Four Steps on the
Path to Pro-Life Success
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
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.
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
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.
Once you have
collected the signatures, convert them to an electronic format so
that you can most easily communicate with the people who have just
Make two hard copies,
one for your chapter’s possession and use, and the second for your
state right-to-life office. The original is sent to National Right
to Life for additional computer processing at no charge to the
Petition files are
the chapters’ first resource for major events and legislative
alerts. The more petition names in your computer, the more
pro-lifers to call when the need arises.
You can download or
sign the “Stop Obama’s Abortion Agenda” petition at www.nrlc.org or
www.stoptheabortionagenda.com, or see pages 14–15 of this issue.
National Right to
Life provides church bulletin inserts that can be used throughout
the year. A well-informed pro-lifer who is a member in 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 List” online at www.nrlc.org and inquire with your state
affiliate about getting on its alert list, too. When you receive an
Action Alert, you can forward it along to your list with complete
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
Be sure the e-mail
addresses are entered in the “BCC” field to prevent people from
replying to everyone.
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
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.
enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of our grassroots chapters
while making our dedicated volunteers’ work easier as well. Come see