Pro-Life Youth Are Turning the Tide
Stand to Reason Blog
In his article, “Hidden Persuaders,” Fred Barnes talks about “the unheralded gains of the pro-life movement.” One of the factors in the recent advances is the growing number of young pro-lifers:
In 2011 alone, 24 states have enacted 52 new restrictions on abortion. Five now require an ultrasound before an abortion, two insisting that the screen be viewable by the mother. Four bar abortions after the baby is able to feel pain (at approximately 20 weeks). Eight have opted out of Obamacare. Five ban abortions by webcam (in which a doctor, not in person but videoconferencing with the mother, prescribes pills to induce abortion). Six trimmed or eliminated funds for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Texas led with a $64 million cut….
Three pro-life trends have spiked in 2011. The first is the rise in opposition to abortion among young people. The under-30 cohort was the most pro-choice in the 1970s, second most in the 1980s and 1990s. Now they’re “markedly less pro-choice” than any other age group, scholars Clyde Wilcox and Patrick Carr have written. “Clearly, something is distinctive about the abortion attitudes of the Millennial Generation of Americans.”
Indeed there is. Millennials haven’t grown more religious, politically conservative, or queasy about gay rights. Nor do they go out of their way to vote for pro-life candidates. But they tend to see abortion as a human rights violation. Thus their resistance to abortion is gradually increasing [emphasis mine].
Two comments on this: First, the best news about this is that young people are becoming pro-life for the right reason. We’ve succeeded in communicating the truth that the unborn are valuable human beings deserving of rights. Millennials are thinking through it, they’re getting it, and they’re responding…
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