NARAL, a major pro-abortion group plagued by internal turmoil, just named political activist Mini Timmaraju as its new president.
A first-generation immigrant from India, Timmaraju has a lengthy background in political activism both in the pro-abortion movement and the Democratic Party, according to The Hill.
Most recently, she served as an advisor to President Joe Biden’s administration on diversity, equality, inclusion and accessibility. She also worked for Comcast NBCUniversal.
“I’ve long admired NARAL Pro-Choice America as a political powerhouse that builds power at the state and national level and reaches key constituencies,” Timmaraju said Thursday in a statement.
Timmaraju has been advocating for abortion on demand for years, formerly as director of women’s outreach for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign and as a Planned Parenthood employee.
“We’re not going to let them get away with it,” Timmaraju told the Phoenix New Times in 2015 after Arizona lawmakers introduced a series of pro-life bills. “We’ve seen Arizona Republicans time and time again put politics first and jeopardize the health of women. When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health …”
After being named the head of NARAL on Thursday, Timmaraju vowed to continue fighting “cruel attacks” on abortion.
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“Right now, it is imperative that we elect champions for reproductive freedom and hold accountable those who are trying to roll back abortion access, while centering the communities who bear the brunt of the anti-choice movement’s cruel attacks on reproductive freedom,” she said in a statement.
The Hill described NARAL as “one of the most powerful” pro-abortion groups in the United States. Nearly 50 years ago, it helped usher in legalized abortion on demand across America. Now, it tries to malign the vital work of pro-life pregnancy centers and elect pro-abortion politicians who support abortions without limits up to birth, paid for by American taxpayers.
But NARAL appears to be imploding. Last year, staffers accused former president Ilyse Hogue and other leaders of racism, according to Fox News. Hogue quit in May. Her most noticeable action was when she celebrated aborting her unborn baby in a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Then, this summer, The Huffington Post reported about outrage among the 11 state NARAL affiliates after the national board of directors announced plans to take away some of their power.
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.