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Trained by D. . In America and around the globe, teenagers who have survived the abortion holocaust are now fighting back. Abortion has wounded an entire generation. On the heels of the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade Roe v. Wade, case decided in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with Doe v. Bolton, this decision legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. decision, NRLC NRLC National Right to Life Committee (since 1973; Washington, DC)
NRLC National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property staffers and past pro-life youth leaders April Holley (AH), Heather Clapsaddle (HC), and Derrick Jones (DJ), sat down to discuss pro-life youth and the future of the movement.
AH: Last month's huge gathering in Washington, D.C., was the 25th annual March for Life. How was this march different from any other?
DJ: Looking at the crowd at this year's march, the most prominent change since the first march 25 years ago is that the participants are getting younger and younger. The tens of thousands of young people that joined in this year are sending a strong message to the "abortion culture": the Roe v. Wade generation is fighting back.
Today's youth has been labeled a "lost generation" -- a generation that doesn't really care about what's happening in the world today. In reality, it is just the opposite. The young people of today are taking the problems of our society very seriously. More and more they are becoming involved in the fight for life. The right to life movement has already benefited greatly from this new surge of energy - - but there's still more to be done.
AH: How can teens and college. students make a difference in the movement?
DJ: I read an editorial in my hometown newspaper, written by a high school student, that talked about the Greek use of the letter "X" as a symbol for Christ. He said that Generation X has a unique opportunity to fight the stereotype that they are "lost" and can go out and talk to people and educate them, much like the disciples did.
We've always said that teens and college students are some of the best educators the pro-life movement has. They are better able to reach their peers with the pro-life message, and it's that peer-to-peer education that can have the biggest impact on the pro-life movement.
AH: What kinds of things have youth done to take a stand on the abortion issue?
HC: There are so many activities that have been done over the years. Some of the most popular have been helping out with local RTL (Register Transfer Level) A high-level hardware description language (HDL) for defining digital circuits. The circuits are described as a collection of registers, Boolean equations, control logic such as "if-then-else" statements as well as complex event sequences; chapter events and projects, volunteering at local crisis pregnancy centers Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), also known as pregnancy resource centers, are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to discourage pregnant women from choosing abortion. and right to life offices, throwing baby showers for mothers in need of assistance, babysitting for unwed mothers, clothing drives for CPCs. The list is endless. We received a letter from Clover clover, any plant of the genus Trifolium, leguminous hay and forage plants of the family Leguminosae (pulse family). Most of the species are native to north temperate or subtropical regions, and all the American cultivated forms have been introduced from Quinn, the advisor for Teens for Life of the Bitterroot Valley The Bitterroot Valley is located in southwestern Montana in the northwestern United States. It extends over 100 miles (160 km) from remote Horse Creek Pass north to a point near the city of Missoula. in Montana. Seven members of the group spent 24 hours in prayer and fasting on behalf of the pro-life movement and its leaders.
AH: You mentioned Teens For Life groups. Is it easy to get one started?
HC: All it takes is one or two interested teens and a willing adult to provide them guidance and support. It's a common misconception mis·con·cep·tion
A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding: had many misconceptions about the new tax program. among adults that starting a Teens for Life group takes too much time and energy, when, in reality, all it takes is a little time and a lot of love.
AH: What is the biggest difficulty you find when trying to get groups started?
HC: The biggest difficulty we've found is the lack of enthusiasm by some adults. To you adults that have given your time and effort to the youth movement, l thank you and you don't have to read the rest of my answer. However, some adults often get too caught up in what's happening now and aren't paying attention Noun 1. paying attention - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
attentiveness, heed, regard to what might happen in the future. But if we are to be victorious, it is vital that we look down the road. The future of the movement rests on the pro-life youth. They are our future leaders Future Leaders is a UK schools-led charitable organisation that aims to widen the pool of talented leaders especially for urban challenging secondary schools. It was founded in March 2006 by Nat Wei, a former founder of Teach First. and grassroots. They will be the ones dealing with the media and the pro-abortion rhetoric. They will be providing the funding and resources that will allow us to fight the battle and win.
AH: What about students on the college level?
DJ: There's not a lot of difference in starting a college right to life group. Probably the main difference is in the organizing process and you don't rely as heavily on adult assistance But, as with Teens for Life groups, all you really need is one or two people to get started. And on the college level, you need to find people who are willing to take a stand in an environment that is often unfriendly to pro-lifers.
AH: That about wraps it up. Do you have anything else to add?
HC, DJ: Clover Quinn, the local Teens for Life advisor from Bitterroot Valley, Montana, summed it up best:
"There are large numbers of dedicated and committed youth in every community who have chosen to align themselves with family values family values
The moral and social values traditionally maintained and affirmed within a family. and morals. They are fun-loving young people, creative and willing to serve. If we hope to see change in our nation, in our lifetime, we have only to support the efforts of our youth."
The youth are there - - willing to help, willing to learn and willing to become involved. Are you?
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