By far, the best way to persuade your state Member of Parliament (MP) to vote against more permissive abortion laws is to make an appointment to meet with him or her.

If you have not already phoned the electorate office to ask for an appointment to meet with your MP, please do so - even if you have already sent a letter or an email to him or her.

If you would like moral support, you can bring a friend or relative with you. Or you can contact the Cherish Life office to see if we can arrange for someone to go with you.

Your MP is approachable

Most MPs are very friendly and approachable people, who are very dedicated to doing what they think is best for their electorate.

So while you may find the idea of sharing your views in person with your MP daunting, you should know that if you have been reading pro-life newsletters and books, watching pro-life videos and attending Cherish Life conferences and other events, you are much more of an expert on this issue than your MP.

Preparing for your visit

It is ideal to take a pro-life resource, such as a brochure, report, book or DVD to give to your MP, or even look up a website such as www.babystepsdvd.com while you are there to show a 5 minute 4D color ultrasound video of unborn babies from 8 weeks to birth.
 
Be prepared for your visit to be short, perhaps just 15 to 20 minutes, but it could be up to half an hour. Do your research on your MP before the meeting, so you know something of his or her background and achievements in the electorate. Give a genuine compliment and ask questions about his or her interests.
 
Then share your views in a way that educates your MP and that invites discussion. Focus on the key points you wish to make, such as the harmful effects of abortion on women, the inevitability of more abortion if the law is relaxed and public opposition to decriminalisation. Use secular, not religious arguments.
 
Give your MP a copy of this resource which includes a summary of the key findings of a YouGovGalaxy opinion poll of a representative sample of 1,001 Queensland voters taken on 6 to 8 February. This research shows that 55% of Queenslanders either want the abortion law to stay the same or be stricter and that the public wants safeguards for women such as independent counselling, informed consent requirements and a cooling-off period. Point out graciously that the study shows that decriminalisation is not a vote-winner, with 32% saying they would be less likely to vote for a pro-abortion MP, compared to 18% saying they would be more likely to do so.
 
Always be polite and if necessary agree to disagree.  Express your thanks before the meeting ends, thus leaving with a good impression.
 

If you need specific advice on how to approach your MP, please contact Cherish Life at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3871 2445.

If you cannot make an appointment to see your MP, the next best thing to do is to write a letter.

Hand written letters are the gold standard

Personal hand-written letters are the gold standard. MPs receive so few of these that they are bound to get noticed and read. This also has a much higher chance of reaching the desk of your MP than a letter that is typed. However, a typed letter in your own words still can make a difference.

Letters are very effective if they are short and sweet and to the point. “Please do not vote for any changes to the abortion law...” is as little as it takes. You may wish to make a few points, but it is not absolutely necessary. It is good enough just to remind your MP that you are a constituent and this is your strong view.

Please write also to the Premier, Ms Anna Palaszczuk, and the LNP Leader, Mrs Deb Frecklington, expressing your opposition to more permissive abortion laws.

You can phone your MP

The next most effective method for contacting your MP is a phone call. Ask your to speak to your MP, or failing that, the most relevant person on the matter. Register your opinion politely with him or her. It doesn’t need to be a long conversation.

There is always email

The least effective way is by sending an email, but if that is all you can do, please do so.

Whereas electorate office staff have to record phone calls and mail, there is no requirement to do so with emails. If there is an annoying deluge of emails that come in on a particular subject, then MPs or their staff have even been known to set up auto-deletes.

Even phone messages to MPs can be deleted without them knowing. Some electoral office staff actively control which messages get through to their MP and which ones don’t.

This is why either visiting your MP or a hand-written letter is the standard to aim for.

Of course, with letters, phone calls and emails, it is also essential to be polite and avoid using religious language or arguments.

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