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.
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.
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. Pick a time each day that you can take a moment to pray for an end to abortion. If it helps, set a … Continue reading #41. Commit to praying once a day for an end to abortion.
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.
Many foster parents care for both biological children and foster children. Foster children may have time-consuming and complicated appointment schedules (e.g. therapy sessions, doctor's appointments, vistiation dates, caseworker check ups). You can give the parents a bit of breathing room by offering to watch the other kids while they take their foster children through these … Continue reading #34. Babysit siblings so parents can take foster children to appointments.
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.
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.
If you know you or your partner aren't ready for a child, make sure you don't participate in conceiving one. This could mean abstinence or sexual activities that don't involve sperm entering a vagina. If you are going to have PIV sex, use protection. Make sure you're aware of the failure rates of your chosen … Continue reading #3. Make sexual choices that won’t result in unintended pregnancy.