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Where is the Next Generation?

Heather Gims   |   June 13, 2012

Ironically, the very same pro-abortion activists who have promoted the killing of innocent lives for decades are now wondering, “Where are the pro-choice advocates for the next generation?”

It seems that the countless voices they chose to silence during the past 40 years are now coming back to haunt them. As the pro-life movement continues to maintain vigilance, say yes to life for their children and pass on pro-life values to them, pro-abortion advocates are finding their numbers falling, not only in presence, but in passion.

Recently, Nancy Keenan announced that she would step down as President of NARAL. After serving for over eight years as a leader and spokesperson for one of the most prominent and long-standing pro-abortion organizations, why is Keenan making the decision to resign? “There is an intensity gap between our side, being pro-choice, and the other side,” she stated.

Remarkably, in the midst of their unending quest for so-called “women’s rights,” the pro-abortion movement has found its momentum not only stagnating but diminishing. The messages proclaimed in the active movements of the 1970s are no longer resonating with the 18 – 34 year-old Millennial generation. (The irony of this is not lost; as one must wonder how many Millennials would be living members of society today if it weren’t for Roe v. Wade.) Attempts to attract this demographic have been strikingly unconvincing. In fact, in 2010 NARAL’s very own research found 51 percent of pro-life voters under 30 calling abortion a “very important” issue, compared with only 26 percent of the same group among abortion supporters. Clearly, the next generation is speaking up that their choice is life.

Now, we are at a pivotal time in history in our fight to preserve life. The road of death that was paved by Roe v. Wade has demonstrated the desperate need for us to stand up for the most basic human right, the right to live. The pro-life response is beginning to overwhelm our rivals.

Source: Guttmacher Institute


  • More abortion protections (including waiting periods, required ultrasounds and clinic regulations) were enacted in 2011 than in any year since Roe v. Wade.
  • Participation in pro-life events is reaching historic highs. At the first-ever March for Life event in Rome, Italy, 15,000 were in attendance, which was over three times as many as expected. In Ottawa, Ontario nearly 20,000 pro-lifers attended the March for Life, dwarfing the protestors for the opposition by ten to one.
  • A 2010 Gallup Poll revealed Americans aged 18-29 were trending more pro-life. The percentage of those who think abortion should be legal in all circumstances fell from a high of 36 percent in the early 1990s to match its lowest all-time level of 24 percent.

The pro-abortion movement desperately needs to attract the next generation to continue their assault against life in the womb. Now 60, Keenan admits that is what caused her to step down. In response to the annual March for Life in Washington DC, she said, “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young. There are so many of them and they are so young.”
Instead, she hopes her departure makes way for a new, younger executive to emerge. Keenan implored to her audience, “Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It’s time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.”

With the Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary approaching, the pro-abortion army is planning a new attack, investing substantial funds into campaigns aimed at our youth. Armed with their propaganda machine and an accommodating media, they seek to indoctrinate a new generation. We simply cannot let this happen.

It is crucial that we maintain in our diligence to educate and empower these young people with factual resources that prove life begins at fertilization. As we begin to grow and strengthen a new era of leaders, may they be able to witness the reversal of Roe v. Wade and raise their own children in a society where a mother’s womb is once again the safest place for a child to be.

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