By: Lindsey Frechou, Students for Life of America’s 2012 Missionary for Life
Raise your hand if you’re jealous of all those people who have careers in the Pro-Life movement. I see those hands. I’m one of them. How cool would it be to work in a movement that allows you to spend all day saving babies? Yeah, it’d be a lot of hard work and could often be discouraging, but what job isn’t? As I’m beginning to think about my plans for after college and reflecting on this wonderfully Pro-Life summer, I can’t help but dream of a job where I am blessed enough to devote all of my time and strength to this passion. Thankfully for our movement, we have SO many Pro-Life warriors who are ready and willing to devote their career and time to the movement. They will find jobs at Students for Life of America, Live Action, Susan B. Anthony List, a Pregnancy Resource Center or one of the many other beautiful Pro-Life organizations. However, this is a problem for the many people, like me, who hope to work full time in the Pro-Life Movement. We have so many abolitionists, it’s just not possible for each one to find a job in an actual Pro-Life organization. And even if everyone could have a job directly in the movement, some people who wish they could might not be able to due to lack of funds (paying off Law School debt is hard!). Or maybe, (this is for my engineers, plumbers and astronauts out there!) your strengths and talents don’t always seem to line up with your passion for baby saving.
As I’ve been dreaming about working in the Pro-Life movement, I’ve also had this little annoying voice inside of my head constantly asking, “But what if you can’t find a Pro-Life job? Then what? You would be a failure!” At first this worried me. Little annoying voice was right…I would be devastated. I know I’m called to fight for the end to abortion. But the more and more I’ve been praying about it, the better I’ve been feeling about it. So now I can say, “You know what little annoying voice? Even if I’m a lumberjack, I will be the best darn Pro-Life lumberjack you’ve ever seen!”
That’s right. No matter what major you are, where you live or what job you find, you can always be Pro-Life. In fact, I bet you can find a way to be Pro-Life in every simple daily activity. I guarantee there is a way to be Pro-Life in every aspect of your life. Pinky Promise. Don’t believe me? I’ll give you some outrageous examples and if you still have doubts, message me and I’ll find a way for you.
My favorite example (and inspiration for this blog) is Student for Life’s newest fundraising effort. Get this. A man recently rescued 10 dogs and wants to find good homes for them. He said that for every dog SFLA helps get adopted, he will donate $600 to our organization. Now that’s getting creatively Pro-Life. Don’t have 10 dogs to give away? That’s fine too. We will also work with goldfish, penguins and chinchillas.
Are you a Pro-Life Plumber and can’t seem to find the time to abolish abortion on the side? Have no fear, you can bring the Pro-Life movement into your work. What would happen if every single plumber in the world was Pro-Life and they all banned together, refusing to fix any plumbing problems at an abortion clinic? Planned Parenthood would start to smell like a sewer. Yes, that would be gross, but totally awe to the some. What about restaurant owners? There couldn’t possibly be a way for them to be Pro-Life in their business endeavors. You can’t turn away people just because they are Pro-Choice. I would like to see Expectant Mother parking in all business and restaurant parking lots. A woman who is eight months pregnant can only waddle so far. Or maybe restaurant owners could give expectant mothers a certain percentage off of their meal or a free dessert. If I were pregnant I know I’d be down for some free chocolate cake with strawberry drizzle! Not only would this be delicious, but it would also make people realize that motherhood and pregnancy is an honor, not a disease. Okay, last career one. Are you an artist or a musician or a writer? Create wonderful Pro-Life art! Nick Cannon raps about how his mother chose life and you can too!
Not a business owner, a plumber or an artist? In fact, are you not even ready to think about a career plan yet? There are still many things for you to do! Devote your Facebook status once a day to Abolish Abortion’s Status 365. Wear the baby feet pins and explain it to the gentleman sitting next to you on the bus. Only support businesses who won’t give monetary donations to Planned Parenthood (it’s tough, but I promise you can make it without Girl Scout cookies). Pull a Kristan Hawkins and name your Pinterest boards “Recipes to make while Abolishing Abortion” or “Cute outfits to wear at a Pro-Life Rally”. Anything and everything we do can be done to promote the sanctity and preciousness of life. Sometimes you just have to get a little creative. Through our daily actions (however random and quirky they might be) we can change this culture of death into a culture of life. You don’t have to have a Pro-Life career to be a Pro-Life warrior. I challenge you. Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Be Pro-Life.e