Radical liberals—including elected officials like N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo—like to portray pro-lifers as “extreme” and out of touch, proponents of backward thinking and intolerance. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton send the same message, as well as many in the "establishment" of the GOP.
While these aging liberals in both political parties have been out partying with the Planned Parenthood crowd, they have failed to see the sensitivities that the younger generation has toward any form of injustice when they see it.
But the dwindling numbers of older pro-abortion activists understand the problem. Grim and desperate, pro-abortion leaders beg young people to take up their cause. Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice resigned last year, bemoaning the “intensity gap” between abortion advocates and abortion foes, in hopes of spurring new energy for the pro-abortion side. Time magazine famously declared that the pro-aborts are “losing,” and they know it.
Consider the facts: Poll after poll on abortion reveals that those younger than 30 view themselves as more "pro-life" than their parents generation; when they asked how they respond to the word "abortion", 54% have a negative response, using words such as "death", "killing", or "sad". And the General Social Survey from 1972 to 2006, shows how every generation since the handing down of Roe and Doe have become more and more pro-life.
Kristan Hawkins and thousands of other prolife young people are tapping into the growing phenomenon and cry for justice among young people and are equipping college students from all walks of life for the battle at record speed. Since she took the helm in 2006, Students for Life has more than tripled its presence on college campuses, with chapters at 700 universities and colleges in 49 out of 50 states in the U.S. Under Kristan’s leadership, Students for Life has spun off several new, targeted initiatives on campuses, including Med Students for Life, Law Students for Life, and Pregnant on Campus (which connects pregnant students to community resources).
So the pro-life generation is on a mission: “Abolish Abortion in Our Lifetime.” Their message unifies a diverse group around a singular purpose, defying the left’s attempts to stereotype them. At this year’s snowy March for Life in Washington, D.C., fresh-faced, pony-tailed homeschoolers will pray and sing alongside trendy hipsters from urban colleges. Pierced, tattoed, and peace-loving vegetarians will march arm in arm with meat-loving ROTC scholarship kids.
They find their bond in the fact that they escaped becoming victims of abortion. And they will not be stopped until every child and every mother are protected. They will work until justice prevails.