By Maddie Schulte, Northern Regional Coordinator
When I was 14-years-old, my mom asked me to jump on a bus and head out to D.C. for the March for Life and Students for Life of America Conference. I had always been pro-life but didn’t really know what it all meant. I was blown away. Blown away. How could thousands and thousands of people be marching down Washington protesting the killing of babies? How could our society and government allow this? How come I have never heard about this march or seen it on the news?
My mind was racing with these questions all while chanting “we love babies, yes we do” with thousands of my pro-life friends. The next day our group attended the SFLA conference where I had found my new passion. A kid in a candy shop is the best way to describe my excitement for this movement.
David Bereit, Kristan Hawkins, Jason Jones, and many other pro-life leaders became my equivalent to the typical 14-year-old girls’ obsession with the Jonas Brothers (well I must confess, I loved them too).
My heart had been broken by the horror of abortion but the stories, trainings, and experiences that these pro-life activists shared with us at this conference pieced it back together.
You may have just attended the March for Life and SFLA Conference and may be feeling some of these same emotions. You may have even just started your first day as a pro-life activist: welcome to the movement. The fire in your heart is burning right now but in a few weeks that fire will burn out.
Here is my advice for keeping that fire alive:
-Contact your Regional Coordinator, they can give you the trainings and resources to help you be the best pro-life activist that you can be /staff/
-Find local pro-life events to volunteer at or attend and invite your friends. Check out Pro-Life Future if you are a young adult.
-Meet once a month with other people who attended the March for Life with you and share your experiences with each other and ideas for pro-life activism in your community.
-Start a club at your school, if you already have one, attend meetings and events. Need help doing this? Talk to your Regional Coordinator.
-Pray outside of Planned Parenthood. It’s a surreal emotion knowing what goes on in there.
-Take every opportunity that comes your way to help women in crisis; you may be the only one who cares for the child in her womb.
-Schedule pro-life events into your calendar. If you make this movement a part of your life, it will change your life.
-Have fun. The daunting subject of abortion can weigh you down but this movement is one that speaks life. Smile, you are saving babies lives.
-Start planning and inviting friends to the March for Life and SFLA conference next year. It could change their life.