This past Saturday, Pro-Life Future, a new division of Students for Life of America for young, pro-life adults and alumni of Students for Life campus groups, successfully launched in Chicago with special guest Jason Jones and a private, opening weekend screening of Little Boy, a film about the power of faith to accomplish anything.
More than 40 young adults gathered at a restaurant in Chicago for the first-ever meeting of a Pro-Life Future chapter. After some time for food, fellowship and meeting new friends, Brendan O’Morchoe, Director of Pro-Life Future, and Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, introduced the new program. Pro-Life Future is a community of young, pro-life adults who will work together to abolish abortion in our communities. We know that for anyone to stay engaged and active in a social movement, they have to feel like they belong, like there is a community of people all fighting for the same goal. When students graduate and leave the Students for Life group that was like family for them, they feel separated from the movement. For us to abolish abortion in our lifetime, we must continue to train and develop leaders and activists, and take that momentum from college out into the world, working in our communities to defend the rights of the pre-born.
Jason Jones, producer of films such as Bella and Crescendo, then spoke about his experience with abortion, how when he was a teenager, his girlfriend’s father forced her to have an abortion, how he promised that he would end abortion, and how that has grown into his pro-life work today. He reminded us that we have a duty to stand up, to take risks,
to call abortion what it is and to take action to end it. We have to be there for each of the women facing abortion and we have to be in our communities working against abortion. This is the greatest human rights injustice our world has ever known, and we cannot sit back and let it happen.
After the reception for Pro-Life Future, we hosted a private screening of Little Boy for more than 80 pro-lifers of all ages in Chicago. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winner Alejandro Monteverde and staring Kevin James and Emily Watson, Little Boy tells the story of a 7-year-old little boy whose faith and love for his father leads him to do anything to bring his father back alive from World War II. This is a beautiful, life-affirming film that will truly impact culture. It reminded us that we have to have the courage to believe that we will end abortion.
With the successful launch of Chicago Pro-Life Future, we will be starting chapters in cities all across America. These chapters will continue the work of Students for Life groups from college campuses into our cities and communities. The activities of each
chapter will depend on the needs of its community. Our goals are to support the pro-life
organizations already active in our communities by volunteering with Pregnancy Resource Centers, and working on pro-life initiatives and campaigns; to try new things, expand the reach of the pro-life movement and doing what needs to be done to fill the gaps; and to continue to influence our peers, inviting new people to join our movement. While these goals will look different in every city, the central goal is the same: to mobilize communities to abolish abortion in our lifetime.
To start a chapter, or find out how to be a part of Pro-Life Future, email us at [email protected].