NARAL hits Donovan for funding misleading pregnancy center

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:02 PM

NARAL's Kelli Conlin said Dan Donovan helped fund an organization whose "purpose is to mislead" pregnant women about abortions and access to reproductive care.

Conlin cited a Staten Island Advance article which said Donovan, now the Republican attorney general candidate, received an award from the Crisis Pregnancy Center of New York for securing grants for them. Conlin said she was not sure how much money Donovan helped them get or where the grants originated.

Conlin said Donovan's support for the group runs counter to his claims now of upholding the state's law currently allowing abortion and guaranteeing safe access to abortion providers.

In response, Donovan's campaign said the father of his Democratic rival is a major contributor to abortion groups, and specifically NARAL.

"Irwin Schneiderman, the candidate's wealthy father…has been the single largest donor to [NARAL's] political action committee, giving at least $75,000 in the last six years," said Donovan spokeswoman Virginia Lam.

Conlin said abortion was an important issue in the attorney general's race because "the rest of the nation depends on New York State to lead the way" on filing legal briefs in federal cases.

[Disclosure: Irwin Schneiderman serves on WNYC's Board of Trustees.]

UPDATE: Schneiderman's campaign emails to ask, "Did Mr. Donovan secure grants for an anti-choice activist group [and] why did the group award him for this anti-choice activism?"


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