Former Rep. Bart Stupak’s Betrayal Still Resonates – Taxpayer Dollars are Funding Abortions

Originally posted at www.theblaze.com

Former Congressman Bart Stupak from Michigan, a supposed pro-life Democrat, had the votes to stop Obamacare dead in its tracks back in 2010. He had a small but solid band of pro-life members of Congress that were willing to block Obamacare because it funded abortion with taxpayer dollars.

He had the votes. He had them.

For months, in an epic showing of unity, dozens of pro-life groups came together under the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition to educate the American public that indeed, Obamacare funded abortion directly with taxpayer dollars. The campaign was working and poll after poll showed that Americans got the message and over 70 percent were adamantly against funding abortion with taxpayer dollars.

The coalition supported both Republicans and Democrats who were fighting to stop Obamacare because it funded abortion. The coalition especially fought for those pro-life Democrats who were facing an uphill battle in their own party. Many on both sides of the aisle desperately wanted affordable health care for all Americans and rightly so. But they understood that this great goal couldn’t be met by sacrificing the weakest among us and having taxpayers foot the bill for it.

Taxpayer funded abortion in Obamacare was never considered to be a fatal flaw in the law until the last minute when Congressman Stupak and his band of followers refused to back down. As one of the leaders of the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition, I was throwing all my support behind these members, as well many of the other pro-life groups.

But Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) and President Barack Obama needed those votes, and they were going to do whatever it took to make sure that they had them.

Continue reading at The Blaze –>

 

National Pro-Life Chalk Day!

Are you ready to help save lives on your campus with very little money and while having fun at the same time? Get ready for National Pro-Life Chalk Day, happening across the country in just a few weeks on Thursday, October 2nd.

We have always found that our student pro-life groups love National Pro-Life Chalk Day and get really creative when it comes to chalking (check out the pictures in this post!). It’s super easy, very inexpensive and lots of fun.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Pick up sidewalk chalk (Walmart, drug stores, Hobby Lobby)
Step 2: Collect your pro-life friends
Step 3: Find a heavily trafficked public area
Step 4: Chalk short pro-life messages in large letters everywhere

Here are a few ideas for slogans:

 Abortion Hurts Women
Women Need Love Not Abortion
Human Rights for All: Born & Preborn
Heartbeat Begins Beating at 21 Days
Adoption Not Abortion
Love them both
True Feminists are Pro-Life
Peace Begins in the Womb
Planned Parenthood Protects Rapists
Women Regret Abortion

OR

Draw 3,500 baby feet or hearts and chalk “Abortion Stops 3,500 Hearts Every Day

Some tips:

  • Don’t get discouraged if your “artwork” is scuffed or washed off by haters – that means they saw it (one of our student pro-life groups in Michigan just had this happen)
  • Place messages at different angles and perspectives so foot traffic from every direction will catch a glimpse
  • Keep the messages short and succinct; you only have a brief moment to get your point across – make it counts
  • Use bright or pastel colors like pink, blue, white and yellow

Need more ideas? Go to www.nationalprolifechalkday.com.

What About Rape?

Pro-lifers need to know how to answer the “what about rape?” question. This week, we are launching our national We Care Tour visiting several college campuses this fall, addressing this very question, not shirking from it.

We will have the very real and honest conversations that need to be had; pass out rape whistles, sexual consent cards, and hotline numbers; and tell the stories of those women who conceived because of rape.

The conversations will be hard, especially given the violent and personal nature of rape and sexual assault. The pro-life movement absolutely has to be compassionate and understanding of what these women have been through and continue to suffer. But abortion is not the answer to lessening that suffering.

Continue reading Kristan Hawkins’ article about SFLA’s We Care Tour –>

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You Want It? We’ve Got It!

by R.J. McVeigh, SFLA’s Great Lakes Regional Coordinator

Hey Everybody! Did you know that as a pro-life student group, you have so many FREE resources at your disposal to make a huge impact on your campus? As I was meeting with students around Michigan, Indiana and Ohio these past few weeks, I’ve realized that so many students we work with have no idea just how many resources and tools SFLA has for them.

You are on a important mission and SFLA is here to support you.

Trainings are the most beneficial thing available for you. These can turn all your members into experts on whatever you need (Apologetics, Recruitment, How to Run an Event, etc.). Your Regional Coordinator is trained to give you these trainings – let him/her help you! Don’t know your Regional Coordinator? E-mail info@studentsforlife.org

There are several more awesome resources about to be launched for you in the next few weeks so stay tuned. In the meantime, help out your fellow pro-lifers and spread the word about these free resources and forward this message to your group officers or members.

