"America you are beautiful . . . and blessed. . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life."
Deep within the heart of every young person is a desire to find happiness and fulfillment in this life. Much of the period between childhood and one’s first “real job” is occupied with personal exploration and questioning: What do I believe? What really matters to me? What am I supposed to do with my life? With all the suffering and injustice in the world, what could I possibly do to make a difference?
Increasingly, those who were born in the post-Roe years have found the
answers to those questions in the pro-life movement. They have given a voice to
those who could have been their classmates and friends had they not been
aborted. And they have discovered great joy in bearing witness to “the Gospel of
Pro-life youth have enthusiastically engaged in building a culture of life because they have discovered that “fulfillment and joy.” Many young women and men have chosen the promotion of human life as their life’s work. The organization Generation Life, for example, is led by young people who educate their peers on the message of pro-life and chastity. They believe that abortion will end by addressing root cause, through spreading the liberating message of chastity and love. One of the young missionaries shared a personal story about witnessing to high school students:
After a pro-life presentation at a high school in Philadelphia, a student told me that for his whole life he thought he was a mistake, that he had no value. But after the talk he understood that these were lies. How wonderful it is that a presentation on the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death could be the catalyst for transforming the life of a troubled teen.
The task of building a culture of life does not belong only to such advocates, however. Every Christian is called to work for the common good and against the evils and injustices of their day. We all are called to witness to life in whatever job
and setting God places us.
While the struggle to defend human life in America and worldwide is far from over, pro-life youth today are showing us that the pro-life movement is in promising hands. These young people have chosen to live for greatness and
great things. They will undoubtedly succeed.