By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
I recently had the opportunity to host a Facebook Live discussion of winsome ways to promote a life-affirming message. Our message that life is precious and should be protected at all stages of development can be shared in a manner that brings a smile to a person’s face… especially after a long day of feeling demoralized by a caustic culture.
What’s more, we can celebrate the pro-life cause in ways that are simple, cost-effective, and highly effective.
So… drumroll please. Here are my top five winsome ways to promote life:
1.) Share ultrasound videos on social media. We learned as children that sharing is caring, and that’s especially true when it comes to ultrasounds. What is more precious than seeing a preborn baby smiling in her mother’s womb? What is more dramatic than viewing a video of unborn twin sons sharing space? Social media makes it easy for us to share such ultrasounds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I guarantee you that you will receive plenty of “likes” and “loves” when you post an ultrasound.
2.) Wear the precious feet pin. This is a beautiful pin, in silver or gold that depicts the actual size of a baby’s feet in utero. It is a great conversation-starter. It is also a pleasant way to stand with preborn babies and their mothers.
3.) Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Such missives are highly effective in getting the pro-life message out. Thanks to social media, you can then easily share a letter you have written with your friends, family members, and followers. Also, if you are the parent of a junior high or high school student, encourage him or her to write a letter to the editor as well. Newspaper editors love to receive letters from young people and, if your child includes his or her age, publication is more likely. When writing letters to the editor, be sure to follow the newspaper’s guidelines on style and word limit to increase the chances your letter will be accepted.
4.) Spiritually adopt a preborn baby. This involves praying for an unborn baby every day for nine months. Be sure to tuck in an extra prayer for the baby’s mother. This is a wonderful way to keep preborn children at the center of your mind and in the depth of your heart.
5.) Celebrate life! In addition to celebrating major milestones, celebrate the start of each season… the last home football game on the schedule… the 100 percent your child scored on her last test. Remember to carve out space in your week to do the things that bring you joy, whether that’s playing basketball…painting…singing…or dancing. Your joy will be contagious, and it will help show the world that life is worth living!
By following these simple steps, you can help lay the foundation for rebuilding a culture of life in your community.
And that’s an achievement worth celebrating!