North Carolina Pro-Abortion Group Re-Established

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

North Carolina Pro-Abortion Group Re-Established

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
July 26, 2003

Durham, NC ( — After having dissolved 13 years ago due to lack of support, the North Carolina statewide affiliate of NARAL has been re-established. The goal of the organization, according to NARAL NC, will be to educate North Carolinians about legislation at both the state and local levels.

As part of their pro-abortion efforts, NARAL-NC held a leadership development summit July 19-20 at Duke University. Pro-abortion Rep. David Price (D-NC) delivered a keynote address about the legislative aspect of the abortion debate.

"The White House and both houses of Congress are in anti-choice hands," Price admitted.

While recognizing that most legislators do not share their views, NARAL-NC hopes to better mobilize their supporters, starting at the leadership summit at Duke. "This summit is for our lead volunteers, activists and potential board members," said Sarah Karges, the group’s regional organizer.

Pro-life groups were disappointed by the news.

"I am appalled that NARAL is establishing an affiliate in NC," State Senator Virginia Foxx (R) told "Rep. Price’s comments that NARAL is a ‘humanitarian’ group almost made me sick to my stomach. Abortions are anti-humanitarian."

Foxx, who was one of the Senate’s sponsors of North Carolina’s Right to Know bill, feels that NC pro-life groups will be undaunted by the re-emergence of the pro-abortion state group.

"We have strong pro-life groups throughout the state and this will probably encourage their resolve," Foxx said.

NARAL-NC was active in the 1980’s and 1990’s. According to their website, lack of support for the NC affiliate forced it to dissolve in 1997.