Millennials have a unique position on abortion. Last year, as reported by the Washington Times, the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement found that 53% of millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.
The survey also found that 17% believe abortion should never be legal and 36% believe it should only be legal in “extreme cases, such as rape, incest or when the life of the mother s at risk.”
These numbers are encouraging to pro-lifers; however, 48% of these same young people consider themselves “pro-choice,” a whopping 12% percent higher than the 36% who identify as “pro-life.”
How could this be when the majority wanted abortion to be illegal in most cases?
There is a clear reason for this: being pro-life doesn’t jive with the pro-choice liberal agenda popular in the millennial generation and on college campuses.
In our social media era, public opinion is everything when one is constantly bombarded with the importance of likes, retweets, and shares. Planned Parenthood uses social media to advertise how they kill babies.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) August 6, 2017
At least they’re honest, but if a pro-lifer is honest about abortion, they get attacked by the liberal mob. Simply put, being pro-life isn’t cool. Be pro-choice, however, and you get a pat on the back from your professors and progressive student groups. So why would millennials want to identify as pro-life knowing that it would leave them disliked by so many?
When I began to research the abortion issue, and take a passionately pro-life stance, I found myself blocked online, and scorned in person by many people with whom I’d never had issues with. Simple retweets of anti-abortion twitter pages like Live Action left me in a spotlighted position in which I had never been. My story is not unique; pro-lifers across the world are rejected by many.
When young people witness this general dislike by their peers, they become turned off by the movement or belief that causes this isolation and negative attention. As the survey shows, they may have pro-life views, but hold back from identifying as pro-life.
The valuable lesson I eventually learned is this: as long as I side with truth, it does not matter what people think of me. If standing with life causes me to be unpopular, then call me Charlie Brown! Not to mention, Charlie Brown always had a happy ending.
Young people need to learn to put their fears behind them. There will be angry tweets and dirty looks, but learn to ignore the hate. Pro-abortion bullies want young people to be scared. The more young people give in to their fears, the more abortion advocates bully to get their way.
The side for abortion claims to be the champion of women’s rights, so young women are afraid to oppose them; however, a survey shows that women are actually still split on the issue and that the idea of being the champion of women’s rights is not as black-and-white as pro-abortion women try to make it appear.
The many women who have this fear must realize that the smartest, strongest, and most successful members and leaders of the pro-life side are women.
Live Action founder Lila Rose often speaks about how being pro-life is being pro-women, and she is a role model for anti-abortion activists. Loud and strong pro-woman voices on the anti-abortion side need to be heard by young women. Glorifying the intelligent women who lead this movement is essential to shedding light on how the true “pro-women” fighters are on the pro-life side, not pro-abortion.
This movement is huge, passionate, and persuasive – yet hidden from the mainstream media. The pro-choice team hides the pro-life movement like Bernie Sanders hides his wife’s legal troubles.
The March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of individuals to the streets each year, many of them young people. Despite this, many millennials have never heard of the march. If only they could see all the passionate young men and women marching in DC. Lively groups singing “Born to Be Wild,” while holding signs reading, “I am the Pro-Life Generation.”
In order to recruit millennials to the pro-life team, we must use more than the basic pro-life arguments of science, right-to-exist, and history. In fact, recruiting young people is even easier.
We simply have to let them know we’re here.
If we truly want to end abortion, first, we must change the culture around it that deems it socially acceptable. This means young people standing up for what they believe in and getting the message out through social media and talking to friends. A simple retweet could force someone to reevaluate their beliefs.
Ultimately, let millennials know that they are not alone and there are many others among who value life in the womb. Most importantly, pray for them – facing adversity is never easy.