You are saving lives and changing hearts and we’re here to help you do that. Keep up the great work and be courageous!
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Vandalism at Chalkings Display in Michigan

Post written by Mirna Awrow, President of Students for Life at Oakland University in Rochester, MI

Fifteen to twenty students with hectic schedules waited until 8 PM this past Thursday to chalk positive, pro-life messages on Oakland University’s campus. One member told me that she finished class at 3 PM and tried her best to kill time until she could chalk! That’s pure passion that the pro-abortion students lack.

Organizing a chalking is a very simple way to reach a large amount of students with little time all while making a bold statement. On our part, all we had to do was purchase six buckets of chalk from Meijers (we got them on sale too)! We used social media and sent emails reminding the students that we will be doing this activity on campus beginning a week in advance.

We were met with hostility immediately after we were done chalking. Two students decided it was a good idea to take their water and dump it on our chalkings. Beyond that, they altered some of our chalkings into malicious phrases.

I, along with the vice president and another member, approached these students and oakland u chalking vandalshad a tranquil conversation about why it’s so important that everyone should be able to voice their opinions. We told them that we would be okay with them writing their own messages, but completely erasing what we spent over two hours doing wasn’t fair. I told him that this reminded me of the Nazi book burning where writings were burnt if they had ideologies that varied from the German Soviet Union. We made sure to be respectful throughout the entire conversation even though they weren’t because we knew that they would only listen to us if we treated them with dignity. We shook hands and they proceeded to laugh and pour water. At this point we walked away, but returned ten minutes later and fixed their destruction.

As expected, the next day, we found some pro-choice slogans such as “My body, my choice”. However, we will not be discouraged! We will continue to chalk in the future because people are reading our messages. It’s a good thing that people are reacting to what we are saying because it means that they have read what we wrote.

Plant a seed and who knows what kind of plant will grow.

Must Read: The Race to Save Our Century by Jason Jones

If you have ever been to one of SFLA’s National Conferences, you have heard the moving testimony from Jason Jones, whose girlfriend had an abortion. Jason has since devoted his life to protecting the preborn and ending abortion.

Next week, Jason’s new book will be released! It is called The Race to Save Our Century: Five Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture of Life and it’s a must-read for anyone dedicated to ending abortion.

In America today, babies have no right to be born yet taxpayers are paying for abortion.

Our culture has gone crazy but what’s the cure?

Jason works in Hollywood and has seen how people can be won over to respecting the life of the preborn –from famous actors, directors, and hip-hop artists alike. The key is to connect the value of preborn life to other values such as fairness, dignity, freedom and human flourishing. The book makes those connections.

If you are trying to convince someone of the pro-life cause, this is the book to give them.

Want to order a copy of the book? Find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lAqkib or Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1pDciwq.

See the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1uCgJai. Help Jason out and post it on your social media pages. You never know who will you touch or who needs to see this right now!

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2 Babies Saved!

by: Kaitlynn Williams, former Stevens Fellow, Freshman at the University of Arizona

Social Media Helps Save a Baby

Checking and updating social media pages can take time and effort but it’s certainly worth it because so many people use the platform to communicate – and sometimes it can even be a means to save the life of a child.

Over the Labor Day weekend holiday, I received a Facebook message through Tucson Right to Life’s page from a nurse who works with the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline. A young woman had taken the abortion pill (RU486) on Friday, but now changed her mind and called the hotline for help.

But because of the holiday weekend, no one at the hotline could not get a hold of a doctor in Tucson and they were running short on time. In hopes of reaching someone locally, they messaged the Tucson for Life Facebook page.

As soon as I got the message, I called the nurse and then immediately started texting, calling and messaging my local contacts, including a few nurses and doctors, to see who could help. One pro-life doctor who I am friends with on Facebook answered me right away. He said he could see the young woman on Tuesday (he couldn’t see her any sooner due to the pregnancy centers being closed for Labor Day). I put the doctor and the nurse from the hotline in direct contact, along with the people who run Fatima Women’s Center.

The hotline was able to get in contact with a doctor in Phoenix who was able to write the woman a prescription for the progesterone she needed to reverse the effects of the pill. However, then we found out the minute-clinic was unable to fill her prescription.

After doing all I could for the time-being, I went to church and offered the Mass with prayers specifically for the woman, her baby, and that they would be able to get the progesterone. Additionally, everyone else I was working with on this was praying and doing what they could to help!

Later that afternoon, the young woman was able to get the progesterone she needed and at her appointment on Tuesday, she had an ultrasound and her 9-week-old preborn baby was found alive and well! They are now under the prenatal care of the amazing pro-life doctor and staff at Fatima Women’s Center.

