Just as 1:22 Campaign participants are encouraged to pray, we would ask that each participant consider writing letters in an effort to bring the issue of abortion back into civil discourse. Darkness can only be dispelled with light; likewise, abortion will not end if it is a topic that remains in the shadows of society.
TO WHOM CAN I WRITE LETTERS?
Consider writing to…
- Federal, state, and local government representatives and other law and policy-makers.
- Religious leaders such as pastors, church ministry groups, Bible studies, or faith-based organizations and ministries.
- Community figures and organizations such as educational institutions, including school boards, libraries, principals, and teachers or other leaders such as business owners, clubs, as well as arts and cultural directors, etc.
I’D CONSIDER WRITING LAWMAKERS, BUT WHY WRITE TO OTHERS?
While government officials may write, pass, or revoke laws such as Roe v. Wade, there are many others who can contribute to the success or failure of certain legislation. For instance, business leaders have a strong sphere of influence over their employees and community and teachers or principals have a strong influence over students and their families. Writing letters to these individuals could lead to better dialogue around abortion issues; additionally, the sphere of influence those individuals may have could help alter perceptions of abortion so that they are more in line with a worldview that seeks to honor and protect all life, even that of the unborn.
WHAT SHOULD I SAY IN MY LETTER?
If you would like to write a letter, you can say anything you would like, but you may want to consider the following things:
- The issue of abortion: Explain briefly why abortion is wrong and why all life should be protected. Consider including research or statistics on the ills of abortion.
- Your reason for writing: include your thoughts on abortion or state why you wanted to write this particular person.
- A call to action: Invite your individual to consider how they might help bring about change or contribute to a wider discourse on abortion and the sanctity of life.
- Gratitude for their time or invitation to think about this issue more: Thank the individual for reading your letter, acknowledge their influence and your prayers for them, invite them to contact you to continue the conversation or suggest a way to follow-up.
If you’re finding it difficult to craft a letter of your own, you are welcome to use or modify one of our sample letters below:
HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH GOVERNMENT LEADERS?
There are a number of resources that can help you find phone numbers, emails, or mailing addresses for your federal, state, and local government officials.
Consider using either of the following websites to find the appropriate contact information for the official you are hoping to contact: