At each booth, ORTLEF has a basket of life-size fetal models to pass out when folks walk by the booths. By the end of summer, ORTLEF will have given away 30,000 models in just two years.
Dawn Powers is the ORTL Education Foundation events director. When Powers was hired, she felt it was very important that ORTLEF purchase soft, silicone fetal models instead of the hard plastic models we have used for years. While the plastic models were still taken, they didn’t seem very life-like, especially compared to the Touch of Life models which were soft to touch.
Powers wanted the models to not only feel more life-like but also felt that the old style that came with an informational card rubber-banded to it was even more strange. She came up with the idea of tucking them into pockets of fabrics, reminiscent of beds and called them “Precious Pockets.”
“It’s a perfect conversation starter,” said Powers. “Holding a life-size and more life-like fetal model in your hand, at an age when so many abortions occur, is impactful and can change attitudes about abortion.”
In order to make sure that each event has enough “Precious Pockets,” it takes a host of people to sew the cloth pockets and place the babies inside with a little info card. This advocacy tool would not be possible without the help of ORTLEF’s dedicated volunteers.
Other states have started handing out their fetal models inside cloth pockets as well. Here in Oregon, considering how popular the “Precious Pockets” have been, Powers estimates that ORTLEF will hand out another 20,000 models in 2019.