Last week there was a lot of buzz about a teenage conservative who made a splash when he spoke at a conference and became the darling of the conservative – and liberal – media. The liberal media especially propped him up as a parlor trick. Conservatives were amused by his earnestness. Liberals were amused by the stereotype of the conservative nerd in a little suit and tie.
At the old age of 17, he has since declared that he is no longer a conservative and is embarrassed by his political past. Unfortunately, this led to many on the right declaring that it was wrong to promote him and that students have no business being promoted by conservative organizations. I think this is a mistake. Exhibit B in the case for encouraging student activists: Lila Rose.
In 2004, at the age of 15, Rose started Live Action, a youth-oriented organization dedicated to eradicating abortion and promoting a culture of life. She set her sights on Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, and secretly recorded several visits to their clinics. At age 18, she went to a local Planned Parenthood and posed as a 15 year-old who was pregnant by her 23 year-old boyfriend. Workers are required by law to report any instance of statutory rape. Instead, a Planned Parenthood worker suggested she lie about her age in order to go through with the abortion.
In a visit to another clinic, Rose posed as a 13 year-old who was impregnated by a 31 year-old man. Even though the clinic worker said she was supposed to report to Child Protective Services, she eventually said, “Okay, I didn't hear the age. I don't want to know the age. It could be reported as rape. And that's child abuse.” In a place where abortion is the biggest commodity, it’s no surprise that other evils are dismissed. At Planned Parenthood, if a girl is raped and no one makes a sound, it didn’t exist.
Rose has spoken at many pro-life events and won numerous awards for her activism. Her newest project is Protect Our Girls, an effort to ban sex-selection abortion in America. Her activism and mission to end abortion should be an inspiration to student and adult activists alike. The conservative movement should do all they can to encourage other students like Lila Rose.
1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
The Prince of Egypt. Kid and adult friendly.
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
"Every man dies, but not every man really lives." —Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheart
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