Skip to comments.Exclusive: NARAL President Nancy Keenan to step down
Posted on 05/10/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
At the end of this year, Nancy Keenan will step down from her post as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the countrys 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. Nancy Keenan will retire as president of NARAL Pro-Choice America at the end of the year. (Sarah L. Voisin - WASHINGTON POST) 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, NARALs 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.
Theres 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. Its time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.
NARAL, which was founded in 1969, is in the middle of a multi-year effort to engage millennials on abortion rights. For three years, the group has used surveys and focus groups to try to better understand young voters. When the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade reaches its 40th anniversary next year, NARAL hopes to roll out a more extensive campaign.
People give a lot of lip service to how were going to engage the next generation, Keenan said, but we cant just assume it will happen on its own.
Keenan has held the job for eight years...
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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.Not to mention the generation NOT born between 1980 and 1991.
Preferably, whilst standing on a pile of gasoline-soaked rags.
“She was very loud and willing to use the F word.” - And that’s when she’s just ordering cookies from girl scouts. Usually, Nancy blows spit and pees on flat rocks when she’s talking. She’s a woman with all the grace and charm of a sewage lagoon.
Boy, even our enemies have more sense than the Dick Lugars and Orrin Hatches of the world.
I doubt they’ll find anyone born to do this job.
But I would not be surprised to see Sandra Fluke take over.