Minnesota Students Attend Pro-Life Lobby Day by the Hundreds

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 19, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Minnesota Students Attend Pro-Life Lobby Day by the Hundreds

by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
February 19, 2004

St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — Over 350 students in grades 7-12 gathered at the state Capitol to learn what they can do for the pro-life movement at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Student Day at the Capitol.

Several lawmakers took the time to address the students, including pro-life Governor Tim Pawlenty and pro-life Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon). They called upon the students to take active roles in government in order to protect the vulnerable, including unborn children, their mothers, and people with disabilities.

"It was inspiring," Lydia Grabau, a 12-year-old who attended the event with her school, told LifeNews.com. "I liked Sviggum a lot, he talked a lot about what we could do."

William Poehler of MCCL expressed appreciation of Sviggum’s generous attitude with the students.

"When he spoke to the young people, he encouraged them to know that they are part of the large, mainstream majority in Minnesota who support protective legislation, and that the pro-abortion opponents are the radical fringe — not the other way around, as they try to convince people," said Poehler.

"These young people confirmed what polls across the nation have shown — that our younger generation is extremely pro-life and eager to learn how to establish protective legislation for all innocent human lives," said Scott Fischbach, MCCL executive director. "Today’s young people are especially eager to re-establish a culture of life in which the life of every unborn child is protected by law."

The students also had the chance to lobby for the pro-life cause, as they had the opportunity to speak with their legislators about life issues and the Taxpayer Protection Act, which would cut off state funding of abortion businesses.

Last year, MCCL began the Student Day at the Capitol and had 200 attendees. The increased number of participants is encouraging to pro-life leaders in the state.

"These young people confirmed what polls across the nation have shown — that our younger generation is extremely pro-life and eager to learn how to establish protective legislation for all innocent human lives," said Scott Fischbach, MCCL executive director. "Today’s young people are especially eager to re-establish a culture of life in which the life of every unborn child is protected by law."

Related Sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org