The QA Project: Question Abortion
Standing in busy hallways and street corners, students engage their peers in dialogue about abortion, informing them of the state of abortion in Canada and challenging them to question the status quo of abortion in our country.
The QA Project uses 3 simple questions to ask students about their opinion on Canada’s current lack of abortion legislation.
- What do you think the current legal restrictions are on abortion in Canada?
- Do you think there should be restrictions on abortion in Canada?
- What restrictions would you suggest?
No abortion law exists in Canada - we are the world’s only democracy with a complete lack of protection for pre-born humans. We consistently hear that Canadians are not happy with this current lack of legislation, and want to see protection for the pre-born, at least at some point in pregnancy.
Through the QA Project questionnaire,website, and postcards, students are challenging their peers to work towards the complete protection of preborn children in Canada and are informing Canadians that they have an important role to play as we ensure that human rights are given to all human beings, including the preborn.
Human rights are for all human beings, no matter their age, race, gender, or religion.
What you need:
NCLN’s QA Project Kit:
- QA Info Card
- QA pins and stickers (extras, but recommended!)
- Club sign up sheets
- Fetal model or pamphlet on fetal development
- Business card or pamphlet about the club (ask NCLN to design some if you don’t have any!)
cards for the local pregnancy centre (although you should always have these in your wallet!)
to order a kit or more resources, click here.
Recommended resources to have on hand:
Cost: $45 for QA Project Kit (or free, if you get it donated!)
Training: Dialogue training, apologetics
What to do:
- Choose a busy corner (we actually found that talking to people during classes was best - in the 10 minute rush between classes there are more people, but they are rushing off to class and don't always have time to talk!)
- Stand next to your buddy
- ask students "Hey! Do you have a minute to answer a couple questions?"
- If yes: ask the questions, then try to lead it into conversation. If they are interested ask if they want to sign up for the club and get more info. If they disagree, encourage them to think about the issue, start a discussion to understand their opinion and share ours with them, and give them an info card
- If they don't want to engage: give them an info card, smile, and wish them a good day!
Steps to Success:
- If your team has not been trained in apologetics, contact NCLN and invite us to come to your club meeting or Skype in for a training session.
- Find a time that works for a handful of students. But don’t let a lack of numbers prevent you from being active! The project has been run before with as little as two people! The club could consider running the projects a couple times during a week with two different groups, depending on people’s availability. Use
- Doodle to easily coordinate a time that works well.
- Choose a location. Some clubs will run this project in conjunction with an Outreach Table in the student centre (requires booking in advance). Others will choose a location that has a good amount of foot traffic.
- Look into booking policies. You shouldn’t have to book space if you’re just talking to students and not using a table.
- Set a meeting time/place and let your team members now.
- Brief your team members before the event
- The questionnaire
- The info card you will be providing
- How to invite people to answer the questionnaire (you need to have your initial “pick-up line” nailed to help you smoothly transition into the questionnaire!)
- How to transition into the deeper conversations
- How to conclude conversations. It’s useful to have a concluding point ready to leave people, and be sure to give everyone an info card!
- ie: In Canada there are close to 300 abortions each day funded by our tax dollars. Most Canadians think there should be some legal restrictions on this. I encourage you to go to the website and message your concern to your MP!
Once everyone is together make sure you all review:
Some basic Protocols for Conversations:
- Don’t crowd people - try to keep conversations one on one unless a team member asks for help or you see they are being attacked (verbally or otherwise)
- Do not interrupt other conversations unless you see a need (as mentioned above)
- If someone you are talking to is getting emotional or seems like they need to talk in more depth, ask them if
- they want to go sit down on a bench nearby - this makes the conversation more personal and helps you better minister to them personally.
If at an Outreach Table:
- Stand in front of the table
- Make sure any resources on the table are set up neatly!
- Consider using a whiteboard or making a poster board that poses the main question or topic you are asking students
If on a busy corner or in a hallway:
- Disperse around the area and cover different corners or sides of the hallway or path
- Remain within eyeshot of each other
- If it’s a student’s first time, pair them up with a more experienced club member (this can be good for moral support!)
- As a team leader, have conversations but in between take a look around at the other conversations to make sure everyone is okay
- Check in with each student to see how things are going and to encourage them
- Be available to talk to security or anyone else who comes up and questions the event
- Snap a couple pictures to send to NCLN and post on social media. #QAProject #QuestionAbortion.
- After the event, find a quiet spot to sit down for a debrief with all the club members. If they aren’t able to stay, be sure to follow up with a phone call or email to ask how things went for them, and thank them for their time! Use the QA Project - Debrief Sheet to help you debrief.
- After your debrief, snap a picture of the form and email/text/FB it to you NCLN Campus Coordinator. This feedback helps us see how we can change and improve the project, and also allows us to share your incredible stories with others in the Movement! (Yep, we like to brag about you!)
- Encourage each team member to follow up with the contacts they made. If they don’t feel comfortable doing this, assign to someone else.These follow-ups should be done within 48 hours. Give your team members a sample email to send, or script for a phone conversation.
- A thank you - for the conversation and for participating in the questionnaire.
- A personal note (ie: “I hope your exam went well!” or “it was great to meet another Christian who is so passionate about the pro-life issue!” etc..)
- An invitation: either to an upcoming club event, or ask if they want to meet for coffee to chat further.
- Any other specific follow ups from the conversation (ie: providing further info on the law in Canada, or the local crisis pregnancy centre, etc…)
This should include:
Make sure your team members let you know how the follow-ups go! You may need to follow up with them about the follow-up!