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The Cost of Changing the World

Friday, September 22, 2023 @ 09:08 AM The Cost of Changing the World Hannah Meador The Stand Writer MORE

You’ll get a different response no matter to whom you ask that question. It may be a political policy, a humanitarian issue, or environmental change. Or, it may be as simple as changing the mindset of how one sees the world. But regardless of how that question is answered, many people want the world changed … for better or worse.

One secular company, Technovation, seems to think outside the box when attempting to change the globe. By “empower[ing] girls to become leaders, creators, and problem-solvers,” this company encourages girls to address topics ranging from education access to climate control and beyond.

One of its programs, Technovation Girls, recently unveiled the winners of its seasonal contest that encouraged girls (ages 8-18) to create apps to help address social issues. On its finalists' webpage, the organization explains, “This season, 7,000+ girls from 61 countries developed 2,000 mobile apps to solve community problems.”

And boy, are these apps and the minds of their creators impressive!

The entries included different suggestions and solutions. But what caught my eye the most was the “Junior Division Regional Winners” category. A few of the winning ideas included:

  • A European team that designed a light to help conserve electric energy.  
  • Cameroon girls who came up with an idea to encourage parents to donate clothes to young kids in need.
  • Likewise, Indonesia young ladies that tackled the issue of food waste.

In case you’re wondering, North America was also listed among the young winners.

Scrolling down the page, there was a “STEM girls!!!” group victory. Comprised of two sets of young sisters (two 14-year-old and two 12-year-old girls), these girls designed an app called “MyChoiceHousing” to help women traveling out of state for an abortion find lodging and other abortion-related resources.

My heart sank.

In their YouTube pitch video, the four young girls mentioned that since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, many American women have struggled to find abortion access and that their app would help navigate difficulties.

“So, that got us thinking. What if we were able to make an app that educated people on abortion alternatives?” one girl said. “A one-stop shop that people can rely on,” another added.

Furthermore, the girls in the video also explained how the proposed app is designed to provide “comprehensive resources for women who are seeking abortions out of state, including local laws, healthcare providers, and available housing options.” It would also include a “safe and secure platform” for like-minded women to discuss their abortion-related experiences.

Presently, the app is unavailable to download as the contest challenge was to design the app. However, the “STEM girls!!!” were awarded a monetary prize and an impressive ranking among the 7,000+ that participated. In an interview, they also mentioned their plans to continue the development of the application.

But I can’t help but wonder about all they have lost.

Before I go any further, I think it is important to note that it is incredible these young sisters are intelligent enough to design and develop an app at their age. At ages 12 and 14, I was more concerned about what movies were coming out than thinking of social issues.

Yet, it is obvious that in these young hearts, the world’s evil has reached them.

Abortion takes away the life of loved ones, and it is no longer being pushed on just adults – it’s entered the minds of children.

Instead of seeing the value of life, these young sisters are clearly focused on how to aid in a mother’s destruction of one. As sisters, they worked together as a team to accomplish a goal. To do so, they had to listen, care, and react to one another.

What if one sister had been aborted and never given the gift of life? What would they have done without one another?

A Guttmacher report estimated that between 2015 and 2019, 73 million babies were killed each year. That is almost 300 million recorded lives lost in four years!

From 1973 – 2022, the National Right to Life estimates that 64,443,118 babies’ lives were recorded as lost to abortion. For the sake of what? Inconvenience? Liberation from responsibility?

So, what would I do if I could change the world?

I would instill the importance of life. Because without it, there would be no world to change.

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them
(Psalm 139:13-16).

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