By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr, Director of Community Engagement
One of my missions as the director of community engagement so far has been to ramp up Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s use of social media and our web site to educate and inform our members and supporters about the latest news related to abortion, doctor-prescribed suicide, and other pro-life issues through the use of blog posts, like this one, and posts on our social media accounts at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Our goal has been not only to have our social media followers read these themselves, but to share the links and stories on their own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts so that their friends and families can see them too. Consider that just on Facebook alone, MCFL has 1,285 people who’ve liked our Page, and the average Facebook user has 200 friends. If all of our Facebook followers shared one of our posts, that’s a potential audience of 257,000 people! (That doesn’t take into account overlap in friend lists and how Facebook’s algorithm works to show your content to only some of your friends, but we’re talking about potential here.) And then further imagine that let’s say just 10% of those people shared the post again, that’s over 5 million people!
But do such posts even make a difference or will they just annoy your family and friends? Well, we know they saved at least one baby, according to this article by Miriam Harding.
Miriam noticed a Facebook friend had recently had a baby and got to talking about him with her. It turned out that her friend had become pregnant just before breaking up with her fiancé and had been contemplating abortion.
Sarah began considering when she should schedule her abortion. Then, she saw my posts on Facebook: the Planned Parenthood videos, ADF blogs and articles, and pictures from the Planned Parenthood protests. Each time Sarah was considering abortion, one of my posts came back to mind–a photo of me at a Planned Parenthood protest, holding a homemade poster of my son’s ultrasound next to a current photo of my son.
Sarah immediately pulled out her ultrasound, obtained just days earlier from a local pregnancy center. She stared at the tiny human in black and white and wondered what her child would look like in just a few short months. Did it really already have fingernails, like Juno said?
Now think of the many times a woman changed her mind and didn’t tell anyone. Being a social media pro-lifer most definitely changes hearts and minds, when it’s done with compassion and dignity and love. (We want to model a culture of compassion that others would want to be associated with; while abortion is horrific, anger and vituperation in our online postings can also lead people to reject even sound scientific logic.)
We encourage you to become a social media pro-lifer.