Excerpts from “How Women Can Abortion-Proof Their Communities,” The Federalist, February 13, 2017
I’ve said before and keep repeating, abortion is a divisive issue that instantly creates emotion and tension for everyone. The discord has grown more contentious between politicians, media, and advocacy groups. You may be asking yourself, “what can I do to help?”
Cheering from the sidelines doesn’t do much for women and children directly impacted by abortion laws. When millions march in DC, these displays mean little unless backed up by local action.
From coast to coast, abortion-minded organizers are planning for “huddles” in communities where 10-15 women meet to promote abortion as a good, healthy, a and safe solution to unwanted pregnancy. These small groups can effect great change. Likewise, pro-life women must also be brave enough to move beyond family and social circles to areas where we wield influence as a neighbor and a citizen: local newspapers, local lobbying, local schools. It can feel awkward and uncertain to speak out about deeply personal topics. But when people feel empowered by one another with support and knowledge, it is much easier to take concrete, positive steps to reach people who aren’t on the same page.
Life wins when we fight abortion at the grassroots level. As Vice President Pence said at March for Life: “Life is winning through the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables, and over coffee at college campuses. The truth is being told. Compassion is overcoming convenience.”
Though gains are being made in pro-life legislation, pro-life women need to keep mobilizing right where they live. I can’t think of anything more important to protect innocent unborn lives than gathering with a group of your friends to find ways to empower mothers and fathers and make our communities worthy of them. What do you think?