Millennial Catholics go ‘biking for babies,’ raise funds for crisis pregnancy clinics

Religion News Service | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Most Americans under 35 think that abortion should be legal most of the time.

Andrew Martin is not one of them. Neither are his friends.

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Two dozen of them, part of a group called “Biking for Babies,” spent the past few weeks biking more than 800 miles to raise money for crisis pregnancy centers and to meet with other abortion foes in the Midwest.

Martin, a 27-year-old data scientist, said he was fighting “against the common narrative that every young person, every millennial is secular, pro-choice.”

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He and his fellow cycling missionaries support political efforts to restrict abortion. But they’re interested in something bigger: a transformed American culture in which women don’t even consider having an abortion.

Martin, who is from Virginia, and six other cyclists set out on their ride in Holly, Colorado, on the eastern edge of the state. From there, the seven riders spent a week on their bikes, averaging about 120 miles each day, on their trek to meet up with bikers from other states.

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Other riders set out from Madison, Wisconsin; Columbus, Ohio; and Tylertown, Mississippi. In total, there were 20 males and three female riders.

Wearing blue and yellow Biking for Babies cycling jerseys and traveling mostly through red states, the 23 riders, the majority of them Catholic and college-age, said they often encountered people who support their mission.

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“Pretty much everyone we met with was already pro-life,” said Martin.

Still, the riders know they are outliers.

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A 2018 poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization, found that nearly two-thirds of Americans ages 18 to 29 agree that abortion should be legal in most or all cases. And a June NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll found that 57% of American adults describe themselves as pro-choice, compared with 35% who describe themselves as pro-life.

During the ride, Martin...
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