As the 2016 presidential campaign enters its final stretch, the abortion lobby is helping to mobilize women voters for Hillary Clinton during a week of campaign events.
More than 150 events are scheduled for the “Women Together” campaign, reports The Washington Post, one that will feature Clinton surrogates Chelsea Clinton; Anne Holton, wife of Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine; Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards; NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue; Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis; and President Barack Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.
The president of abortion political advocacy organization Emily’s List says her group trusts that “a President Hillary Clinton will make the best choices for this country.”
Stephanie Schriock, whom Bloomberg reported had been discussed as a possible Clinton campaign chief prior to the hiring of Robby Mook, has been heading Emily’s List since 2010. She acknowledges that Hillary Clinton is not drawing as many younger abortion supporters.
In an interview with the Daily Tarheel, Schriock admits, “[W]e need to get our voters to the polls. And we need folks of all ages, particularly younger voters to get engaged.”
With the success of the pro-life movement’s efforts to pass abortion restrictions in many states and to expose Planned Parenthood’s alleged practices of selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit, Schriock says she sees a high risk for pro-abortion women in this country:
We’ve made so much movement for women — we’ve broken through so many doors and ceilings, so the next generation of women didn’t have to, and this guy [Donald Trump], and the Republican Party, wants to put the walls back up and the ceilings back in and the doors back in and to hold us back again so that we have to do it all over? Our mothers and grandmothers are screaming at the top of their lungs, because we weren’t supposed to have to go through it again.
A 2015 Marist poll, however, found that 59 percent of millennials view abortion as morally wrong.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America – the nation’s largest organization of pro-life millennials – says young people have grown up with the science and technology of ultrasound in which parents can see their unborn baby in the womb.
“They understand the moral gravity of taking that life,” she told Breitbart News.
“Millennial pro-choice women are also less passionate about being pro-choice than pro-life young women are about being pro-life, and that intensity gap plays out at the voting booth,” Hawkins added. “Pro-life millennials see abortion as the greatest injustice of our lifetime, while even pro-choice millennials recognize that abortion is a failure of our society and painful decision made when a young woman feels like she has no way out.”
But Schriock is banking on the theory that young women view abortion as pro-women and pro-family, perhaps as many of their grandmothers did in the sixties.
“What we know is women vote for candidates who are committed to supporting women and families and are advancing policies that are supporting women and families,” she says, adding that Clinton’s other policies such as debt-free college and free community college may help to bring the support of young women.
“These are things that are going to drive more dollars into our communities and advance the security of all of our communities,” Schriock explains. “And if we’re thinking about this particularly if someone who is in college or just coming out of college, having these opportunities and the leveling of the playing field could change everything. And I really believe she’s the one who can get this done.”