Crosses to Display

These crosses are a powerful, visual display of the human tragedy that is abortion. The 2000 crosses represent more than half of the 4000 human lives that are destroyed by abortion every day in the United States.

This display is an outreach project of Right to Life- LIFESPAN of Oakland/Macomb counties and is available through our office. Everything needed to place the crosses on the grounds of your faith community is included with the display. They may remain on your property as long as two weeks. We request a $100.00 rental that is applied to the cost of maintaining the display and for storage when the crosses are not in use.

We invite your questions and encourage you to call our office. Call Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m.-2:30p.m. 248-816-1546.

Committee of Correspondence

We know that one of the most effective kinds of communication between legislators and the people is through a chain, whether it be through correspondence of telephone, when speed is vital.
LIFESPAN’s Committee of Correspondence is presently active; however, it would be more effective if we had more members. There are no meetings to attend; you just lobby from your home with postal letters or by email. The office sends urgent messages to members which should be acted on immediately. The data we send will be factual and thorough, so you can write about an issue in your own words. Letters need not be long, but should be polite and sincere. Legislators may not agree with your position, but letters are counted and NUMBERS DO COUNT!

Call LIFESPAN’s Wayne West/Downriver Chapter at 734-422-6230 for more information.

Telephone/Email

A large volume of phone calls and emails to a legislator’s office, on one side of a pending issue, can often influence the legislator’s vote. These are generally not an adequate substitute for letter writing campaigns or personal meetings, but they can supplement other lobbying activities. They are also useful when there is insufficient time to organize a full-blown letter writing campaign prior to a vote in committee or on the floor.

Write Letters to the Editor

Always type your letter. Newspapers and magazines receive so many that they are not likely to wade through one that is handwritten. Here are some other suggestions:

1) The address and salutation should always be Letter to the Editor.

2) The best way to get the attention of any public official is to mention his or her name in a letter to the editor of a magazine or newspaper. This is especially true of your elected representative.

3) If you are responding to a previous editorial, article or letter, state the title, name of the author, and date at the beginning of your letter.

4) Strike while the issue is hot. Respond to the issue within a day or two to have the best chance of getting your letter in print.

5) Cover only one topic in a letter.

6) Be as brief as you can and still make your point.

7) Whenever possible, include factual evidence to support your claim. Short quotations are good, but longer ones may be deleted.

8) Whenever possible, use humor. Anger is all right, but avoid hysteria or you will lose your credibility.

Excerpt from I’d Speak Out on the Issues if I Only Knew What to Say, by Jane Chastain. Copyright 1987, Regal Books, Ventura, CA 93303