Last week, NDRL hosted our Spring Banquets in Grand Forks and Minot. I was very encouraged by the leadership of our youth at these events. Our masters of ceremonies were seventeen and twenty-one years old respectively, and both did a great job. We also had two dynamic teens for life reports on the March for Life. These reports contained a lot of insight. It was immediately clear, our youth understand the importance of being involved in the pro-life movement.
Emily Dosch, our Teens for Life presenter in Grand Forks, pointed out the joy that was present at the March for Life. Even though we were there to lament the loss of life abortion causes, we are also there to celebrate life. Life is precious. The pro-life movement will continue to celebrate the lives of the living including but not limited to unborn children saved from the destruction of abortion. We will not give in to the culture of death.
The vociferous defense of life these young people gave was refreshing; the next generation understands that every human life is worthy of respect. Their witness reminds me of the preface to Jean Garton’s classic Who Broke the Baby? when Dr. Garton relates how she was putting together a slideshow on abortion to show to medical students when “Suddenly I [Dr. Garton] heard, rather than saw, another person near me. At the sound of a sharp intake of breath, I turned to find that my youngest son, then a sleepy, rumpled three-year-old, had unexpectedly and silently entered the room. His small voice was filled with great sadness as he asked, ‘Who broke the baby’”
Our teens know who broke the baby and have an extensive understanding of the issue, yet they still recoil at the horror of abortion and gasp. Like the child in Dr. Garton’s story our teens understand the value of all human life intuitively. However these teens also understand the issue logically, and understand the ethical reasons why all human beings deserve to have their lives protected.
Joy is a powerful weapon, when we go to pro-life events and show ourselves to be joyful people working to extend the paramount human right: the right to life to our fellow humans, we break the stereotypes that the media has created about us. We are not angry white old conservative men; we are joyful people of all colors, genders and ages. We are not a movement of abortion and death, but one that rejects abortion, doctor proscribed suicide, and euthanasia. Ours is a movement of joy, a movement of hope, a movement of life.