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!

Member Spotlight – Angela

*This is the first post of our member spotlight series, written by one of our members, Angela! If you would like to write a similar post. Email us: homeschoool@studentlifelink.ca.

Angela: I am 17, and have been homeschooled my whole life. I honestly haven’t really done pro-life activism before. The extent of my pro-life work has been a few Life Chains and one March for Life, plus winning 2nd prize (and acting in the 1st prize video) in a pro-life video contest a year ago with Action Life Ottawa. An article on this contest was featured on LifeSite. Despite my lack of experience in the pro-life field, I would like to get more involved. I would especially like to use the talents God has given me and promote the culture of life through music and media.

But why should I be pro-life? Why should anyone? Why should we care if there’s one more person in the world?

Life itself is a deep profound gift. I know, this sounds totally clichéd. But it really is true. I like to think about the heart, the real physical heart. When you think about that organ, beating away of its own accord…it staggers the mind. The heart supplies the body with, well, everything if you sum it up, but what supplies the heart? What is it that makes that little pump pump? Certainly not me, certainly not you, and certainly not anyone else here on earth. But that little thing just keeps pumping away. That poor little heart! working so hard to keep a little body alive, and we give it very little thought.

Imagine a very tiny heart. Little. Hidden away. But it’s doing its job. It doesn’t know why it’s doing it, but it bravely goes on. Tha-thump. Tha-thump. Every day it sends more blood to steadily growing cells. That little tiny heart knows what it does is important, but somehow also knows the job didn’t start with it. But that’s okay. “I’ve been assigned to keep this body alive, and I will,” the heart thinks. THA-Thump. THA-Thump.

  A-MAZING! How cool is that?

That little tiny heart is giving life-blood to a little tiny baby. And that little tiny baby is just waiting, is ready to take on the world. Heart and baby! Who are we to deny them a chance?

This doesn’t do justice–by any stretch of the imagination–to what it means to be pro-life, to the truths that are being constantly disregarded. But it takes one little step at a time to do what the pro-life movement is doing. Baby steps.

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 #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 #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!