Pro-Life Movement Winning Thanks to Students, Young Adults

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Nov 3, 2011   |   1:11PM   |   Washington, DC

I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to share with you a wonderful article that was published in The Weekly Standard earlier this week.

Is it an interesting read about the state of the current pro-life movement and exciting to see Students for Life’s work mentioned by name. However, what was most thrilling to me was the theme present through the entire article: We are winning, and the youth of America are leading the charge.

“Opponents of abortion are rarely interviewed on television these days. It’s much harder to get on TV than it used to be,’ says Charmaine Yoest, who heads Americans United for Life. Bookers of guests for news shows tell her, ‘We don’t want to talk about abortion. We’re tired of it.’

Perhaps the mainstream media are simply incapable of covering more than one social issue at a time. For the moment, the conflict over gay marriage and gays in the military is monopolizing media coverage, TV and print alike. Abortion is barely an afterthought.

There’s an upside to this for the pro-life movement, a benefit of benign neglect. Foes of gay rights are now seen by the press as fighting the bad war, roughly analogous to Vietnam. Pro-lifers are waging the good war, like World War II. ‘You get much less grief fighting against abortion than you do fighting to preserve traditional marriage,’ says Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

If only the media knew. They have missed the most important breakthrough in the struggle over abortion in years: the resurgence of the pro-life crusade. The press elite was beaten on the story by publications such as Christianity Today (‘The New Pro-Life Surge’) and Baptist Press (‘5 Reasons the Pro-Life Movement is Winning‘).” Continue reading…

The article repeats what I often say, that this new generation is the most pro-life generation since abortion was legalized in 1973.  And they see abortion not just as a political or religious issue, but rather a fundamental human rights violation.   

And while this article highlights how far our movement has come, it also reminds me of how much work is still left to be done.

Polls confirm that America’s young people ARE pro-life but thanks to radical professors and targeted Planned Parenthood campaigns, they, more often then not, find it hard to stand strong for their beliefs.

That’s why the need for Students for Life is so great.

We help these young people on college campuses stay pro-life despite the pressures they face and encourage other young people to join our side.  We do this by educating students on the issues as well as providing them with resources they need to educate others on campus and on help women they encounter who are facing a crisis pregnancy.

In short, we are working night and day to equip the pro-life generation so that they will be the unabashed pro-life leaders of tomorrow.  So, that they will lead the charge for an end to abortion in America.