.- Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver on Monday afternoon, saying DNC delegates will nominate Sen. Barack Obama as the ânext pro-choice president of the United States.â Warning supporters of abortion that âreproductive freedom is on the line,â she claimed a McCain presidency could endanger permissive abortion laws in the U.S.
Claiming the party is united behind the âcore moral valuesâ of supporting and defending âa womanâs right to choose safe, legal abortion,â she said the Democratic Party believes in doing more to prevent âunintended pregnancyâ to reduce the need for abortion. She pressed for âhonest, realistic sex educationâ while professing a shared stand in the âright to choose contraception.â She also said the party stands with women who choose adoption.
Arguing that the debate over âreproductive rightsâ has been âdivisiveâ and dominated by black-and-white slogans that âfail to acknowledge the profound complexity most people feel on the issue of abortion, she asserted that such putatively complex opinions can be respected âwhile still protecting the fundamental values of freedom and privacy.â
Keenan attacked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, arguing that he has voted to ban abortion without exceptions for victims of incest or rape. She also attacked what she said was his support for the Republican Party platform, which calls for outlawing abortion in all circumstances.
Noting the presidential election coincides with the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, she claimed âreproductive freedom is on the line.â
Characterizing U.S. Supreme Courtâs status as at âan ideological tipping point,â she said Sen. McCain has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Keenanâs short speech tended to focus on McCain more than Obama. In her printed remarks, she mentions Sen. Obamaâs name twice but Sen. McCainâs name five times.
She closed her speech by calling Sen. Obama âan effective and passionate leader who will protect a womanâs right to choose now and for future generations.â
According to the Keenan biography provided by the DNC, Keenan was âborn into an Irish-Catholic familyâ in the state of Montana, for which she later served as a state legislator.