Four Major Steps to
Combat Obama’s Abortion Agenda
By Marjorie Higgins, Holly
Smith, and Luis Zaffirini
The ongoing fight to Stop
the Obama Abortion Agenda relies on pro-life grassroots efforts.
Four major steps should be a large part of every chapter’s battle
A petition drive can begin
at any point in the year. The financial cost of running a petition
drive is minimal, the time spent behind the table doubles as
outreach, and the benefits of meeting your local supporters makes it
the most cost-effective project a chapter can undertake.
Coordinate with officials at
local churches, fairs, festivals, and other community groups to set
up a display table with educational materials and petitions. Ask if
businesses such as Christian bookstores will place the forms at
checkout, or bring them to your workplace to share with colleagues.
Check your city or county
for scheduled events and contact the coordinators to see if you may
participate with a petition drive.
Ask your pro-life family,
friends, and colleagues to take a petition form to their own social
circles and fill them out. College students can run the project
while on campus, or when they are home.
You can download or sign the
“Support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” petition at
www.stoptheabortionagenda.com, or see pages 16–17 of this issue.
Distribute Church Inserts
National Right to Life
provides church bulletin inserts that can be used throughout the
year. A well-informed pro-lifer who is a member of a church has
tremendous potential to spread important information to a wider,
communities face different obstacles to fully making use of NRL’s
church bulletin inserts. Part of being actively pro-life is letting
it be known to your community and that includes in your church. If
you think it’s important, and you know your pastor cares about the
life issues, then let him, or the church office, know that NRL’s
inserts are available and how to get them.
What if your pastor is not
particularly enthusiastic about the pro-life cause? In that instance
it may take a group of concerned congregants to impress upon him
your own church’s stance on the issue and how important so many
members of the church find it. He may have a change of heart.
Worst case scenario: your
pastor is pro-abortion. If so, then you know you are facing an
uphill battle. But there is no reason to give up hope. Continue to
pray that he and all pro-abortion individuals will understand the
importance of restoring rights to unborn human children.
In light of this, is there
an alternative to having the bulletins inserted by the church?
Consider purchasing some inserts at your own expense and pass them
out to fellow churchgoers.
At $5 per pack of 50
inserts, it is an economical way to inform any congregation.
Grow E-mail Trees
The beauty of an “e-mail
tree” is its speed and simplicity. By developing an up-to-date
e-mail list now, you can forward hundreds of people critical
information with the click of a button. Don’t wait until there is an
urgent situation to start pulling together the e-mail addresses
currently stored in a dozen different physical and digital
Register for NRLC’s “Hot
www.nrlc.org/join_our_mailing_list.htm and inquire with your
state affiliate about getting on its alert list, too. When you
receive an Action Alert, you can act on it, immediately, and forward
it along to your list with complete confidence.
Do not overuse your list.
Don’t send jokes or forwards, or you lose your audience. If they
sense your e-mails might not be a good use of their time, they will
never give you the opportunity to involve them in actual activity.
Be sure the e-mail addresses
are entered in the “BCC” field to prevent people from replying to
For legislative alerts, it
is best to simply forward the NRLC alert to your list. Include a
request that recipients in turn forward the alert to their own
e-mail lists, when appropriate.
After sending the e-mail,
update your e-mail list as “bounce backs” appear in your inbox.
When the vote takes place,
redeploy the e-mail list to let people know the outcome of the
legislation and how your representative voted. This follow-through
is extremely important, whether or not the recipient did anything
about the original action alert.
Once the e-mail tree is
developed, maintenance is easy and you can reach every pro-life
contact you have in an instant. Don’t rely on it to the exclusion of
traditional methods of reaching out. But if you incorporate it into
your efforts, it will ensure a well-rounded routine when alerts
All the tools a chapter
needs to be successful can be found at NRLChapters.org, a web site
exclusively for National Right to Life chapters.
These include past issues of
NRL Contact, our bimonthly newsletter for chapters, as well as
petitions to download and church bulletin inserts to order.
NRLChapters.org enhances the
effectiveness and efficiency of our grassroots chapters while making
our dedicated volunteers’ work easier as well. Come see for