On the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision I thought it would be appropriate to share ways in which those who are pro-life can help unborn babies and their mothers. These ideas are not my own, but come from a very excellent resource, a book called Pro Life Answers to Pro Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn (2000, Multnomah). I highly, highly recommend this book. I thought I’d share the first 25 today, and the rest tomorrow.
Direct Personal Involvement
- Open your home to a pregnant girl.
- Open your home to an “unwanted” child for foster care or adoption.
- Volunteer time with organizations that help the marginalized. Alcorn states that “personal care is the most basic pro-life activity.”
- Establish a pregnancy counseling and abortion alternative service.
- Donate materials & money to pregnancy centers, Birthright, Bethany Christian Services and other pro-life groups.
- Teach your children and other young people how to say no to premarital sex.
Educating Yourself and Others
- Become thoroughly informed about the abortion issue.
- Talk to your friends, neighbors and coworkers.
- Volunteer your services as a pro-life speaker.
- Promote discussion of abortion in internet chat rooms.
- Students: write papers, make speeches, and start a campus prlife group.
- Display attractive pro-life posters and information at your office or shop.
Literature, Visuals and Advertising
- Order and distribute pro-life literature.
- Donate pro-life books and magazine subscriptions to public and school libraries.
- Use a pre-made pro-life slide presentation, assemble your own or buy a DVD/Video and offer to show it.
- Wear pro-life symbols.
- Place newspaper ads, bench ads, and billboard posters.
- Write letters to the editor.
- Compile a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of politicians, newspapers, TV stations, hospitals and others in your area that people can contact to express their pro-life views. Distribute them widely.
- Select the most strategic measures and issues and host a pro-life letter-writing party.
- Write letters of encouragement to the sometimes tired and discouraged pro-life activists.
- Refuse any indirect or business support of abortion clinics and explain your refusal.
- Contact physicians and hospitals that perform abortions – and insurance companies that cover them – and express your convictions.
- Talk to journalists about your concern that they accurately represent the pro-life side in their reporting.
- Talk to teachers, especially junior high, high school, and college teachers. Express your desire that they understand and be able to represent the pro-life position rather than ignore it or distort it.