NARAL Pro-Choice America

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NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America (previously the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, and also known as the National Abortion Rights Action League) is committed to advancing pro-choice ideas, taking an offensive approach. Nancy Keenan is the President of NARAL. The 501(c)4 non-profit was founded in 1969.[1]


State Affiliates

The following is a list of the 20 State Affiliates of NARAL Pro-Choice America:[2]

Standing with LeRoy Carhart

"NARAL Stands with Carhart"

On August 28, 2009, late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart and abortion lobby leaders including Emilie Ailts, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado held a press conference in Bellevue, Nebraska. At the conference Ailts stated,[3]

"I am here today on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice America, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, my colleagues in other state affiliates, and the million-plus Americans who are members of the organizations that comprise our network. I am honored to stand in unity with Dr. Carhart and his staff. Their continued courage and commitment against many odds make it possible for women in Nebraska and across the country to make the personal and private decision to access safe, legal abortion care with dignity."

NARAL Pro-Choice America and the following state affiliates signed on to this statement of support for Dr. Carhart, his staff, and his patients:[3]

2010 Support for Carhart

On Dec. 6, 2010, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Jenny Blasdell, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, issued a joint statement reaffirming the organizations’ support for late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart. It was that day that Carhart began committing abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services. The statement reads,[4]

"After Dr. George Tiller was brutally murdered inside his Kansas church in 2009, Dr. LeRoy Carhart stepped up his commitment to provide care to women who face severe health- or life-threatening complications in their pregnancies. Dr. Carhart’s courageous decision to continue serving women and their families after Dr. Tiller’s murder made him the top target of anti-choice groups. These groups organized protests outside his Nebraska-based clinic and used the legislative process to make it more difficult for the women and families he served to access the care he provides in that state. As Dr. Carhart begins his practice in Maryland, we stand behind him and his staff as they provide care to women and families who often are in heart-breaking situations. It is disappointing and outrageous that these patients will have to endure anti-choice harassment outside the health center in order to access the care they need. We are confident that the people of Maryland will support Dr. Carhart and the women he serves. Marylanders will oppose any efforts to make their state the home of the anti-choice threats and intimidation like we have seen in Kansas and Nebraska."

External links


  1. NARAL: About
  2. NARAL: State Affiliates (accessed on Jan. 22, 2012)
  4. NARAL: STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR DR. CARHART, Dec. 6, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 12, 2013)