I guess you were the only one who didn’t know:
[M]any in the abortion rights community — which has been divided by tactical disagreements over the years — also recognize they were outmaneuvered by adversaries who understood the basic anti-abortion arithmetic of abortion votes in the House.
“I think Pelosi, NARAL and Planned Parenthood knew the reality — but a lot of other people had unrealistic expectations with Nancy Pelosi running the House and Barack Obama in the White House,” says a longtime abortion rights lobbyist.
“I think it awakened the rest of the pro-choice community and women around the country to the reality that we remain very much under threat. … We were ambushed to some extent.”
And who is reaping the benefits of this “realism?” From Roll Call ($):
NARAL Pro-Choice America also issued a call for money on its Web site to finance the lobbying effort in Washington.
“Your secure online donation today will be put to work immediately to help urge the Senate to pass health care reform without denying services to millions of women whose private plans already cover reproductive-health care, in addition to supporting all our work on behalf of women’s reproductive health,” the message stated.
NARAL would not disclose how much money it has raised since the plea went out. But the group’s spokesman, Ted Miller, called the member response “incredible on all levels.”
On Monday, NARAL President Nancy Keenan delivered a petition to Reid asking him to resist pressure to include House anti-abortion language sponsored by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts(R-Pa.).
NARAL worked with People for the American Way to collect 97,218 signatures on the petition.
So, NARAL is list building and fund raising off a crisis. Where have I heard that before? Hmm…let me think:
“NARAL Pro-Choice America surpassed its fundraising goals in the hours following Justice O’Connor’s announcement,” said President Nancy Keenan. Donors “are deeply concerned that President Bush will choose to further divide this nation by nominating a radical right-wing conservative.”
Moderation is not the tone of fundraising appeals in the nomination contest. “This is big, people. Huge,” NARAL wrote to supporters. “It’s true, there is no freedom without choice. Without choice, we are not free.”
NARAL sat out the Alito fight. Lincoln Chaffee played a critical part in putting Alito on the bench as part of the Gang of 14 who voted for cloture. NARAL subsequently put Lincoln Chaffee on their board.
The choice lobby is at the front of the line to become the new anti-handgun lobby. Remember that one? Yeah, most people don’t. But no need to worry about the choice leadership, who have secured the favor of the Democratic establishment over the years. They’ll probably continue to do quite well.