Youth Award 2011
Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund will award a $300 scholarship to one outstanding prolife high school senior in Michigan. Selection criteria include an essay and past participation in prolife activities. For more information about the youth award, please contact your RLM affiliate.
2010 Youth Award Winner
The recipient of the RLM Outstanding Prolife Youth Award 2010 was Tyler Perry of Tuscola County Right to Life. Tyler was a 2009 state finalist in the Right to Life of Michigan High School Oratory Contest. Tyler's volunteer highlights include speaking at several local prolife events and founding a prolife student club, Cass City Meant2Live, at his high school. Congratulations Tyler for your dedication to prolife work!
What can this next generation do to promote a positive prolife message?
Our Finest Hour, by Tyler Perry
To many, the prolife movement is associated with angry picketers screaming at young girls as they enter abortion clinics, or even those who ironically justify murdering abortionists in the name of life. While these incidents are certainly not representative of the message prolife Americans wish to convey to their countrymen, they are indeed events that occur around our nation today. What, then, should be this next generation’s approach to spreading the message of life? I sincerely believe our message needs to be one of both passionate resolve and compassionate love; and I say both, because they are often times considered to be unrelated. My question, however, is why should they be? Why should we not be able to stand firm in our convictions and at the same time offer a loving hope to those scarred by abortion and the pro-choice school of thought? The answer, my friends, is that we can. We can do both and we must do both.
If the prolife movement is universally seen as a movement of hostility and anger, then the movement will cease to have a positive impact on the country and world. As prolife Americans, we must speak out against the inhumanity of abortion, speak up for those who have been silenced, and refuse to stop speaking out until the conscience of the country cries out with one unified plea "end abortion now!" At the same time, we must also understand the young girls who are driven to abortion. They are not individuals seeking to intentionally commit murder; rather they are young people who are scared; daughters whose parents are not willing to help them; fellow human beings who must experience love from others, so that they themselves will love the baby inside of them.
Laws may declare the legality of a procedure, but it is the conscience of the people that will bring about true social change. God told us thousands of years ago "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Healing is what our nation and its people need today more than anything else. Let our generation be passionately resolved to end abortion, as we compassionately love those hurt by its gruesome inhumanity; for when we do, they will say of us, just as Churchill did of the British people, "This was their finest hour."
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