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Prolife Resolutions

The last few days, with the rally on Parliament Hill, the March, the banquet, and the youth conference have been inspiring, and we’ve left pumped up and our spirits boosted, our passion sparked and new determination to fight for life.

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It is way too easy to get all pumped up and excited, but then as soon as we get back home and back to our everyday lives, that enthusiasm dies down. So we want to encourage you to make a resolution… choose a certain specific thing you want to do and stick to it. Focus on something you want to work on during the year… whether it’s educating yourself to learn how to answer basic abortion questions, attending as many pro-life events in your area as possible, sharing pro-life information on social media, or organizing a local pro-life conference or a rally.

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If you like, share your resolution with us, either in a comment or guest post!

March for Life

The National March for Life in Ottawa is only days away!! We are so pumped and excited! There are some fantastic speakers in store for both the rally on Parliament Hill on Thursday and the youth conference the next day at the Hampton Inn the next day. Prepare to get informed, educated, and inspired, not to mention have a blast and meet incredible young people just like yourself who are passionate about changing Canada’s status quo on abortion!

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We will be out and about spreading the word about Homeschool PLAN so if you want to join us, feel free! We know there are tons of homeschoolers out there and it would be so cool to meet you guys! If you see us at the Friday conference, stop by and say hi… we would love to connect, share ideas, hear what you have been up to with pro-life activism. We hope to meet many of you out there at the March and the youth conference!

Bonus Challenge

Our bonus challenge in this series is to give a pro-life speech to your church, youth group, homeschool group, or local Catholic/ Christian school. If you’re not an outgoing person or much of a public speaker, don’t let that stop you! There is nothing more motivating than seeing a young person sacrifice their own comfort and step out to do something that scares them, all for the sake of saving babies. In fact, you can make going out of your comfort zone the topic of your talk. It’s important for us as pro-life youth to share our experiences and the projects we have been involved in, because there are so many of our peers who want to get involved but don’t know what to do. Sharing ideas is the best way to encourage others to get involved in the pro-life movement, and you never know how much your words may touch someone.
Some of the most inspiring pro-life talks I have ever heard were from teenagers. One of these amazing youths is Lia Mills, a teen pro-life speaker who gave a speech at the age of 12 on Parliament Hill at the March for Life. You can take a look at her website here.

So, to start off you can look up pro-life facts and statistics, or talk about your own experiences, depending on what you want the focus of your talk to be. A mix of both abortion facts/ information and a description of your personal involvement is always good. Writing out your speech in point form is a good idea to keep your thoughts organized but prevent it from being too monotonous if you have a tendency to recite (which is a problem that I’m trying to amend!) But of course, everyone has their own style and their own story to share, and let your own personality and enthusiasm shine through. People are touched by the genuineness and the passion that lies in the hearts of young people, so don’t let your fears hold you back!

Challenge #7

Hey everyone! If you called your MP during the last challenge, now is a good time to follow up and meet with him or her in person. Hence challenge #7…. Visit your MP! The idea of meeting face-to-face with an MP can be scary, so get together a couple friends or siblings to go with you, or, if you’re feeling up to it, you can go by yourself. Either way, you can set up a meeting by calling or emailing your MP. (If you don’t know who he is, click here) You can also find talking points on WeNeedALaw.ca.
Meeting in person is the most effective way to communicate with your MP. If they see a young person who is passionate enough to set up an appointment with their MP they will not soon forget you because they know it took guts to do. If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you out! Just leave a comment or shoot us an email.

Challenge #6

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Hello everyone! This week’s challenge is to call your MP.

One of the common positions we find ourselves in as homeschoolers is being inside the house. All. Day. Long. Especially during those cold winter days when we don’t have any extra-curriculars planned, it’s easy to want to wake up, do school work, and then just hang out at home all day. Well our next project won’t take you out of the house, but it might take you out of your comfort zone…just a bit.

Democratic systems are supposed to be grounded in public opinion, but if we never make our opinions known then the system is useless. It might feel a little bit silly to call your MP. After all, you’re just one person and a teenager at that. But remember that you are part of a national effort to end abortion. Remember that if everyone thought that their voices were useless, then nothing would be done.

