Lately it seems like the pro-life movement is exploding all over, and there are all sorts of different initiatives and efforts that aim at helping to inform women about the truth of the sanctity of life, and the dignity of the human person, as well as the dangers inherent in and surrounding the topic abortion. Even Time Magazine has highlighted how this movement is gaining ground, and becoming a stronger force here in the United States.
Slowly we seem to be coming back to recognition of what it means to be a culture of life, and there are many different events and projects that help to promote this in various way, including the March for Life, 40 Days for Life, and various other initiatives at the local level.
There is one initiative that's recently been discovered that began last year called “1000 Moms” which offers a unique approach to creating a culture of life that is geared especially at giving busy moms the time and opportunities to help build this culture, no matter how busy they are, or what their current situation is.
1000 Moms is support system begun by Heroic Media in an effort to celebrate motherhood, and connect moms who are pro-life, but don't have the time to be active with it, because let's face it, as much as we would like to dedicate a good chunk of our time to volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center or going to marches, its not that realistic for the everyday mom, especially to moms of young children who spend their days nurturing their kids and taking care of the needs of the home.
The vision of this project, taken directly from their website, is this:
The vision for 1000 Moms is to actively engage women to help build a culture of life within our communities. Through prayer, networking and giving this foundational group will help strengthen pro-life partnerships, outreach to abortion-vulnerable women and spread the message that all life is valuable.
I think what is most fascinating to me about this initiative, is that it really does address more practical, concrete opportunities to help grow and foster a culture of life than volunteering or attending a larger event. Those big things are good, and so so necessary for our culture to see, but they only happen once or twice a year, so for the rest of time, how do you effectively build a culture of life, especially if you aren't able to give time to something extra in your schedule?
Through your everyday activities.
The family is the heart of the culture, and this organization is telling moms that building a culture of life can be accomplished through normal activities, which will in turn grow and become a normal part of our culture; seeing commercials advertising alternatives to abortion, seeing billboards promoting life, and seeing stories all over social media about heroic moms raising special needs children, adopting, etc. will all become normal.
I think these are the small, yet incredibly significant efforts that will bring about a true cultural change, and seeing this organization promote exactly that is a unique and refreshing angle for the pro-life movement. So moms, want to give to the pro-life cause, but aren't sure how? 1,000 Moms offers a few simple steps:
1) Pray for women with unplanned pregnancies and for their unborn children.
2) Be a “champion of life” in your families, churches and communities, and be informed about the different issues we are facing in our culture so you can be ready to dialogue with anyone who might ask you questions.
4) If you can donate to this initiative of Heroic, or any others that might need assistance, make a commitment to give according to your possibilities. If you are going to commit with Heroic, they ask for an annual donation of $1,000 in order to support pro-life media in the different local chapters, which can be divided into either monthly, quarterly, or annual payments.
Check out Heroic Media's page if you are interested in getting involved, or if your want more information.
We change our culture one step, one “like,” share or tweet at a time, with the help and support of a strong community. So ladies, and especially moms, be heroic! Do what you can in your specific situation to help cultivate and promote an everyday culture of life.