Written by Anastasia Pearse, Executive Director, NCLN
As pro-life activists we know that we will never see the full fruits of our work; we do not know how far our efforts are reaching. However, once in a while we have opportunities to see the incredible impact each and every single one of our action can have.
When I was a student at UVic we filed a lawsuit against our Student Society because they refused to grant status to our pro-life club. Our activism on campus and our efforts to regain our status were consistently mentioned in our student newspaper, and, unbeknownst to me at the time, were closely followed by one of my professors.
This professor was co-authoring a second edition of a health and wellness textbook, An Invitation to Health, and because of the witness of our club, she placed a couple paragraphs about the pro-life movement in the reproductive choices chapter; she had realized how biased this chapter was, and how it could alienate students who were pro-life. When she wrote the third edition of the textbook she contacted me, asking if I could help co-write a pro-life section in this chapter!
Because our club was persistent in our activism and efforts to regain our status, and we were not afraid to be visible and vocal advocates of the pro-life cause, students in health and wellness classes across the country have heard about the pro-life message and been exposed to the reality of abortion.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We know that many lives depend on us speaking up and speaking out about the reality of abortion – how far will your voice reach?