By the end of the Spring semester our College Pro-Life Fellows were already facing leftist professors and peers rant about the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Now our brave Pro-Life student leaders are returning to campuses enraged over the history-shaping and life-saving decision in the Dobbs case in which the Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional right to kill children through abortion.
The reversal of Roe v. Wade simply returned states’ ability to protect preborn human Life from abortion. Yet, if the rhetoric, talking points, and misinformation we are seeing in the media and social media is any indication, our Pro-Life student leaders will face unprecedented levels of ridicule, arguments, and attacks.
So, why am I telling you this? Not to cause fear, but to urge you to pray for our Fellows, especially this month as they return to their campuses. Texas Right to Life trains and commissions students in college, medical, and law school to defend and advocate for Life. But I suspect that almost nothing could prepare our courageous Pro-Life students for the level of hatred they will have to face going back to school this semester.
I am certain many of them will be facing new challenges from their schools’ administrators in addition to their typical challenges advocating for Life on campus.
Each semester our Pro-Life students hold a wide array of events to engage with their peers on Life issues. Under normal circumstances they already face much hatred and vitriol from anti-Life students, and this semester is far from normal circumstances.
Over the last 14 years, I have had the privilege of helping train our young Pro-Life scholars. I have presented lectures and discussions on topics like “How to Apply Pro-Life Principles to Medical Ethics,” “Abortion Jurisprudence,” and even “What are the Strongest Secular Pro-Life Arguments?” Interacting with these young Pro-Life leaders has been one of the highlights of my years here at Texas Right to Life. They are brilliant, passionate, and committed leaders. This year’s scholarship recipients are no different. They have undergone phenomenal training that prepares them not only with Pro-Life answers, but also practical skills to help form and run a successful college student group on their campus.
So yes, there are big challenges ahead for our students. But I am confident that this school year will see incredible victories for Life, even on campuses that seem like enemy territory. And of course, please do not forget, we need to continue in constant prayer for our students and for the message of Life to be heard, listened to, and for lives to be changed and saved.