February is upon us and it’s another month full of opportunities to help your students embrace the culture of life.
Celebrating Our African-American Pro-Life History
The pro-life movement is filled with many heroes—people who have given up their friends, careers, and lives in order to devote themselves to protecting every human person. As pro-lifers, Black History Month is important because it reminds us to celebrate and honor the lives of men and women who fought against racism, prejudice, and eugenics to show the world that every human being’s life matters. Use Black History Month to jump-start a discussion about abortion with your middle school, junior high, and high school students. We have also included activities that would be appropriate for elementary school students. As with all of our supplements and projects, we do not talk about abortion and the culture of death with younger students. Instead, we seek to inspire them to stand up for the dignity of all human beings.
For younger students:
- This week, complete Lesson 3 of Life Is Precious, using the Dr. Seuss story Horton Hears a Who! Remind students that everyone deserves protection and that we each have a duty to use our voices in defense of people who can’t speak for themselves. Every person is valuable, from the tiny baby growing in his mother’s womb to elderly grandparents.
- Watch Kid President’s version of the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Have students color pictures of MLK. Find printouts and ideas on our Pro-Life Black History Month Pinterest page.
- Listen to these short podcasts by Pro-Life Perspective on the lives of pro-life activists such as Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, Kay Coles James, Erma Clardy Craven, and J. C. Watts.
- Today, pro-life activists continue the fight for justice for all people, no matter what they look like. As a class, research these brave African-American men and women who are fighting to promote dignity and respect for all human beings. Make a bulletin board to showcase these heroes. Print out pictures of them and have each student make a picture collage of each or of all of them together. Put finished projects on the class bulletin board. Discuss the good qualities and virtues of heroes. Be sure to point out some of these traits on your bulletin board display.
- Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Ryan Scott Bomberger, founder and creative director of The Radiance Foundation
- Pastor Johnny Hunter, president of L.E.A.R.N.
- Walter B. Hoye II, founder of Black Pro-Life Coalition and Issues4Life
- Day Gardner, founder and president of The National Black Pro-Life Union
- Rev. Clenard Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org
- Erma Clardy Craven, founding member of Human Life Alliance
- Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights leader
- Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson, founding member of the National Right to Life Committee
- Find more pro-life heroes in the National Black Pro-Life Coalition Speakers Bureau.
For older students:
- Complete the Culture of Life Studies Program lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech or our lesson on Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson.
- Planned Parenthood makes no secret of its racist ideologies, which still persist today. Read “The Negro Project” on toomanyaborted.com and watch the video Number One Killer by the Radiance Foundation to help your students understand the connection between race, eugenics, and abortion. Watch the LiveAction Racism Project videos which expose the racist leanings of Planned Parenthood in telephone conversations between Planned Parenthood employees and potential donors.
- Watch Celebrating Life & Civil Rights: 50 Years Later and read the corresponding article by the Radiance Foundation. Ask students:
- What does Dr. King mean when he says we need to be dissatisfied until the day when nobody will shout about “black power” or “white power” but talk about “God’s power” and “human power”?
We should all be champions of human rights because we are all humans created in the image and likeness of God. We need to work together until the lives of all human beings are treasured.
Today, why should pro-lifers be “dissatisfied”?
We should not be content to watch millions of our preborn brothers and sisters die because of abortion.
What does it mean to be pro-life?
We are pro-life because we care about the dignity of every human person—mothers, fathers, babies, the sick, the elderly, and the disabled.
Is the argument surrounding abortion really about a woman’s right to abortion versus a baby’s right to life? What should we be working toward instead?
The pro-life movement isn’t just about women’s rights or the baby’s rights—it’s about all human beings. Pro-life is not a political position, but rather an issue that affects all human beings. We need to work together to ensure that all people have a right to life.
What does the video mean by “civil rights for every human life”?
The right to life is the foremost right of all human beings, but it has been taken away from millions of babies. A person can’t have civil rights and equality until he has the right to life.
- Discuss what students can do to help raise awareness regarding the injustice of abortion. Have students make a pledge of something specific they can do right here and now to help stop abortion and discrimination against preborn children. Examples include praying, informing the public via social media, and speaking out when friends or colleagues deny the racial prejudices of Planned Parenthood.
Need more inspiration? Check out our Pro-Life Black History Month Pinterest board for printables and fun ideas to celebrate the achievements of African-American pro-life leaders.
Pro-Life St. Valentine’s Day
Tying pro-life themes to St. Valentine’s Day is easy. It’s a great opportunity to share that amazing and miraculous fact with your younger students that the heart begins to beat in a newly formed tiny human being when he or she is just 24 days old! Older students may wish to focus on the concept of true love being complete self sacrifice. There is no better way to bring people to Christ than through the power of love. St. Valentine himself was a martyr, offering his very life for Christ. We may not be called to offer our lives in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense we are all called to follow the example of St. Valentine by letting nothing stand in the way of teaching people about Christ.
