Hi there! Welcome to the place where you can get support, inspiration, and creative ideas on how to be active in the pro-life movement! We’re excited to offer you this online platform where you can connect with other homeschooled teens across the country and share ideas, ask questions, and get inspired!
…this is the place for you!
As homeschooled students ourselves, we’ve always wanted to get involved but had no idea where to start. There were plenty of obstacles to deter us- as teenagers and homeschoolers who wanted to do pro-life activism, we felt isolated because there didn’t seem to be anyone else in the same bunk! And to top that, we really didn’t have the connections or the support to do any major endeavour.
I knew abortion was killing my own generation and that I, as a young person, had to do something about it. Once a year I would attend my local Walk for Life and Life Chain, but that was the extent of my pro-life activities. The fact that I was terrified of public speaking, didn’t have a driver’s license and couldn’t drive myself to pro-life events yet, and not enough connections, all prevented me from doing more.
Then one day, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and a LifeSiteNews article about a letter-writing campaign started by some teenagers in the U.S. popped up. The goal was to write 1 million pro-life letters to the American government, I clicked on it, I read it, and I wished them luck.
But several days later, I still couldn’t get that campaign out of my head. The more I thought about it, the more I realized… it was perfect. I wouldn’t need to beg for a drive, I wouldn’t need to do ANY public speaking, and it seemed effective. I decided to give it a shot.
I called it Letters4Life, and our goal was to send 100,000 letters to the Prime Minister and MPs to support a parliamentary motion to examine a 400-year old Canadian law that says we don’t become human being until the moment of complete birth.
The letters increased extremely slowly at first; as people filled in the online Letter Tracker, there honestly didn’t seem to be a chance of our reaching even half the goal. Yet through social media and thanks to other young people, word started spreading like wildfire. We joined up with some other awesome pro-Motion 312 campaigns and before long, thousands upon thousands of pro-life letters were pouring into parliamentarian’s mail boxes. In fact, the main post office where mail to the Parliament gets sorted was completely inundated with pro-life postcards. Among the many success stories, one of my favourites is the admission from an MP who had planned to vote against the motion. But after receiving 91 letters asking her to support it, for every 1 letter that asked her to oppose it, she realized she had to represent her constituents and so, voted in favour of the motion!
Throughout my experience with L4L, I had to step outside of my comfort zone way more than I ever expected to: doing public speaking in churches and schools, calling the Prime Minister and MPs, and so on. So, that’s why, when asked by Toronto Right-to-Life to help start up a homeschool pro-life club, I jumped at the opportunity- my hope is that you will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone for the sake of unborn babies…and that’s always a little easier to do when you’ve got some back-up and people who’ve been (and still are!) in the same shoes as you.
So, that’s why we want to be here for you, to get you connected with other like-minded teens, to get your inspiration here on this blog and forum, and then help you take what you’ve learned and put it in practice in the real world!
And to cap it off, I want to share a quote from St. Catherine of Siena (one of the most determined and passionate women in history- never backed down from what she believed was right!) “If you are who you should be…. You will set the world on fire!”