What Do Millennials Think About Abortion?
Dr. Alex McFarland, Who Speaks With Tens of Thousands of Young People Each Year, Says Millennials Could Be the Generation to End Abortion in America
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Today is the 46th observance of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. Upwards of 60 million unborn babies have lost their lives since.
Millennials, of course, weren’t even alive for the court decision, and many of their parents were children themselves. But the disconnect from this piece of history in no way separates some millennials from a passionate pro-life stance, says religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland.
“We have several pieces of good news when it comes to abortion,” McFarland said. “First, more millennials are committing to pro-life views and dedicated to protecting life. The 2018 State of Theology survey found that most Americans—52 percent—say that abortion is a sin, and 57 percent of millennials feel the same way. Praise God! Let’s hope that this outspoken and passionate generation will be the one that is instrumental in ending abortion in America.”
Additionally, McFarland said, the Centers for Disease Control released encouraging numbers in late 2018 about abortion in America. The CDC has been tracking reported abortion numbers in the U.S. since 1969, and in 2015, the most recent year for data, 638,169 abortions were reported. While this is a tragic and disturbing number, it does reflect a 2 percent decrease from 2014. And—the encouraging part—abortions among all women decreased 24 percent between 2006 and 2015, while abortions among women aged 15-44 decreased 26 percent in this same period.
“In 2015,” the CDC reported, “all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2006–2015).”
Even secularists and atheists can have pro-life leanings. For example, well-known non-believer Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), whom McFarland interviewed twice and debated, was asked in a January 2008 debate if he was opposed to abortion and was a member of the pro-life movement.
“I’ve had a lot of quarrels with some of my fellow materialists and secularists on this point, but I think that if the concept ‘child’ means anything, the concept ‘unborn child’ can be said to mean something,” Hitchens had said. “All the discoveries of embryology [and viability]—which have been very considerable in the last generation or so—appear to confirm that opinion, which I think should be innate in everybody. It’s innate in the Hippocratic Oath, it’s instinct in anyone who’s ever watched a sonogram. So ‘yes’ is my answer to that.”
“Although Christians value life because we know human beings are made in God’s image, people of any faith walk—or no faith at all—can see that life is valuable and something to be protected at any stage,” McFarland said.
Besides his writing, speaking and preaching, McFarland also hosts a daily radio show on American Family Radio (AFR) called “Exploring the Word.” AFR and the American Family Association are partnering with the Pre-Born ministry to raise awareness and funds so more mothers are able to see an image of her baby during pregnancy, and therefore, are perhaps less likely to abort that child. Preborn raises money for ultrasound machines in facilities and pregnancy centers without them so more women will choose life.
In two days on McFarland’s radio show, enough money was raised to provide women with 731 ultrasounds.
The author of 18 books with another on the horizon, McFarland is the creator of the successful Truth for a New Generation (TNG) national and regional apologetics conferences which have been in existence for over two decades and aim to help students, parents, youth pastors and community members to lift up this young generation, pray for them and empower them to stand strong in their faith.
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