By: Shara Guengerich, Students for Life’s 2012 Missionary for Life
This has been an incredibly busy and historic week for us in the SFLA office. Leading up to the Obamacare decision was, of course, a busy time of preparation, but the day itself was even more of a whirlwind experience.
Thankfully, I was prepared. As the rest of the SFLA team was on location in front of the Supreme Court, making sure that our pro-life message was visible and effective as possible, I stayed behind, not only because getting around with my injured ankle would have been very difficult, but I needed to have a strong internet connection. Why? Because as soon as SCOTUSblog announced the decision, there was a lengthy task list of things for me to complete online as soon as possible. Youtube videos, pictures, emails, and website updates all needed to be done, and within 45 minutes of the decision I had everything uploaded, published and sent. I had hardly any time to reflect on the outcome of the decision itself until I sat back after 45 minutes of hurried work. But it was certainly worth the effort – it was wonderful to know that SFLA was fully prepared to respond to the decision immediately as it came down, so that we were reporting on the decision as quickly as mainstream news sources.
Then I had some time to see the reaction at the Supreme Court, and see the outcry on social media as well. I was and am outraged at the decision, and was sorry that I had to communicate the lamentable news that the mandate had been fully upheld by the Court.
While SFLA’s presence ran rather smoothly with only a few minor hiccups, about an hour after the decision our Ivoteprolifefirst.com website went down. After working with the server company we were still not able to restore the website, but needed to turn over the restoration of the site to the server and hosting companies. It has still not been ruled out whether or not this was because of malicious intent, but it is sad to think that someone might have worked to directly thwart our efforts of joining people in pledging to vote for the pre-born and women first!
Yet none of this will keep us from working relentlessly to insure that we see the end of legalized abortion in our lifetimes. This experience has certainly shown myself the level to which I can push myself, making me glad that I have another month to work for SFLA before returning to the academic grind. With outrage must come a response, otherwise we’re simply sideline complainers. Here’s to hoping that SFLA won’t be alone in its efforts to bring the abortion mandate down!