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NARAL Pro-Choice America Endorses Joe Sestak for Senate in Pennsylvania

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With less than a week before next Tuesday's Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania, Rep. Joe Sestak picked up an endorsement from a key abortion-rights group.

The political action committee of NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Wednesday it was endorsing and contributing $5,000 to Sestak's bid against incumbent and former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, said a Sestak victory would provide Pennsylvanians with a "consistent pro-choice voice" on Capitol Hill.

"Joe Sestak will be a strong voice for women's freedom and privacy in the U.S. Senate," Keenan said in a statement announcing the endorsement. "Many Pennsylvanians are under the impression that Arlen Specter might be a reliable pro-choice voice, but his record says otherwise. Pennsylvanians deserve a senator who considers being pro-choice a position of conviction, rather than a position of convenience."

Keenan said Specter has a mixed record on abortion rights. She points out Specter supported George W. Bush's partial-birth abortion ban and, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "he was a close ally and partner of the Bush administration in helping secure confirmation for several anti-choice judges," according to NARAL.

Sestak welcomed the support.

"Coming from a family of six sisters, I firmly believe in women's rights and equality. I am grateful for NARAL Pro-Choice America's support, and I will continue to champion women's rights as the next Senator from Pennsylvania," Sestak said.

President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have endorsed Specter.

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