Pro-Abortion Women: We Need Men to Salvage the "Pro-Choice" Movement

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Women: We Need Men to Salvage the "Pro-Choice" Movement

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 29
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Newsweek recently interviewed the president of NARAL about its research showing the next two generation of Americans are more pro-life than the ones before them. In a follow-up to the article, Newsweek interviewed several different young pro-abortion activists.

They, and NARAL president Nancy Keenan, agreed on one theme: they need men to save the future of the pro-abortion women’s movement.

Amanda Marcotte, a pro-abortion blogger at Pandragon, noticed the lack of supportive men among her ranks.

"NARAL polled young people, and yet only women are held accountable for fighting for reproductive rights. When the anti-choice side pulls energy from both men and women … and pro-choicers can only look to women, we’re already running at half capacity," she complained.

Meg Massey, a blogger at Feminism 2.0, agreed, saying, "Amanda’s right that we need to involve more pro-choice men."

Erin Matson, the action vice president at National Organization for Women said focusing more on men was a "great point."

Keenan took their comments and ran with them by suggesting abortion advocates need more help from men and then attacking them as typically speaking out from the pro-life perspective.

"I agree with Amanda’s point about needing men to become more vocal on our issue–she’s right on point. The perception is that men are the loud, boisterous, and ever-present faces of the anti-choice movement (Mike Huckabee, Randall Terry, Rick Santorum), while women are the leaders of the pro-choice movement," the lamented.

"And yet, if we are to win in the political arena, we simply cannot move pro-choice legislation, defeat anti-choice attacks, and protect Roe v. Wade unless we engage both genders," Keenan told Newsweek.

"That’s why our research included focus groups with men. We need all voters—women and men—to connect their personal experiences or the experiences of women in their lives to the political action of voting pro-choice," Keenan continued.

NARAL and abortion advocates are so desperate for men to save the pro-abortion movement that polls are showing is losing more and more supporters that recruiting men is "our next step in this research project," Keenan told the magazine.

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