Update 5/12 7:15a: A young gun at Feministing – who apparently doesn’t mind that Nancy Keenan and all those aging abortion proponents set their sights on her not so long ago – is denying an intensity gap while elegantly admitting, “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but in the last year or so, sh** has gone totally f***ing haywire in this country…. anti-choicers are gunning harder than ever [the gun analogies just keep coming] right now to take away hard-win reproductive freedoms.”
The ability of pro-abortion abortion survivor to articulate their message is impressive. Take a look, abortion movement, this is your future.
5/11, 9:12a: From the Washington Post last night:
At the end of this year, Nancy Keenan will step down from her post as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the country’s oldest abortion-rights advocacy group.
The 60-year-old Keenan said she is leaving out of concern for the future of the pro-choice movement – and thinks she could be holding it back.
In recent years, Keenan has worried about an “intensity gap” on abortion rights among millennials, which the group considers to be the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1991. 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. If the pro-choice movement is to successfully defend abortion rights, Keenan contends, it needs more young people in leadership roles, including hers.
“There’s an opportunity for a new and younger leader,” Keenan said during a Wednesday interview in her downtown Washington office. “Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It’s time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.”
I’ve got news for Nancy. Forty more years of legalized abortion ain’t gonna happen. More from WashPo:
In the 2010 midterm elections, a wave of antiabortion legislators swept into Washington and took control of state governments across the country. The number of states with solidly antiabortion governors and legislatures spiked from 10 to 15…..
States passed a record 92 abortion restrictions in 2011, more than any other year since Roe. The lesson that Keenan took away then, was that elections matter. So do the voters who will soon dominate them.
Millennials will make up 40% of the electorate by 2020, and Keenan questions whether she’s the right leader to reach these new groups.
“This issue has got to be a voting issue for them,” Keenan said. “If we want to continue protecting abortion rights in this country, this is so clearly the case.”
NARAL’s research, however, suggests it has a ways to go: Young voters do not make abortion rights a priority at the polls. In 2010, the group’s poll of 700 young Americans showed a stark “intensity gap” on abortion. Most antiabortion voters under 30 (51%) considered it a “very important” voting issue. Among abortion-rights millennials, that number stood at 26%.
“There is an intensity gap between our side, being pro-choice, and the other side,” Keenan said.
You got that right, sister. And while abortion proponents like to think this is because the younger generation has grown up with abortion, so “[w]hen you’re fighting to hold onto something, rather than get something, it gets less intense,” as WashPo quoted EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock, the fact is the pro-abortion movement is suffering attrition. It has killed off its future supporters.
Furthermore, it continues to kill off 3,300 more chips off the ole’ block every day. So the “intensity gap” is only going to widen, thanks to the birth gap.
Meanwhile, abortion survivors – all those born after January 22, 1973 – understand that the very people now trying to woo them into the their movement dedicated themselves to trying to kill them before they took a breath. And many of those very people make a big fat living off the snuffs.
[HT: Chicken Man; photo via the Washington Post]