Obama endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America (Update)

Obama picked up another key endorsement today, that of NARAL Pro-Choice America. This move indicates NARAL has now assumed Obama will be the nominee over Clinton. Not all that surprising since the pro-choice and pro-life groups will split on party lines.

A report on the endorsement from USAToday:

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama has won the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading abortion rights advocacy organization that has supported rival Hillary Rodham Clinton throughout her political career.

The organization was set to announce the endorsement of its political action committee on Wednesday.

“Pro-choice Americans have been fortunate to have two strong pro-choice candidates in Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, both of whom have inspired millions of new voters to participate in this historic presidential race,” NARAL president Nancy Keenan said in a statement. “Today, we are proud to put our organization’s grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election. That candidate is Senator Obama.”

Officials said NARAL’s political committee board was about evenly divided among Clinton and Obama supporters and that the decision to endorse was hard fought. Ultimately, the board voted unanimously to support the Illinois senator.

NARAL officials said the decision was not intended to snub Clinton, who is running to be the first female U.S. president.

Update

Video put out by NARAL:

What’s interesting her is that NARAL did indeed choose Obama over Clinton, the woman in the race. One might think that a group pushing “abortion rights” or rights of a woman over her body might be inclined to endorse Hillary regardless of the current state of the race. Although, clearly they were holding out for a nominee.