Pro-Life Resources for Students and Teachers

By National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund

IPWith the new school year upon us, now is a perfect time for educators to consider ways to incorporate the pro-life message into their curriculum. The National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund is the place to start their search.

We have copies of our excellent DVD titled “A Baby’s First Months — Infinite Possibilities.” This award-winning DVD takes the viewer through the major milestones of the development of the unborn child in just six minutes. The DVD teaches the humanity of the unborn child without ever getting into the abortion issue. “A Baby’s First Months–Infinite Possibilities” is suitable for all audiences.

The writer, director and producer of the DVD, Pam Rucinski, indicated that she “wanted viewers to lose themselves in the breathtaking moments of their first days of life.” We believe she succeeded. ($10 each, no shipping charge. To order, call 202-626-8829, or e-mail education@nrlc.org.)

On the subject of pre-natal development, we also offer “Rose’s First Photo Album,” a series of posters (11” x 17”) with amazing full-color photos showing and describing the milestones of development, inside and outside the womb. Also available in standard (9” x 12”), picture (5” x 7”), and travel (2” x 3”, with keyring) sizes, the cost is just $10, and any size can be ordered in English or Spanish. (Call 202-378-8843, or e-mail nrlclara@gmail.com to order.)

On the subject of abortion complications, the second edition of “Women’s Health After Abortion: The Medical and Psychological Evidence” is available on the web page of the De Veber Institute, which published this edition in 2003. (See www.deveber.org/womens-health-after-abortion.)

This book summarizes the results of a number of studies that have demonstrated the detrimental health effects of abortion, such as increased risk of breast cancer, infertility, substance abuse, and even suicide. This can really help the pro-lifer answer the oft-repeated but ridiculous claim that abortion is safer for the mother than childbirth.

One overlooked resource students, librarians and educators might wish to consider is the Research Bulletin of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change. The Bulletin provides information from top researchers in their fields on the medical, psychological and sociological aspects of abortion.

Several issues are available on line at www.abortionresearch.us, with more to come. The web site also has a complete list of back issues available for order.

The range of topics makes the Association Newsletter an excellent resource for a number of classroom discussions or essay assignments. (Membership in the Association: $25 annually. Single copies of back issues: $1)

Of continuing importance are the Trust Fund’s fact sheets– one, two, or four-page descriptions of a particular topic. See the list on our web page at nrlc.org/factsheets/.

First on the list is the very significant study, “Does Legalizing Abortion Protect Women’s Health?” This is a joint publication of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach and the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund. In four pages and full color it deals with the claim that legalizing abortion in countries where is it not currently legal would save women’s lives. The fact sheet debunks this claim, pointing out that improving health care in poorer countries would save lives, not legalizing abortion. Indeed, in places where health care remains inadequate, legalizing abortions would increase the number of women who die or are harmed by abortion, as legalization would lead to an increase in the number of women aborting.

Further down on the list of fact sheets are a series of 4 dealing with various aspects of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. They include, for example, PPFA’s political activities, their involvement in abortion, their finances, and recent activities involved in restructuring, and clinic mergers.

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Other topics include: “Arguments Made for Abortion…And Some Answers”; “Abortion’s Physical Complications”; “Abortion’s Psycho-Social Consequences;” “Teens and Abortion: Why Parents Should Know”; “Abortion Statistics and Trends;” “The Pain of the Unborn”; “Deaths From RU486”; “Supreme Court Decisions”; and “Abortion’s Impact on Minorities.”

These are great introductions to different aspects of abortion, and can really help jump start the class discussion. All these are available on our web page, at https://nrlc.org/factsheets/.  Single copies of each are free, and you are free to make copies or download from our web page.

Also on our web page you can find more than a decade’s worth of NRL News at nrlc.org/news/; the on-line version of “Abortion: Some Medical Facts” nrlc.org/abortion/medicalfacts/; information about our Essay Contests (one for grades 7-9, one for grades 10-12) at nrlc.org/students/essaycontest/index.html; or the basics of the development of the unborn child at nrlc.org/abortion/firstmonths/.

Keep searching – you’ll find what you need!

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