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  • 1. Presentation By: Amber Strand & Jane Wang
  • 2. Objectives
    • To understand the goal and purpose of NARAL.
    • To see the different activities NARAL is involved in, in order to promote its interest.
    • To understand its involvement in the political process.
    • To encourage more activists that believe in the cause to join and participate.
  • 3. History/Background
    • NARAL Pro-Choice America is a pro-choice organization in the United States that engages in political action to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion.
    • The group was founded in 1968 by Barry Nathanson, Larry Lader and Betty Friedan as the National Association for the Repeal of abortion Laws.
    • In 1973, Roe vs. Wade , a case in which the United States Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to privacy in reproductive decisions including abortion, NARAL changed its name to National Abortion Rights Action League, then to National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League.
  • 4. What NARAL Does
    • NARAL Pro-Choice America is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and has approximately 30 state affiliates.
    • NARAL Pro-Choice America also sponsors public sex education and tracks state and national legislation affecting laws regarding abortion, women’s health and reproductive rights.
  • 5. General Information
    • NARAL Pro-Choice America elects pro-choice candidates through PAC support, direct voter contact and political expertise.
    • NARAL uses innovative online organizing methods to mobilize pro-choice Americans in all 50 states.
    • NARAL fights relentless onslaught of anti-choice policies and legislation introduced in Congress and works with pro-choice legislators in support of bills to protect a woman’s right to choose and expand women’s access to reproductive-health care.
  • 6.
    • NARAL pursues state-based organizing, advocacy and constituency building in coordination with its state affiliate network.  State affiliates work to advance pro-choice legislative strategies and defeat anti-choice measures in their state legislatures, elect pro-choice candidates, and educate and engage the public on choice issues.
    • NARAL pursues state-based organizing, advocacy and constituency building in coordination with its state affiliate network.  State affiliates work to advance pro-choice legislative strategies and defeat anti-choice measures in their state legislatures, elect pro-choice candidates, and educate and engage the public on choice issues.
    General Info Continued...
  • 7. NARAL Activities
    • Support for a pro-choice presidential candidate.
    • Recruit Voting Member for the 2008 elections
    • Urge state Legislation
    • to be passed to protect
    • women’s right .
                                                                          Becky with petitions during the University of Montana - Missoula day of action.
  • 8.
    • In an ad targeting U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, NARAL claimed that while U.S. Deputy Solicitor-General, Roberts supported "violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber." While Roberts did argue before the Supreme Court that a 19th-century statute directed against the KKK did not apply to those protesting outside abortion clinics, the case in question occurred almost seven years before the bombing pictured in the ad and was unrelated to clinic bombings. The ad was retracted under pressure from other pro-choice groups as undercutting the credibility of the abortion rights cause.
    • In 2004, the organization sponsored the March for Women's Lives.
  • 9. Political Standing
    • Liberal/Moderate standing.
    • Leans towards the Democrat Party, due to pro-choice party platform.
  • 10. NARAL Pro-Choice America Calls On Independent Voters To Back a Pro- Choice Democartic Candidate
    • All of the Republicans running for president have supported anti-choice policies.
    • John McCain, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee are so extreme that they want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade which could make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest.
    • Huckabee has said he'd support a constitutional amendment, versions of which could outlaw not only abortion, but birth control, stem cell research and in vitro fertilization, too.
    • All the Democratic candidates running for president are pro-choice and will support and defend a woman's right to choose.
  • 11. Issues
    • NARAL believes that the right to choose is about more than a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion. They believe the freedom of choice encompasses preventing unintended pregnancy through sex education and improved access to birth control, defending a woman’s right to bear healthy children, defending the independence of our nation’s courts, an addressing the inequities in reproductive health care.
    • The have views on different issues including abortion, birth control and sex education.
  • 12. Issues Continued...
    • Abortion: NARAL fights to protect the right to safe, legal abortion.
    • Birth Control: NARAL believes that improving access to birth control is the most important thing to deal with because it will prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion.
    • Sex Education: NARAL supports honest, age appropriate, and medically accurate sex education that teaches both abstinence and information about contraception.
  • 13.
    • Bush nominated anti-birth-control activist Eric Keroack to lead family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Bush has nominated far-right conservatives to the Supreme Court and lower federal courts who are determined to roll back reproductive rights.
    • The president's Justice Department, while under the leadership of John Ashcroft, tried to rifle through women's private medical records.
    • He doubled the funding for unproven "abstinence-only" programs that deny young people accurate information on how to protect themselves.
    • President Bush's FDA appointees overruled medical experts to deny women over-the-counter access to the "morning-after" pill.
    • Bush cut off family-planning aid for clinics abroad. He continues to limit access to reproductive-health care at home.
  • 14.
    • The House of Representatives are now under pro-choice leadership – however, Congress is still dominated by an anti-choice majority.
    • Congress has voted 54 times on choice-related issues since President Bush took office in 2001.  Pro-choice Americans have lost all but 10 of those votes. 
    • Since 2003, Congress has acted on five separate anti-choice free-standing bills.  Three – the Federal Abortion Ban, the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act," and the Federal Refusal Clause - were signed into law by President Bush.
    • From 1995 to 2006, when anti-choice lawmakers had control of Congress, they worked relentlessly to make abortion more difficult and dangerous. Making matters worse, they did nothing to make abortion less necessary.
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