Yes, I Am A Millennial Girl, And Yes, I Am Pro-Life

Yes, I Am A Millennial Girl, And Yes, I Am Pro-Life

Being Pro-Life is so much more than being against abortions.

Let me start out with a simple sentence guaranteed to make small minded individuals click away and spew hate comments on my article:

I am a female millennial and I am Pro-Life.

Now that that's out of the way, hello to whoever stayed, and thank you for hearing out a different opinion.
Yes, you did read that right. I am in my early 20's and not Pro-Choice. When most people my age hear "pro-life", the first thing that comes into their heads is crazy bible thumpers screeching about going to hell if you have an abortion. Being Pro-Life is so much more than that, and typically more respectful than that. It's true that the never-ending abortion debate is high on the agenda, but it isn't the only thing.

Against what you may think, being Pro-Life is actually a way of being Pro-Woman. It may be easy to assume that Pro-Lifers want to limit choices and "control a woman's body", but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The main mission of the Pro-Life community is to give unborn human beings the right to life. This also opens up another debate, that fetus' are not people but rather a clump of cells. This is true and false at the same time. While a fetus may not be an actual "person" yet, it is much more than a clump of cells. The heartbeat of a human fetus actually starts beating after 3 weeks, or 1 day after fertilization. A heartbeat, just like you and I have, and so many people are open to stopping that new heartbeat.

Off of the abortion topic, the Pro-Life community also advocates for those who have already been born. In a quote from, "the pro-life movement is deeply rooted in the fundamental belief that all life, no matter how small or poor or unwanted, is worth protecting. "This includes caring for children in foster homes, as the American foster care system is not the greatest experience. Being Pro-Life is helping those with special needs and helping able families adopt orphaned children. To go beyond children, being Pro-Life is helping the homeless, refugees from war zoned countries and to help assist the overall human race. To say that Pro-Lifers hate giving women a choice is about as accurate as saying Pro-Choicers hate babies and love killing babies: not accurate at all.

The main reason I write this article is that I have faced countless debates both in person and online about why I am Pro-Life. I have been called any and every name under the sun and still continue to stick tried and true to my beliefs. I am a product of adoption. I don't know a lot about my birth parents, but I can say with certainty that they didn't want a child when they had me. I was adopted 2 days after being born and was raised knowing that my parents I call Mom and Dad have no blood relation to me. I've always been very open with the fact that I am adopted and actually did my first school presentation about some of the gruesome abortion procedures when I was 12 years old. Being an adopted child is part of my identity, but the thought that I could have been very easily aborted is always at the back of my mind. Because of my history and identity, I am a complete advocate for choosing life. I will not apologize for that and I will never be ashamed of that. I am thankful for the life I have been given, no matter how difficult it may be at times. My heart breaks to think of how many lives have been taken during abortion procedures.

Believe it or not, a lot of Pro-Lifers aren't here to berate you on your opinions. Many of them, including myself, enjoy discussing our beliefs and the beliefs of someone who feels the opposite. Many Pro-Lifers won't shove their opinions down your throat, but will only want to educate you on an opposing viewpoint than your own. The main purpose many Pro-Life members have is to raise awareness on the reality of an unborn fetus and show a less popular way of seeing things. Respect is given when respect is reciprocated.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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