Student Spotlight - Eva Molina
She learned a lot from the event, and the lessons have served her well. Some feminists on campus invited a local professor to give a rebuttal to Ramesh Ponnuru, the pro-life lecturer and National Review writer, who had spoken about the lies of Roe v. Wade a week earlier at the invitation of her conservative group. The feminist professor was a reasonable choice, since she also runs an organization that raises funds for women in "need" of abortions.
Chair of the Amherst College Republicans, Eva Molina and a group of her friends decided to attend the event to hear how the professor refuted the facts that Mr. Ponnuru had presented. The professor chose to ignore the facts and focus instead on the rights she has over her own body. Pro-lifers in the room tried to debate her with reason, Eva recalls, but the professor kept yelling at them to "stop drawing your lines on me!"
"By the end of that confrontation my blood was boiling," said Eva. "I learned the hard way that just because reason is on your side does not mean that you can get through to a liberal."
Eva, a rising junior at Amherst College in Massachusetts, has been a conservative her whole life, although she didn't understand the weight of its importance until her freshman year of high school. When she used a picture of President George W. Bush in a collage to depict a representation of herself, her teacher reacted by telling her she had been "brainwashed by Fox News," and even made her debate an upperclassman about the justification of the Iraq war.
Eva says, "Ever since then, I have been very fully aware of the fact that as a conservative in America, I would always be under attack."
But Eva doesn't let the Left's hypocrisy and denigration discourage her. She has responded to her liberal professors and classmates by becoming even more active in the Conservative Movement on her campus and as a Luce summer intern.
Eva is a native of Texas and plans to go to law school upon completing her undergraduate studies.
Through her dedication and activism, she gained invaluable experience that serves as a great example to young conservative women everywhere.
"Stand your ground and learn how to pick your battles," advises Eva. "Stay positive because you are not alone. And remember, there are some perks about being surrounded by liberals; you get to hear their arguments and use them to better understand and hone your own conservative beliefs."