There is no “on the fence” anymore when it comes to your stance on abortion. Even people who try the “I wouldn’t get one myself, but…” routine are still supportive of the procedure for the average American, putting them on the pro-choice side. In 2018, there is no excuse to be indecisive about it. We have all the scientific evidence we could ever need regarding the biology of the preborn (heck, they knew everything they needed even before Roe – check out this LIFE Magazine cover from 1965).
So if you are pro-life, already committed to voting pro-life first, and you’re wondering what else you can do to protect the preborn – you’ve come to the right place! Many of us are familiar with what goes on at the federal level, but do not overlook pro-life activity at the state and local levels. Every single victory we accomplish, at any level of government, means lives saved and women spared from the heartache and physical danger of abortion.
The Pink Abortion Giant
There are a lot of different local and state pro-life issues that can arise at any given time. One of the most pervasive examples is Planned Parenthood. While they are a big player in the federal arena, they carry out many local and state efforts. As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, we need to be on the lookout for the following situations:
- Defunding Planned Parenthood at the state level. The Pro-Life Gen needs to show up at the statehouse when bills like this are being heard to remind legislators that we don’t need Planned Parenthood.
- Keeping Planned Parenthood off school campuses and blocking bills like SB 320 in California. SB 320 would’ve mandated that all public universities distribute the abortion pill, RU-486. It’s likely that other pro-abortion states will try to push the same type of bill eventually.
- Keeping Planned Parenthood’s involvement out of public education curricula. They put a lot of time and effort into infiltrating school curricula in order to teach their twisted sex ed and mold future abortion customers.
- Keeping Planned Parenthood literally off campuses. If they had their way, they’d put a “counseling facility” in every high school in America.
Civil Rights Commissions
No one knows better than the pro-life movement the power that the Supreme Court wields, but we can’t underestimate the impact of authorities closer to home. The federal government instituted the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1957. As a result, there are commissions in each state. These state civil rights commissions have the power to decide religious liberty issues. Remember the Colorado cake shop case recently? That was decided by a civil rights commission. We have to be proactive in making sure pro-life individuals are elected to these commissions (and any other state entity with power over conscience rights) in order to protect the religious and conscience rights of citizens.
Restrictions & Inspections for Abortion Facilities
Also at the state level, we need to keep an eye on things like parental consent laws, ambulatory laws, health & safety standards for abortion facilities, and even state health departments. Every law aimed towards protecting mothers and babies from abortion needs to be supported – that much is obvious, but the trick is staying in the loop. Make sure you’re tuned in to local Right to Life chapters or other organizations who are in a position to inform the pro-life community about upcoming bills. Per the health department, just remember Gosnell. When abortionists are left to their own devices, free from accountability or restriction, the situation can get extremely dangerous. The entire environment surrounding abortion is so political that pro-abortion state administrations are apt to avoid inspecting abortion facilities, like in Gosnell’s case. We have to hold these facilities to the same health standards as everyone else.
Local Pro-Life Considerations
At the local level, consider zoning laws, bubble zones, and local resource distribution. Are there unjust zoning laws that are preventing a pregnancy resource center from opening? Is ACLU trying to enforce a “bubble zone” which creates a barrier around the doors of abortion facilities, keeping sidewalk counselors from doing their work? Are your town’s schools and hospitals distributing pro-abortion materials to women who are approaching them with an unplanned pregnancy? If there is an abortion facility being erected in your town, do the contractors know what they’re working on? No action in opposition to abortion is too small.
Abolishing Abortion – Grassroots Style
This is the beauty and power of the grassroots social justice movement. Never underestimate the impact that a community or school group of pro-life activists can have when you get involved in your local affairs. Click here to see the full list of different laws and scenarios to watch out for in your state and in your town. Every time we testify on behalf of a pro-life bill, show up at a protest to keep a Planned Parenthood out of a school, or call a contractor to urge them to stop working on an abortion facility, we are one step closer to abolishing abortion.