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!
We are living in the era of ageism. It is essential that we as young pro-lifers acknowledge this because so few do. The pro-life message hinges on the idea of equal value at every age. While the number of birthdays you have celebrated might determine your size, responsibilities, and taste in music it has nothing to do with your fundamental worth. Yet today’s world is fixated with separating and classifying humans – with finding differences rather than similarities. Look for television programming genuinely suitable for “all ages” and your selection will be scant.
One age group that the world loves to set apart is the adolescents. “Teenagers” (as we know them today) began to flourish in the 1940s, catalysed by a burgeoning consumer culture. Since then, the teenage prototype has come to dominate the world of industry, influencing everything from chick flicks to fast food. On the whole, the world expects little but fears much from teenagers. Unfortunately this notion often amounts to a self-fulfilling prophecy. But it is also an explicit example of ageism.
Whatever negative impressions the world may have of teens, they are nothing compared to abortion and euthanasia – the most abominable products of ageism. For while I write this humans are being considered “too young” or “too old” to have the right to life.
If you conformed to the world’s (low) expectations for teenagers, you would not be on this website. You would not be joining the struggle to recognize the value of life at every age. As youth activists – an oxymoron by many standards – we are living examples of the errors of ageism. It is imperative that we make our opinions loud and clear. While authorities might disregard us now, they cannot ignore that we are the future decision-makers of our country.
So let us be heroes for those whose mere age is a threat to their survival. Let ours be the generation that engenders an unconditional culture of life. Let ours be the generation that silences ageism once and for all.
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!
Here’s a Form letter!
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.
Tell us how it went in the comment section below!
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!”