How To: Begin a Pro-Life Club/Organization in your High School or Youth Group
1. Get yourself started! The essential things: • Research school protocol for creating a club
- Find a Faculty Advisor/Spiritual Advisor
- Find a place and time for your meetings
- Advertise! Signs, fliers, word of mouth, facebook, email, etc… Invite people to join!
2. Weekly/Monthly Meeting Necessities: • Set a structure to follow for every meeting (see 3)
- Sign in sheet of members (can use a communication vehicle such as a facebook group)
- Content for each meeting
- Refreshments are helpful
- Begin in prayer
- Officer/President overview important events/news/plans
- Briefly advocate “fact of the day”
- Bring plans/ideas to group for discussion
- Business details (collect dues, add new members, assign members for events/planning, etc…)
- Closing prayer
4. Important Details:
- Club e-mail/Facebook group should be checked daily to maintain meeting times, event planning, member questions, etc…
- E-mail list or text list for all members to receive notifications/updates/invitations, etc…
- Mission Statement or Constitution to which the Club will adhere and which clarifies its purpose, goals and boundaries, to be created at the beginning of the club and signed by founding members
- Budgets – collect an annual due and plan fundraisers for events
- Reading articles/blogs/news on important life issues should be encouraged
- Educational materials (pamphlets, press releases, pro-life statements, prayer cards, statistics, etc…) should be available for handing out at events, in school, fundraisers and so on
- This website, www.usccb.org/prolife, contains many resources
- Rosary for Life – whether this is in your meeting room or outside of a clinic, peaceful prayer for an end to abortion is the most powerful thing you can do
- Speakers –bring in a speaker at least once a year and preferably once a semester to encourage awareness and activism on important issues. Invite non-members to spread awareness.
- Trips – the March for Life every January, Respect Life Month or the Life Chain every October, Crossroads in the summer, conferences or seminars, etc…
- Online – Blog, Youtube channel, podcast, website, Twitter, Facebook group etc…
- reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.
If we are going to defend the child in the womb, the young mother that feels hopeless, or the person who is seen or feels like a "burden" to their society against assisted suicide, we MUST be educated on the issues. We need to know the Pro-Life Apologetics as we must have reasoned arguments to correct the unreasonable and illogical thinking that sees "legal" murder as a rational choice.
- Students for Life of America
- Priests For Life
- American Life League
- Human Life International
- Rachel's Vineyard
- March For Life
- Walk for Life West Coast
- NFP Outreach
- Couple to Couple League
- Americans United for Life
- Hispanics for Life
- Vida Humana Internacional
- Feminists for Life
- Pharmacists for Life International
- Generation Life
- Center for Bioethical Reform
- National Catholic Bioethics Center
- Life Decisions International
- National Right to Life Committee
- Virtual March for Life
- The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation
- Focus - Love Life
How to Defend Your Pro-Life Views in 5 Minutes or Less
By Scott Klusendorf
Suppose that you have just five minutes to graciously defend your pro-life beliefs with friends or classmates. Can you do it with rational arguments? What should you say? And how can you simplify the abortion issue for those who think it’s hopelessly complex?
Here’s how to succeed in three easy steps:
How to defeat body autonomy claims...
By Scott Klusendorf
Does a mother have no more duty to her own child than she does a total stranger who is unnaturally hooked up to her?
Most arguments for elective abortion simply assume the unborn are not human beings. The bodily rights argument is an exception. Its central claim is that pregnant mothers have an absolute right to do whatever they want with their bodies regardless of what it does to the children they carry.
Dazed and Confused?
By Michael Spencer*
Alleged confusion over the question of when human life begins provides a crystal-clear reason to oppose abortion.
Many abortion-choice advocates would like us to believe that “no one knows when human life begins” and that there’s no consensus on the matter. The inference is obvious enough: if people cannot agree on when human life (or personhood) begins, abortion must be morally permissible. Put another way, if something seems confusing, one is apparently free to do as he pleases. This is a philosophically anemic conclusion, yet it’s offered by many abortion advocates as the “silver bullet” argument to end all arguments.