Much has been written and discussed concerning the Millennial generation and, no doubt, this trend will only continue as this generation continues to age. Historians will, likely, attempt to dissect our supposed need for safe spaces, our everyone receives a trophy mindset, and our penchant for unrest and bucking authority. I will not attempt, here, to refute these claims as some are certainly not unfounded, but I would like to offer a glimpse into what this generation, my generation, means for the pro-life movement moving forward.

 

No one can properly put into context the work of this generation in the pro-life movement without first recognizing those that came before us and laid the foundation. When I contemplate our work in this movement I am reminded of the quote that Isaac Newton made famous, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This is exactly how we find ourselves here today.

 

My generation has only known a country where abortion is legal and, dare I say, normalized. We weren’t privy to seeing firsthand the court cases that ultimately changed the trajectory of millions of lives in this great country. We have, however, been privy to seeing our parents and grandparents take a stand. We have watched as, in the face of much opposition, these giants opened up pregnancy centers, formed alliances, and marched on Washington to right a wrong. We have been witnesses to the consistent and resilient call for action spiritually, socially and politically as these giants sacrificed so much and loved so well.

 

Having all of this in our rearview we can now move ahead for a future that truly sees abortion as unthinkable in a civilized society. This is why I serve at a pregnancy center today, speak out at churches and conferences, and why I will join thousands in Washington, D.C. in January. Our mission is the same today as it was in 1973. The millennial generation shouldn’t see itself as mere replacements of or competitors to those that came before us. Instead, I, we, should see ourselves as co-laborers in a battle that is worth our effort and care.

It is true that we are seeing more stand in opposition to abortion today than we ever have. I am encouraged when I visit churches, college campuses, and the march in D.C. at the amount of young people engaged and excited to join our work. This points to a very bright and life-giving future for our movement and for men, women, and babies.

 

The millennial generation, even with our flaws, are going to be a part of something amazing when it comes to the issue of life and abortion. We are letting our voices be heard via blogs, podcasts, and other media outlets and the tide is beginning to change as we, along with our neighbors, see through the talking points and misgivings of the abortion industry.

 

My generation appreciates authenticity and honest dialogue. We do not like to be lied to or coerced. I believe this is why the pro-life movement is trending upward. Gone are the days of it’s just a clump of cells or a blob of tissue. We will not accept the it’s not a baby line any longer. We are the ultrasound generation. We saw our siblings in the womb via ultrasound and we see our own kids today in 3 and 4D scans.

I would argue that this is why pregnancy centers continue to find success and are seeing an increase in millennial staff and volunteers. We love our neighbors and want to speak truth to them. A truth, mind you, that sees value in mom and baby. This is why I get up every single day and go to work. So that my neighbors would know they are, in fact, loved, valued, and respected. That goes for my neighbors in and out of the womb.

 

I am very encouraged by my generation and the current trajectory we are seeing on the issue of life and abortion, and I do believe the torch may very well be in the process of changing hands. I do believe we may very well be the pro-life generation, but I would caution us during this passing of the torch. I implore us to make sure we are not taking it and moving forward without glancing down and celebrating the shoulders of those we are so blessed stand on. There is still much work to be done and we need all generations to work together to assure our common mission is completed. It is for that reason that I am excited to see what the future might hold for us in this much needed movement.

 

 

 

Andrew Wood

Andrew serves as the Executive Director of Hope Resource Center, one of the largest pregnancy centers in the Southeast, located in Knoxville, TN. When he is not discussing and promoting life issues he is at home with his wife, Erin, and their three kids, Gavin, Summer, and Evelyn.