The Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer funding of most abortions through the Medicaid program since 1976, has saved the lives of over two million low-income Americans. But where we see precious human beings, the abortion industry sees lost revenue. The Hyde Amendment is under attack from pro-abortion Democrats in Congress. Concerningly, the recently passed American Rescue Plan lacks Hyde protections.
Our friends at Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) are fighting against the abortion extremism in their party. They are organizing a Save Hyde National Day of Action to take place on April 10. Volunteers are needed to lead local and regional events. If you’re interested, you have a month to prepare! Here are DFLA’s nine steps to host a successful day of action:
- Select a time and location (preferably your local office of your Senator or representative from the US House of Representatives).
- Use the banner graphic here to create your own local Facebook event page reflecting your chosen time and location.
- Begin reaching out to people you know in your community to share the Facebook event page link you’ve created. Remember to invite your local pro-life organizations and people from across the political spectrum. 5-10 people will make a big difference. You’ll need to get commitments from people to be there so invite some to do a ‘speak out’ (a short and informal public speech) for 1-2 minutes. They’ll be more likely to commit to coming and bringing more people.
- Contact your local printer (Staples, FedEx, etc.) and print as many of these signs as are needed. Your best options are to order corrugated plastic signs or paper posters mounted on foam board. Be sure to print at least one!
- Critical! The day before the event, contact everyone again to make sure they still plan to attend. If you forget this step many people may forget to come!
- Identify one person to take photos and another to take video. You must assign both but separately. Pictures should include a group shot at the beginning and at the end of the event as well as individual shots of signs, speakers, etc. It is important that there are a variety of pictures to choose from later.
- Send out a media release to your local news stations. It should include a title and the who, what, when, where, and why of your event (example). Please reach out to us if you need any further help with crafting a release. It’s not always likely that the media will show up but it’s always worth a try because it has huge potential to spotlight our efforts to protect Hyde.
- Event day! Show up, hold signs, do speak-outs, get loud and chant! Chanting is a very effective way of drawing attention so be prepared to have one person say “Hyde Saves Lives!” and ask the crowd to repeat. That way you each have enough time to breathe! “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Hyde Repeal has got to go!” is another good one. You can also feel empowered to use chants specific to your congressperson. Even better if you have a megaphone. Be sure to get it all on video! A one-hour event is more than adequate.
- Publish everything online! Tweet it, get it on the gram, and post video clips everywhere! We also encourage you to send us your photos and video to promote on our national page. Upload your content to this folder.
Social justice movements are not successful without crucial nonviolent direct action and the bold, brave actions of everyday activists like you. Let’s make this world a better place starting with protecting the Hyde Amendment from repeal!