Evan is from Michigan and is currently a freshman at Xavier University studying Philosophy and Politics and is part of the Public Honors Program. He is a tennis player and car enthusiast as well as avid photographer. He loves traveling and so far his favorite places that he has visited are Miami and Ireland. Evan is extremely passionate about theology and politics and is hoping to put his beliefs in action by being a lobbyist and lawyer for the ACJL.
We caught up with Evan and interviewed him so that you may get to know him a bit as he continues to be involved with ProLife Youth in a big and new way!
A: I was pretty unaware of the pro-life movement until I converted to an ‘in-name-only’ Catholic
to a devout, practicing Catholic about 5 years ago. The high school I went to has a good
Catholic environment so we would walk to the nearby abortion clinic and pray there during 40
Days for Life, plus I learned a lot about the Scriptures and morality in my 4 years of theology
classes. I’m also a philosophy and politics geek (hence my major) and since the pro-life
movement deals directly with those subjects, it was even easier to get enthusiastic about.
Q: Why did you decide to start blogging for ProLife Youth and how has it affected you?
A: My decision to join ProLife Youth wasn't really one of those things that came out of making a
‘pros and cons’ chart or anything like that. I was just really impressed with what Claire and the
other bloggers had been doing and saw a lot of potential. I also love analyzing problems and
thinking of different approaches to solving them, and I thought blogging for PLY would be a
great way to do that in regards to abortion and other issues regarding life
Q: What do you to support life, the unborn and fight against abortion?
A: This year I finally went on the March for Life, and that was quite an invigorating experience.
It made me want to ramp up efforts to end abortion by being more involved in PLY and in the
Students for Life group at my college, which is, frankly, struggling.
I think just being loud about the issue and increasing the amount of passionate people in the pro-life movement is the best way to help the unborn, and that’s what I try to do for PLY and on campus.
Q: How would you tell other youth to get involved in the pro-life movement?
A: I think there are a lot of ways to get involved and each person has to find their own way that’s
easiest for them. For people who like politics, it’s about communicating with your
state/provincial and federal government and maybe doing internships with pro-life groups that
work with policy. For science people, it could be studying and working in bioethics. For people
who like writing, blogging; and for people who are good speakers, maybe setting up a pro-life
table and talking to people on the street, or just with friends and family. There’s a role for
everyone to play, so it’s just a matter of finding an organization to join or starting your own. Find a way to carry out your passions.
Q: Share with us an encouraging event or a success story from your work.
A: To be honest, I’m still getting into the serious leadership realm, so I don't have much that’s
actually tangible to show for it yet outside of PLY.
The best thing so far is when myself and the other two leaders of the Students for Life group on
campus filled a classroom of people to watch some pro-life videos for “Why We Fight Night.” I
ended up doing a little intro talk so people could get to know each other and also leading
reflections on the videos we watched, all on the spot. I love doing that sort of thing. The number
of people there was very encouraging, plus people really seemed to like the event. That was one of our best moments and I'm glad I could help with it.
A: Here are a few experiences that come to mind:
I’ve had many conversations with friends and acquaintances who are pro-aborts over the years,
but none of them really intense or lengthy, just conversations lasting 10 minutes or so. I think the thing to keep in mind in those situations is not to expect immediate results. Sometimes it’s just about planting little seeds.
Although this experience was indirect, when I was at the March for Life this year, some pro-
aborts blocked the road in front of the Supreme Court building. I could feel the tension but
nothing got out of hand. There wasn't much of a need for direct confrontation because Capitol
police handled it well and got them out of the way. We were just patient and knew things would be taken care of.
The last anecdote is when I was a sophomore in high school praying the Rosary outside an
abortion clinic with some friends and the school Chaplain. During the decade I was leading, a car stopped on the side of the road. I couldn't see them since we were facing the clinic, but we all heard several women yelling, “PRO-CHOICE” repeatedly before driving off. I felt pretty victorious in that moment because I just prayed louder. It was nice.
Q: What keeps you going through the tough times?
A: Two things: knowing that so much is riding on our success, and that we’re winning.
Obviously we’re not done, but pro-choice leaders admit that the pro-life movement is winning.
It’s a great thing to hear and it only wants to make me push even harder, especially because there are so many lives and futures riding on what we do. Abortion is such a blatant injustice, even the fact it exists motivates me alone.
Q: What advice would you give to your peers?
A: Be forceful. Not in a rude or bullying way, but in a way that gets things done no matter what
obstacles are in your path. Use that image to start clubs in your school and not be afraid to use
social media to send your message. We use things like Facebook and Twitter everyday but I think it’s easy to forget how powerful they and other networks really are. Basically, always find a way to make things happen.
Q: Name a hero or role model of yours and explain why he or she inspires you.
A: I’m excited to answer this one!
The two people I know of who I look up to and embody the ‘get it done’ mentality I mentioned
above have nothing to do with the pro-life movement, but I try to apply their strengths to my
They are Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of
Uber. They're inspiring to me in different ways. Musk is doing things with technology and
transportation that have never been done before: he’s a visionary genius. Kalanick, on the other
hand, doesn't have a product as complex as reusable space rockets, but Uber faces a lot of
opposition from governments and he has to fight for every inch of success, which makes some
people view him as controversial.
I read this long, comprehensive article about Kalanick and Uber. One of my favorite parts
mentions how other Silicon Valley startups have cute names for their conference rooms like
Twinkie and Pong. But the main workspace for Uber? It’s called the War Room.
Both Musk and Kalanick are die-hard workers and are willing to devote their whole lives to what
their passionate about, and I think it’s truly amazing. I think we can learn a lot from them.
P.S. see if Travis gives you a kick in the pants too in the article I mentioned:
Q: What is your favorite pro-life quote?
A: That’s a tough one, because I like quite a few. I think the winner is going to have to be this
one from Pope Benedict XVI because it has a combination of logic and vivd imagery that
appeals to me:
“The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself.
This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently,
cannot be a human right––it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society.”
Score one for philosophy!
Q: How do you hope to grow ProLife Youth and what is your ultimate goal as Vice President?
A: I’d love to see PLY get in touch with churches and youth groups across the country, and
eventually the world, since Christian youth seem to be the majority of the movement.
I also think that expanding to different mediums like YouTube and podcasts would be something
to consider once we have some more specialized talent to make some cool videos and stuff like
I’m a sucker for gear, so I think selling things like shirts and decals for cars or laptops would be a great way to grow our presence.
Overall, I want to eventually be on par size/recognition wise with Students for Life and Abolish
human Abortion, but in a way that makes us less like a corporation and more like an
approachable community. Allowing bloggers to join us so easily is a big part of staying down-to-
earth with the people.