Younger Generation of Americans Solidly Behind Pro-Life View

Opinion   |   Bill Saunders   |   Jan 20, 2011   |   11:30PM   |   Washington, DC

This past summer, a presenter at the pro-abortion conference, Women Deliver, lamented that the younger generation is not pro-abortion enough.  Abortion advocates, she said, must do a better job to foster an appreciation for abortion in the younger generation.  

The presenter’s concerns reflect positively (and accurately) on young people today and their respect for life.  The majority of young people today recognize that not only does abortion take an innocent human life, but it irreversibly harms women and wreaks havoc on families. 

In fact, a recent Gallup poll showed that Americans between the ages of 18-29 are becoming increasingly pro-life.[1]  This reality should encourage us as we commemorate the tragic day the United States Supreme Court wrongly decided Roe v. Wade.

The younger generation cares about safeguarding all human life, as further evidenced by a new group that began a little over a year ago: Advocates for Life, Americans United for Life’s newest initiative. 

Pro-life law students play a pivotal role in developing a respect for life within the legal profession, particularly on law school campuses.  Moreover, they are essential in the fight to overturn Roe v. Wade.  Our Advocates for Life Chapters foster balanced and open discussion about the fundamental right to life in the legal community and society. 

Last January, following the annual National March for Life, Americans United for Life hosted an inaugural reception for Advocates for Life.  Professor Robert George of Princeton University gave the remarks at the reception, challenging law students and young lawyers to courageously profess their pro-life views and to never compromise their beliefs and values. 

On Monday, January 24th, 2011, Advocates for Life’s law students will gather again on the National Mall to demonstrate their unity in the fight to end the greatest human rights violation of our time.  Monday evening, Americans United for Life will welcome pro-life law students and lawyers to its Second Annual Advocates for Life reception, with special remarks by George Weigel, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Jeanneane Maxon, General Counsel for CareNet.  

The younger generation is indeed working to ensure that the human rights of all human beings are protected, and I applaud their efforts.  Let us not forget: we fight for truth and these young people provide living proof that we are winning the battle.