The science is clear these days: An unborn child is just that, an unborn child, not “tissue” as the abortion industry has insisted, activists say.
And when it comes to protecting that life, there’s a younger generation that understands what is at stake and is willing to act.
Two recent examples are the successful efforts of students, in the face of strong opposition, to establish formally recognized pro-life clubs at Davies High School and Fargo North High School in Fargo, North Dakota.
Students Brigid O’Keefe at Fargo North and Katie McPherson at Davies High needed the help of lawyers at the Thomas More Society when their initial applications were rejected by school officials.
“Going public with pro-life beliefs is not easy, but while we have seen a trend of high school administrations not recognizing the legal right of pro-life students to have their clubs, we have also seen a trend of really young pro-lifers not afraid to speak out on behalf of those hurt by abortion – preborn babies and their mothers,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, wrote in a recent commentary.
“Just look at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Everywhere you looked, there was a sea of young people,” she said.
WND has reported for years the ongoing struggle for pro-life student clubs to be treated as other clubs in public schools. The same battle is taking place in colleges and universities.
Hawkins’ group tried to do a voting registration drive a few years ago, she noted, and was unsuccessful “but only because such a huge number of participants were under 17 and couldn’t even register to vote.”
“These brave, young pro-lifers are the face of the pro-life movement,” she said. “So often the flames of passion for the defense of the preborn are lit during high school, and we are so proud of these pro-life students who have gone public with their stories of discrimination, because they are setting a tremendous example to not only their peers in their own communities, but also to those all around the country who are facing similar situations.”
The approval from the Fargo schools came after the district was approached with a written demand from Thomas More Society lawyers. But the students had to be willing to stand up for their beliefs.
“We are glad that the district and high school administrators in Fargo have recognized the First Amendment rights of all students, including pro-life students,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Thomas More Society associate counsel.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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