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NARAL President Quitting, Cites Lack of Young Abortion Activists

Posted by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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Nancy Keenan, the president of the pro-abortion group NARAL is quitting her position, saying she needs to be replaced by someone younger. The pro-abortion activist lamented the lack of young pro-abortion stalwarts in the movement.

Keenan originally made her decision in May, and the chairs of the boards of directors of NARAL and its legislative arm announced she had chosen not to renew her contract , which expires at the end of December. Keenan, who took the reins of the organization in December 2004, will continue heading up the organization’s political action arm until a replacement is found.

“Part of my decision was that, at 40, you have the opportunity to engage a new generation, the Millenials, because they are so huge, and that the person at the helm of this organization could reflect that youth and a younger generation,” Keenan said in an interview with The Hill. “Because now the responsibility lies with these next generations to be vigilant.”

She admitted younger Americans are not as energized about promoting abortion.

“This isn’t on the top of their list of issues that they’re concerned about right now,” she said. “And so we have to close that intensity gap, we have to make the case for the importance of the vigilance around this issue.”

“This Millennial generation… they are pro-choice, but there is an intensity gap and there still has to be some connecting the personal to the political,” Keenan said, although polling data shows young Americans are more pro-life than older generations.

“Whoever is able to connect the personal to the political with this generation, I think it’s kind of at a tipping point at 40 years — it could go the way, much like we’ve seen marriage equality being embraced by this generation,” she said. “We could see that they are there and will eventually act on those pro-choice values, but we have to close the intensity gap.”

Keenan said President Barack Obama is firm in his pro-abortion resolve.

“I’ve spent time with him, I’ve talked to him, and I unequivocally believe he understands what’s at stake and really does share the value that women in this country should be making those decisions, and not any politician,” Keenan said.

Keenan also admitted the pro-life movement is not going away.

“They’re not going to go away. The intensity on that side will not go away,” she said.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the pro-life women’s group, responded with comments to LifeNews about Keenan’s retiring.

“Nancy Keenan explains the situation quite well,” Dannenfelser said. “Americans across the board and particularly the younger generation are increasingly identifying as pro-life and more likely to support commonsense pro-life laws that groups like NARAL stubbornly oppose.”

Dannenfelser continued: “America’s youth reject the extreme position shared by Keenan, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the rest of the abortion lobby, which supports taxpayer funded abortion for any reason, up until the moment of birth. Pro-life intensity on this issue is not going to diminish anytime soon. Keenan and her colleagues are fighting against the tide.”

She said Gallup polling from 2010 revealed that pro-life sentiment has grown among young Americans aged 18-29 with three out of four young Americans rejecting the status quo of abortion on demand, as only 24% say abortion should be legal under any circumstance.

Gallup’s 2012 polling further confirmed this trend noting a seven point drop in young people identifying as “pro-choice” from 2001-2008 to 2009-2012. The pro-choice identification drop among the 18-34 age group was the largest of all age groups surveyed.

The NARAL board chairs have appointed a search committee, made up of board members from across the country, to begin the process of identifying a new president.

 www. lifenews. com/2012/12/27/naral-president-quitting-cites-lack-of-young-abortion-activists/

by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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PeeperSqueak
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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Thankfully they are a dying breed !

..MoonShine..
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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Stopped reading this very biased article when I read "pro-abortion". 

jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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Thank you for posting this.  Very enlightening.

chloedee
by Bronze Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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The majority of women of all ages identify as pro-choice, and the majority of young people 18-34 also identify as pro-choice (http://www.gallup.com/poll/147734/americans-split-along-pro-choice-pro-life-lines.aspx). They are perhaps less fervent and active about it, but the identity still remains.

Keenan is being savvy and knows that the future of the organization and activism lies in the hands of younger women, so allowing them a chance to lead ensures a continued future. 

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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Sorry to squash your dreams but we are everywhere and our numbers are growing by the day.  Soon you are going to just have to learn to deal with gay marriage, abortion and legal pot.  The future is here.

Quoting PeeperSqueak:

Thankfully they are a dying breed !



gsprofval
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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HMMM, even the outgoing president of NARAL knows this:

Dannenfelser said. “Americans across the board and particularly the younger generation are increasingly identifying as pro-life and more likely to support commonsense pro-life laws that groups like NARAL stubbornly oppose.”

shannonnigans
by Silver Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
LOL dying breed? Not hardly. What's declining is Christianity.
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NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Bahahahahaahhaaaa!

 www. lifenews.

blues_pagan
by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

I think that some are pro-life for 2 reasons: 

They are pro-life for themselves personally and answer that way since they probably don't think about other women's reproductive systems

and

women today are complacent since our generation has had this right since we were born.  It has been proven that our generation does not think about things like women's suffrage and abortion rights because these things are thought of as a non issue today since we have never had them taken away and we have never had to fight for them.  Because of this, American women have become complacent.

emeraldangel2.0
by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM


Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Stopped reading this very biased article when I read "pro-abortion". 

this.

no one has ever encouraged abortion, unless they are sick in the head or the situation truly called for it. the only thing us pro-choicers have done is protect those poor people who are already groing through enough from the acts of anti-choicers.


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