- Have students create special Valentines for their parents thanking them for treasuring their lives. Older students can share the love of Christ by making and sending Valentines (with pro-life messages of course!) to a local abortion clinic offering prayers for the conversion of its staff. You never know how God will use your words to change someone’s heart.
- Use St. Valentine’s Day as a day to spread joy. Visit a nursing home and hand out Valentines to the residents.
- Sweetheart conversation candies are a traditional treat on St. Valentine’s Day. Make pro-life conversation cookies with pro-life messages like “choose life,” “you’re unique,” or “I ❤ babies.”
- National Pro-Life Cupcake Day falls in October, but why not hand out cookies or cupcakes around St. Valentine’s Day to remind people to show preborn babies some love.
- Read about the Christian origins of the pretzel. Make heart-shaped pretzels, a popular Lenten treat. (Find a recipe on our Pinterest board).
- When does a preborn baby’s heart begin to beat? Listen to a preborn baby’s heartbeat and compare it to an adult’s heartbeat (find links on our Pinterest board).
- Listen to Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” which was actually written to the sound of her preborn daughter’s heartbeat.
- Read John 15:12-13. What does it mean to love our fellow man as Christ loves us? Can you think of people who are offering up their lives in the service of other people? (parents, doctors, teachers, etc. or more specifically, David Daleiden, St. Valentine, modern Christian martyrs, Pope Francis, etc.) What can we learn from their example?
- St. Valentine dedicated his life to defending Christian marriage. Older students can learn what the Catholic Church teaches about the sacrament of marriage at marriageuniqueforareason.org.
Need more inspiration? Check out our Pro-Life St. Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for more crafts and ideas to celebrate this secular holiday with a pro-life spin.
Celebrating Presidents’ Day
On Monday, February 15, we celebrate Presidents’ Day, honoring our country’s leaders, especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays occur in February. The president of the United States is a powerful person who can influence the law of the land. That’s why it is important for us as citizens to take an active role in politics and elect pro-life leaders in our government. To celebrate Presidents’ Day, think about past presidents who were pro-life and who believed in the intrinsic value of the human person
- Write a short paragraph or paper about what steps you would take to end abortion if you were elected president. How would you support women who feel abortion is their only option?
- Robby Novak is Kid President—a tenacious boy with a big heart and a vision to make the world more awesome. Kid President became an Internet sensation on YouTube in 2012 and he continues to inspire thousands of kids to change the world. Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta, which means that his bones break easily. He has had over 70 fractures and numerous surgeries, but that doesn’t keep him from dancing and encouraging other people to change the world. Kid President is an inspiration both on and off camera. In these videos, Kid President reminds us that anyone can change the world. It’s up to you to do something to make the world a better place. Don’t wait for other people.
- Kid President: How to Change the World (A Work in Progress)
- Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
- Kid President Has a Dream!
- Use this resource for ideas on how to create a pro-life Presidents’ Day bulletin board. Need pro-life quotes from famous Americans? Check out the inspirational quote memes on our Pro-Life American Pinterest Board.
- Abraham Lincoln spoke out against slavery. Read this thought-provoking reflection from Priests for Life on why we should not stay silent about abortion.
- Ronald Reagan was president many years after Abraham Lincoln, but he was fighting another battle against injustice—abortion. His book Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation was the first time a sitting president wrote against abortion. Older students should read this book. Discuss the following questions:
How does abortion personally affect each one of us?
If you devalue even one human life—born or preborn—you diminish the lives of all people. As Mother Teresa said, “The greatest misery of our time is the generalized abortion of children.”
What other Supreme Court decision does the president refer to that “denied the value of certain human lives”?
Dred Scott Decision
Who alone has the right to give and take life?
What is the duty of the law?
The law needs to respect the God-given right to life and needs to protect all human beings.
What was the case of “Baby Doe” from Indiana?
Baby Doe was an infant with Down syndrome who needed a simple operation in order to be able to eat. A federal judge ruled that the child should starve to death because the testifying doctor claimed that even with the operation Baby Doe would have a “minimal quality of life.”
What did President Reagan do about the ruling against Baby Doe?
He started a directive that no federally funded hospital would be allowed to deny life-preserving care to a child with handicaps. The president affirmed that we do not have the right to pick and choose whose life has value and whose life does not have value.
Which cause is the most important in order to preserve freedom in America?
Ronald Reagan said it best: “There is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”
Our Pro-Life American Pinterest Board offers numerous pro-life patriotic crafts, printables, and more! Visit the site for more great ideas!