Jun 212012
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/10/12 6:18 PM


NARAL’s pro-abortion president, Nancy Keenan, announced today she will resign her position at the end of the year to help the pro-abortion group overcome one of the problems plaguing the pro-abortion movement – a lack of young leaders.

Emily Buchanan, of the Susan B. Anthony List, told LifeNews that a change at the top doesn’t affect the fact that younger Americans are trending pro-life.

“No change in leadership will change the fact that NARAL and their pro-abortion allies are losing ground. Polls show more and more Americans moving to the pro-life position and state legislatures taking on increasing measures to protect Life. NARAL’s position of abortion for any reason, any time, paid for taxpayers simply does not resonate with the American public,” she said.

Keenan talked with the Washington Post about the need to recruit the younger generation to promote abortion.

In recent years, Keenan has worried about an “intensity gap” on abortion rights among millennials, which the group considers to be the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1991. While most young, antiabortion voters see abortion as a crucial political issue, NARAL’s own internal research does not find similar passion among abortionrights supporters. If the pro-choice movement is to successfully defend abortion rights, Keenan contends, it needs more young people in leadership roles, including hers.

“There’s an opportunity for a new and younger leader,” Keenan said during a Wednesday interview in her downtown Washington office. “Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It’s time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.”

A 2010 internal NARAL survey examined the views of young Americans and found a stark “intensity gap” on abortion. Some 51 percent of the under 30 voters who are pro-life call opposing abortion a “very important” voting issue compared with just 26 percent of abortion backers. The poll found a pro-life gap, too, with older voters but it was smaller.

At that time, Keenan talked about the emerging pro-life generation with Newsweek and said her concern is that abortion advocates are dominated by women over the age of 50 and that younger generations aren’t filling the ranks of pro-abortion groups the same way young pro-life advocates are getting involved in the pro-life community.

Anecdotally, Keenan related the story of getting off her train in Washington during the weekend of the March for Life, which saw 400,000 pro-life advocates fill the nation’s capital to rally against abortion.

She saw huge numbers of teenagers and young adults that she doesn’t typically see at pro-abortion rallies.

“I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” Keenan recalled. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

The NARAL survey Newsweek obtained also showed the millennials surveyed did not view abortion as an important right that needed defending.

However, it contained an important nuance that pro-life advocates must confront as they move to build a consensus towards protecting unborn children by law.

“Millennials are more likely than their boomer parents to see abortion as a moral issue. In the NARAL focus groups, young voters flat-out disapproved of a woman’s abortion, called her actions immoral, yet maintained that the government had absolutely no right to intervene,” Newsweek indicated.

That means the next generation of America’s business, government and society leaders generally oppose abortion but are unwilling to make abortions illegal. The pro-life movement must work to shift the culture towards protecting unborn children under law if it is to seize on the pro-life open-mindedness of the next generation.

To that end, the pro-life movement has successfully utilized ultrasounds to shift public opinion – something former NARAL president Kate Michelman acknowledged in her own interview with Newsweek.

“The technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being,” she said. “The other side has been able to use the technology to its own end.”

Jun 212012

Recent government Mandate ruling requires that almost all medical insurance plans cover contraceptives including some that are abortifacients.. The only exceptions are church organizations. However, church related organizations like hospitals and colleges as well as any business owner who provides employees with health insurance will be forced to comply. The Catholic bishops as well as many other religious leaders see this as a serious violation of our freedom of religion.

In response, the bishops are proposing a “Fortnight for Freedom,” in which bishops in their own dioceses might arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending our first freedom. Our Catholic institutions also could be encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths, and indeed, all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.

They are suggesting that the fourteen days from June 21 to July 4th be a special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action that would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose dates in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witnessing for religious liberty.. The details have not yet been defined, but we are recommending that our members participate in any way they can.

Jun 212012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting a Religious Liberty Conference as a part of this Fortnight for Freedom, It will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9:00am to 12:30pm. It will be repeated on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 12:00pm to 3:30pm. The cost is $15.00. Lunch will be served. Please register at: prolife@adphila.org or 215-587-5661. Questions can be directed to: Steven Bozza, Respect Life Office, 215- 587-5661, sbozza@adphila.org or Meghan Cokeley, Office for Formation of the Laity, 215-587-5630, mcokeley@adphila.org

Jun 212012

Volunteers are needed to support our pro-life effort at Chester County Turks Head Music Festival. which is held in Everhart Park at 100 South Brandywine St. in West Chester and runs from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on July 15. We need to have at least 2, and preferably 3 members at all times. Volunteers are asked to spend 1 or perhaps 2 hours. We erect a canopy over tables containing pro-life materials such as pamphlets, newspapers, bumper stickers, fetal models, books etc. We encourage passersby to consider our information, take what they want and explain to them the pro-life mission.. To volunteer call Ed Taylor on 610-836-2243 or email our office at info@chescoprolife.org

Jun 212012

Candlelight prayer vigil will be held at several Delaware Valley abortion facilities on Friday, July 13, from 9:00 p.m. until 11 p.m. The vigils will be preceded by an 8 pm Mass at a nearby church. Area Pro-lifers will gather to pray to God that the scourge of abortion might be lifted from our land.

In Chester County,
Mass will be celebrated at: St. Agnes Chapel
231 W. Gay Street West Chester
Reverend Christopher Rogers will be the main celebrant
and homilist
We invite all of our beloved priests to concelebrate. Prayer Vigil Location

Please plan to spend part of this night in prayer and reparation at this abortion facility.

Any questions, contact: Jack O’Brien (610)692-2122

Jun 142012
Chester County Voices Abroad

Friday, June 29th at 8:00 pm

SS. Simon & Jude Church

Rts 3 &352, West Chester

Returning from their tour of Ireland and Scotland, this
talented group of local high school students will be
giving a benefit concert for Chester County Pro-Life
Coalition. Under the direction of Marge Campbell, they
will offer an evening of inspiring music sure to leave
you in awe. You don’t want to miss this!

Admission is free. An offering will be taken.

Jun 142012

First Benefit Banquet for Generation Life : at “the Deck” at Harbor Pointe in Essington, 101 Taylor Ave, 5:30 – 7:30PM ($50 pp; $ 25 for students). Come and join us for an exciting night ! Big announcement will be made! You don’t want to miss this vibrant group of young people who have brought the messages of chastity and sanctity of life to over 60.000 people this school year! For more information contact Uta Trogele utrogele@generationlife.org

Jun 122012

The Chester County Womens Services (CCWS) is urgently in need of a new ultrasound machine and the Knights at St Max have a program in place to purchase a replacement, but they need your financial help to do so. They need to raise $14K as soon as possible. They are receiving contributions froim all the local K of C councils, but are also requesting contributions from any individuals who wish to participate.

Checks should be payable to:
Knights of Columbus Council 11319, and “CCWS Ultrasound Machine” should be noted on the memo portion.

They should be sent to:
St. Maximillian Kolbe Council 11319
15 East Pleasant Grove Rd. West Chester, PA 19382
Att. Jim Fongheiser