Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NARAL head: ‘intensity gap’ between pro-lifers and pro-aborts could threaten future of abortion
LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/14/12 | Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 05/14/2012 4:12:13 PM PDT by wagglebee

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When Nancy Keenan, the head of America’s oldest abortion lobby, told the Washington Post she was stepping down, she cited a grim fact that she had noticed for years: abortion supporters just aren’t as young or zealous as their pro-life counterparts anymore.

“While most young, antiabortion voters see abortion as a crucial political issue, NARAL’s own internal research does not find similar passion among abortion-rights supporters,” wrote the Post’s Sarah Kliff. “If the pro-choice movement is to successfully defend abortion rights, Keenan contends, it needs more young people in leadership roles, including hers.”

Keenan, 60, said she would step down at the end of the year in favor of a younger executive. “There’s an opportunity for a new and younger leader,” Keenan told the paper. “Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It’s time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.”

The abortion leader had told Newsweek in 2010 of her shock at the youth and vigor of the pro-life movement after stumbling upon the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which draws hundreds of thousands of people - disproportionately female and very young - each year.

“I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she said. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

Gallup polls on the abortion issue among Americans have shown age groups growing more similar in their views on the topic for the past 20 years. While abortion-on-demand found most of its support among young adults in the mid-1970s, surveys since 2000 show all age groups below seniors showing similar feelings on the topic.

NARAL’s poll of 700 young Americans in 2010 found 51 percent of pro-life voters under 30 calling abortion a “very important” voting issue, compared with only 26 percent of the same group among abortion supporters.

Kristan Hawkins, the 26-year-old executive director of Students for Life of America, told CitizenLink that she could “definitely see” the intensity gap on college campuses, where her organization fosters 700 student pro-life groups compared with Planned Parenthood’s 200.

“(The pro-abortion groups) are dead. There is nothing going on. The only time we see them is when they are reacting to a Students for Life event,” said Hawkins.

Kliff reports that NARAL, which was founded four years before Roe v. Wade, has spent the past three years using surveys and focus groups to find new ways of messaging young adults to support abortion. A new, more extensive campaign for abortion is also waiting in the wings, due to be launched for Roe’s 40th anniversary next year.

“People give a lot of lip service to how we’re going to engage the next generation, but we can’t just assume it will happen on its own,” said Keenan.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; naral; prolife
The abortion leader had told Newsweek in 2010 of her shock at the youth and vigor of the pro-life movement after stumbling upon the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which draws hundreds of thousands of people - disproportionately female and very young - each year.

Young people are acutely aware that a huge percentage of their generation has been murdered.

1 posted on 05/14/2012 4:12:26 PM PDT by wagglebee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; Salvation; 8mmMauser
Pro-Life Ping
2 posted on 05/14/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 185JHP; 230FMJ; AKA Elena; APatientMan; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; ...
Moral Absolutes Ping!

Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.

FreeRepublic moral absolutes keyword search
[ Add keyword moral absolutes to flag FR articles to this ping list ]


3 posted on 05/14/2012 4:14:47 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Apparently pro-life adults raise more children than pro-abortion activists allow to survive. This surprises liberals and no doubt requires a scientific study for the unexpected trend to be understood.


4 posted on 05/14/2012 4:18:02 PM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Oh, boy, are they in for some heartache. Life trumps death *every* time.


5 posted on 05/14/2012 4:20:24 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Intensity Gap???? What a moron!

There is NO grey area between letting a living, breathing, unborn child live and cold, bloody, premeditated murder at the hands of a bloody butcher, is there?

Just where in the hell is the grey area? What a jerk!

I would love to see a senator or representative sneak the remains of a freshly aborted baby in front of Pelosi or Reid with the cameras rolling and let them see what they believe it! Sounds sick, but so is abortion!


6 posted on 05/14/2012 4:26:35 PM PDT by laweeks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
I thought the gestation genocide of abortion was all about “no future.”
7 posted on 05/14/2012 4:26:42 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Barney and Barry sittin' ina tree...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

She stumbled upon the March for Life. I think even CNN covers it, how could she stumble upon it?


