Poor Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla). In a recent New York Times interview, she made a remark about younger women, who are apparently not so excited about Hillary:
Do you notice a difference between young women and women our age in their excitement about Hillary Clinton? Is there a generational divide? Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.
Like most Floridians, she can sense when the sharks are in the water, so she quickly backtracked with a few tweets like this, where she tried to identify herself with this younger generation:
What she said in the New York Times interview and what she said in her Tweet can only both be true if she is less than 43 years old. Which she obviously isn’t.
As a conservative who is amused by her stumbles, and as a father of young ladies, I am happy to help explain this “complacency” among young women. It is not so much “complacency” as it is a sharp division of opinion.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz is surely aware that children tend to be like their parents. This may be why, in a moment when her Jewishness trumped her liberalism, she was caught on tape saying that intermarriage was “a problem” for Jewish people. Children of interfaith marriages tend to leave Judaism because they were not fully raised in it. She is right about this, though her thought is hardly original, and when confronted, she backtracked again. Heck, Moses, Ezra, and Nehemiah said that it was a bad idea for Jews to marry non-Jews, unless they converted first.
Now, if children tend to grow up sharing the beliefs of their parents, then let’s apply this thought to the issue of beliefs about abortion. If you attend a pro-life event, you will typically see a lot of young people and moms pushing strollers. This is because, on average, pro-life people tend to have more babies (this is not just a Catholic phenomenon), who have a good chance of growing up to be pro-life.
In contrast, while some of the children of strongly pro-choice parents hold their parents’ views, many of the children of strongly pro-choice parents are not politically active at all. In fact, they are not active at all, because they were never born. And so there is evidence that the younger generation, despite being more liberal on most social issues, is more conservative on abortion than the generation before it.
So Debbie, lighten up. The problem is not complacency, it is that your side is making yourselves extinct by putting your views into practice. This is unfortunate, but you cannot say that we pro-lifers failed to warn you.