"The Millennalists"-- The Most Pro-Life Generation
Any parent who has more than one child knows that you make generalizations at your peril. Add innate disposition to birth order to parenting "styles" to changing family economics, etc., etc., and you're quickly reminded that each of your children is a priceless, unique individual.
But this considerable array of differences within families has not prevented best-selling authors from making collective assessments about entire generations! For example, "Generation Y" (or "The Millennalists"), born between 1982 and 2000, have been described by Neil Howe and William Strauss (as one reviewer put it) as "a nurtured generation, slightly conservative, trustworthy, hardworking, cooperative, dependable."
Joleigh Little passionately agrees with the conclusion. If anything, she'd go further in her praise of the young people she works with everyday as director of Wisconsin's Teens for Life.
"They are less 'me, first' than my Generation--Generation X--and far less so than the Baby Boomers," said Little, who is also Co-Advisor of National Teens for Life. "They are smart, idealistic, and really do want to work on behalf of a cause greater than themselves."
Youth Pro-Life Activist to Congressman
Over the past 27 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives I have given thousands of speeches. Some of them are memorable, owing more to the setting than contents—the Vatican, the Kremlin, the United Nations—but the one speech I remember best was the first pro-life speech I researched and gave in one of my college classes.
That one speech and surrounding reactions set the course for my entire future, including who I would marry and what career path I would follow.
In that speech, I told my classmates that to me, abortion methods looked like child abuse. I explained that there were positive nonviolent alternatives to an unexpected pregnancy offered by groups such as Birthright. I relayed my dismay at the callousness of one abortionist I had read about who was “upset” that a late-term abortion he performed had “survived”—the “dreaded complication”—a living baby.
You would have thought I had committed the unpardonable sin.
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Vol. 34, No. 1
Author’s note. When Dave Andrusko first asked me if I would be willing to write the President’s Column for this issue, two thoughts came to mind. First and foremost, “I am so not the President!” and secondly, “Wow, I am not worthy!” However, since this special issue of NRL News is dedicated to youth, and working with pro-life youth is my driving passion, it was my honor this one time to write in the column space of the wise, gracious, and much-loved Dr. Franz.
As I ponder the importance of young people and their involvement in the cause of life, I can’t help but reflect on my own pro-life journey. I like to believe in many ways it is pretty typical. Twenty-two years ago, at the age of 14, I realized that this was the cause of my lifetime. It really was as simple as that. It was obvious to me, even at that tender age, that abortion was no mere “problem” and would never go away if we just ignored it.
After 34 years of legalized abortion and the loss of over 48 million precious unborn lives, it is more crucial than ever that we employ the absolute best strategies at our disposal to bring an end, once and for all, to the killing that has claimed a full third of two American generations. It is also critical that we thwart the growing trend toward euthanasia that is threatening to sweep across our nation.