Our centrespread feature has a list of things every pro-lifer can do to help protect the unborn, the disabled and elderly, as well as all those vulnerable to the culture of death. Certainly, there will be a number of activities in this list that you can commit yourself to doing in the next 12 months. Some take little time or money; others will require more sacrifice and effort. From praying daily for the unborn to making a trip to Ottawa for the annual March for Life (May 11-13), there will be something(s) for everyone.
Some suggestions are reminders of old strategies, such as writing MPs or joining a LifeChain witness. Others require changes of habits, such as minding the language we use. Others yet, require more innovation, such as looking out for ways in which to invite people you know to get involved in the pro-life movement or joining organizations such as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, in order to raise questions about its position on physician-assisted suicide.
Let us touch upon two ideas briefly here, because they are extremely important and require some direction.
Minding our language. Many of us carelessly repeat the terms of debate set by the popular media. We must avoid it. Don’t refer to abortuaries as “abortion clinics,” the unborn as “fetuses,” abortionists as “abortion providers” or abortion advocates as “pro-choice.” Do not cede the idea that abortion or euthanasia is a right. Do not refer to incapacitated individuals as “vegetables.” Avoid all language that dehumanizes another person; use language that respects the dignity of every individual. We must have the discipline to not use language that undermines the idea life is sacred, that there is no right to do evil and that abortion is not simply another medical procedure.
Writing letters to the editor. When life issues (abortion, euthanasia, cloning, contraception, etc.) are in the news, write a letter to the editor. Make it brief, polite and to the point. Long, preachy letters don’t get printed; short, cogent, informative ones do. It is important to respond quickly, so the letter is still newsworthy. Numerous studies indicate that the letters to the editor section is the most read part of the newspaper. Having letters printed is like free advertising for the pro-life cause. But, even if your letter is not printed, it sends a message to the editor that there is a pro-life constituency the paper is serving.
Please read The Interim’s centre feature carefully, determine what you can do and pass the list on to others. Discuss the list among your friends and family – many of these action items can be done in groups.