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A New Generation Gap (Pro-abortion parents are discovering they have pro-life kids)
townhall ^ | April 9, 2003 | Chuck Colson

Posted on 04/08/2003 9:47:38 PM PDT by TLBSHOW

A New Generation Gap

Chuck Colson

As part of her coursework in persuasive speech, Afton Dahl had to make a presentation about a controversial issue. Dahl, a sixteen-year-old sophomore at Red Wing High School in Minnesota, chose abortion. "I think it would be better," she told her classmates, "to overturn Roe v. Wade."

Dahl was not just repeating what she heard in her pro-life, Christian home. In fact, her remarks came as a shock to her thoroughly pro-choice mother. But they are a hopeful sign that pro-life arguments have not fallen on deaf ears.

Dahl was not the only person in her class to make a pro-life presentation. As Dahl's teacher, Jillynne Raymond, told the New York Times, the "majority" of her students are pro-life.

This comes as a real surprise in Red Wing, which voted for Al Gore in 2000. One resident described herself as "shocked" at the pro-life sentiment among the town's kids and asked, "Where do these kids come from?"

The answer: They are just kids from Red Wing whose attitudes are consistent with national trends. Among young Americans, support for the pro-choice position has been dropping for the past decade. In 1993, 48 percent of eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds polled by the New York Times agreed that "abortion should be generally available to those who want it." Today, that number is down to 39 percent. A social scientist observed that young people today no longer see abortion as a "rights" issue, but as a "moral, ethical issue." That's good news.

And not surprisingly, abortion-rights advocates are trying to explain away these findings. Some argue that young women, never having "faced a situation where they couldn't get an abortion," take the right to abortion for granted. But they're not taking it for granted. They're explicitly rejecting that so-called "right."

An even more desperate pro-abortion explanation is that the shift is due to sex-ed programs stressing abstinence that "demonize abortion." In this conspiratorial account, children are being indoctrinated behind their busy parents' backs. As one pro-choice parent told the Times, "An anti-choice critter [jumped] out of my son's backpack and [ran] around my house." Really?

I suppose thinking that he has been brainwashed is easier than admitting that he thinks that you are wrong.

But that is what is happening. When Dahl told her classmates that "the baby's heartbeat starts at around twelve to eighteen days," she demonstrated that our arguments have taken hold. Likewise, when her classmate said that the abortion issue is "more about the baby's rights than the woman's rights," we can see that our efforts to shift the terms of the debate have borne fruit.

What's happening in Red Wing and across the country is a reminder to the pro-life side that being in this battle for the long haul pays off. Just because one generation of women regards Roe as sacrosanct does not mean that we cannot reach their children with rational, moral arguments.

What's happening in Red Wing should inspire Christians to take advantage of groups like Stand to Reason, an excellent apologetics ministry specifically equipping kids to understand and defend pro-life arguments—arguments that are creating a new generation gap, one in which being young means choosing life.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; charlescolson; generationgap

1 posted on 04/08/2003 9:47:38 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
Most young people are pro-life until:

1. They get pregnant
2. Their friends get pregnant

College is a major turning point for pro-life youth becoming pro-abortion. They see how it "helps" their friends who get pregnant, etc.



2 posted on 04/08/2003 9:50:38 PM PDT by 1stFreedom
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To: 1stFreedom
My daughter was in college and helped a pregnant friend gain the courage to tell her parents. She dropped out for a year to have her baby and then returned to college part time.
3 posted on 04/08/2003 10:08:02 PM PDT by Slyfox
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4 posted on 04/08/2003 10:11:02 PM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: Slyfox
I understand this happens but it's the exception not the rule.

When I was in college I ran a pro-life group. I know a lot of people were reached and I know of at least one baby saved. But you never see the rest who go on to kill their babies.
5 posted on 04/08/2003 10:12:58 PM PDT by 1stFreedom
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To: TLBSHOW
Wonderful news! Thanks for the post.
6 posted on 04/08/2003 10:32:56 PM PDT by patriciaruth
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To: 1stFreedom
When I was in college I ran a pro-life group.

Good for you!

