Across the nation this week, some young adults will be sending a hard-to-miss message about life using their clothes.
Thousands of young people are expected to participate in the National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week that began Tuesday and runs until May 3.
"Primarily, we are concerned with getting people to think of the child as a person from the moment of his or her biological beginning," said NPLTW project director Scott Carroll, in a statement. "It is much harder to murder a person than it is to 'remove a lump of tissues,' and it is only when we finally get the nation thinking in those terms that we will be able to restore the right to life of our preborn brothers and sisters."
Surveys show that the younger generation is becoming more pro-life. In 2009, only 24 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 said abortion should be legal under any circumstances, down from 28 percent in the year 2000 and 36 percent in 1990, according to a Gallup Poll in March.
Young adults (23 percent) are also most likely to say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances compared to older age groups, including those aged 65 and older (21 percent) – who have been the most conservative in abortion views.
In 1975, only 18 percent of young adults said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances while 32 percent of seniors said the same.
Participants in the T-shirt campaign this year are invited to join a photo scavenger hunt contest sponsored by the American Life League. Contestants can enter the "Yo! Where's the Shirt?" Photo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a free iPod Touch.
Contestants need to photograph themselves wearing the pro-life t-shirt while performing tasks assigned by ALL. Some of the tasks include standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, with a statue of Jesus, shaking a pastor's hand, mowing the lawn, eating French fries with a pair of chopsticks, and answering a banana phone.
As of Tuesday evening, there are 150 tasks listed on the NPLTW website. Each task is assigned a point value based on the difficulty of the activity. The participant with the most points wins.
ALL, which caters to the younger crowd, launched its first pro-life activism iPhone application on Monday that allows users to take photos, complete tasks and compete against other participants in the photo contest.
Last year, some 3,000 photos were submitted to the scavenger hunt contest.