Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Younger Generations – We Are More Pro-Life Than Ever Before



There have been a number of articles published recently stating that the younger generations are more pro-life than previous generations. In fact, the very face of the pro-life movement is becoming younger and younger. LifeSiteNews.com’s article, NARAL’s President Admits: Pro-Aborts Aging; Pro-Lifers Young and Zealous, explores this change and features three young pro-life leaders.

After years of listening to angry rhetoric, younger Americans are turning a deaf ear to mouth pieces that simply spout clichés, slogans and heated words. Instead, they are putting action to their beliefs and indeed doing their best to change the world, regardless of the issue.

As a member of this younger generation, my beliefs definitely influence how I decide to take action on how to make a change. Even before I was actively seeking God, I wanted to go about things in a positive, friendly and encouraging way. Are there still people in my generation who would prefer to make a change by holding signs and protesting for everyone to see? Sure. But from my experience, most of the people I know are moving in a direction of “behind the scenes” work in order to make a difference. We want to be involved in a way that is productive and allows us to “get our hands dirty” and see a change in the movements we feel passionate about. It is important for us to see the difference that we are making.

What have been your observations of the younger generation’s actions? Are they consistent with my experiences? You can also read Kay Sanford’s post for more reasons why my generation is more pro-life.

The message of love and hope offered by pregnancy centers correlates to the undercurrent of change this generation is seeking. This group of dedicated, compassionate people put their beliefs into action by providing practical help to those in need. Whether you agree or disagree with the beliefs of pregnancy center workers, one thing is for sure – these people take their work seriously by avoiding the anger of the past and focusing on tangible ways to impact the women in their community.

Kim Rice is Program Specialist for the Center for Organizational Excellence at Care Net. Kim can be reached at krice@care-net.org.

2 comments:

Down to the Dust said...

I wonder what the reasons are for the younger generation being "tired of clichés, slogans and heated words." Behind clichés and slogans (certainly not heated words) are meaningful principles that the media has assigned to “Bible-thumping, radical right-wingers.” Therefore, since the younger generation has been especially influenced by the media, perhaps they have not understood the profound principles of justice on behalf of the unborn. While caring for women in distress is absolutely necessary, it should be the result of a passionate commitment to "rescuing those being led to slaughter." Our cause represents justice for the unborn and compassionate care for mothers. Both principles are necessary and work in tandem. However, Kim’s article is certainly food for thought to those of us who have been in the pro-life movement for a long time. Good job, Kim!

Down to the Dust said...

I wonder what the reasons are for the younger generation being "tired of clichés, slogans and heated words." Behind clichés and slogans (certainly not heated words) are meaningful principles that the media has assigned to “Bible-thumping, radical right-wingers.” Therefore, since the younger generation has been especially influenced by the media, perhaps they have not understood the profound principles of justice on behalf of the unborn. While caring for women in distress is absolutely necessary, it should be the result of a passionate commitment to "rescuing those being led to slaughter." Our cause represents justice for the unborn and compassionate care for mothers. Both principles are necessary and work in tandem. However, Kim’s article is certainly food for thought to those of us who have been in the pro-life movement for a long time. Good job, Kim!