Salon Talks with Nancy Keenan
We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in a mere two and a half weeks. We know that having won women the right to choose safe and legal abortion is not enough. Our fight will never be over until all women can access the health care they need no matter where they live or how much money they make.
At the same time as we honor this pivotal anniversary, here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, our own Nancy Keenan's tenure as president is coming to a close.
In a new interview with Salon, Nancy talks about what it means to trust women to decide whether or not to access abortion care:
"None of us can walk in another woman's shoes. None of us knows the situation that she is in. None of us know what her feelings are. It is a complexity for every woman. It is not something that is done cavalierly. It is not. She thinks about it. As I've said to many elected officials, women hear their gods. They don't need to be listening to the gods of politicians."
Salon also spoke with Nancy about the importance of the millennial generation in protecting Roe for the next 40 years. She describes our research in this way:
"If you put five pro-choice millennials in a room...one of them would vote their pro-choice values as a very critical factor for them, but if you put five anti-choice millennials in a room, almost two of them would vote their anti-choice values [based on our research]."
This point is exactly why Nancy decided to retire at this critical moment in the history of women's rights. As Nancy told The Washington Post back in May:
"There's an opportunity for a new and younger leader.... It's time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.... People give a lot of lip service to how we're going to engage the next generation, but we can't just assume it will happen on its own."
In the coming months and years, we look forward to talking with the one in five millennials who have already made choice their number one issue to, in turn, work to increase that number significantly.