Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Canadian Pro-Lifers Need to Talk to Each Other

Silhouette of people talking to one another.

Today The Interim publish a survey of pro-life groups on gestational limits and incrementalism. Very, very interesting.

I only found out about five years ago that Campaign Life Coalition opposed gestational limits.
And to me, the fact that I did not know this salient fact about CLC strategy spoke to a problem I see in the pro-life movement.

We're still a very fragmented group of people with a relatively weak sense of community, and that limits our ability to mobilize. I was involved in a pro-life community for some years and didn't know this point.

So I'm thinking: if I, with my regular contact with Campaign Life, didn't know this, imagine what other pro-lifers don't know...

Generally speaking, grassroots pro-lifers are not all up on how to debate abortion, how to vote pro-life, how to advance the pro-life cause. I see these people on the internet all the time. A large proportion are isolated and not involved, because they see no means of becoming involved.

What I would like to see happen is the development of a stronger community. We pro-lifers need to talk to one another. We need to build those connections. And in building those connections, we can form groups and draw people in. When you're alone in your struggle, it discourages you. When you talk with others, and act with others, it energizes you. More energy means more witness.

I tend to be very internet-oriented because I love computers. But I so wish that these connections on the internet could translate into real-life connections and groups, so that pro-life witness is not reserved to city centres, but also suburbs and neighbourhoods.

We should have a lot more of these conversations. A lot more. We should not only focus with laser precision on the goal of ending abortion. We have to focus on one another.