Recently, on a flight back from the Life 2011 conference, the woman sitting next to me asked me a few good questions.
Firstly, she asked me what kind of conference I had attended, something I think I would have hesitated to answer prior to the conference. It was either the lack of sleep (I was on the red-eye) or the weekend of communion with inspiring, openly pro-life people, or maybe some cocktail of both, that emboldened me that morning (and for the rest of my life) to answer confidently and without pause. She was older, obviously wondering what to ask next, when I asked her why it was she was away. She was working with at-risk youth in urban areas. “That’s amazing!”, I replied.
Then we went on to talk about how building confidence, having role models, all of things are the origins of preventing the abuse and sexualization of our youth, as well as a crucial part in preventing crisis pregnancy situations. Ultimately, we were working towards similar goals. I told her about the various charities in the area she could connect with, some expressly pro-life, some not, some simply community oriented that could provide her and her team support. I gave her names, phone numbers. Then she asked me a very interesting question. She asked, “Since you do all this work with women, youth and children, do you work with any pro-choice groups?”
I thought about this for awhile. I’d never been asked that before. Finally I said, “As far as I know, no pro-choice advocate groups are doing that kind of work.”by