Crusaders for Life, the pro-life club at the University of Dallas, is not only operating in light of the overturning of Roe v Wade, but under the leadership of a new club president. Veronica Lang, a senior English major from South Dakota, discusses her origin story as a member of the pro-life movement and her ideas for the club moving forward.
Lang’s parents were involved in the pro-life movement since her childhood. Their participation started in the home, but branched out into the community through pro-life rosaries. Growing up in a large Catholic family helped foster her love for the pro-life cause, which impacted her desire to get involved at UD.
“Growing up my mom would tell me that whenever someone had a baby, it doesn’t matter whether it’s their ninth kid or first kid, you bring them a meal to show them how blessed they are,” said Lang.
Lang’s interest in UD’s pro-life club came primarily from it’s active volunteering since that was something she had not done with her family.
“I attended the March for Life my freshman year and after that I decided okay I’m pro-life but I really want to take an active role through volunteering which is where my passion for the movement lies, kinda being the hands and feet,” said Lang.
This began Lang’s journey to become more involved in the club and sought out an officer role. The overturning of Roe v. Wade in June not only was a very exciting moment for Lang, it reminded her of the responsibility of the pro-life movement to continue their work in a post-Roe world.
“This win has inspired me and other club members to continue to be active and evolve,” Lang said. “There is so much more work to do.”
Her goal with CFL this year is to offer more volunteer opportunities for UD students to get involved in to continue to support women in the Dallas area. She also wants to continue to help students become educated on the science and politics of the pro-life stance.
“A very big thing is being committed to helping pregnancy centers whether that be materially, financially, through our work in Dallas. There are so many places, In My Shoes, Birthchoice, White Rose Women’s clinic, they always need help,” said Lang.
On campus, CFL has hosted a few events to get students involved and excited about new pro-life era.
“We had a speaker come and talk to us about the science of conception. We had a celebration more geared towards freshmen as an introduction of where the club has been and what does it mean now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned,” Lang said.
This semester, Lang plans to have a CFL booth at Fall Fest where they will be selling stickers. Additionally, there will be a bake sale to help support the pregnant and parenting scholarship for UD students. The club will continue to volunteer every third Saturday of the month at In Her Shoes.