Pro-Life Student Group’s New Program Trains Future Leaders Against Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 3, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Student Group’s New Program Trains Future Leaders Against Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 3
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Polling data shows the next two generations of Americans are already more receptive to the pro-life perspective than their parents and grandparents. Capitalizing on that, Students for Life of America is launching a new program to train students leaders against abortion.

SFLA is presenting its first-ever pro-life fellowship program dedicated to training the next generation of national pro-life leaders.

The fellowship is named for William Wilberforce, the famed 18th and 19th century British politician and leader of the British slave trade abolition movement.

The Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship will pair up current student pro-life students considering a career in the pro-life movement with national pro-life leaders who will mentor them in the skills they need to become a national pro-life leader. The fellowship will begin in August of 2010 and last for one year.

“The mission of the Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship is to raise up the next generation of pro-life leaders,” says Kristan Hawkins, the national director of Students for Life of America.

“We want to train student pro-life activists to be leaders on campus and beyond by networking those students with their counterparts in the national pro-life movement to help further develop their skills," she told LifeNews.com today.

In addition to working closely with national pro-life leaders, Wilberforce Leadership Fellows will be given the opportunity to grow their leadership skills and abilities by coordinating and participating in book reviews and discussions, guest lecture series, and projects of high importance.

“We are very excited to offer another way to help develop the leadership skills and abilities in pro-life students," says Hawkins. “We are fully committed to this generation of pro-life leaders. This is the generation that will see Roe v. Wade overturned, and it is our mission to prepare them to do just that.”

The new program will launch in August when all SFLA Wilberforce Leadership Fellows will be flown to Washington D.C. for a weekend training retreat.

The new program comes as a recent Gallup poll showed more Americans saying they are pro-life than "pro-choice."

As LifeNews.com reported, the May 3-6 Gallup poll revealed 47 percent of Americans say they are pro-life on abortion versus 45 percent who say they are "pro-choice," supporting legal abortions.

That included 47 percent of 18-29 year-olds who say they are pro-life, an increase of five percent from the 2008 Gallup figures.

And 45 percent of Americans aged 30-49 said they are pro-life, an increase of three percent from 2008 and an increase of five percent from 2006.

Hawkins also referred to a previous Gallup poll showing in March 23% of Americans aged 18-29 agree that abortion should be illegal in all cases compared with lower numbers in other age categories.

When Gallup starting polling on abortion in the mid-1970s, young adults from 18-29 were the most supportive of legal abortion; today they are the least.

Related web sites:
Students for Life of America – https://www.studentsforlife.org
SFLA Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship – https://www.studentsforlife.org/index.php/fellowship

 

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