January 3, 2022

NAF Posts Job Listing for "Intelligence Analyst" to Track Pro-Lifers

A troubling job listing posted by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) on indeed.com shows that the organization is trying to hire an "intelligence analyst" who would create "dossiers" tracking the activities of pro-life activists.

The job description states that the intelligence analyst will "conduct research and gather intelligence on anti-abortion individuals and activities and to work with clinic staff and local, state, and federal law enforcement officials to prevent and respond to incidents of violence and disruption at abortion clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America."

The NAF has a history of lumping violent acts together with peaceful protests and civil disobedience. Each year, the organization collects "violence and disruption" claims from abortion businesses and publishes them in an annual report. Additionally, the report does not clarify who committed the violent or disruptive acts. In 2019, the NAF admitted in court that over 70% of reported incidents were simply trespassing.

This could mark the continuation of a dangerous trend in which pro-lifers are classified as dangerous political actors not too different from terrorists. In the job description, the NAF repeatedly used the phrase "anti-choice extremists" to describe the people the intelligence analyst would be tracking.