Pro-life advocate, Bekah Smith, is a mere 18 years old but she is concerned about the political climate and the spiritual battle against an abortion clinic in the Auburn Hills area. Bekah Smith is a leading activist with her young group, the ‘Crusaders for Life’ from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Sterling Heights.
You will know the Crusaders if you attend an abortion rally or protest and see a group of happy, singing teens and young adults bearing yellow balloons printed with the word, ‘LIFE’. Says Smith, ‘We are a group of joyful, pro-life, high school and college-age students who are very active in the pro-life movement. Our main goal is not only to be rid of abortion but to spread joy and love to those around us. We do this in many ways whether it be holding a flash mob or singing and praying outside of the abortion clinics.’
An offshoot of the original Chicago ‘Crusaders for Life’, the group has a pro-life presence that supports all life issues. At 100 members and growing, the Crusaders pray, dance, play music, form conga lines, cheer pro-life messages, and come out in all forms of weather. Their jubilant air at protest events diffuses tensions on both sides.
Smith began her involvement in the pro-life movement since traveling to Washington to take part in the March for Life. ‘I never really knew what it meant to be pro-life when I was younger. I knew what abortion was and that it was wrong, but that’s about as much as I knew.’
Smith’s experience is not uncommon. This past January, the 2012 March for Life drew an estimated quarter of a million youth and for many of them, the March was their first real exposure to the subject of abortion. ‘Three years ago I attended, for the first time, the annual March For Life in Washington D.C. – where I truly experienced what it meant to be pro-life – not only to make my stand on abortion, but to celebrate life! Mother Teresa said, ‘It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.’ For the past three years now I have attended the March For Life with the Crusaders For Life.’
While the hallmark of the Crusaders is joyful exuberance, Smith still comprehends the serious challenges for her generation. ‘Adults are always telling us young people that we are the future. This scares many of us because who wants to have that responsibility? …As a young Catholic adult, I hope that our generation embraces this challenge and steps up to make a change for our future generation. I believe that we can do this if we put forth the effort and love like that of which the Crusaders and pro-life community have! My only hope is that civil leaders in our country will see that the young people of America do not welcome abortion and these leaders will realize the importance of the sanctity of human life and do more to protect life.’
Smith’s favorite pro-life quote:
“Mother Teresa said, in regards to the unborn, ‘How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.’
Who can argue with this thinking?”
Throughout the 40 Days for Life campaign that began February 22nd in Auburn Hills, many local pro-life leaders are fasting and prayerfully demonstrating at 1625 N. Opdyke Road, to keep an abortion clinic from opening. During this time outstanding pro-life leaders in the community will be featured here.
To sign up to join with 40 Days for Life demonstrations at Opdyke, click to see the schedule.