Who Are the Pro-Life Heroes? What Inspired Them?

An interview with Jason Jones

John Zmirak

This is an exerpt of the article mentioning Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach.  Find the entire article at The Stream online.

An inspiring new book, Legacy of Life, highlights 50 of the most influential pro-life leaders from the last 50 years. The book launches on June 26, 2023. This limited edition commemorative table book contains 50 tributes written by 50 of America’s most respected national influencers honoring the greatest founders, builders, strategists, and innovators of the pro-life movement during the last 50 years. Each leader is honored with a tribute, personal photos, and a customized frame in this remarkable collection of inspiring life stories of resilience, bravery, and commitment. The Stream’s John Zmirak interviewed pro-life leader Jason Jones about the book.


Who are some of the other leaders and faithful laborers in the vineyard who influenced and inspired you?
As a young teenage atheist who was ambushed by abortion, many people inspired, mentored, and encouraged me along the way. Some of them are well-known leaders in the movement, and others were quiet soldiers working hard in my community.
Jason Jones
Radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Bob Enyart inspired me with their triumphalism and use of humor. As a young college student, the speeches of Ambassador Alan Keyes communicated to me the grandeur, dignity, and honor intrinsic to the vocation of the pro-life activist. Elizabeth Anscombe, Francis Schaeffer, Hadley Arkes, and Rene Girard assured us that if abortion is a battle of the mind, we cannot lose. Mother Teresa, Saint John Paul the Great, Father Paul Marx, and Cardinal John O’Conner demonstrated that in the spiritual battle, we had already won. Mark Crutcher taught the pro-life movement to be relentless and creative. The young Bryan Kemper and Eric Whittington traveling around to rock festivals in the ’90s broke the pro-life movement’s door down, and a parade of tattooed kids with mohawks led the way for an ever-growing diversity in our movement. That diversity stood united around the most vulnerable member of the human family — the child in the womb.