MANCHESTER, N.H. — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton criticizes rival Barack Obama's record on abortion rights in a mailing sent to New Hampshire voters -- her first direct attack on the Illinois senator since his Democratic victory in Iowa.
The mailer says that seven times during his tenure in the Illinois state Senate, Obama declined to take a position on abortion bills, whereas Clinton has been a defender of abortion rights.
During his eight years in the Legislature, Obama cast a number of votes on abortion issues and received a rating of 100% from the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council for his support of abortion rights, family planning services and health insurance coverage for female contraceptives.
He joined some other state Democrats in voting "present" on some bills.
The mailing comes amid division within the Clinton campaign over how negative it should go against Obama after his victory Thursday in the Iowa caucuses.