After all, “about 500,000 young people were about to mow you down. With love — mow you down with love!” she said with a laugh. She also described the powerful impact that she and some 60 young people had when they went to Capitol Hill after the march to make sure certain members of Congress could see for themselves that many millennials are strongly pro-life, and passing pro-life laws will not alienate America’s youth.
A hard-fought battle is being waged for the allegiance of young Americans on abortion, and pro-life leaders see fresh signs of hope that Roe v. Wade won’t survive the millennial generation.
Decades ago, there seemed to be no hope for the pro-life movement, yet thanks to the persistence of some pro-life leaders and development of technologies that show “the reality of the beautiful human life of the child in the womb,” the tide is turning toward pro-life, Princeton University law professor Robert P. George told about 2,000 attendees Friday at a conference of Students for Life of America.
“I see the future, and you are it,” said Mr. George, who was honored with the SFLA 2015 Defender of Life award.
The pro-life supporters were urged to stay visible, stay active and stay hopeful at the Maryland event the day after the March for Life.
“When you speak, people listen,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, which has more than 800 pro-life student groups on college campuses and in high schools.
Its annual conference — the 28th this year — is the largest pro-life youth conference in the United States, organizers said. Due to demand — SFLA has more than 100 pro-life campus groups in California — a second conference for students was held Sunday in San Francisco.
The conferences are intended to provide young adults with education, training and connections with pro-life groups and national leaders “who all know just how vital this pro-life generation is to abolishing abortion in our lifetime,” SFLA leaders said.
Abortion rights groups have been traveling to campuses and communities as part of a campaign called “All Above
All” to bring their messages to young adults.