Women seeking abortion are entitled to informed consent, which should include information about the development of their embryo or fetus. Research has found that when women seeking abortion are offered the option to view their ultrasounds, over 40% choose to do so. The same research finds that, as a result of viewing the ultrasound, some … Continue reading #33. Advocate for informed consent laws regarding ultrasound viewing.
When in pregnancy does the heart begin to beat? When do fingerprints form? When can the baby experience sound, taste, or pain? Many people don't realize how early in pregnancy major development occurs, and misperception on this front influences their views of abortion. You need only a few facts to be better prepared for conversations … Continue reading #32. Learn the details of fetal development.
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.
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.
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.
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. Create a prayer group dedicated specifically to prayers and teachings on the value of human life. You don't have to be a church … Continue reading #20. Create a pro-life prayer group.
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.
Once you know what your reps' think, you can use the information to inform your voting decisions and even strategies about who to work with to advance or oppose relevant legislation. Even if you're not particularly politically inclined, on a social level you now have the information available to share with others when talking about … Continue reading #16. Learn the stances of your political representatives.