8 posted on 05/14/2012 4:26:46 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

No kidding. Fighting for life itself or fighting for the void of nihilism? It is just a matter of time before pro-life prevails. This rigged election is a rear guard action by the culture of death, but like the Texas Rangers, we are just going to keep on coming.


9 posted on 05/14/2012 4:40:42 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Obama's record is an open charnel pit. Romney's too, but under a whitened sepulchre.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Keep praying, folks. It’s working!!


10 posted on 05/14/2012 5:17:53 PM PDT by bamabound (teach them how to think, not what to think!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

>>disproportionately female and very young <<

Last year, we had seven buses leave from my church, filled with young people.

This year, I’ll be on one of them with my girls. They are part of the Detroit Defenders of Life. You know, the flash mobs with the yellow balloons that say “Life”.

I’ve seen the films and now my younger daughter turned 12 and can go. I can’t wait.


11 posted on 05/14/2012 5:31:24 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
The pro-abortion crowd murdered their own chillun' first, so what did they expect?

They have NO younger generations!

12 posted on 05/14/2012 5:34:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Our local right-to-life group runs a booth at the flea market that is held the second weekend of every month. Anyway, I took a shift on Saturday, and had a huge turnout, with everyone supportive of our efforts. I had teens stop by and ask questions, and it was apparent they were anti-abortion. I told one man about the busloads of young people our Catholic parish takes every every year to Washington in January. As someone who was born less than 3 weeks after Roe v. Wade was decided, I have watched the holocaust of my generation and those after me. Obviously, by all the youth you see at the marches and at pro-life activities, I am not alone in this.


13 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:39 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pollster1

Surprising that pro aborts haven’t figured that they killed children and pro-lifers mostly didn’t.. it really is simple math.


14 posted on 05/14/2012 5:40:57 PM PDT by scbison
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

Best news I have heard today!


15 posted on 05/14/2012 6:00:03 PM PDT by huldah1776
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Click

16 posted on 05/14/2012 6:12:39 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
People give a lot of lip service to how we’re going to engage the next generation, but we can’t just assume it will happen on its own,” said Keenan.

Engage the next generation??? You mean the one your slaughtered?

17 posted on 05/14/2012 6:31:17 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
People give a lot of lip service to how we’re going to engage the next generation, but we can’t just assume it will happen on its own,” said Keenan.

Engage the next generation??? You mean the one your slaughtered?

18 posted on 05/14/2012 6:31:40 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kalee
She stumbled upon the March for Life. I think even CNN covers it, how could she stumble upon it?

Considering how much time CNN usually gives the March, she can be forgiven for not even realizing it happens every year.

19 posted on 05/14/2012 10:03:51 PM PDT by SuziQ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
“(The pro-abortion groups) are dead.

The pro-abortion groups are still alive....it's their babies they had murdered.

20 posted on 05/15/2012 1:52:39 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
The abortion leader... told... of her shock at the youth and vigor of the pro-life movement after stumbling upon the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which draws hundreds of thousands... each year. “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she said. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”


"Why, oh, why don't they want to murder their babies?"



Moron. Feminist fail.

21 posted on 05/16/2012 9:46:21 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pollster1; wagglebee; All
4 posted on Mon May 14 2012 18:18:02 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Pollster1: “Apparently pro-life adults raise more children than pro-abortion activists allow to survive. This surprises liberals and no doubt requires a scientific study for the unexpected trend to be understood.”

You are absolutely right.

Look at the rise to power of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews in Israel. Three generations ago Zionism was a mostly secular movement and strictly observant Jews were considered to be a tiny minority that was dying out. Today, they hold the balance of power. Strong commitments to their religious beliefs, combined with a commitment to transmitting the values of the parents to the children and the desire to have many children, has resulted in the political and social agenda of an entire country being set by the most religiously conservative segment of its population.

Similar things could be said (though in a bad way) about the rise of Islam in Europe. White secular liberals are killing their kids in Europe and couldn't care less about transmitting any values to the next generation except “openmindedness” in the public realm and tolerance in the private realm for immorality and debauchery.

22 posted on 05/20/2012 10:46:07 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson