www.CatholicLiberty.com

Princeton professor to pro-life movement: We're winning


MATT HADRO

Source:
CNA
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
1/27/2015

Go to this article

Want to understand the Catholic faith?

ABSTRACTPrinceton professor to pro-life movement: We're winning :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » US Princeton professor to pro-life movement: We're winning Prof. Robert P. George speaks at Georgetown University on Jan. 20, 2014. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Follow By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 04:39 am ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Victory is in sight for the pro-life movement, as technology and rhetoric witness to the cause of life, Princeton professor Robert George told an audience of high school and college pro-life activists Jan. 23. “On the fundamental question of whether abortion is good or bad, liberation or killing, the argument has been won,” said George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. An estimated 2,300 high school and college students and chaperones from as far away as North Dakota and Nebraska attended the Students for Life East Coast Conference just outside of Washington, D.C. The gathering followed the annual March for Life, which was attended by over 200,000, according to one estimate.   Drawing an analogy between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the present-day pro-life movement, George invoked Dr. Martin Luther King who, on the night before he was assassinated, predicted victory for the movement. “I’ve been to the mountaintop and I’ve seen the Promised Land,” George quoted King. “I feel in my own way,” he added, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” The reason for optimism in the pro-life movement, George said, is its “victory in the realm of ideas.” For instance, he pointed to name-change of NARAL Pro-Choice America. While the group used to have “abortion rights” in its name, the reference to abortion has now been removed. Abortion “was once a great cause for them,” the professor said, but “now they have to hide it.” This is because “the public is not with them, not on the argument.” The emergence of technology has also been key for the pro-life movement, he added, noting the proliferation of ultrasound machines that show an infant in the womb. “You cannot sustain an argument for abortion over the long term with that reality starting you in the face,” he said, emphasizing that while legal abortion remains, “we have won the argument.” Many of the college leaders who attended the March for Life and surrounding events said they found hope and inspiration from the massive crowds of pro-life youth. “If you’re coming here, I feel like you’re actually standing up for something against opposition,” said Megan Kangiser of Creighton University, a Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska. “I felt the presence of God in all of us,” said Kenny Mizingo from the University of Central Florida. Mizingo, originally from Angola, is involved in the local Catholic Campus Ministry and traveled with the pro-life chair of the ministry. “Thousands of people just praying, making noise for God, was life-.......