NARAL Buckles Under Pressure, Pulls Ad

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The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has pulled its nationwide television advertisement attacking Judge John Roberts after being overrun by criticism from both pro-life groups and abortion supporters. [HT: LifeNews]

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and abortion advocate Arlen Specter called NARAL's 30-second ad "blatantly untrue and unfair" for suggesting that Judge Roberts supported "violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber" in a case nearly 15 years ago.

Despite the backlash, even from their supporters, NARAL remains unapologetic. "We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement about Mr. Roberts' record," Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter.

Columnist Jacob Sullum, in a TownHall editorial, comments,

In addition to his ambiguous record as a lawyer and judge, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has the benefit of opponents who seem determined to discredit themselves and guarantee his confirmation. This self-destructive impulse is epitomized by NARAL Pro-Choice America's despicable TV ad linking Roberts to "violent fringe groups."
No one, except NARAL, appears to be taking their ad seriously.

Update: Here is another reaction from CK Rairden which appeared in the National Ledger (HT: WI Catholic):

NARAL did the American voter a huge favor. This ad allows the White house and Roberts' supporters to now correctly point to the lengths that the moonbats on the left will travel to destroy those who wish to rule on law, instead of partaking in judicial activism.

Related:

NARAL's defense or lack thereof

NARAL defends their refuted commercial

NARAL Ad Misrepresents Roberts

Bloggers Take Down NARAL's Deceptive Commercial

NARAL Faces Possible Conflict of Interest for Robert’s Ad




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