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Pro-life group slams NARAL as war of words continues

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   The war of words over State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy's new pro-choice stand on abortion continues.
   After NARAL Pro-Choice New York began airing television ads today in support of the Buffalo Democrat, a pro-life group that last week sponsored ads against Kennedy responded.
    Here is a statement from Greg Pfundstsein, president of the Chiaroscuro Group:
    "NARAL has been working in New York since its founding in 1968. The law NARAL introduced in 1970, which was passed by the Senate, legalized abortion with absolutely no restrictions until birth. Fortunately the Assembly modified the law before passing it to restrict abortion after 24 weeks. NARAL has been trying to finish the job ever since, despite the overwhelming opinion of New Yorkers who oppose late term abortion (poll data here). NARAL and Tim Kennedy both know passing Cuomo's abortion expansion act will expand late term abortion in New York.
    "What is unconscionable is that NARAL actually left the Women's Equality Coalition last year to focus on abortion expansion. NARAL is actively working to prevent the passage of the nine sensible provisions protecting women, which they see merely as a means to an end to expand late term abortion in New York State.
    "NARAL's actions with respect to the Women's Equality Act have been despicable and Senator Tim Kennedy should be ashamed to be associated with an organization that holds so cheap the notion of women's equality."

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