In an often cited 2012 interview, the former president of the radical pro-abortion group NARAL lamented that the pro-life movement was attracting so many young people, while the pro-abortion movement was growing old and gray.
A new pro-abortion group in Maine is recruiting the old, graying crowd that former NARAL president Nancy Keenan was worried about. It’s called Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!).
The Bangor Daily News recently profiled the leader of the pro-abortion grannies group, Julia Kahrl. She grew up in a privileged, pro-abortion household. Her grandfather, James Gamble, was the co-founder of Procter & Gamble, and her father, Clarence Gamble, was a doctor who worked with Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, according to the report. (A side note, it was in a letter to Kahrl’s father that Sanger exposed her racist intentions with the infamous line, “We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population …”) Clarence later began an international organization called Pathfinder Fund to push abortions and birth control as population control measures in developing countries. Most of Pathfinder’s funding comes from federal taxpayer dollars, the report states.
It was through her work with Pathfinder that Kahrl decided to begin the pro-abortion grannies group. She told the newspaper that while visiting Mozambique in 2013, she learned about a group of grandmothers who were working to educate their communities about birth control.
“And the light came on,” Kahrl said.
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Back in Maine, she began Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights, which has about 30 active members, according to the report. The grannies group lobbies against state measures requiring parental consent for minors, bans on later term abortions and basic health and safety regulations for abortion facilities, among other things. Despite strong public support for these measures, Kahrl claimed the proposals are medically unnecessary and expensive.
In recent years, “I had been feeling anxious about the ongoing efforts to restrict access to abortion and birth control,” Kahrl said. “Whenever any subordinate group gains power, the dominant group pushes back. We see this backlash happening now against the black community, and we see it happening against women.”
GRR! members wear yellow T-shirts when they lobby legislators, and send thank you notes when legislators vote pro-abortion, according to the report. They also work with other pro-abortion groups to push their agenda.
“People don’t expect to see a bunch of grandmothers in yellow T-shirts show up at a demonstration or a rally, talking about these issues, but it seems to have an impact,” Kahrl told the newspaper. “I guess everyone knows you don’t mess around with grandmothers.”
The group says on its website that it is fighting to preserve the “reproductive rights” that women have gained in the past few decades – so-called rights that these grandmothers said they did not have as young women before Roe v. Wade.
“We are frustrated that despite our past efforts, our daughters and granddaughters may still be denied their reproductive rights,” Kahrl said in a message on the GRR! website. “At the same time, we’ve been inspired by grandmothers around the world taking action to make the world a better place for younger generations. We know grandmothers have great power. And so we have decided to act.”
But they are using that power to encourage the destruction of their own grandchildren’s lives. More than 58 million unborn babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided in 1973. Thousands of women also have been injured and killed along with their babies in what are supposed to be safe, legal “medical procedures.”
These old ladies’ abortion advocacy comes at time when many of their children and grandchildren are rejecting the notion that abortion is a right. More young adults are taking a strong stand for the rights of unborn babies. Across the nation, hundreds of pro-life student clubs are popping up in high schools and colleges. Polls also have indicated an “intensity gap” on abortion, with young pro-lifers more active in the cause than young pro-abortion advocates.
Thanks to modern technology and pro-life efforts, more young people are recognizing that unborn babies are human beings who deserve a right to life.