I know a lot of people were reached and I know of at least one baby saved. But you never see the rest who go on to kill their babies.

Probably because they themselves committed suicide. As you probably know already, those are the statistics.

7 posted on 04/08/2003 10:33:27 PM PDT by BamaGirl
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To: 1stFreedom
College is a major turning point for pro-life youth becoming pro-abortion. They see how it "helps" their friends who get pregnant, etc.

When I got to High School, I was pro-abortion (or pro-choice as some folks call it). My parents also believe in abortion as a right, I've seen friends get pregnant, and seen some get an abortion, some kept there kids, while others gave theres up for adoption. All this made me actually a die hard pro-lifer. It became a matter of facts, and relating things. People that support abortion use alot of rhetoric, when the pro-life sides, uses less rhetoric, and more facts and science, they get converts. Part of the reason, to be honest with you, that I wasn't pro-life in the begining, was, the way the movement turned me off, it seems like all they wanted was attention, and had absolutley no real intent on educating people in a way that would work. I.E. preaching to the choir. I did see the error of my ways, but it took me having to look into these things personally, to learn the truth. If you give kids the facts, and let them choose between science or rhetoric, you'll win alot of them over.

8 posted on 04/08/2003 10:37:43 PM PDT by Sonny M (War has never solved anything, except Nazism, Communism, slavery and the holocaust.)
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To: patriciaruth
Wonderful news! Thanks for the post. - agreed!
9 posted on 04/08/2003 10:44:49 PM PDT by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: 1stFreedom
1ST FREEDOM WROTE: "College is a major turning point for pro-life youth becoming pro-abortion."

For me, it was exactly the OPPOSITE. I was adamently pro-abortion in 1974...UNTIL I had to do a simulated radio broadcast on a controversial issue for a college course and I picked abortion, thinking it would be a piece of cake.

We were required to do an HONEST, UNBIASED investigation of both sides. I became PRO-LIFE over night and have been ever since.

BTW, I have a severely physically and mentally disabled child, who does not walk, talk, or feed herself, and has worn diapers all of her 18 years of life...and I am STILL PRO-LIFE!

I wrote a little about it a few days ago on: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/879641/posts?page=44#44 (#44 and #46)

WOMEN MUST BE FULLY INFORMED---AUDIBLY AND VISUALLY BY PHOTOS, SONOGRAM AND VIDEO---BY A NON-INTERESTED PARTY---ABOUT THE ABORTION SURGERY ITSELF AND THE GRAVE DANGERS AND PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL RAMIFICATIONS OF IT!

10 posted on 04/08/2003 10:57:09 PM PDT by Concerned
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To: TLBSHOW
Maybe these kids knowing that if they had been concieved at the "wrong" time they may have been aborted focuses things a bit for them.
11 posted on 04/08/2003 11:08:43 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: TLBSHOW
Kids listen to their parents more than we ever realise. They listen when the parents talk about the sanctity of life, and they listen when parents talk about a womans's "right to choose." Children whose mothers insist that a woman has the right to kill her baby, however, do not hear what the mother wants them to hear. What they hear is that THEY could have been aborted, if their mothers had so chosen. The only thing that stood between their being born and their being killed was their mother's whim.

These children are pro-life because they treasure their own lives and therefore life itself.

12 posted on 04/08/2003 11:14:05 PM PDT by giotto
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To: TLBSHOW
This news must be distressing to the government educrats. The NEA has devoted vast amounts of resources attacking homeschoolers, and brainwashing our kids to oppose the Iraqi war and accept homosexuality as normal. With limited resources available, the NEA will have to make some painful choices on which agenda it wants to aggresively promote.
13 posted on 04/08/2003 11:18:59 PM PDT by Kuksool (Homeschooling is a sign of intelligent life.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
Maybe these kids knowing that if they had been concieved at the "wrong" time they may have been aborted focuses things a bit for them.

I think that's a lot of it. They know they're lucky to be alive.

