by Ria

This July 4th, the day we celebrate the affirmation of our God-given rights, I attended the National Right to Life Conference and learned how to protect and defend a right that’s being abused: a baby’s right to life.

There were hundreds of people there, including several other teens from our homeschool group, and it was inspiring to know that there are people across the country picketing and lobbying for that God-given right.

One point that was stressed throughout the conference by speakers and by people I met was that we, the teens, are the future of the pro-life movement. It reminded me of what Fr. Horrigan has always said: “You [homeschoolers] are the future of the Church.”

It seems that so many people are dependent upon my generation, and after going to the NRLC I can understand why. I met teens who are already deeply involved in the pro-life movement, people my age who are holding pro-life conferences, fundraisers, and lobbying across the country. Teens are making the difference; they’re influencing their peers and renewing hope in the adults.

The conference made me realize how many things I can do to promote the end of legalized abortion and provided me with the information I need to do it. It also showed me that I’m not alone, and that when I stand up against abortion millions stand with me. I now feel equipped to be a part of the pro-life movement and I am confident that there will be an end to abortion during my lifetime.

Pro-lifers are looking to the teens to further what they have accomplished, and the Church is looking to homeschoolers to spread the faith. I am proud to be a part of the future of both and look forward to the day when we can celebrate our rights with the knowledge that every man, including the unborn child, is enjoying his God-given right to life.

Ria is a homeschool graduate.

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