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This January, Remember the Power of Your Local Chapter

Jan 27, 2011 | 01-January 2011 NRL News

NRL News
Page 8
January 2011
Volume 38
Issue 1

This January, Remember the Power of Your Local Chapter

By Jonathan Rogers

This January, a nation grieves once more over the lives of 54 million children lost and tens of millions of women victimized by the legacy of what dissenting Supreme Court Justice Byron White accurately described as an act of “raw judicial power.” In memorial to the lives lost and dedication to the hopeful promise of the pro-life movement, this month NRLC will run a multi-part series of articles on chapter development online at Today’s News and Views. (If you are not receiving TN&V, sign up athttp://nrlc.org///join_our_mailing_list.htm.)

To speak to the hopeful promise is not out of place this January, nor would it ever be. The pro-life movement is at its core positive and optimistic. And that positive message is one which continues to grow in popularity as the Movement grows in strength, despite the expectations of its critics.

The nature of the abortion tragedy in America has not played out the way Roe v. Wade author Harry Blackmun anticipated. Rather than produce a quiet end to the controversy, the Roe decision has met with more opposition than perhaps any other court case in American history.

The supporters of the legal regime laid down in 1973 failed to understand that a single judicial decision does not—cannot—win the battle for the soul of a culture. The collective actions taken by any society which shape its laws, policies, and attitudes must be an expression of both its governing bodies and the culture and tradition at large. Roe did not settle the issue because Roe did not reflect the cultural attitudes of a tremendous number of Americans. Those citizens were instead emboldened to form one of the greatest grassroots movements in history, resolving to protect the innocent life the judicial system so badly failed.

The continued success of our Movement will ultimately bring an end to legal abortion in America, by influencing the culture at large to cherish and protect life, and by providing the impetus for legal and legislative redress to the Roe legacy. Political, legal, and legislative victories for the pro-life movement owe their success to the broad support of grassroots pro-lifers who provide an organized platform to air their positive and hopeful message in defense of the unborn. This platform serves to educate fellow citizens, recruit new leaders, and provide credibility to the Movement as a whole.

With that in mind, during this commemorative month, you are invited to join us. As a service to the unborn and their mothers, we ask you to consider aiding in the growth and development of local Right to Life chapters. If there is a chapter in your area, contemplate how you can assist the chapter’s continued dedication to its mission. If you know of a nearby community which does not have a chapter, consider how you can help individuals there form one.

As a resource, we will be running a multi-part series weekly over the month of January on the basics of chapter development. These include:

• The nature and purpose of chapters

• The basics of chapter organization

• Chapter events and activities

• Using all the available tools at a chapter’s disposal

A workable definition of the pro-life movement is that of a local group of freely associating individuals acting in concert for a common cause whose dedication is reflected in actions that impact locally, statewide, even nationwide. Right to Life chapters are the face of the Movement to our fellow citizens and the primary means of carrying on our lifesaving mission.

When a country as a whole fails an entire segment of its populace, as it has unborn babies, the best means of redressing the fault is to step to the task and work to help the defenseless and those in need. That is first and foremost a product of education.

And where NRLC’s 3,000 chapters lead, others will follow.

For information or assistance in chapter development, contact NRLC’s State Organizational Development Department atstateod@nrlc.org or call 202-626-8809.