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Friday, April 23, 2010

Reality Hurts

Running into reality can be rather painful. 

The first step a person has to make in recognizing a problem is to admit that the problem exists.  And it seems that NARAL, after a bit of a painful face-plant, is admitting it has a problem:  their group (and others like it) is failing to attract young members.

From Catholic Online:  NARAL's President Admits:  Abortion Supporters Aging, Pro-lifers Young and Zealous
WASHINGTON, DC (LifeSiteNews.com) - The pro-life movement in America is growing in leaps and bounds, attracting young, zealous women to defend the unborn in droves - a fact that even the president of NARAL has now admitted.

NARAL's Nancy Keenan told Newsweek last week that she considers herself a member of the "postmenopausal militia" - a phrase that captures the situation of pro-abortion leaders who are aging across the board, including the leadership of Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women. Newsweek's Sarah Kliff notes that "these leaders will retire in a decade or so." 

Keenan also remarked on the enormity of this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C., and, according to Newsweek, is troubled that such passion has faded among the youth on her side of the movement.

"I just thought, my gosh, they are so young," Keenan said about stumbling on this year's March for Life in Washington. "There are so many of them, and they are so young." 

While March for Life estimates it drew 400,000 pro-lifers to Washington for this year's March, Planned Parenthood's "Stop Stupak" rally in December only drew about 1,300 attendees.
Post-menopausal militia?  They're not fighters and battlers - unless you want to call them mercenaries.  They're more like the Antediluvian Agents of Death and Dismemberment.

What I find amazing is that she's finally coming to the painful realization that the pro-life groups are full of young, vibrant, active, enthusiastic people.  The young pro-lifers realize that the Antediluvian Agents of Death and Dismemberment have killed off one-quarter to one-third of their generation, and they're committed to not subjecting the next generation to the same deadly fate.  While Keenan's group and other pro-abortion groups have been motivated by anger and hatred, the pro-life groups have love and compassion at their core.  Which is more appealing - groups of gray-haired grisly gruesome gripers who deny the humanity of the unborn child, or the vibrancy and vitality of the youth who embrace both mother and child - AND pray for the conversion of those mired in the pro-abortion swamp?

Even the attempts of the Antediluvian Agents of Death and Dismemberment to recruit college-age members are miserable failures:
Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America told LSN that the fears expressed by the pro-abortion giant are playing out visibly on college campuses, where she says pro-life groups are routinely more vigorous and longer-lasting than pro-abortion groups.

"That's exactly what we see every day on college campuses," said Hawkins. "We'll have pro-choice groups that spring up in reaction to the pro-life groups that are started on campus and those groups, they last maybe a year. The only purpose they serve is to be reactionary towards our pro-life students."

Hawkins noted that groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Feminist Majority Network struggle to maintain campus chapters. "They all are incredibly well-funded, have a lot more money than Students for Life of America, yet none of them can [keep] active groups," she said.
I find this story deliciously ironic - the AADD have aborted themselves into near-oblivion and struggle to fill their depleting ranks.  They're in denial and in panic mode, seemingly clueless as to the reason why.  Meanwhile, the survivors are growing by leaps and bounds, and by God's grace, may have the sheer numbers in a generation to completely overwhelm the pro-abortion opposition.  That gives me hope.
Young women, said (Kristin) Walker, (Communications Director of the American Life League), "aren't looking at the Nancy Keenans of the world and thinking - 'I want to be just like her some day.'" "They're looking at the joy that comes with selflessly embracing life and human rights and dignity," she said. 

That about sums it up.