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7th - 12th Grade LifeChest Activity Guide

THEMES

Abortion: To increase the understanding of the development of the unborn child and the physical and psychological components of abortion.

Euthanasia: To give students an understanding of the critical issue of euthanasia and to develop in them a respect for those with disabilities, the elderly and the dying.

CONCEPTS

Abortion:

1. The humanity of the unborn child is demonstrated in all stages of development.

2. Abortion takes several forms and ends the life of the unborn child at any stage of development.

3. Abortion is traumatic and can cause serious complications.

4. Abortion raises serious moral questions.

5. As a result of society's acceptance of abortion, infanticide and the destruction of newborns with disabilities are becoming more frequent occurrences.

Euthanasia:

1. Euthanasia raises serious moral questions.

3. Euthanasia has various terms and meanings to be examined.

4. Food and water are not medical treatment but necessities for life.

5. The humanity and dignity of the disabled, the elderly and the dying must be respected.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

1. Human embryonic stem cell research raises serious moral questions.

2. Embryonic stem cell research results in the destruction of human life.

3. No cures yet exist from embryonic stem cell research.

4. Ethical alternatives treatments like adults stem cell research exist.


Activity #1: Legislative Activity

Activity: Allow students to look at some of the prolife laws that have been passed in Michigan. You can have students:

1. Write to their senator or representative about a law which is presently pending that they would like to see passed. Give a lesson on how bills are passed in through the legislative process. (see www.legislature.mi.gov).

2. Encourage students to look at the Right to Life of Michigan Action Center page. Discuss the value of grassroots activism (local community-action) like "get-out-the-vote" calls encouraging others to vote for a candidate, volunteering for candidates, petitioning for policy change or contacting Congress.

3. Encourage students to write their own prolife policy. How do they think things should be changing?

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Activity #2: Volunteering or Starting a Prolife Group

Activity: Brainstorm with students ways that they may start their own prolife group. Attempt to facilitate them as they build their group. Allow them to borrow materials, videos and books. Also help them to compile their own information about the issues that their group will be tackling.

Talking Points:

1. How can the students draw other students into their group?

2. What are their goals? What do they hope to achieve?

3. How do they plan to achieve what they are doing?

4. What kinds of materials will the group need to start?

5. Talk about things that the group may do together (ex. write letters to senators, etc.).

6. Discuss what kind of information the group will need and how they will be able to get it (ex. statistics, info. on abortion, etc.).

7. How will the group raise money if necessary?

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Activity #3: Internet Research

Activity: Allow students to browse websites and learn about abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research on their own.

Discussion: Get back together in a group and discuss what they have researched. Also discuss with them how to be discerning about information that they come across on the websites. Another option may be for the students to refer to media websites for information on abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research.

Online Resources:

Right to Life of Michigan - information on all topics
StemCellResearchCures.com - stem cell research news
National Right to Life - information on all topics
Michigan Dept. of Community Health - abortion statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - abortion statistics
Bethany Christian Services - adoption
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - euthanasia
LifeNews.com - current events

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CLASSROOM MATERIALS AVAILABLE


AUDIO-VISUALS

Abortion


Abortion Issues - Molly Kelly presents facts about abortion and helps teens understand that abortion is not the solution to teen pregnancy. (30 min)

Hidden Truth - A video from the Concerned Women for America which brings to light the real costs of abortion to women, from clinical depression to medical complications, family problems and life long regret.

Meet the Abortion Providers - An inside look at the abortion business from the perspective of former abortionists, their assistants and clinic owners. Includes ultrasound images of babies and a view of abortion aftermath. (30 min)

Silent Scream - This DVD shows an abortion as seen on ultrasound. Narrated by the late former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson. (30 min)

Fetal Development

The Biology of Prenatal Develeopment - DVD from the National Geographic Channel which follows the incredible journey of the unborn child from conception to birth.

Preview of a Birth - Explores facts of preborn life through beautiful in-utero photography. Live film and ultrasound images. (15 min)

Ultrasound: Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life - Through the use of ultrasound, unborn children are observed at various stages of development as they breathe, jump, open their eyes and more. (25 min)

Ultrasound: Window to the Womb - Same material as EYEWITNESS with discussion on abortion by ultrasonographer Shari Richard. (45 min)

Euthanasia


To Be or Not to Be...The Human Family - Video by Mark Pickup, one of North America's foremost disability speakers. In this video, Mark comments on the culture of death in North America. He argues for a culture that treats all people with dignity.

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BOOKS

Aborted Women, Silent No More by David Reardon - Reports the results of his comprehensive research on post-abortion trauma and contains many personal profiles of those who have experienced the pain of abortion.

Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World by Wesley Smith - Discusses cloning, stem cell research and Big Biotech.

Forced Exit by Wesley Smith - This book examines assisted suicide. The book discusses the movement in favor of assisted suicide and discusses how the issue negatively impacts the disabled and the terminally ill.

The Miracle Within by Dr. Jack McCubbin - This book goes through every stage of pregnancy discussing the growth of the unborn child during pregnancy, and includes vivid photos and diagrams. The book also touches on some changes a mother experiences during pregnancy and

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments by Randy Alcorn - The ultimate reference book on prolife issues, this book offers hundreds of prolife arguments in a well-documented question-answer format.

Who Broke the Baby? by Jean Staker Garton - This is a brilliant explanation of the slogans used to promote abortion.

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HANDOUTS


Brief History of You - A flyer featuring the developmental stages of the baby in-utero

Adoption Choices - This brochure presents adoption as a positive alternative for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and includes a review of the various adoption plans that may be made.

LifeNotes - A series of brochures that cover many life issues.

Great Stem Cell Debate - This fact sheet informs students about stem cells. What are they? What are they used for? What is the controversy over stem cell research? Addresses the fact that stem cell research kills embryos. Details alternatives to stem cell research on embryos.

First Nine Months - This simple and beautiful brochure shows and tells the amazing story of life before birth using full-color photography and written description.

Food and Water: To Care or To Kill - This brochure discusses euthanasia by starvation and dehydration, including case studies and a painful description of the likely outcome of this sort of death.

Pain Management: Rx for True Dignity - Positive approaches to pain treatment which provide true dignity and compassion are outlined in this brochure.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: Personal Right or Medical Wrong? - A review of the challenges this issue presents, including pro-euthanasia reasoning, the slippery slope study of the Netherlands and the hospice alternative.

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CLASSROOM AIDS

Fetal Models - A set of five, life-sized models of in-utero babies from one through five months. The 14- and 18-week babies may be lifted from their "womb."

Life Before Birth laminated reprint - First printed in 1965 by Life magazine, this unique, 12-page essay features color photos by Lennart Nilsson.

RLM News - Right to Life of Michigan's quarterly newspaper on current prolife issues.

Young One fetal model - A 10 to 12-week old fetal model which fits in the hand.

Touch of Life models - Lifelike and natural, a set of four in-utero babies at 12 weeks, 20 weeks, 26 weeks, and 30 weeks. Children able to pick up and hold.

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Download a PDF of the Guide

Resources:

Activity #1: Legislative Activity

Activity #2: Starting a Prolife Group

Activity #3: Internet Research

Classroom Materials

Audio-Visuals

Books

Handouts

Classroom Aids

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