This “Home for the Holidays” Event Reminds Families Life-Affirming Support Exists in Their Own Neighborhood    

Caroline Wharton - 13 Dec 2023
Guest post by SFLA Texas Regional Coordinator Faith Elwonger

GUEST POST: As many prioritize spreading peace and light in the Christmas season, Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) Campaign for Abortion Free Cities (AFC) initiative is doing the same with a recent “Home for the Holidays” event in Texas. This outreach looked to enlighten the local community on life-affirming resources near them in a fun, seasonal way, and many of the neighbors we talked to loved it. Here’s what we were up to:  

Helping with the AFC campaign in Fort Worth, we wanted locals to know that not only are there better options than abortion, but these supportive services are also way closer to home. While the town does have two abortion referral facilities (which is two too many), there are actually 12 pregnancy help organizations in the area. You can find them by searching ‘Fort Worth’ on SFLA’s Standing With You webpage.

Unfortunately, so many people have no idea about some or all of these loving organizations —but that’s where the Pro-Life Generation comes in. With it being the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to spread some holiday cheer by letting women know that there is hope and help for them right at home! That’s why we hosted a literature drop around town to spread the word. In addition to leaving the important information, we also left candy canes. 

My family (including my little one!) all participated in this seasonal activism, and it was so much fun as we wore bells and Christmas hats to speak with the neighbors. We believe it is so important for pro-life families to do life-affirming work together and to show that we know what it’s like to go through the difficulties of pregnancy and parenting, but that we are ultimately in this together.  

With Christmas and New Year’s Day coming up, we also know that this means traveling, visiting family and loved ones, and quite possibly discussing a personal unplanned pregnancy or maybe that of a friend. With those important conversations happening at home, we want people to know what resources they have available to them. Many that we spoke to seemed glad for this opportunity, and one woman that my husband spoke with shared that she has an adopted son and loved what we are doing. 

Spreading the word about pregnancy and parenting resources in our town is very important to my family because my best friend years ago had an abortion right here in Fort Worth. Thankfully, abortion is no longer legal in the state, but my hope is that women in similar circumstances here will learn about the loving options available before feeling the need to go to an abortion referral facility.  

I highly encourage you to join with the Campaign for Abortion Free Cities and bring this activism to your own neighborhood and city. It will absolutely get you in the Christmas spirit and even more importantly, it could save lives.  

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