Emily’s List president defends Millennial generation as a force for the pro-choice movement

Stephanie Schriock

The Millennial generation has often been lauded as the most pro-life generation in history, but Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock is contradicting the data, claiming Millennials are a force for the pro-choice movement.

She defended the pro-choice prowess of liberal female Millennials at the “Gender Matters” symposium at American University on Tuesday afternoon.

After Schriock delivered the keynote address, one of the young attendees asked her if Millennials don’t think they have to work as hard as previous generations, since many women before them had already fought and won the battles for certain rights.

“The mothers and grandmothers of the movement they didn’t want us to have to go through that,” Schriock said. “That’s why they fought so hard, to make sure that we didn’t have to go through it.”

As the leader of a pro-choice Democratic organization, Schriock naturally turned to abortion rights as a prime example of Millennials needing to step up — instead of backing down — even though she said she hoped that was a fight that the pro-choice women already won with the outcome of Roe v. Wade.

“We have so much energy, particularly among Millennials, that I actually think we’re going to see a growth, and it won’t be based just as previous generations on the issue of choice, but on the issue of women’s leadership,” Schriock said. “I am counting on a partnership with the Millennial generation to really push a lot of this old thinking out the door.”

She said the next wave of the women’s movement needs to keep women — and men — moving forward and taking charge to make America the country of forward thinking, not one that regresses back to the 1950s.

“I think we’re going to see a good turnout, actually,” Schriock said. ”I really do.”

But as the polling data shows, fewer Americans of all ages identified themselves as pro-choice from 2009-2012, compared to 2001-2008. More than 50 percent of 18-34-year-olds said they were pro-choice in the earlier years, compared to only 46 percent from the later years.

Schriock may think that young people, women in particular, are throwing their weight behind the pro-choice movement, but the facts just don’t support her opinion.

Watch Schriock’s full speech and Q&A at CSPAN.org.

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  1. sda53 says:

    This woman does not speak for the majority of women of a certain age. Trust me when I say there are more of us Conservative women who love taking care of our families and consider ever child a blessing from God. Each and every life is precious and it is Murder to commit abortion. The Bible tells us that life begins at conception. Shame on these silly women. Most of us are at home loving our families and not attention whores. This woman is like obama the Indonesian citizen pretending to be a president. Discern by a person’s actions not what comes from their mouth. Destroying the future of our country and freedom. God Bless America and deliver us from fools.

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