Nancy Keenan, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice, is stepping down from her position at the end of the year. Keenan has been in the head honcho role at this abortion free-for-all organization since 2004 and during her tenure has witnessed a distinct lack of enthusiasm among the younger generation for the abortion-on-demand cultural crusade.
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, anti-abortion 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.
“This is not about tactics or strategy,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. “This is about the youth trending pro-life, or ambivalent. MEDIAite
An intensity gap. You just got to laugh here. In other words, it couldn’t possibly be that more men and women today are finding it harder to hide behind all the obfuscating clichés that mask the brutal reality of ripping a living organism from the womb of its mother.
Oh no! The ho hum Go, Abortion! attitude must simply be an intensity gap—just a wee dip in flush-the-fetus fever. So I guess now it’s time to organize the pro-choice rallies, shake those political pom-poms, and chant all those lovingly sanitized and very worn and weary slogans.
You know, I have always found it quite odd that the very women who buy into all the Gaia guff, who talk incessantly about the interconnectedness of all living things and ooze poetic about the solemn sacredness of Mother Earth, can be so militantly obtuse when it comes to the elemental bond between a human mother and her unborn child.
So as the It’s Only About Me crowd continues to yack about Our Bodies Ourselves, more and more young people today are far less likely to rally round the Gee It’s Just a Fetus flagpole.
And that makes this an especially happy Mother’s Day.