The pro-life movement utilizes online platforms to gain support and inform viewers. Online resources keep the cause in the public eye and elevate its significance. With much of mainstream culture and legislation currently in conflict with the movement, online media counteracts this perception and highlights the movement’s vitality.
One way movements attain a greater audience is through publicized large-scale protests and marches. March for Life is a great example. Its website and social media platforms keep supporters apprised of news while inspiring newcomers to become involved through pictures and videos of the march. Smaller gatherings around the country also use online sources to spread information and garner a greater following.
Movements also use online media to build sub-communities within local areas that foster smaller gatherings. An example of this is the Pro-Life Vanguard group at UD. They use their blog to invite the student body to attend their meetings while simultaneously informing them of pro-life current events.
The movement also shares online petitions to build legislative leverage. Supporters are able to see others who stand in solidarity with them and can feel a sense of inclusion despite lacking a physical connection.
The pro-life movement often posts emotional appeals such as pictures of babies or women releasing balloons to demonstrate their regret of having an abortion. I want to capture this sentiment through video clips of protests, specifically March for Life, and illustrate how people are mobilizing to take action. I’ll also include graphics that show statistics of different state abortion legislation, old planned parenthood pamphlets, and more. I plan to explain how the pro-life movement changed slowly over time through shifts in public perception and chronicle its historical significance.
Lastly, I want to organize my website in a manner that is easy to follow, so viewers can see the movement’s evolution, as well as the reason behind it. By providing a balanced history of the movement, including the opposition’s stance, viewers will be invited to form their own opinions.