Young and pro-life is becoming the new norm

By Barb Ernster –

March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue in 2015 to the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)

The March for Life in Washington, D.C. is the largest pro-life event in the world, attracting more than 100,000 marchers to the National Mall in defense of the unborn. According to the Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, the large majority of marchers are youth – “joyful, enthusiastic teenagers, tweens and millennials who are literally bursting with excitement at the prospect of building a culture of life.” (Commentary, RealClearPolitics.org, 5/2/18)

What’s winning the hearts and minds of the young people? They are called the pro-life generation, not just because of their passion for the cause, but because they were born years – even decades – after Roe v. Wade, according to Mancini. This generation grew up with the ultrasound images of children in the womb, and with advances in technology that have allowed younger and younger pre-mature babies to survive outside the womb. According to the March for Life website, trends show that support of unlimited access to abortion by young people has dropped 12 percentage points since 1990.  A 2012 Gallup poll showed “support for making abortion broadly illegal is growing fastest among young adults.” Nancy Keenan, former president of NARAL, resigned, in part, to help the pro-abortion group overcome one of the issues plaguing the pro-abortion movement – a lack of young leaders. She even lamented about the March for Life, “There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

The college campus organization, Students for Life of America, has 1,201 active campus groups across all 50 states. In 2018, Students for Life regional coordinators visited 700 different campuses, trained more than 650 Students for Life groups and held more than 3,000 one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Forty-six years of pro-life activism has helped educate new generations on the real facts of child development in the womb. Part of what helped older generations of women accept abortion morally was the false notion that the fetus was just “tissue.”  Science has always been on the side of the pro-life cause, and more of that science is being disseminated in pro-life and secular outlets. Today with all the attention on the marvels of DNA, who can argue these facts promoted by Pro-Life Across America on billboards across the country:

  • At conception, a new individual receives 23 chromosomes from each parent. He or she is truly a unique individual human being, a tiny living organism weighing only 15 ten-millionth of a gram. Life begins.
  • First day of new life: The first cell divides into two, the two into four, and so on. Each of these new cells divides again and again as they travel toward the womb in search of a protected place to grow.
  • 18 days a baby’s heart begins to beat
  • 43 days brain coordinates movement
  • 7 weeks a baby can hiccup
  • 8 weeks organs can function
  • 9 weeks has permanent, individual fingerprints
  • 10 weeks can feel pain
  • 12 weeks a baby can smile, suck their thumb and make a fist

Furthermore, many more women are speaking out about their abortions, not “shouting” them out boastfully as Oprah Winfrey recently advised. Ninety-four percent of women actually REGRET their decision to abort! That is why women, through organizations like Silent No More, are getting louder and making an impact.

Finally, abortionists themselves are seeing the light. Through peaceful and consistent presence in front of abortion clinics, prayer and fasting, the workers are finding the grace and the courage to leave.  Some of the more prominent voices in the pro-life are those who were in the industry; Abby Johnson and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, to name a few.

40 Days for Life reports on a steady number of abortion clinics that are closing, including the oldest one in New York City.  Sidewalk counselors see the results of their presence every day, when couples come in for an abortion, but are soon walking away and happy to take their literature to seek other options. In this country today, there are more Pregnancy Resource Centers than abortion providers – and that is something to celebrate.

The Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima statue was carried by students from Benedictine College at the 2014 March for Life.

Finally, one cannot discount the millions of rosaries, prayers and sacrifices offered up by the members of the World Apostolate of Fatima, and millions of other people dedicated to Mary, the greatest Mother of all. They are a most powerful force in the spiritual battle against the culture of death.

For many years, the World Apostolate of Fatima has been at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue or the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima statue. This year, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be processed in the Chicago March for Life on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Please continue to pray for the end of abortion in our country, not just a legal end, but a cultural end. May the pro-life generation continue to grow, and may it soon be inconceivable and unacceptable in our society to sacrifice our children in this way.



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