The pro-life generation

The pro-abortionists are worried. Journalist Robert McCartney, one of their number, explains why:

I went to the March for Life rally Friday on the Mall expecting to write about its irrelevance. Isn’t it quaint, I thought, that these abortion protesters show up each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though the decision still stands after 37 years. What’s more, with a Democrat in the White House likely to appoint justices who support abortion rights, surely the Supreme Court isn’t going to overturn Roe in the foreseeable future.

How wrong I was. The antiabortion movement feels it’s gaining strength, even if it’s not yet ready to predict ultimate triumph, and Roe supporters (including me) are justifiably nervous.

As always, we in Washington enjoy an up-close view of the health of various causes because of the city’s role as the nation’s most important setting for political demonstrations. In this case, I was especially struck by the large number of young people among the tens of thousands at the march. It suggests that the battle over abortion will endure for a long time to come.

“We are the pro-life generation,” said signs carried by the crowd, about half its members appearing to be younger than 30. . . .

Activists who support abortion rights conceded that there’s less energy among young people on their side of the debate.

“Unfortunately, I feel my generation is a little complacent,” said Amanda Pelletier, 20, co-director of the abortion rights group at American University. “It just doesn’t seem to be a very hip issue.”

via Young activists adding fuel to antiabortion side – washingtonpost.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    The pro-murder-by-abortion propagandist Robert McCartney should get the opportunity to report at the Nuremberg-style trial, conviction, and sentencing of pro-genocide-by-abortion political, medical, media, and business leaders, like Amanda Pelletier, for crimes against humanity (50+ million unborn Americans slaughtered) and treason. And Robert should get to tell his story as one of the media defendants.

  • Carl Vehse

    The pro-murder-by-abortion propagandist Robert McCartney should get the opportunity to report at the Nuremberg-style trial, conviction, and sentencing of pro-genocide-by-abortion political, medical, media, and business leaders, like Amanda Pelletier, for crimes against humanity (50+ million unborn Americans slaughtered) and treason. And Robert should get to tell his story as one of the media defendants.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Glad to hear that supporting the right of boyfriends and husbands to force their women to murder unborn children is just not that hip of an issue these days.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Glad to hear that supporting the right of boyfriends and husbands to force their women to murder unborn children is just not that hip of an issue these days.

  • Orianna Laun

    There is nothing so shocking to a young person as realizing that Mom could have legally aborted. OB/Gyn’s in some states legally have to ask women if they want to keep the baby after the woman finds out she’s pregnant. It’s a shocker, all right. We’ve taken it for 37 years, and we’re not buying it anymore, sorry.

  • Orianna Laun

    There is nothing so shocking to a young person as realizing that Mom could have legally aborted. OB/Gyn’s in some states legally have to ask women if they want to keep the baby after the woman finds out she’s pregnant. It’s a shocker, all right. We’ve taken it for 37 years, and we’re not buying it anymore, sorry.

  • Joe

    This is nice to hear. I am glad so many young people are getting involved in the fight to end abortion. Pray for wise leadership to help guide the youthful vigor and energy.

  • Joe

    This is nice to hear. I am glad so many young people are getting involved in the fight to end abortion. Pray for wise leadership to help guide the youthful vigor and energy.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Indeed, that abortion is losing its chic appeal is always good news. Too bad lawmakers on both sides of the aisle just want to keep using this issue to manipulate votes. This is their vested interest in making sure that we continue to do nothing socially responsible for as long as they can put it off. Many, many souls of many children and later deeply regretful and devastated parents are all on their heads and on ours if we continue to let them get away with this great injustice. We all must repent for this in our country (in other words, lets insist on zero government funding for Planned Parenthood! and no tax-funded abortions!).
    Support lavishly your local pregnancy resource center!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Indeed, that abortion is losing its chic appeal is always good news. Too bad lawmakers on both sides of the aisle just want to keep using this issue to manipulate votes. This is their vested interest in making sure that we continue to do nothing socially responsible for as long as they can put it off. Many, many souls of many children and later deeply regretful and devastated parents are all on their heads and on ours if we continue to let them get away with this great injustice. We all must repent for this in our country (in other words, lets insist on zero government funding for Planned Parenthood! and no tax-funded abortions!).
    Support lavishly your local pregnancy resource center!

  • Carl Vehse

    In his column, “Impressive Media Malpractice at March For Life“, Jack Cashill notes:

    “In covering the 2010 March, the media have morphed from laziness and incompetence to outright fraud. Someone should be fired.”

    Cashill goes on to name names from the usual media clymer crowd.

  • Carl Vehse

    In his column, “Impressive Media Malpractice at March For Life“, Jack Cashill notes:

    “In covering the 2010 March, the media have morphed from laziness and incompetence to outright fraud. Someone should be fired.”

    Cashill goes on to name names from the usual media clymer crowd.

