It’s true – the pro-life movement is swimming in acronyms, slang, and unusual terminology that the average person probably isn’t familiar with. After all, when’s the last time you heard NARAL, viability, or FQHC in casual conversation? But that’s the case with any topic or cause, once you’re invested deeply enough. For the seasoned pro-lifer, a lot of these terms probably come naturally. But we know, as young people, that you have to start somewhere! A huge part of our mission is to recruit others to our cause, which means introducing new people to what it means to be part of the Pro-Life Generation.
You may remember from your own experience that it was a learning curve to figure out all the ins and outs of pro-life activism. As a semi-famous band once told us, we could use a little help from our friends. Georgia Gallagher, president of Bama Students for Life, came up with a handy pro-life dictionary to help her newer group members get acclimated to the lingo of the pro-life movement. You can find the Pro-Life Dictionary here.
You are welcome to use this dictionary in any way you’d like. Print it up and distribute to your members at your next group meeting, use it as a springboard for a discussion night, or even just read it over to enhance your own knowledge. We added a few extra things to Georgia’s version, but seeing as we’re dealing with a 45-year-old movement that consists of most of the American population, it’s far from comprehensive.
Anything you thought of to add to our pro-life dictionary? Drop me a line at [email protected] and stay tuned for more Pro Tips for Groups!