NARAL Bean Counter Claims Pro-Abortion Group in Financial Crunch for 2009

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

NARAL Bean Counter Claims Pro-Abortion Group in Financial Crunch for 2009

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 16
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — To believe or not to believe, that is the question facing recipients of fundraising letters when they hear from organizations that money is desperately needed. Whether the claim is just a play for more cash or not, the top financial officer at NARAL says the leading pro-abortion group is in dire financial straits.

John Botts, the Chief Financial Officer, is the author of the most recent fundraising letter sent to NARAL’s donors.

The group claimed it would spend millions on the 2008 elections and, combined with the recent economic downturn, Botts says the organization needs a large infusion of cash or it will have to cut back on its 2009 agenda.

"Like everyone these days, NARAL Pro-Choice America is operating on a shoe-string budget," Botts says of the multi-million dollar pro-abortion group. "Our hard work this past election severely depleted our resources."

"I’m going to be candid; our efforts to move pro-choice legislation and policies forward in 2009 are a non-starter without you," he says.

"Unless people like you step up with a few extra dollars, we will have to make tough decisions about which issues we work on… and which issues we have to abandon due to lack of resources," Botts adds.

One of the agenda items Botts claims could be affected is a potential NARAL campaign to lobby members of Congress to overturn a Bush administration policy protecting medical centers and staff from being forced to do abortions.

"Nancy has told me about our office’s plan to work with President-elect Obama and our friends in Congress to overturn this new regulation, but that plan hinges on what we have in the bank," Botts writes.

"We accomplished a lot in 2008 . But our electoral success came at a steep price," he admits.

Botts concludes his plea for funds with a promise that he and NARAL president Nancy Keenan will spend their donations wisely.

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