Her parents started taking her to prayer vigils outside abortion centers when she was a child, and she witnessed firsthand the vitriol abortion supporters sometimes hurl at people pleading for the lives of unborn babies. But that didn’t make it any easier to face the same kind of ridicule and derision in her own high-school cafeteria.
Once, while handing out abortion information at Dripping Springs High School near Austin, Texas, Curran endured a harangue from a fellow student that included a stinging (though untrue) personal attack: She must be pro-life because she was sleeping around.
After another pro-life outreach event that included handing out free cupcakes, the principal called Curran into his office. Parents had complained after several students accused Curran of forcing them to take the sweet treats—and the pro-life handouts that went with them.
“We know we’re going to be discriminated against, even by parents, because of our beliefs,” said Curran, in 12th grade this year.
Despite the hostility, Curran and other members of Students for Life Dripping Springs continue to gather once a month in the school cafeteria to hand out flyers describing scientific facts about unborn babies. The students are part of the latest front lines of the pro-life battle: Winning the hearts and minds of the next generation means finding even younger activists.
Students for Life of America, best known for its work with college students, now has 604 high-school chapters—334 at religiously affiliated schools and 270 at public campuses. Starting clubs in public high schools isn’t easy, in part because that’s where the battle for influence can be most fierce: Planned Parenthood has steadily gained a foothold in the nation’s schools through sex education programs and “health-related” presentations. The abortion giant has an army of advocates among teachers and administrators sympathetic to the feelings-are-gospel mantra.
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