Pass the Torch to the Next Generation

Did you know the up and coming generation is the most pro-life in decades? With incredible advancements in science, technology, and social movements, it’s becoming more and more apparent to the youth that abortion is harmful to both women and their children in the womb.

We know what a fetus is – it’s a pre-born baby with its own heart starting to beat between 18-21 days and the ability to feel pain at around 20 weeks.

We know what an abortion is – it’s a procedure to end a baby’s life in the womb through pills, a saline solution, or surgery to dismember and extract the fetus.

We know the effects abortion has on women – it can cause damage to the reproductive organs, heavy bleeding, cramping, future infertility or pregnancy complications, eating disorders, insomnia, nightmares, depression, guilt, isolation, suicidality, infection, and even death.

My generation has all of the tools we need to uncover these truths. With the proliferation of social media, undercover investigations, and readily available information online, there is no excuse for ignorance.

We also care about justice for all people and strive to create a better world. This mobilizes our generation to rise up with the truth and compassion needed to help women in crisis by lovingly encouraging them towards life. If you’re wondering what the future of the pro-life movement looks like, look no further than the pro-life youth.

Young pro-lifers are starting student-run organizations in high school, college, medical school, law school, and even homeschool groups. We host events on campus such as movie nights, informative displays on topics like the corruption of Planned Parenthood, and even throw baby showers for pregnant students. We lobby in our capitol buildings and flood our representatives with calls regarding pending legislation. We recruit other students, educate them, and mobilize them to be effective life-long activists. We even collect baby and maternity items for young mothers in need and urge our student governments to implement various resources and accommodations for pregnant and parenting students on campus.

We are passionate.

We are dedicated.

We have the time, energy, and innovation to impact our culture in a powerful and lasting way.

The future looks bright with young pro-life leaders at the helm. So what can you do to help these teenagers and young adults? Encourage them, pray for them, provide financial assistance when you can, donate resources like baby items or pizza for their meetings, and help them connect with other prominent individuals and organizations they can work with. We can all do our part to empower the next generation, whether it be in big or small ways. So be present, but allow them the space they need to brainstorm, innovate, and succeed. I assure you, they are ready to take up the torch if you’ll just pass it on to them.

Creativity in Prayer

If you’re anything like me, your mind drifts during prayer. Of course, you have the best intentions. One second you’re talking about the struggles of the day and suddenly your mind shifts to that pending to do list, the items you forgot at the grocery store, what time you have to get up tomorrow… Soon you’ve forgotten where your train of thought started, and if your thoughts do stumble back to that prayer, you can’t help but feel disappointed with yourself.

We all fall short of the standards we hope to achieve, especially when it comes to our spiritual disciplines. It’s human to make mistakes, but those shortfalls also provide opportunities for improvement and change.

One of the many wonderful things about our God is His compassion. He offers us mercy and understanding in the big and small things. Because we are able to experience a personal relationship with Him, there is freedom in our practices, including prayer. Praying alone in your head or aloud with other people are not your only options.

One of my favorite ways to pray is through journaling. Not only does this allow me to keep my mind on track, but I can also see how I’ve changed and the ways my prayers have been answered over time. This practice has also taught me to keep my prayers concise. Matthew 6:7-8 says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” When I pray quietly to myself, I tend to drone on, which leads to my thoughts derailing into irrelevant territory. And although I’m the type of person that can write forever, my hand eventually hurts, urging me to stop. So praying through writing forces me to get to the point. Instead of focusing so much time and energy on myself, I can offer those requests and concerns to God and then await His response, grace, and peace.

Maybe journaling isn’t for you, but there are plenty of options available to one who is willing to explore them. Some people sing hymns or recite Bible verses as their prayers. Others speak their prayers aloud, even when they’re alone. I’ve also known some very artistic individuals who will paint or draw certain words as they meditate over prayers and scriptures.

The point is, our God is innovative. He created everything from the fish in the sea to the stars in the sky to every person on the planet. He’s also instilled His sense of creativity into us, so why not use it? No matter what method of prayer you prefer, know that God hears you and will answer in His time.

What is in a Name

Have you ever wondered what’s the story behind our name? It is not a traditional pro-life moniker — neither “options” nor “united” are often found in pro-life group names.

That’s because we’re all about changing the game in the pro-life movement. Both parts of ourname speak to our mission to end abortion everywhere.

Let’s start with “options”

Women in this country are overwhelmingly told they have no options. In vulnerable situations they are only presented with one way forward. By utilizing and strengthening the national pro-life clinic network, we are educating pregnant women about their many options. Including their most important one: to choose life.

What about “united”?

There’s a lot of meaning packed into this one word. First of all, we use digital marketing and technology to unite pro-life efforts and collaborative initiatives. Working together we will go further in our fight for life. If we are not united, then we pay a 500% premium in digital advertising; this markup makes it almost impossible to compete with abortion providers.

There’s a second, more basic, reason we have “united” in our name. We believe that we were all created equally. We as a human race come from one Creator, one common source. Despite our apparent differences, we are fundamentally united. This connection drives all of us, beyond the concepts of ideologies and philosophies, to protect the most vulnerable.

So what’s in a name? Our mission, our method and our unifying values.

Take part in these values by considering giving just $76. Why $76? Because our research has shown that that’s all it takes to save a child’s life. www.optionsunited.com/donate

Thanks for being part of our mission to save the unborn.