Here’s a wild fact: the oldest Millennials are nearly 40. Though Millennials have long been synonymous with young people, the fact is that even the youngest Millennials are well into adulthood by now. As someone smack in the middle of the Millennial generation, I can offer you my gray hairs as proof. So as we look to “Gen Z”, how can we pass on our values and respect for all human life, from conception to natural death? How can we ensure that the most vulnerable in our society – the unborn – are protected in future generations?
Timmerie Geagea recently attended a Women’s March in San Diego, and on Trending with Timmerie she shared a conversation that hammered home what is needed to ensure Gen Z is a pro-life generation.
Timmerie explained that she showed up to the Women’s March because she wanted to interview the women there and ask them a simple question: why are you here? She received many responses but noted that almost all of them centered around abortion.
“Remember, those who support the Women’s March and those who are there are often post-abortive,” she said. “This is specifically why I went into this circumstance neutral. Because I wanted to hear what they had to say. But I also knew if we pricked the pear a little too quickly it could implode and turn into a hostile environment because emotions were running high.”
Timmerie told listeners that most of the women were willing to speak with her about abortion, despite Timmerie’s baby bump (her little girl is due to be born this Advent).
Timmerie said, “Everyone was completely polite to me in all the conversations we had. I think everyone assumes that they were fighting and angry. Well, they weren’t. They thought they were among their own people, so there wasn’t that level of hostility that some might have expected.”
Among the conversations that stood out to Timmerie was an interview she did with three generations of women: a grandmother, her adult daughter, and her 18-year-old granddaughter. The mother of the 18-year-old told Timmerie that if Roe vs. Wade was reconsidered she did not think there should be any restrictions on abortion, because that should be a decision made by a woman and her doctor. Then Timmerie turned to the 18-year-old and asked her the same question: why are you here?
The Gen Z attendee told her, “This is my first year that I’m able to vote, so this is really cool to have my mom and my grandma who are encouraging me to come out and practice my civil rights. So I think that’s really important. I also think that my generation, we want to change things. I think it’s important to get involved early, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Her response struck a chord with Timmerie, and she told her listeners, “This makes me ask the question: what kind of examples are we giving to young women? Because she is clearly inspired by her mother and her grandmother, which is an incredible thing. But what type of inspiration should a young woman receive today?”
Timmerie noted that the young woman said that her generation wants to change things, and she is looking to her formation to guide what she will change.
“And this brings up an important point,” she said. “Many young women today only have the models of social media and the teachers they have in their education system. Those are the people they’re listening to. Now, if they do have their parents who are more involved (which isn’t very common in today’s culture) they’re going to follow what those parents give as a model and example for them.”
“It’s a reminder that what we show as a model of femininity and women in the culture is so important,” Timmerie stressed. “Because these young people want to make a change in the world. But what sort of role models are we showing to women today? Because women are being fed the lie that they need abortion in order to be educated, have a career, or plan their own family. That’s a lie that women are being told.”
Listen to the full discussion, and other interviews from the Women’s March, below: