Outgoing NARAL Chief Bemoans Diminished Strength Among Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2012
Contact:
Mallory Quigley, 703-380-6674, mquigley@sba-list.org

NARAL President to Retire, Citing “Intensity Gap”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the announcement that Nancy Keenan, president of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) will retire following the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following remarks:

“Nancy Keenan explains the situation quite well. 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. 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.” 

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 Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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