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.
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.
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.
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.
Even if you aren't prepared to personally counsel women heading for the clinic, you can support sidewalk counselors with your physical presence. They often spend long hours on the sidewalk with periods of no interaction, so you can provide company. If there is only one counselor, he or she may not want to leave the … Continue reading #37. Stand with sidewalk counselors–literally.
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.
Approximately half of American women are against abortion, and many of us would prefer pre- and post-natal care from providers who recognize our embryos and fetuses as our valuable children. At minimum, should there be complications during our pregnancies, we would like a healthcare team that will work with us to find solutions in the … Continue reading #21. Find pro-life healthcare providers.
Create a book club with other pro-life friends and family that is dedicated to reading and discussing books about abortion. These could include pro-life and pro-choice apologetics, histories of the two movements, testimonies from activists or abortion providers, international comparisons, or any number of other subtopics. The knowledge you'll gain and the friendships you'll fortify … Continue reading #18. Create a book club.
Prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome are highly correlated with abortion, and many women have reported that medical personnel either assumed they would want to abort or overtly pressured them to do so. It's not uncommon for doctors to talk about the health risks associated with Down syndrome, explain how to obtain an abortion, and then … Continue reading #17. Talk to medical providers about how they deliver prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses.