January Event-in-a-Box: Fetal Abnormalities:I have written and re-written this blog article a few times. It is hard to find the right words for this topic because so much of the information that I found is heartbreaking. Amid all the tragedy around the world, “more love less hate” is the chant of much of our society. Ironically, a certain population has been given a death sentence from society and is even the target of “killing off” their entire population. This demographic of individuals has the capacity to love and empathize in a way that I believe more of us need to learn.
Iceland’s attempt to eliminate an entire population of human beings- using abortion- that just so happen to be individuals with Down Syndrome is by no other word, wrong. News stories can be found with headlines such as “Iceland has practically eliminated Down Syndrome”. No, Iceland, you’ve eliminated people, you’ve eliminated future generations- without acknowledging the devastation that abortion can bring about. Does the word Holocaust come to mind?
In a report done by CBS, “Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.” And the US is not far behind with a termination rate of 67 percent!
Let’s talk about these wonderful individuals that society has deemed “undeserving of life”.
Facts and mythsMyth: People with Down Syndrome won’t live long
Fact: Research has shown that individuals with Down’s can live to be 60 years old or even older- with proper medical guidance.
Myth: People with Down Syndrome cannot live a mainstream lifestyle.
Fact: Most people with Down syndrome learn to walk and talk, and many are now attending mainstream schools, passing exams and living full, semi-independent adult lives. Examples of this can be seen all over Hollywood!
Myth: Down Syndrome only occurs in pregnancies of women over 35 years old.
Fact: due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
I don’t think the issue lies in the access to abortion, which obviously plays a huge role in this crisis. Instead, I think the larger problem stems from society’s inability to recognize personhood and lack of knowledge of when human rights, more so when human life, begins. This issue does not just affect those with Down Syndrome, it is the way our culture reassures mothers that their child with a poor prenatal diagnosis, of any abnormality, is better left terminated. The problem lies in our culture not valuing every single life as unique and worthy.
January Event in a Box
This month we want to focus on how your group responds to the argument of fetal abnormalities and Human Rights. As a group, put together your objections to the fetal abnormality debate - here are SFLA’s objections:
The preborn child is a human being. As a human being, he or she deserves the right to Life that is protected by our constitutional law and promoted at large in society. To abort the child is to intentionallyend his/her life.
Even if the child is expected to die (during pregnancy or soon after), aborting the child will only add to the family’s grief. It forces the family to intentionally and violently end their child’s life. Instead, perinatal hospice allows parents to just be parents to their child, and enjoy the time they have with their child while providing specific comfort care to their baby.
Carrying the child to term and spending a few final moments with the child allows the mother and the family to come to terms with their child’s death and to spend a short-time with their child before his/her passing. This child’s short life will be filled with love rather than violently ended in the womb.
Have a discussion on your campus about the Iceland Down Syndrome crisis, how would you respond if the US started doing this? This will spark conversation about human rights and when life begins. RECRUITMENT!
In the Box
Fetal Abnormalities postcard
Down Syndrome Facts Flyer
Human Rights Tabletop Preview- ask your RC about bringing it to your campus
Donor Relationships Coordinator/Special Assistant to the President
This position will be located in St. Paul, MN. Applicant must be comfortable working in the President’s home office, from their home, and traveling with the President.
To assist the President in raising the yearly budget of Students for Life by helping to keep the SFLA fundraising strategy on track and grow and retain SFLA’s supporters – helping each donor to reach their full giving potential. This position is the perfect learning opportunity for someone who is thinking of career advancement.
Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle as directed by the President:
Major Donor Program:
Initiate contacts and follow-ups with potential and major gift donors (via phone, email, and letters)
Conduct donor research
Create donor material
Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors
Become familiar with SFLA donor database
Maintain and update donor records
Working with printing agency to ensure timely delivery of housefile mail letters and keep costs low
Assist in design of housefile mail letters
Work with President to create landing pages
Work with partner organizations to secure list exchanges and rentals
Conduct research to identify foundations for potential grants
Assist in drafting proposals
Thank You Program:
Assist in ensuring thank you notes and letters are being written and sent in a timely manner
Special Events Program:
Assist in planning and implementation of any fundraising events SFLA conducts: regional meet-n-greets, receptions, galas, etc.
Must be excited to learn
Must be willing to serve as in a critical assistant role to the President of a rapidly growing non-profit organization
Must be excited to join dedicated team of individuals seeking to abolishing abortion
Must be willing to work 50+ hours a week
Must be able to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing position
Must be a superior multi-tasker and organizer
Must be a self-starter and be able to take initiative
Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
Experience serving in a pro-life organization and working as part of a fundraising team is a plus
Salary will be between $35,000 and $45,000 per year, depending on experience. Healthcare, Flex spending, and 401k benefits available.
Submit Resume and Cover Letter to: Tina Whittington via email at: email@example.com