Youth and the Pro-life Movement
While our nation’s unborn have been threatened by nearly four decades of the Roe v. Wade decision, there are some encouraging signs among the pro-life movement in the U.S.
It is good news that the pro-life perspective is the new majority. Polls show at least half of Americans consider themselves to be pro-life, which is a drastic shift from just a few years ago.
And that’s inter-related with another factor, which is a growing youth movement in the pro-life cause.
It turns out that since 1973’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision, pro-life parents have been having their babies and raising them to be pro-life, and pro-choice parents have not been having their babies, or at least not as many of them, and so they have not been raising them to be anything, as it relates to the life issue.
So for two generations now, a disproportionate number of children who have been born have been born into a pro-life environment, where they have seen their little brothers and sisters’ sonograms stuck on the refrigerator door. These youngsters are in many cases even more adamantly pro-life than their parents. Gallup notes that generational differences in support of legal abortion have narrowed since 2000.
The polling group found that attitudes about abortion, e.g., “legal under any circumstance,” among young adult respondents (18-29) fell from 36 percent postive in the early 90s to 24 percent agreeing with the statement the most recent polling period (2009). Only senior adults have a lower percentage of agreement (16%).
I was at a rally protesting the largest abortion clinic outside of China that opened in Houston last year. The entire seventh floor of this building is reportedly dedicated to late-term abortions, in which viable babies are murdered. I was joined at that rally by large numbers of young people, from many different ethnicities and nationalities, holding signs which said, ‘We survived Roe. Roe won’t survive us.’
As reported recently in World magazine, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, watched the 2010 March for Life and told Newsweek, ‘My gosh, they are so young. There are so many of them, and they are so young.’
Indeed. We’re winning, and the other side knows it. That’s why they’re trying to lock in full-blown coverage for abortion in Obamacare and take it out of the hands of the people.
Another factor, of course, is U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who are the gifts that just keep on giving on this and many other issues. As someone who is a baby boomer, I would never have believed that the Supreme Court would be the most conservative branch of the federal government, but at the moment it is.
Obviously the battle is not yet won in the court of public opinion or in the judicial system, but the movement for life among younger Americans is heartening. At the end of the day, it remains a full-fledged battle for hearts and minds.