As Americans approach the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and mourn 60 million dead unborn babies resulting from that decision, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini described abortion as the “social justice cause of our time.”
Mancini told the Catholic News Service that the killing of unborn babies is “the single most significant” cause of today because of the devastating impact it has had on our nation.
Despite the devastation, Mancini said the thousands of young people who attend the march every year give her hope.
“Young people are attracted to this cause because it is the single most critical social justice issue of our time,” she said. “They are so enthusiastic — it is contagious! … I see it as attractive unbridled zeal for ending abortion and building a culture of life.”
Even abortion activists have noted the enthusiasm of young pro-life advocates, though worriedly. Back in 2010, Nancy Keenan, president of the radical pro-abortion group NARAL, expressed concern after seeing the huge crowds of young people at the March for Life.
“There are so many of them, and they are so young,” Keenan said at the time.
A 2010 poll by NARAL also found that young pro-life voters (51 percent) are much more likely to consider abortion a “very important” voting issue than young pro-choice voters (26 percent).
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Perhaps it is because so many young people are aware that they have lost peers – some even siblings – to abortion. They have seen the hurt that it caused to friends or family, or even felt it themselves.
They are aware, thanks to modern science, that unborn babies are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception and that, by the end of the first trimester, they already have heartbeats, brain waves and their own unique fingerprints.
It could also have to do with the values behind the other social justice causes that young people learn about in school, in the media, in politics and culture – human beings are valuable. Their skin color, their physical and mental abilities, their gender, their country of origin, their religion – none of these things make a human being less valuable. And social justice warriors fight so that these people receive the value and justice and rights that they deserve. So, it does not make sense when they exclude babies in the womb from that mission.
In huge numbers, young people are recognizing that unborn babies also are human beings worthy of protection, justice and love.
The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. is scheduled for Friday. Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from across the United States are expected to attend.