by Steven Ertelt
December 18, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Nancy Keenan, a former Montana politician, is marking her one year anniversary with the national pro-abortion group NARAL, though her tenure has not been without controversy.
After serving as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and losing a Congressional battle against a pro-life candidate, NARAL tapped Keenan to replace longtime spokeswoman Kate Michaelman, who had been the face of the group for years.
Referring to the Supreme Court battles over John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Keenan told the Helena Independent Record about being picked to lead NARAL, “I believe that I am here for a particular reason for this time in history."
“I think there is a reason that I didn’t win [the Congressional race],” she said. “Because of that I’m here in this job today. One door closes and another door opens, and that’s how I kind of see life. You don’t look back and wring your hands and wonder what if. You move on. I am just quite elated to be here.”
Keenan told the Helena newspaper she’s leading the pro-abortion group at one of the most important times in its history.
Se says if Alito is confirmed to the high court, “if they do not immediately overturn Roe, they will dismantle Roe and the protections we have had, to not have politicians involved in making these decisions about our reproductive lives.”
But Keenan’s tenure has not been without controversy.
NARAL was forced to pull a television commercial slamming Roberts that implied he submitted a legal brief supporting the bombing of an abortion business.
In fact, Roberts supported a position that a racketeering law should not be used to punish pro-life protesters — a position the Supreme Court agreed with on an 8-1 decision. The photos of the abortion bombing appearing in the ad, came eight years after Roberts wrote the brief.
Keenan is also accused of falsifying a battle with the Catholic church.
In interviews after NARAL selected her, she claimed she "stood up" to pressure from the Catholic Church in Montana after she spoke publicly at a pro-abortion rally fifteen years ago.
Keenan claimed a bishop excommunicated her from the church after the rally, but in reality, Keenan met with the bishop privately and his told her the pro-abortion view was out of step with church teaching. She was never prevented from attending a Catholic church.
During the battle earlier this year over choosing a new head of the national Democratic Party, Keenan came under fire for pledging to meet with pro-life former Congressman Tim Roemer. Later she canceled the commitment and met only with the other candidates, all of whom backed abortion.
Despite the controversies, Keenan told the Helena newspaper she vows to continue fighting for abortion and will "never say die."