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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[Update: This post was originally written in March 2021. More recently the FDA has approved distribution of abortion pills via mail, though there are still restrictions on who can prescribe and receive these pills.] Medication abortion is a process in which a woman takes one or more pills to expel an embryo in the first … Continue reading #42. Report illegal distribution of abortion pills to the FDA.
If you're bilingual, you have much needed skills to contribute to the movement. Translating work into other languages will mean more people can access the work. If you've ever read a pro-life article, blog post, or other written work (even social media posts) that you thought was particularly helpful, find out whether the organization or … Continue reading #40. Translate pro-life articles, blog posts, and other written word.
If you've ever listened to a pro-life speech, presentation, podcast, or other talk you found particularly helpful, find out whether there's a transcript for that work and, if not, contact the person or organization who created that work and ask if they would like a transcript. Generally when a work is available in more formats, … Continue reading #39. Transcribe pro-life videos, podcasts, and other audio.