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Called to a cause

"Called to a cause" Continued...

Issue: "Pro-baby," Jan. 30, 2010

Q: What's on the political radar in 2010? The Susan B. Anthony List is looking at about 10 House seats where there are vulnerable freshman pro-choice incumbents. Conservative activists are incredibly mobilized for principled reasons. We're seeing more and more women candidates apply to the Susan B. Anthony List every year. A lot are applying for governorship runs: Many women want to be back home; they don't want to be in Washington.

Q: How do you balance career and family? I do everything at work between the hours of 9 and 3 except for occasional travel. The pro-life movement is really a part of the personality of our family: We've been organizing since the kids were tiny and they're a part of it, so it's formed their character. They push me out instead of saying, "You have to stay home."

Q: In what ways are they a part of the pro-life movement? In every single way you can imagine: They've worked in our office, they've worked stuffing mailings, they've done the March for Life, they go to all of our events, they travel with me as often as we can. I just spoke at Maine Right to Life and before that Michigan Right to Life, and I took different kids with me at different times. They love it because they're stars when they travel-they get all the special treatment. This might not be the issue that they end up handling, but they need to know something very important: When there is a crisis in history and a great battle that needs to be fought, you need to be a part of it, and not standing on the sidelines.

Q: If women in college want to become part of the pro-life movement politically, what should they do? Intern somewhere in Washington. Interning does two things: It can inspire you, let you meet people like you've never met in your life, and No. 2, you realize, "This is grunt work." So the shades fall from your eyes, and you ask, "Holy cow, do I really want to do this?" If you still want to do it, then maybe you're called to it. This is a calling. In modern politics today, if you are not called to run, you will fall by the wayside. Your family and your self will be damaged. You'll be frustrated. You won't be able to persevere when they're slamming you (which they will, especially if you're a woman-you will be a threat to feminists and you'll be slammed right away).

Q: Once they graduate, what's the next step? Women that I know like Michele Bachmann ran for school board first. Women have a uniquely complementary role with men. They see the individuals in the crowd. They're very good at one-on-one campaigning, very good at grassroots, door-to-door. Then decide if you're called, and if your husband thinks it's a good idea too, look for opportunities. As long as you have a servant mentality, something will come up if you're really called to serve in that way.

Q: What kind of husband should politically interested women look for? Every project has to be a collaboration. Look for someone who loves you and God more than himself. If you're really not united, you may not be called to run. If you're willing to break up your family over it, you won't be a good leader.
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(Editor's Note: This article has been edited to reflect that the Susan B. Anthony List is a 280,000-member organization with an attached political action committee.)

Other Roe v. Wade articles in this issue:


A pro-baby wave | Optimistic signs point to a changing abortion debate | Marvin Olasky
Learning to wait | Denied federal funds, abstinence educators plan next moves | William McCleery
'Look after orphans' | Twenty ways to become an adoption-friendly church | Paul Golden
Chemical reaction | The drug RU486 gives women the option of abortion in privacy | Alisa Harris
Eyewitnesses | Ultrasound technology is one reason more Americans are becoming pro-life | Alisa Harris
Finding searchers | Pregnancy centers buy Google real estate to reach abortion-minded women | Emily Belz
Higher learning? | Catholic colleges have become training ground for pro-abortion politicians | Anne Hendershott
Life changes | Anti-CPC forces alter their tactics and auditors eye Planned Parenthood | Alisa Harris
'It all clicked together' | How one Christian volunteer found herself in the right place at the right time at a crisis pregnancy center in Texas | Susan Olasky
The telltale protests | The abortion issue did not die after Roe v. Wade| Andrée Seu

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Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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