A group of elderly women wearing yellow T-shirts with the word “GRR!” splashed across the front gained public attention recently at the Maine state Capitol as they advocated for abortion, the Free Press reports.
GRR! stands for “Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights.” The group seeks to educate women at the local level about the pro-abortion agenda, and encourage women to speak with their local government officials about supporting abortion and other reproductive health issues. About 40 grandmothers participate in GRR!, according to the report.
Judy Kahrl founded the group after traveling to Africa and noticing young women who postponed family and childbearing for education and career. She said she noticed a disconnect with American society where abortion is more commonplace and yet the “pro-choice” crowd remains largely silent. So, she said she decided to start the local advocacy group GRR! on the Maine homefront.
“Abortion is a sticking point for many because it has become connected to religion,” Kahrl told the Free Press. “It’s not a religious issue. It’s not a Republican or Democratic issue. Reproductive freedom is a human rights issue.”
“This isn’t about us,” Kahrl added. “We’ve had our children and grandchildren. This is for them.”
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Kahrl’s father, Dr. Clarence Gamble, associated with Procter and Gamble, graduated from Harvard Medical School, and later his practice delved into women’s health issues including birth control advocacy, according to the New Maine Times.
Gamble was “good friends” with Margaret Sanger, the founder of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, according to the report. He founded a grassroots organization called “Pathfinder International” devoted to international reproductive health education, including the promotion of abortion. Judy Kahrl sometimes accompanied her father on these trips, the report continued.
For many grandmothers, however, their feelings are quite the opposite about abortion. Many grandmothers are saddened by the abortion of their future grandchildren, the National Catholic Register reports. Special Rachel’s Vineyards retreats have been considered and implemented for grandparents grieving the loss of their aborted grandchildren, the report continues.
“The Rachel’s Vineyard retreat was a powerful experience of healing for me and really went to the heart of my post abortion trauma and grief and helped me to find peace and closure,” one mourning grandmother commented on the Priests for Life blog. “I formed a number of close friendships from that experience and we remained in touch at support group meetings and social events loving and supporting, and praying for one another.”