Science confirms for us that at conception a new, unique human life begins. We know this to be true, and therefore, we defend to the very end each and every human life- regardless of the circumstances of their conception or pre-existing conditions. All pre-born lives are valued equally, and we do not make excuses or exceptions regardless of the circumstances of the conception or the diagnosis of the child’s health. When we demand respect for Life, we demand respect for all lives- no excuses, no exceptions.
What will you do this month to defend the lives of all pre-born babies?
Mark Your Calendar
- Monday, September 2nd Labor Day: For many people, Labor Day is an opportunity to rest and relax. Why not use this as a day to save lives? Get a group together to hold a silent protest at the local abortion clinic. Even if they are not in business hours, your presence will impact the passers-by!
- Thursday, September 5th National Pro-Life Chalk Day: National Pro-Life Chalk Day is a fun way to share the pro-life message! Chalk baby feet or pro-life messages. This is a great event to get conversations started on campus and in your community!
- Sunday, September 8th National Grandparents Day: National Grandparent Day began in 1972. Take a moment to honor your grandparents or other grandparents in your community by visiting a grandparent, writing a card, or making a phone call.
- Wednesday, September 25th 40 Days for Life (start): 39 abortion clinics have shut down following 40 Days for Life campaigns, and over 7,500 lives have been saved! Isn’t that incredible? You can be a part of this! Find your nearest 40 Days for Life location here. Contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator if you need to be trained in Pro-Life Activism or Sidewalk Counseling.
This month’s Event-in-a-Box includes the following materials: Fetal Development flyers, 50 SFLA “Personhood” topic cards, 50 SFLA “Rape” topic cards, and 50 SFLA “Life and Health” topic cards. Please email Beth to request your Box. (Please include “Event-in-a-Box Request” in the subject line.) You may request additional cards if needed. Boxes will be sent while supplies last.
What good is a conversation if you cannot articulate your position clearly and effectively? Set aside some time with your group to discuss each of these and to agree upon common talking points. This way, you will be prepared and unified in your stance for Life!
Events & Activities
Distribute SFLA topic cards (i.e. Personhood, Rape, Life & Health). This can be done by tabling. However, it can more effectively be done by surveying and actively engaging in conversations with your peers. You can survey your peers with the following questions: “Is abortion justifiable in the cases of rape? … in the case of health of the mother? …in the case of fetal deformity?”. Engage in a conversation with the survey taker, and provide the topic cards at the end.
Request a free SFLA training to learn how to better respond to pro-choice arguments. Recommended trainings include “Pro-Life Apologetics” and “Answering 5 Common Logical Fallacies of the Pro-Choice Argument.” Contact your Regional Coordinator today!
Organize a “When Does Life Begin” campaign with a flyering campaign and a display. Set aside at least 2 weeks in which you will flyer all across campus with fetal development posters. You can post all at once, or you can gradually add each week’s flyer. Within those weeks, host a tabling display to ask “When does life begin?” With your display, ask your peers to define when life begins. Is it at conception? Is it at week 3 or 8? Challenge them to explain why this is the starting point. Your goal is then to open the conversation and to lead them back to the conclusion that life begins at conception.
- When tabling, present fetal development video clips as a part of your visual display.
- Find Fetal Development information and additional sources here.
Host a debate or discussion with faculty, student, or local volunteers. This event will provide an organized, intellectual discussion on the pros and cons of each position. Moreover, it will give students an opportunity to decide for themselves which side is more logical and just. Learn more about how to organize this event here.
Invite a speaker to discuss hard case situations (e.g. rape, life and health). This may be an alternative to your debate, or it could be presented as an additional event. Check out our lists of speakers here.Recommended topics are:
- Conceived in Rape
- Sexual Assault and Abortion
- Margaret Sanger and Abortion
- Pro-Life Apologetics
- Abortion and Special Needs Children
- Abortion and State Legislation
- Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion
The Fall semester is going to fly by! You should begin planning any major Spring trips now. Will you be attending the 2014 SFLA National Conference and the National March for Life? Or will you be traveling to the SFLA West Coast Conference and the West Coast Walk for Life? Be aware that registration for these conferences open in October, and registration fills up within 2 months!
- SFLA National Conference (MD): January 21, 2014
- National March for Life (DC): January 22, 2014
- Walk for Life (CA): January 25, 2014
- SFLA West Coast Conference (CA): January 26, 2014
Recommended Graphics & Flyers
*What did you think of this month’s Event-in-a-Box? Send comments to Beth at [email protected].