Pro-life movement marches on

Pro-life movement marches on
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For the last four decades, pro-life supporters have gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to protest the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion and to draw attention to the millions of lives lost as a consequence. Undaunted by long distances and D.C.’s generally disagreeable winter weather, people from across the country will come together once again on Jan. 22 for the March for Life, the nation’s largest and most enduring peaceful protest.

Many of those who march on Thursday will be younger than Roe v. Wade itself and have never known an America without legalized abortion. Yet the passion and energy of this new generation have redefined the modern pro-life movement and set the stage for new victories that will further protect our nation’s unborn children. 

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One of the current top priorities for pro-life advocates is to pass a federal law stopping abortion after 20 weeks — more than halfway through pregnancy and the point at which research shows unborn children are capable of experiencing pain. Americans reject this brutality. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that a 60 percent majority of Americans favor a 20-week limit, a 27-percentage-point margin over the opposition. Quinnipiac also found strong support for the limit among independents (56 percent) and Democrats (46 percent). Millennials, aged 18-29, are actually the most likely age group to support this measure, according to National Journal. Thirteen states have already passed similar legislation. As with other pro-life measures in recent years, state-level and grassroots activists have led the way for federal lawmakers.

With a team of fresh voices and staunch allies in Congress, as well as the tireless efforts of pro-life advocacy groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life and Students for Life, we are on the cusp of achieving this long-sought goal. Passing this five-month limit would uphold the responsibility of Congress to protect women and children heading into the sixth month of pregnancy. This common-ground issue would also be a win for all who believe in the sanctity of life and our obligation to protect all unborn children.

After November’s landmark elections, this is a critical time for the pro-life movement and one we cannot waste. Not only did voters flip control of the Senate and expand the pro-life House majority, they sent a new group of young, diverse and committed pro-life legislators to Washington. Many boast “firsts” that make congressional history: Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) is the first black Republican congresswoman and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), at 30 years old, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. These new members are outspoken, energetic and knowledgeable. Together, they reflect the undeniable trend toward a young “pro-life generation” that cuts across traditional demographics and shatters outdated stereotypes. They are exactly the voices we need contributing to the conversation.

We are proud to stand with our young leaders who continue to fiercely advocate for the unborn — girls and boys who cannot advocate for themselves. Optimistic and principled, this new generation proves that protecting life is a cause that resonates, and a fight we can win.

Flores has represented Texas’s 17th Congressional District since 2011. He is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus in the House that represents more than 160 members. Musgrave, who represented Colorado’s 4th Congressional District from 2003 to 2009, is the vice president of government affairs for the Susan B. Anthony List, a nationwide network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans dedicated to reducing and ultimately ending abortion.