Abortion rights leader steps down from NARAL

May 10, 2012 - 6:15 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a prominent abortion rights group says she's stepping down at the end of the year.

Nancy Keenan, who's chaired the board of directors for NARAL Pro-Choice America for eight years, will leave the nation's oldest abortion rights group after the November elections. The Washington Post reported that she is not renewing her contract because the organization needs younger leaders. She said the group's research shows young Americans are not as passionate about abortion rights as previous generations.

When the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade upholding abortion rights turns 40 next year, NARAL hopes to roll out a more extensive campaign to engage young voters.

The 60-year-old Keenan said that she will spend the next eight months helping abortion rights candidates win elections.