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When you hear the word "government" you probably think of the elected officials who represent us, make the laws, and enforce those laws. But here's the thing: we are all a part of the government. If you vote, you are doing your own part in government participation. It's a more important role than you might think! If you want to do an even better job in your role as a voter, then you should spend time learning a bit more about government and politics. There are so many resources that can help with this, and our blog is just one of them.

How To Support Reproductive Rights If You're Short On Time

When you think about supporting reproductive rights, you may think of volunteering at a women's clinic, marching in a protest parade, or knocking on doors for politicians. But what if you simply don't have time to do those things? Luckily, there are other ways you can support the push for reproductive rights. 

1. Donate money.

If you can afford it, consider writing a check. You can donate to local or national organizations like New Voices for Reproductive Justice that support reproductive rights or pro-choice politicians, or you can look for groups or funds that accept donations and then dispatch the money to political causes as needed.

Everyone needs to give based on the resources they have available. If you have money but not time, that's a perfect way to support this cause. Don't feel obligated to a hands-on approach. 

2. Post on social media.

Arguing about politics on social media may not feel or be productive. But that doesn't mean that you should shy away from elevating a concept. Share news articles, fundraisers, or other posts that draw attention to the importance of reproductive rights. 

Then, since you're short on time, don't get bogged down arguing in the comments section. You may even want to shut off comments for these types of posts. 

3. Share posts strategically. 

To maximize the value of your efforts, try to post things that resonate with your followers. If most of your social media followers support reproductive rights, you may want to use your page to give them more details on how they can help. For instance, even if you can't make it, you should share posts looking for volunteers. 

On the other hand, if your followers tend to be on the opposite side of the fence as you, try to look at the issue from their perspective. Post things that may get them to think about something in a new light. 

This requires you to move away from combative posts or posts that "preach to the choir". Instead, you want to start with empathy for their opinion, and then, use that as a launching pad to make a different point.    

4. Make it personal.

As Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." If you want the world to have more reproductive rights, find ways to support that in your own life. 

For instance, if you spend time with teenagers or people who are starting to explore their sexuality, don't shame them. Instead, be open. Help them find ways to access reproductive health essentials.