Over the past few months, many of you have been challenged to overcome controversy and persevere through discrimination. You have been asked to engage and participate while also working hard as a student. While there are many times when we are pressured to give up, our determination to abolish abortion remains strong.
Being an abortion abolitionist is no easy task. You are asked to sacrifice time, energy, and even relationships. You are placed in uncomfortable situations. Your pro-life message is questioned and criticized, and at times, your resolve is tested. But here’s the good news, we are winning!
Thanks to your courageous efforts, we have witnessed many amazing victories this year. Here are some of the highlights:
- Unprecedented pro-life legislation passed in Texas, as well as many other states! (Read what National Abortion Rights Action League has to say about this!)
- The Federal Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is being introduced to in the Senate this summer!
- 87 abortion facilities closed in 2013 and we are off to a good start in 2014!
As we come to the end of our school year, we ask that you end your year with at least 1 more victory! Check out this month’s Event-in-a-Box activity suggestions, and join us in celebrating the achievement of the pro-life movement as we continue to move forward in changing culture!
2013-2014 Success Stories
With the final weeks of school upon us, let’s celebrate our successes! Here are some of the top moments from the 2013-2014 school year. What’s your greatest success? (Email us your baby save, great event, or pro-life victory!)
- Successful student groups are making BIG changes at their schools! Read about our 2013-2014 Groups of the Month.
- Over 30 babies have been saved by student groups this year. Watch our newest video about how student groups save lives!
- SFLA’s Planned Parenthood Project and What Has Roe Done For Us? campus tours took over college campuses and changed minds about abortion!
- Student groups overcame discrimination by school administrations. Read about University of Alabama, Branford High School, and Wilson High School.
This month’s box is going to be a surprise goody box! You have to order it to find out what you will receive. Please submit your request via our new online form found here. Boxes are sent to active students or student groups only, while supplies last. As a special bonus, your group can receive up to 500 free copies of The Advocate! Click here to order your copies.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
- Thursday, May 1st National Day of Prayer: Since 1952, Americans have celebrated May 1st as our National Day of Prayer. If your group members engage in religious activities, sponsor an event, such as a prayer vigil or a Holy Hour, to share prayers for the preborn and their mothers.
- Sunday, May 11th Mother’s Day: Celebrate your mother and mothers in your community! Encourage your group to write cards to their moms and/or to write cards for mothers supported by your local pregnancy resource center.
- Sunday, May 25th National Missing Children’s Day: National Missing Children’s Day remembers children who have been abducted or gone missing. Your group may recognize National Missing Children’s Day and the children missing due to abortion by chalking feet or hearts.
On Your To Do List
- Officer Elections: Are your officers graduating? Or is it time for new leadership? Organize an officer elections meeting. Candidates can provide a quick speech about why they fit the role and why they want to lead your group. Elections can be done secretly (by blind vote or ballot), or you may choose an open election.
- Prepare your new leaders. Request a free SFLA training. Recommended training: “Leadership Development.” Click here to fill out our training request form, or contact your Regional Coordinator.
- Update your SFLA Regional Coordinator! We want to know how your year ended. What did you accomplish? What were your greatest victories? Who is leading your group next year? Email your SFLA Regional Coordinator today.
Celebrate! Host a fun social to celebrate this year’s successes and to say “good-bye” to graduating members. Make a slide show or a video of your group’s best events. Share stories. Give awards to your members (e.g. funny or serious accolades). This is a time to celebrate your victories!
One more event. Hold a final day of sidewalk counseling or volunteering at the PRC with your entire group. All it takes is 1 hour to gather your group and organize a simple event. Get out there, and do it!
Protest pro-abortion graduation commencement honorees and speakers. Is your school honoring someone who is publicly out-spoken on abortion? Organize a protest at your school with pro-life signs outside of the graduation ceremony! Email SFLA for ideas for effective protests.
Request a free SFLA training. Your leaders may be new to leadership or simply need to brush up on their skills. We recommend that you consider these trainings: Structuring Your Organization for Growth, Fundraising, and/or Leadership Development. Click here to fill out our training request form, or contact your Regional Coordinator.
Be the revolution! Break away from apathy, and change your school. What will our nation look like without legal abortion? What can we DO to make this happen? Watch this video as Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, talks about our opportunities to be the revolution at our schools and in our communities.
How do we get our message out to the masses? How do we reach out beyond our schools to our communities? Listen to Ryan Bomberger (The Radiance Foundation) explain how we can do this!