  • Elaine

    Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. interviewed a woman who participated in the rally in Washington. She noted that many of the “pro-life” generation have ultrasound pictures in their baby books. Pretty hard to sell “mass of cells” to these kids!

  • Elaine

    Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. interviewed a woman who participated in the rally in Washington. She noted that many of the “pro-life” generation have ultrasound pictures in their baby books. Pretty hard to sell “mass of cells” to these kids!

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  • DonS

    The energy in the pro-life movement has been evident for a number of years. I think, for one thing, modern technology is a testimony to the vacuousness of the rationale behind Roe v. Wade. It is obvious to every thinking person that can see an ultrasound or prenatal photographs that abortion entails murder of innocent life. So, instead of arguing that we are talking only about removing a small mass of tissue, abortionists are now forced to argue that abortion is for the greater good, even though life is taken. That is a tough argument to swallow, thankfully, for most people. The overreaching of abortionists in insisting that they have a constititutional right to murder a baby seconds before it is otherwise born also destroys their credibility as compassionate humans.

  • DonS

    The energy in the pro-life movement has been evident for a number of years. I think, for one thing, modern technology is a testimony to the vacuousness of the rationale behind Roe v. Wade. It is obvious to every thinking person that can see an ultrasound or prenatal photographs that abortion entails murder of innocent life. So, instead of arguing that we are talking only about removing a small mass of tissue, abortionists are now forced to argue that abortion is for the greater good, even though life is taken. That is a tough argument to swallow, thankfully, for most people. The overreaching of abortionists in insisting that they have a constititutional right to murder a baby seconds before it is otherwise born also destroys their credibility as compassionate humans.

  • Peter Leavitt

    I’d like to think that people of all ages will come to good sense on the subject of abortion. However, when the Christian-Lite churches started in the Thirties to accept divorce, followed over time by birth-control, fornication, and homosexuality, the modern die was cast. Anti-abortion forces may have some affect on this issue at the margins, which is all to the good; however, secular modernism has essentially ruled on these issues in the past and will continue to do so.

    We need to fight the good fight in what is sadly a losing battle.

  • Peter Leavitt

    I’d like to think that people of all ages will come to good sense on the subject of abortion. However, when the Christian-Lite churches started in the Thirties to accept divorce, followed over time by birth-control, fornication, and homosexuality, the modern die was cast. Anti-abortion forces may have some affect on this issue at the margins, which is all to the good; however, secular modernism has essentially ruled on these issues in the past and will continue to do so.

    We need to fight the good fight in what is sadly a losing battle.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com/ Stewart Lundy

    The losing battle is being fought on the wrong front. Virtually every major religion — Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism (Orthodox), and Islam — considers abortion to be morally wrong.

    If the political battle is being lost, it’s because the spiritual battle has already been lost.

  • http://www.drunkenkoudou.com/ Stewart Lundy

    The losing battle is being fought on the wrong front. Virtually every major religion — Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism (Orthodox), and Islam — considers abortion to be morally wrong.

    If the political battle is being lost, it’s because the spiritual battle has already been lost.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Exactly, Stewart, the spiritual battle was lost when the narrative of the “Enlightenment” became dominant in the West beginning in the Eighteenth Century. We are living in a between era whence the “Enlightenment” has been discredited and something new is aborning, of which it is hard to discern, though we may hope and pray that it has a Christian orientation.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Exactly, Stewart, the spiritual battle was lost when the narrative of the “Enlightenment” became dominant in the West beginning in the Eighteenth Century. We are living in a between era whence the “Enlightenment” has been discredited and something new is aborning, of which it is hard to discern, though we may hope and pray that it has a Christian orientation.

  • A Recovering Republican

    One reason Roe v. Wade still stands nearly 40 years later is that Christians still respond favorably when told to get behind pro-choice Republicans like Scott Brown. If Christians refused to support all pro-choice candidates, the Republican Party, in particular, might stop taking Christians for granted.

  • A Recovering Republican

    One reason Roe v. Wade still stands nearly 40 years later is that Christians still respond favorably when told to get behind pro-choice Republicans like Scott Brown. If Christians refused to support all pro-choice candidates, the Republican Party, in particular, might stop taking Christians for granted.

  • Peter Leavitt

    If Christians in Massachusetts had not voted for Scott Brown, their only other practical choice was the Democrat Martha Coakley who supported partial-birth abortion and a state-law that requires all medical personnel in hospitals to dispense contraceptives and abortions on request, to say nothing of requiring Christian adoption organizations to place children with sodomite couples.