14 posted on 04/08/2003 11:24:46 PM PDT by stands2reason (This is not a tag line.)
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To: TLBSHOW; Coleus
Bump and a ping.
15 posted on 04/08/2003 11:27:57 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: ladylib; Remedy; scripter; I_Love_My_Husband; Dataman; hsmomx3; homeschool mama; ArGee; moyden
PING!

The indoctrinaton camps (gov't schools) aren't "properly" teaching kids in one hot button issue.
16 posted on 04/08/2003 11:36:58 PM PDT by Kuksool (Homeschooling is a sign of intelligent life.)
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To: TLBSHOW
Liberal values are not sustainable.
17 posted on 04/08/2003 11:43:51 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
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To: TLBSHOW
One resident described herself as "shocked" at the pro-life sentiment among the town's kids and asked, "Where do these kids come from?"

ummm.... mothers who didn't have abortions?..

18 posted on 04/09/2003 3:59:49 AM PDT by TxBec (Tag! You're it!)
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To: Kuksool
Great post. Thanks for the ping.

I was pro-choice until 1982 when I saw some film at college... I think it was called The Silent Scream or something like that. A local church had permission to show the film and I'm glad they did.

19 posted on 04/09/2003 8:25:42 AM PDT by scripter
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To: TLBSHOW
"One resident described herself as "shocked" at the pro-life sentiment among the town's kids and asked, "Where do these kids come from?"

They came from their mommies and know that some 40 million other babies didn't get that opportunity.

20 posted on 04/09/2003 10:37:13 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: TLBSHOW
I know quite a few people who are pro-abortion.

My sister-in-law wrote a pro-life essay as a senior in High School. She was brought up Catholic and so forth.

Her friend got pregnant while in college and had an abortion. My sis-in-law already knew the facts of life. Because of her experience with her friend, it changed her values. This happens time and time again.

The opposite happens also, but only with help from pro-lifers working on campus. In my years of placing newspaper inserts into campus newspapers, dorm literature drops, showing of videos, and public displays, I saw people's hearts changed -- and others hardened.

It is true the facts do break through the abortion distortion. But many young women who have abortions know the facts. They simply rationalize it away and have their baby's killed.

IMO, pro-life and abstinence education have really helped in turning peoples minds around.

However, I really give credit to the recent reduction in abortions and pro-life sentiment to the drop in demand for abortion.

This drop in demand comes from the fact that many people are avoiding risky sexual behavior. Abstinence, "alternative sex" (oral sex,etc) , and prophylactic usage were/are on the rise.

Like it or not, increased prophylactic usage has led to a reduction in pregnancies and HIV transmission.

IMO, People have reduced "unintended" pregnancies out of self preservation. That's extremly sad. All the years of protesting, sitting in, carrying posters of dead babies, and sidewalk counseling didn't have a dent in saving babies compared to the realization that one could die from catching AIDS.

It's so sad because people didn't abstain or avoid pregnancy out of concern for the life of an unborn baby. They stopped getting pregnant because they wanted to avoid catching HIV and dying of AIDS.

The college campus has seen a reduction in the demand for abortion for the same reasons. But it is still the college campus, where KIDS are unsupervised, that hearts are turned from pro-life values. Kids are alone for the first time, and their only real guidance in emergencies are their peers.

Experience with an "unplanned" pregnancy in college has a tremendous erosive effect on peoples values. One can't reason with someone about abortion who has been affected by it. It's one of the reasons why the pro-abortion groups stress experience and relationships. Facts don't overcome friendships. Friends gloss over abortions and instead of ending a friendship they reduce their values so as to continue the friendship.

My sister in law is pro-abortion because her friend had an abortion in college. Since her friendship is so valueable, the only way she maintained that friendship is to accept what her friend did.

Kids have to be taught that friends don't drive friends to abortion clinics. I've seen tons of people, with WWJD strings or rosaries hanging from the rear view mirror, drop friends off for abortions. Friends don't tolerate friends killing babies. Friends don't drop their friends baby off to be butchered. Friends don't change their values because of the behavior of others. Yet we aren't teaching these values to our kids.

IMO, the battle has been and still remains the college campus.






21 posted on 04/09/2003 1:36:07 PM PDT by 1stFreedom
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