The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"Sen. Obama has always had a 100 percent prochoice rating."

Barack Obama on Monday, February 4th, 2008 in an e-mail message sent to voters before Super Tuesday.

Obama voted consistently for abortion rights

The Clinton campaign has raised doubts about Sen. Barack Obama's record on abortion rights because he voted "present" rather than "no" on seven antiabortion bills when he was in the Illinois state Senate.

The day before the Super Tuesday primaries, an e-mail from the head of the Connecticut National Organization for Women took issue with those votes, prompting a response from U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, an Obama supporter, who said the effort by NOW was divisive.

"The facts are clear – in the Illinois state Senate, choice advocates asked strong prochoice legislators like Senator Obama to vote 'present' on Republican-designed bills like a ban on partial-birth abortion to protect a woman's right to chose," DeLauro wrote. "Senator Obama has always had a 100 percent prochoice rating."

We're addressing the votes with this item and this article, so here we'll focus on Obama's record.

Indeed, DeLauro is correct. Obama has 100 percent congressional voting ratings from NARAL Prochoice America for his three years in the U.S. Senate. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund similarly gave Obama a perfect score on its 2006 congressional scorecard.

He also earned 100 percent records for his votes in eight years as a state senator, according to Pam Sutherland, president and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council. (She is neutral in the presidential race and her group has not endorsed a candidate.)

"He has always voted in favor of abortion rights," she said.

So we find DeLauro's statement to be True.

About this statement:

Published: Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Abortion


NARAL Prochoice America, Obama scorecard

Planned Parenthood, 2006 Congressional Scorecard

Washington Post, NOW Again Attacks Obama's Illinois Voting Record on Abortion Bills, Feb. 5, 2008

Obama campaign, Obama's Strong Prochoice Record

Interview: Pam Sutherland, Illinois Planned Parenthood Council

Written by: Bill Adair, Adriel Bettelheim
Researched by: Adriel Bettelheim
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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