National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)

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National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
President:Ilyse Hogue
Year created:1969
NARAL Pro-Choice America (pronounced "NAY-ral") is a pro-choice organization in the United States that "...uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion."[1] NARAL is often used as a short form of the name.


NARAL began in 1969 as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. Following the Supreme Court Decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, NARAL became the National Abortion Rights Action League. Through the years, NARAL has held demonstrations and worked to pass legislation protecting reproductive freedom. In 2003, NARAL changed their name again to NARAL-Pro Choice America.[2]

2014 elections

As of October 2013, there is no 2014 elections information available.

2012 elections

According to, NARAL spent $1,710,358 in the 2012 election cycle. Open Secrets analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:[3]

The success rate of NARAL's 2012 spending.

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, NARAL supported the following candidates:[4]

Targeted candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, NARAL opposed the following candidates:[5]


National Abortion Rights Action League spent a grand total of $1,710,358 in the 2012 election. Of that money, $565,809 was spent for Democrats, $0 was against Democrats, $5 was for Republicans, and $1,144,544 was used against Republicans. [6]

Top 10 largest NARAL expenditures in 2012[6]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Mitt Romney Republican Party N/A President $0 $975,382 $975,382
Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $501,432 $0 $501,432
Todd Akin Republican Party MO Senate $0 $60,581 $60,581
Jon Tester Democratic Party MT Senate $41,059 $0 $41,059
Denny Rehberg Republican Party MT Senate $0 $39,525 $39,525
Tony Strickland Republican Party CA House $5 $20,192 $20,197
Michele Bachmann Republican Party MN House $0 $11,482 $11,482
Julia Brownley Democratic Party CA House $7,394 $0 $7,394
Richard Mourdock Republican Party IN Senate $0 $6,885 $6,885
Rick Santorum Republican Party N/A President $0 $5,031 $5,031


NARAL only partially releases their list of donors. As of October 2013, no specific contributors over $1000 had been disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.[7]

Recent news

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