and seven other battleground states, according to NARAL.

The poll of pro-choice Republican and unaffiliated women, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, showed abortion is “a central issue for this swing voting bloc, and it can move them in a more powerful way than other traditional Democratic issues or any of the central critiques of John McCain,” according to NARAL’s analysis.

For a more dispassionate view, the nonpartisan Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life compares Obama and McCain’s stands on abortion to assist voters in getting the facts on this contentious issue.

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