NARAL Pro-Choice America, a group that helped usher in legalized abortion on demand, appears to be imploding.
Last year, staffers accused NARAL president Ilyse Hogue and other leaders of racism, according to Fox News. Hogue later left the organization.
Now, The Huffington Post reports the pro-abortion group’s 11 state affiliates are upset after the national board of directors announced plans to take away some of their power.
According to the report: “HuffPost first heard about the issue from a spokesperson and a lawyer representing the interests of all 11 affiliates. They said they weren’t meaningfully included in the decision and are being pushed out of the network at a time when state issues are more important than ever.”
NARAL boasts of being the oldest pro-abortion group in the U.S. with 2.5 million members and a revenue of about $25 million in 2020.
It was founded in 1969, four years before the U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand through Roe v. Wade. One of its founders, Dr. Bernard Nathanson later quit his abortion practice and became pro-life. Nathanson exposed some of the lies that NARAL and other pro-abortion groups told to pressure the country to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Five decades later, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could overturn Roe, NARAL and other abortion advocacy groups are panicking.
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Apparently, the NARAL board of directors thought that one of the best ways to prepare for a future without widespread abortion on demand would be to centralize power. But its plan, released in June, has its affiliates furious, according to the Huffington Post.
Here’s more from the report:
In late June, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a new five-year “Strategic Roadmap,” a plan that its board of directors say will put it on a course to “become more proactive, more powerful, and more inclusive,” according to a copy of the document obtained by HuffPost.
… [I]t’s the decision to get rid of its affiliate network that is causing the most conflict.
NARAL currently has 11 state affiliates, which are independent organizations tied to the national organization. They set their own agendas and raise their own funds ― with some money coming from national ― while working with the other state affiliates and the national group.
As the Strategic Roadmap lays out, NARAL intends to turn to a “chapter” model, meaning the state groups will lose their independence and become NARAL staffers.
NARAL board member Kimberly Peeler-Allen said their goal is to ensure they have “a uniform message.” The change also would prevent affiliates from getting “bogged down” with HR and payroll so that they can focus on state-level abortion advocacy, she said.
But two other board members quit because of the plan, and some affiliates may, too, according to the report.
Kellie Copeland, who runs the NARAL Ohio affiliate, said they will not become a NARAL chapter.
“There was no transparency from them in this process,” Copeland told the news outlet. “We would have no reason to believe that they would make Ohio a priority. They have not been involved in our work. I have no reason to think that that would change.”
What will happen in the coming months is not certain, but there is growing hope for the future of unborn babies in America.