If you have experience with disability (especially if you have a disability, but also if you are the parent, sibling, partner, or caregiver of a person with a disability), your voice is important. People who have never directly or even indirectly experienced disability may have simplistic--and often overly negative--ideas about what the lives of disabled … Continue reading #31. Talk about your experiences with disability in online support groups.
Please note this entry is written with Christian readers in mind, but we hope the ideas are also useful to Jews, Muslims, and anyone else who regularly participates in a religious community. Surveys suggest approximately 4 in 10 women who get abortions were attending church regularly at the time they aborted. While many churches work … Continue reading #30. Support women with unintended pregnancies in your church.
You can submit letters to major national newspapers but also newspapers for your city, town, or college campus. Generally the smaller the newspaper's circulation, the more likely your letter will be printed. You can also submit the same letter to many papers and see what works. Remember it doesn't have to be time-consuming or overly … Continue reading #29. Write letters to the editor.
Sidewalk counselors often have only a few moments to talk to people going in and out of the clinic, so it's helpful for them to have print outs for people to take and look over in their own time. These handouts may have information about local resources, post-abortion counseling, fetal development, or abortion procedures. Some … Continue reading #28. Get sidewalk counselors literature to hand out.
One major way to support pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) is to make sure your community knows where they are and what services they offer. Ask your local PRC for a stack of their business cards. (If it doesn't have any, ask if you can donate to have some printed.) Once you have the cards, leave … Continue reading #27. Leave business cards for your local pregnancy resource center.
There are many ways to advocate for change through legislation, but in the end these efforts usually require the cooperation of elected officials. Make them glad they've helped. If you have limited time, send them a quick email or even a brief comment on their social media accounts. If you have more time, mail a … Continue reading #26. Send elected officials thank you notes when they accomplish pro-life work.
Title IX is a law that prevents any school which receives federal money from discriminating against students on the basis of sex, including on the basis of pregnancy or parenting status. Schools that receive federal money are required to allow pregnant students to continue participating in classes and extra curricular activities; choose whether to participate … Continue reading #25. Work with local high schools to support pregnant and parenting students.
Representation matters, and one way to help adopted and foster children and their families feel seen, heard, and supported is to give them books that reflect their circumstances. If you are friends with adoptive and foster families, ask them if you can gift their children some of these books. If you don't personally know adoptive … Continue reading #24. Give adoptive and foster families books with adoption and foster themes.
Perinatal hospice provides support to parents experiencing a pregnancy in which the child has a life-limiting condition that may result in the child's death before or shortly after birth. The services can include birth planning; emotional support for the parents; warmth, comfort, and nutrition for the newborn; and medical treatments to improve the baby's quality … Continue reading #23. Advocate for perinatal hospice notification.
Call them up, tell them you'd love to buy lunch sometime this week, get their orders, and bring the lunch to them and say hi. Or order for delivery. Or get them bagels or donuts for breakfast. It all works. In general, the goal is to emotionally support those in your community who do pro-life … Continue reading #22. Buy lunch for your local pregnancy resource center.