By Amber Miller
Amber Miller works for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. This post was originally published by CCBR at unmaskingchoice.ca. It has been posted here with the permission of CCBR.
Before I understood and appreciated the eminence of having a vision, my days of “pro-life activism” were spent organizing meetings for my high school’s pro-life club. At the time, I considered myself to be a kind of pro-life “leader” in my school. This, of course, was before a speaker asked me: “What do we wish to accomplish as pro-life club?” And: “Were our projects bringing us closer to our goal?” Overwhelmed and embarrassed, I realized that I had spent four years doing projects that I didn’t even know were effective. In addition, I failed to inspire the other students because I didn’t see how I could make a difference outside the tiny parameters of the club I founded.
After graduating from high school, I joined McMaster University’s pro-life club, Lifeline. This group definitely had the structure my high school club had lacked, and thus accomplished more. Last February, Lifeline hosted a debate with Stephanie Gray. Watching her present for the first time, I remember being highly impressed with her professionalism and conviction. I wondered what her “club” was like. This summer, I got the exhilarating opportunity to find out. On the New Abortion Caravan, I realized that in order to EndtheKilling of pre-born children, pro-life organizations (and indeed the movement as a whole) need a unified vision for what we hope to accomplish. It is not enough to simply “be” pro-life. Each of us must make the conscious decision to “do” pro-life, and do it well.
As a former student, I understand the difficulties that come with doing part-time pro-life work while focusing on your studies. From scrambling for school supplies to cramming for exams, school in itself is a full time job. Does that mean that you can’t make positive change in the pro-life movement until you graduate or retire? No! It means that, because you’re time is divided, the time you set aside for pro-life work should be spent doing the most effective projects possible. As you get your club organized for the school year, I challenge you to ask yourself:
- What are our strengths as a club? What are our weaknesses?
- What are our long-term goals?
- What short-term projects will help us accomplish these goals? Are they feesable?
- What other pro-life organizations could we benefit from networking with?
- What challenges have we faced in the past?
- How can we invite and keep committed members this year?
One project I would recommend is “Choice” Chain: a relatively inexpensive, simple to execute project that can be taken virtually anywhere. Perhaps, instead of hosting a 2 hour after-school meeting every month, dedicate your lunch hour to doing “Choice” Chain in front of your school. Show those who are most susceptible to the lie of “choice” what abortion really looks like. Sound scary? So is the mass murder of our generation. If these tactics work (which they certainly do), then why not make the most of them for the greatest impact?