Abortion laws across the United States have been in flux since the Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion in June 2022. This means that, in states where abortion is restricted, women are considering traveling out of state to obtain abortions. This includes minors. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 36 states at this time require … Continue reading # 54. Advocate for laws preventing minors from obtaining abortions out of state without parental permission.
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#52. Create chalk art.
Note: Check local and state laws as well as campus regulations to determine whether sidewalk chalk is considered vandalism in the context you're using it. Regulations vary. Pick a location and think of which designs you'd like to do. If you're chalking on a college campus, statistics and quick facts might pique some interest. If … Continue reading #52. Create chalk art.
#51. Amplify the voices of unconventional pro-lifers.
People who aren't very involved in the abortion debate (so, most people) often have the misperception that Americans against abortion are primarily white Republican Christian men. This is a myth. It's important for the public to understand that pro-life activists come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Countless on-the-fencers already have pro-life inclinations, but they … Continue reading #51. Amplify the voices of unconventional pro-lifers.
#50. Post ads in newspapers for local pregnancy resource centers.
One major way to support pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) is to make sure your community knows where they are and what services they offer. Contact the PRC and tell them you'd like to help them advertise by placing a newspaper ad. Find out whether it would be easier for you to give them a donation … Continue reading #50. Post ads in newspapers for local pregnancy resource centers.
#48. Go thrift shopping.
First, consider which organizations or people you would like to donate to. Contact them in advance to find out what kind of donations they accept and whether there are particular items they need. Then let the search commence. Thrift shopping is like treasure hunting; many of the shop's wares will be of no use to … Continue reading #48. Go thrift shopping.
#47. Create a “Contact Our Reps” group.
There are many ways to advocate for change through legislation, but in the end these efforts usually require the cooperation of elected officials. So let your officials know what you think and want. Research suggests staffers take more notice of personalized content that required some effort (i.e. online petition signatures mean little to them, but … Continue reading #47. Create a “Contact Our Reps” group.
#46. Subscribe to pro-life podcasts.
Podcasts can be a great way to convert otherwise mundane tasks into opportunities for education and inspiration. Change your weekday commutes or after-dinner dishes into contributions to pro-life work by spending that time listening to podcasts (and thus, hopefully, increasing your knowledge and abilities as a pro-life advocate). Below is a list of a few … Continue reading #46. Subscribe to pro-life podcasts.
#45. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian at litem (GAL) for foster children.
A CASA or GAL is a person appointed by a court to represent a child's best interest in cases of abuse or neglect. People of all kinds of backgrounds volunteer as CASAs and GALs. There's no prior special training required (you receive training as part of the onboarding process). The most effective CASA or GAL … Continue reading #45. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian at litem (GAL) for foster children.
#44. Advocate for trigger laws in your state.
A trigger law is a law that isn't currently enforceable, but certain changes in circumstance could "trigger" the law to go into effect. Some states have laws that will go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned or sufficiently weakened; in some cases these state laws ensure abortion access, but in most cases they … Continue reading #44. Advocate for trigger laws in your state.
#43. Study the pro-choice worldview.
The better we understand the other side, the more effective we will be at dialoguing with pro-choice people, rebutting pro-choice claims, and overcoming pro-choice tactics. This process requires recognizing not only what they say but why they say it. What are their priorities? What are their fundamental beliefs? What verbiage do they use most often, … Continue reading #43. Study the pro-choice worldview.
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