So call your MP and let them know that you are unhappy with the status quo. Here is a sample of what you can say from the weneedalaw website. You can particularly look at the “talking points” for a pseudo-script.

If your MP happens to be pro-life, congratulate them and show your support. Everyone needs some encouragement sometimes. Good luck!

Challenge #4

Hi everyone, it’s time for another challenge! Last time, I wrote to you about pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and their necessary work. Another group of organizations, instrumental in the educational side of the pro-life movement, are “right-to-life” associations. As you may know, I am a board member of the Toronto Right to Life Association, which uses education as a means of “providing a sure and certain voice regarding the care and protection of the unborn, women hurt by abortion, the infirm, persons with disabilities and the aged.” In other words, we teach people about the importance of life!

Right to life associations exist across the country and are changing the culture around them. But many of them are primarily volunteer organizations and have limited funds to complete their work. Well, I think that It’s time to give these groups some credit and thank them for what they do!

This week’s challenge will be to organize a fundraiser for your local right-to-life association, whether among your family, your homeschool group, your Church, etc. Here is a list of a few groups to get you started:

Ontario: http://allianceforlife.org/affiliate-groups/

Manitoba: http://www.lifesvision.ca

New Brunswick: http://nbrighttolife.ca/new/

Prince Edward Island: peirighttolife.ca

Saskatchewan: http://www.saskprolife.com

British Columbia: http://unitedforlifebc.ca

Canada-wide: National Right to Life Committee

The fundraiser is not just about giving the groups a donation. We hope that you also take this opportunity to become aware of the kind of work that your local right-to-life organization does. Maybe you will be inspired to volunteer yourself!

Challenge #1!

We are pumped to announce our very first Homeschool PLAN challenge!

Write a letter to your MP, and get as many people as possible to do the same!

MPs love hearing from young people! It’s awesome if you mention your age in your letter, and if you need some topic suggestions, see the bottom of this post. Handwritten letters are one of the most effective ways to contact your MP and make sure he notices that young people in his constituency are pro-life!
If you’re not sure who your MP is, go to the Campaign Life Coalition website, where you can also find all the MPs’ addresses and their personal stances on abortion. Just type in your postal code, and your MP will show up. (In your letter, make sure you include your address so your MP knows you are a constituent.)

We also encourage you to get your homeschool group, church, and/ or youth group involved. You can print out form letters (write your own or you can use the one below). Sometimes you can ask your church to cover the cost of printing; often when they see a young person who is active in an important cause, they will be very happy to support you! If you have permission, make an announcement after the service and stand at the back of the church with the printed form letters (and a supply of pens!). Oftentimes, you will get a very positive response! If not, don’t be discouraged. The fact that you’re a young person determined to make a difference will leave an impact on people, no matter what they think about abortion!

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Write a letter to your MP and get your friends to join you!

 

Here’s a Form letter!

Dear _______________________,

 

I am writing on behalf of the countless children who have never been allowed to take a breath or live a life outside the womb. I strongly believe that abortion denies the unborn their rights, to which they are entitled to just as much as any other human being in this world. If we are to uphold Canada as a nation of freedom and justice, we must uphold the rights of even the youngest and smallest of human persons. 

 

Why is it that in our society, it is the degree of significance that society attaches to a human life that determines whether that person is a human being or not? 

 

Nothing changes when the baby passes through the womb of its mother and into our world. It is equivalent to passing from one room to another. It does not magically turn us into a human being; we are essentially the same, the only difference is in our surroundings. This means one of two things: either we are all clumps of tissue walking around that may be terminated at will and without consequences, or we are all equal human beings entitled to our basic rights, regardless of age or size.

 

So I stand, as a voice for the voiceless, demanding justice for the unborn. For the sake of the unborn, for the sake of justice, for the sake of Canada, I will continue to fight for and uphold the basic human right of the most vulnerable and most innocent ones of our society.

Thank you for your service and time.

Sincerely,

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Tell us how it went in the comment section below!

Homeschool Pro-Life Action Network

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!

If you’re…happy-teens
-homeschooled
– prolife
– in high school
– eager to DO something about your convictions

…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.

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A few of the teenagers who helped make Letters4Life a success

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!”