So…what do you guys actually DO?
By R.J. McVeigh, Great Lakes Regional Director, and Reagan Nielsen, Midwest Regional Coordinator
So you’re standing there in your Student Union, doing some Students for Life tabling, getting your activism on. Everything is going great, when an interested student stops to talk and asks, “So, what does your group do?” Easy question, right? You open your mouth to answer, and…you freeze.
Don’t feel bad. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words everything your Students for Life group does and stands for. We remember having this problem at times when we were in college. Articulating your group’s values and events can be especially hard for new group members. But no worries – we are here to help.
We highly recommend taking time at each of your Students for Life meetings to share with your group members your group’s mission, values, and events – even if these things might seem obvious to you. This serves two purposes: 1. it reminds everyone of why you are there and why their time is well spent dedicating to the pro-life cause, and 2. it trains each member to be prepared to promote the group and recruit new members. Being prepared to answer the questions, “What do you believe, and what do you do about it?” is crucial to growing your group.
Here are our recommended responses to these common questions:
“Why are you pro-life (in cases of abortion)?”
“Science tells me that abortion kills a living biological human being. And I believe all living human beings ought to be treated equally.”
“What does your group do?”
“Our group seeks to protect all human life from conception to natural death.”
If your group has signed the Pregnant on Campus® Agreement also include, “We help promote pregnancy and parenting resources so students may be empowered to make life affirming decisions while continuing to pursue their education.”
“We do this by hosting educational displays and speakers on campus about abortion and related topics, engaging students in dialogue, doing flyer/chalking/social media activism, praying at the local abortion facility, doing fundraisers and campus-improvement campaigns for pregnant and parenting students, and recruiting more pro-life students to the cause.” (Give tangible examples of what your group actually does on campus.)
Literally, have group members rehearse these responses and talking points! This tiny, easy step will significantly improve your recruitment efforts and preparedness to engage your school about abortion and what you’re doing to end it.
Other important talking points to know:
- KNOW WHO & WHERE YOUR LOCAL PREGNANCY HELP CENTER IS! You need to be prepared to direct women there at the drop of a hat.
- ¼ of our generation is lost to abortion.
- 3,300 babies are aborted every day in America.
- Abortion is legal throughout the entire pregnancy in America.
- 44% of abortions are on college-aged women (18-24).
- A fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks.
- A fetus’ heart begins beating by 18 days.
- Know where your local abortion facility is located.
- Planned Parenthood is the #1 abortion facility and receives over $500 million in taxpayer funds.
- Other facts can be found at: http://college.studentsforlife.org/abortion-facts-2/
- Place a baby for adoption NOT give a baby up for adoption
- Abortion facility NOT abortion clinic
- Abortionist NOT abortion doctor