By Sara Van Hoose, President, Buffalo Pro-Life Future
Through the work of Students for Life of America, college campuses have become the face of the pro life movement. Our cause is no longer seen as a group of old men trying to take away the rights of women. The up and coming generations have become engaged and focused on influencing their peers to realize the sanctity of human life. They are bringing awareness to the “why” behind the movement, challenging their peers to examine their views, and recruiting new members to their clubs. They are involved politically and socially, and most importantly the groups are growing more and more every year. Students who formerly identified as pro-choice or lacked an opinion on the subject now graduate as Pro-Life activists. Graduates are armed with the tools that they learned through their Pro-Life clubs- how to speak about abortion effectively, how to bring awareness to the cause, and how to spread the movement.
A handful of these students graduate and join the movement professionally, and are able to continue their work. However, for many of these students, such as myself, graduation is an unfortunate stalling point for our involvement in the movement During my college years I was leading a club on one of the most liberal campuses in the country. Within the University at Buffalo Students for Life Club we were motivating each other, attending group meetings that kept us committed and engaged, we had a specific targeted audience on campus, and we had clear guidance on the laws that protected our rights to act. However, after graduation there is no group meeting to attend, no focused group of peers to join, no student union to put a table in. We’re left in a state of limbo – no longer able to be a part of our former community and there is no new community of peers to join.
There are certainly events for young adults to take a part in. For example, March for Life, lobby days, and Life Chain. However, there is no group of peers to attend these events with. Who do you travel to Washington with? Who do you stand with for Life Chain? Many churches have pro life committees. However, many of them are comprised of a different generation with different goals than ours. I have taken part in several different church Pro-Life Committees. They are all doing great work and serve a purpose within the movement.
I am disappointed to say that while my passion for the Pro-Life cause has never wavered in the 3 years since I graduated college, my involvement has stalled completely. This is why I am so excited for the launch of Pro-Life Future. Currently there is a generational gap in the movement that must be filled. College students are engaged more than ever before. Middle aged and retirees are continuing to be very active in the movement. Now, through the creation of Pro-Life Future, Generation Y will also have a home within the movement and a group of peers to band together with. Together, we will achieve an end to abortion!