Behind the Pro-Abortion Jokes, a Somber Assessment that Pro-Life Youth are more numerous and more passionate

By Dave Andrusko

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman

You really can tell a lot about people—and groups–by what they find amusing. This week the pro-abortion site posted on YouTube a duet (complete with ukulele) sung by husband and wife, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. The song was performed earlier this year at the NARAL Pro-choice America Luncheon commemorating the 38th anniversary of the wretched Roe v. Wade decision. ( Huffman, who stars in “Desperate Housewives,”  emceed the luncheon.

This “awesome performance”  by the “Oscar-nominated actors “ was put on YouTube, we’re told, “In honor of the quickly-approaching 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.”

I read a very brief account of the luncheon in which Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told her audience, “If we want to stop the Boehners of the future we must reach the millennial generation.” The “Boehner” is pro-life Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Millennial Generation (a.k.a. Generation Y or Echo Boomers) refers broadly to the more than 70 million Americans board 1977 to 2002.

Keenan is surely correct that this is a hugely important demographic. And she is more to worry about than she may have let on. Roughly a year before she had given an interview to Newsweek in which Keenan let her hair down to reporter Sarah Kliff (now with the Washington Post). Kliff writes of the leadership of the pro-abortion movement that they

“will retire in a decade or so. And what worries Keenan is that she just doesn’t see a passion among the post-Roe generation—at least, not among those on her side. This past January, when Keenan’s train pulled into Washington’s Union Station, a few blocks from the Capitol, she was greeted by a swarm of anti-abortion-rights activists. It was the 37th annual March for Life, organized every year on Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe. ‘I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,’ Keenan recalled. ‘There are so many of them, and they are so young.’ March for Life estimates it drew 400,000 activists to the Capitol this year. [A pro-abortion rally] two months earlier had about 1,300 attendees.

“New NARAL research, conducted earlier this year and released exclusively to NEWSWEEK, only amplified Keenan’s fears. A survey of 700 young Americans showed there was a stark ‘intensity gap’ on abortion. More than half (51 percent) of young voters (under 30) who opposed abortion rights considered it a ‘very important’ voting issue, compared with just 26 percent of abortion-rights supporters; a similar but smaller gap existed among older voters, too. Worse still for NARAL, the millennials surveyed didn’t view abortion as an imperiled right in need of defenders”

So, the attendees at the NARAL luncheon may have yucked it up, but their President understood that it is later than they know. I have reproduced our story about that Newsweek interview and—from NARAL’s perspective—the ominous results of a confidential survey of 700 young Americans , at “Even NARAL Admits There is an ‘Intensity Gap’ Among Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion Youth.”

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