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Challenge #8

Hello Pro-Life Activists!

As important as it is to contact our Members of Parliament, we are ultimately trying to build a Culture of Life. In other words, we have to change public opinion. Sometimes, the reason that people claim to be pro-choice is simply because they are not aware of the truth about abortion. And even when they are, many who are pro-choice do not necessarily believe in abortion on demand. Often they are shocked to find out that abortion is funded by the provincial government without restriction – without being a medically necessary procedure!

It’s time to brave the cold and spread awareness by leaving pro-life drop cards in and around your community…whether on the bus, in a stack at your local library or community centre, or any other place you frequent.

Pro-Life World sells packs of 100 drop cards for $5.

If you want some more substantial materials, LifeCycle Books sells various brochures that you can purchase in bulk for between 10-75 cents each, depending on how many you buy.

This is a really easy and affordable project, and while the impact is not exactly measurable it has the potential to be huge. So go drop some cards For Life!

Challenge #5

Initiate a pro-life dialogue with someone else who might be in the mushy middle. If you have a friend or family member who is on the fence about the abortion issue, try talking to them. Approach the subject and be patient and understanding, but present your convictions firmly and respectfully. Don’t compromise and if they stray off topic, and you find yourself talking about overpopulation or homosexuality, bring it back to the heart of the issue. Keep the focus on whether the preborn child is a human being.
To learn the arguments for the humanity of the preborn child, take a look at National Campus Life Network’s brochure here.
The Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform has some very good articles that will help you become more confident and informed (note: there are graphic images on the site).

If you have any questions or would like some suggestions, please feel free to comment below or email us! We’ll be more than happy to help you!

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!

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Hi everyone! I hope your letter writing was successful and that you got your whole family involved. Writing letters is a simple but explicit way to express our opinions to politicians. But political activism is only one aspect of the pro-life movement. This next project will bring you to the “heart” of the abortion issue by introducing the places that make it possible for lives to be saved.

As many of us approach the abortion debate in a removed and intellectual way, we can forget that life is a choice that can be very difficult for those in tough circumstances. While no such circumstance can justify the killing of an unborn child, it is never right to ignore that they do exist. Crisis pregnancy centers provide women in need with support and resources to save the lives of their babies.

So this week we ask you to become a little bit more familiar with your local pro-life crisis pregnancy centre! Look up where your nearest centre or organization is and contact them. (Emphasis on the pro-life, you don’t want to be supporting a center that sends women for abortions!) Find out what they are in need of. You might want to offer to volunteer your time or to donate items like diapers or second-hand baby clothes. Ideally, this project should not be a one-time deal! We encourage you to begin to form a relationship with the centre. Let them know that you support their work and are willing to help out in some way or another.

Here’s a site that will help you to find a center close to you: http://www.helpforpregnancy.ca

Feel free to comment or email us about your experiences. Happy activism!