Lawyer Kristen Waggoner Says Pro-Life Americans Have Cause to Be Encouraged

The ERLC presented its annual John Leland Religious Liberty Award to Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of the United States legal division of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Photo submitted

Pro-life Americans have cause to be encouraged because of God’s nature and developments in state legislatures, federal courts and the culture, said leading life and liberty lawyer Kristen Waggoner.

Waggoner offered her assessment of the pro-life cause Jan. 17 during the fourth annual Evangelicals for Life conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The two-day conference was held Jan. 16-17 at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

The ERLC took the occasion to present its annual John Leland Religious Liberty Award to Waggoner, senior vice president of the United States legal division of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

“I don’t know how you couldn’t be optimistic,” Waggoner told attendees during an interview conducted by Travis Wussow, the ERLC’s general counsel and vice president for public policy. “There’s just a whole lot of reasons to be optimistic about where the movement is going and that hopefully we’ll not just get to a place where the law says abortion is wrong but where we have a pro-life culture where it’s unthinkable.”

She provided the following among reasons for pro-life optimism:

— “First of all, we serve a God that knows man from the beginning, and it’s His desire to protect” human beings.

— Public opinion surveys show millennials are more pro-life than their parents, and “that trend will continue as technology advances with 4D ultrasound.”

— More states realize “the harm that abortion causes” and want to provide protection from such harms.

— Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court the past two years, appear to be originalists — judges who interpret the Constitution based on its initial meaning.

During the last two years, the U.S. Senate also has approved 30 circuit court judges and 53 district court judges whom pro-lifers can be hopeful about.

“So we’re filled with resilience; we’re filled with joy,” Waggoner said. “[N]o matter what circumstances look like, we’re people of hope.”

The November election provided “a mixed result,” she acknowledged. “Those who advocate for abortion definitely made some significant in-roads in this last election, but I think we do want to remember that pro-life lawmakers still hold a majority of states.”

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Source: Baptist Press