Our headquarters interns and staff converged on the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for life this week, representing Young America’s Foundation and the majority of millennials in America who identify as pro-life, gaining attention on national media outlets like NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, and Fox News.
The case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was about protecting women and protecting life, but the liberal majority on the bench released a decision that rejected Texas’ attempt to protect the safety of women and the unborn in their state, and will ultimately result in the death of more innocent lives.
Despite this unfortunate outcome and the Left’s vitriolic and at times physical opposition to YAF’s presence on the steps of the Supreme Court, our interns (many of which are active on their campuses with Young Americans for Freedom) stood boldly for the rights of the unborn.
“I’m very involved,” said YAF activist Clare McKinney of her work in the Conservative and Pro-Life Movements, connecting her internship at Young America’s Foundation’s Headquarters with her campus and local activism. Her latest victory for the unborn came when “we got the abortion clinic in South Bend [Indiana] shut down. It was a pretty big fiasco,” she remarked.
“I feel like there needs to be a voice for the unborn,” said Carter Lankes, a founder of Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Central Florida. Of the scene that unfolded before him at the Supreme Court Carter said “it was pretty disturbing to see that they were so passionate about killing babies, even dancing as they waited for the [Court’s] decision. It was very shocking.”
Another Young Americans for Freedom activist, Kyle Ferrebee, was reminded of what motivated his current action of behalf of the unborn—attending the Activism Training Seminar at YAF HQ this past winter. “After I heard Bay Buchanan speak about how ‘a life is a life,’ that really stuck with me, and I hadn’t thought about it that way before. That argument made all the sense in the world.”
Thanks to the work of the Foundation and Young Americans for Freedom activists, more students hear and are urged to heed a warning given by President Reagan: “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of all human life.”