  • Peter Leavitt

    If Christians in Massachusetts had not voted for Scott Brown, their only other practical choice was the Democrat Martha Coakley who supported partial-birth abortion and a state-law that requires all medical personnel in hospitals to dispense contraceptives and abortions on request, to say nothing of requiring Christian adoption organizations to place children with sodomite couples.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    Technology is definitely working in our favor on one front of the debate. On another front, biology is working for us, pro-lifers as a general rule have more children. On the language front, people are finally catching on that we need to change the language to emphasize the humanity and personhood of the child. It has long bugged me the habit of people to refer to a child in utero as “it”. Also, we do hold the edge in fervor. It is far easier to work people up when a life is on the line than it is to work people up over an issue of freedom.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in 21st Century

    Technology is definitely working in our favor on one front of the debate. On another front, biology is working for us, pro-lifers as a general rule have more children. On the language front, people are finally catching on that we need to change the language to emphasize the humanity and personhood of the child. It has long bugged me the habit of people to refer to a child in utero as “it”. Also, we do hold the edge in fervor. It is far easier to work people up when a life is on the line than it is to work people up over an issue of freedom.

  • Catherine

    I had a couple friends (both in their teens) who went to the protest. I wish I could have been there. But it is great to hear that more and more young people aren’t being sucked into the selfish evil of being pro-choice (such a pretty term for something so horrific. They do like to hide the fact that the choice one is making is between life and death of an innocent).

  • Catherine

    I had a couple friends (both in their teens) who went to the protest. I wish I could have been there. But it is great to hear that more and more young people aren’t being sucked into the selfish evil of being pro-choice (such a pretty term for something so horrific. They do like to hide the fact that the choice one is making is between life and death of an innocent).

  • http://caldwellrighttolife.wordpress.com/ Joe G.

    My wife and I attended the march, and it was amazing to see so many other young people there (college age and young adult). You can see some pictures from the march at our local Right to Life blog. One unfortunate bit, however, is the lack of diversity among the attendees. By far, Roman Catholics are the primary attendees. So, although I am not a Roman Catholic, I appreciate their willingness to stand for this issue in such a visible manner.

  • http://caldwellrighttolife.wordpress.com/ Joe G.

    My wife and I attended the march, and it was amazing to see so many other young people there (college age and young adult). You can see some pictures from the march at our local Right to Life blog. One unfortunate bit, however, is the lack of diversity among the attendees. By far, Roman Catholics are the primary attendees. So, although I am not a Roman Catholic, I appreciate their willingness to stand for this issue in such a visible manner.

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ Carol-Christian Soldier

    I agree with # 13!!!!
    C-CS
    LA-LFL

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ Carol-Christian Soldier

    I agree with # 13!!!!
    C-CS
    LA-LFL

  • Carl Vehse

    Newsbusters provides another confirmation that the clymer media actively support genocide-by-abortion: “ABC, CBS, NBC Skip Pro-Life March; NPR Airs Abortionist Calling Pro-Lifers Terrorists”.

  • Carl Vehse

    Newsbusters provides another confirmation that the clymer media actively support genocide-by-abortion: “ABC, CBS, NBC Skip Pro-Life March; NPR Airs Abortionist Calling Pro-Lifers Terrorists”.

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  • Steve

    I like the last quote of this report, “It just doesn’t seem to be a very hip issue.” This is key and it’s something that everyone needs to remember, especially Christians. For years we’ve seen that “hip” is one of the most temporal of concepts. It’s design, it’s very definition is temporary. When we try to make things that have the most permanent consequences “hip” we make them appear temporary. So, when the hippies of the 60′s turned into the “Jesus Freaks” of the 70′s and the new-agers of the 80′s, are we surprised? We shouldn’t be. But that doesn’t stop us from building concert-hall style mega-churches, replacing choirs with guitars and drums, and producing the most banal television shows replete with rapidly moving camera angles and a 30 year old host shouting the most “Xtreme!” super mega awesomeness using his best “dude” voice. The sad fact is that when Christians try to make Christianity hip by cultural standards we’re almost always at least five years late and even then we’re too afraid of being offensive to be edgy. Ironically, its partly that fear of being offensive that makes us lose sight of the greatest offense of all.

  • Steve

    I like the last quote of this report, “It just doesn’t seem to be a very hip issue.” This is key and it’s something that everyone needs to remember, especially Christians. For years we’ve seen that “hip” is one of the most temporal of concepts. It’s design, it’s very definition is temporary. When we try to make things that have the most permanent consequences “hip” we make them appear temporary. So, when the hippies of the 60′s turned into the “Jesus Freaks” of the 70′s and the new-agers of the 80′s, are we surprised? We shouldn’t be. But that doesn’t stop us from building concert-hall style mega-churches, replacing choirs with guitars and drums, and producing the most banal television shows replete with rapidly moving camera angles and a 30 year old host shouting the most “Xtreme!” super mega awesomeness using his best “dude” voice. The sad fact is that when Christians try to make Christianity hip by cultural standards we’re almost always at least five years late and even then we’re too afraid of being offensive to be edgy. Ironically, its partly that fear of being offensive that makes us lose sight of the greatest offense of all.


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