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Friday, August 12, 2005

sNARALing Beast Put to Rest

NARAL, the pro killing children group, has decided to withdrawl its ad against Bush's supreme court nominee- John Roberts.

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America on Thursday announced it will withdraw a television ad criticizing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts' record on abortion rights following criticism of the ad by conservative groups and some abortion-rights advocates, the Washington Post reports (Balz, Washington Post, 8/12). NARAL Pro-Choice America on Monday announced the launch of the ad, which opposes Roberts' confirmation to the Supreme Court and suggests that the nominee supports violent, antiabortion "fringe groups" because of his 1991 involvement in Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Clinic. In the case, Roberts argued in a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue that protesters should not be prevented from blocking entrances to abortion clinics. The 30-second ad, which has been shown on local stations in Maine and Rhode Island and nationally on several cable news networks, is part of a $500,000, two-week campaign aimed at the constituents of three moderate Republican senators in Maine and Rhode Island (Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report, 8/11).

My friend mentioned to me that this is huge news. Had it not been for blogs (or O'Reilly/Fox News), this would have continued unopposed and people would simply have believed it. Like most liberal groups, though, they can't just admit they were caught lying and embelishing for the sake of opposing Bush. Of course, that's standard procedure for the left which is probably why blogs are so soundly criticized by them; it makes it harder for them to lie to the public.

"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), adding, "Unfortunately the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public" (Holland, AP/Yahoo! News, 8/12).

Oh right. It's our fault that they were "misunderstood." Please. Nobody was misunderstood here. NARAL got caught lying and trying to demonize Bush's nominee. I'm not entirely sure what they think is being misunderstood. They lied and got caught trying to garner opposition to a perfectly qualified candidate to the SCOTUS simply because Bush nominated him. Also, if their idea of a "serious discussion" is to lie for the sake of emotional appeals to oppose Bush in any way, ,shape, or form, then they don't deserve a voice in any public debate.