Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Is Nancy Keenan Starting To Smell The Coffee?

Nancy Keenan, current president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has announced her retirement from her post effective the end of 2012.  In this Washington Post piece, Keenan says she fears that she is "holding the pro-choice movement back".  Whatever.

But what's really interesting is the distinctions that she sees between pro-life youth and pro-abortion youth; she dubs it the "intensity gap".  Here it is, according to the Post.   "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."  She's onto something, although she is not admitting to some very obvious causes.

These young people, pro-life and pro-abortion, have some key things in common:

  • They are a generation who did not enjoy legal protection as persons while they were in their mothers' wombs.  The generations preceding them (including Keenan) did enjoy such protection.
  • At least one third of their generation is missing due to abortion.  Those aborted individuals might have been a neighbor, best friend, sibling or spouse.  They know it.
So given all that, is it any wonder that the pro-life youth are so passionate to end the scourge that has robbed them of so many people in their lives while the "pro-choice" youth are less than enthused about the same scourge that has deprived them in similar fashion?

As Keenan leaves that atmosphere of death and darkness, let's pray that she continues to wake up.  Perhaps for that intention, we can ask for the intercession of Dr Bernard Nathanson, the late co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League who realized the errors of his ways, left that business and died an ardent pro-life Catholic.


  1. Depending on your point of view, I consider myself fortunate to remember the genesis of the pro-abortion movement, and the organization headed by Dr. Nathanson. During that time period, the pro-life movement was extremely active, and the president of the then "Feminists for Choice" lamented how she wished her side had the passion of the pro-lifers. She was right then, and the pro-abortion forces know it. It is impossible to deal in the death and carnage of innocence without consequences. Think about it-have you ever seen a joyful pro-abortionist? Never. And so it goes, the fight, the struggle, the prayers, and yes the joy of the pro-life movement. Dr. Nathanson, please intercede for us so that God continues to assist us.

    1. There is no doubt that they were excellent strategists. I believe Dr Nathanson was one of those who first coined the term "pro-choice". They were most adept at taking de facto control of the language. The early pro-lifers were way too diffident in allowing that to happen. Thankfully many of us have learned from those early mistakes and are being pro-active. Perhaps the results of that are what confound Keenan.


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