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Pro-Choice Groups Battle the Nader Effect

With Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush still running neck and neck in national polls, pro-choice groups are turning their attention to Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader, fearing that he may swing the election in favor of Bush. Planned Parenthood raised $2 million in just two days, and will use the funds for additional television advertising in an attempt to sway voters in key states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Planned Parenthood’s pro-Gore push includes a total of $8 million in television ads, 2.7 million voter guides, 500,000 get-out-the-vote calls, emails to 250,000 supporters, and full-page newspaper ads in 11 states. NARAL is also devoting money to the presidential campaign in key states, with television ads highlighting Bush’s anti-choice stance. Their “Think” ad urges voters to consider the stakes in this election, with the US Supreme Court hanging in the balance, and suggests that “voting for Ralph Nader helps elect George W. Bush.” Both NARAL and Planned Parenthood cite the recent Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v. Carhart protecting abortion rights, decided by a razor-thin 5-4 margin. Polls show Nader with as much as 5 percent of the vote, and most show Bush leading Gore by between 1 and 7 points.

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Washington Post and Associated Press _ October 30, 2000 and Planned Parenthood Votes and NARAL

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