Also, the doctor who helped the woman wants to become a hub for abortion pill reversals and there is a nurse who wants to work with him to help take care of the patients. The snowball effect of the way we were all able to communicate and mobilize on social media has been amazing and effective. It really shows how potentially powerful social media can be, what prayer can do, and what can happen when everyone works together for something!

“How Can I Help You?”

The second save occurred at an abortion clinic. A woman went in to have her abortion but she was feeling unsure.

Surrounded by girls excited to get their abortions, she prayed that God would send her a sign of what to do. Wanting to get some fresh air, the woman went outside of the clinic – and saw some people praying. She walked over to them and at first was approached by a woman who shared statistics about abortions (I have found that tactic doesn’t usually work). Luckily, one of our prayer warriors had the right approach and all she said to the woman was, “How can I help you?”

The woman took this meeting as the sign she had asked God for, and she was soon on her way to the Fatima Women’s Center, where she and her baby are now being cared for. All of this happened simply because someone was there praying – imagine if our prayer warrior had decided to sleep in that morning!

Registration for Students for Life’s National Conferences Is Now Open!

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Are you ready for your pro-life road trip this January?

Students for Life of America is excited to announce that registration for our 2015 SFLA East and West Coast National Conferences is now open!

Whether you are planning to travel to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life or San Francisco for the Walk for Life, there will be a SFLA National Conference for you. The SFLA National Conference is the largest pro-life conference in the entire world. Make sure you register NOW so that you can be a part of a life-changing experience.

If you attend any pro-life event next year, make sure it is one of the SFLA National Conferences!

Details:


2015 EAST COAST NATIONAL CONFERENCE
When:
Friday, January 23, 2015
Where: First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro , MD
Cost: $45 for student registration or $60 for adult when registered before December 31, 2014
(Lunch and Dinner Provided)
See Full Schedule >



2015 WEST COAST NATIONAL CONFERENCE
When: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Where: The Cathedral Event Center, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $40 and $50 for adult  (Lunch and Dinner Provided)
See Full Schedule >

 

**Please note, the 2015 East Coast Conference is on Friday, January 23, the day after the March for Life in Washington. And the 2015 West Coast Conference is on Sunday, January 25, the day after the Walk for Life in San Francisco.

Why Should You Attend?

The Students for Life East and West Coast Conferences are a one-day event that provides education, training, and opportunities with pro-life activists from across America and national leaders who all know just how vital this pro-life generation is to abolishing abortion in our lifetime.

– Get energized in your battle to protect the pre-born and their mothers
– Learn how to be more effective at saving lives on your campus or in your community
– Strategize with other pro-life activists from schools and communities across the U.S.
– Hear from and meet national pro-life speakers and heroes

The Backstory…

Last January, the SFLA East Coast National Conference in Washington, DC had to move to a bigger venue to accommodate all the pro-life activists who wanted to attend – over 2,400 students and adults ready to abolish abortion. In addition, SFLA launched the West Coast National Conference to coincide with the San Francisco Walk for Life. This year, both conferences will be bigger and better!

Hope you can join us this January!

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Students Open Campus Pregnacy Center

unm - facebook-20140902-110626Students for Life at UNM – Albuquerque, NM

Summer Break? No way! Students for Life at the University of New Mexico used their summer to impact their school by opening their own student run pregnancy resource center on campus, in collaboration with local community organizations.

As Samantha Serrano, the former President of the UNM Students for Life Club says,

“The Gabriel Project is our newest initiative and it will work in collaboration with our Pregnant on Campus initiative. We decided to start a Gabriel Project because we wanted to offer resources to pregnant and parenting students more than just every Friday. With the help of Project Defending Life we are now about to offer free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds on campus. This initiative is completely student run, which we think is important so that our peers will feel more comfortable coming to us for help. We are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and are always available by appointment. We have already had six women approach us about starting a parenting support group and we have only been open a week!”

UNM - facebook-20140902-110607As the school year begins, these courageous students are already seeing good fruit from their work. Last week, at the Fall 2014 School Club Fair, the SFL students were approached by a young woman who had been sexually assaulted just days prior. Immediately, the students embraced her with loving arms, gave her information to a rape support group on campus, and even helped find her free help. This group understands the importance of needing to give women in crisis help in the moment while being compassionate and approachable to their peers. .

Leading the Gabriel Project on campus this year, Dominique Davis was present to help this young woman and says,

“This woman saw our table and asked if we could help her.Our Regional Coordinator, Lo, was able to speak with her while I got some papers with information for referrals to CareNet where they can do STI treatment and counseling, but also to the local rape crisis center and another local organization, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), who deal specifically with what this poor woman had just been through.

One thing is important in these kinds of situations and I believe with the objective of Pregnant on Campus: to meet the specific needs right away to those who seek us for help. If not, he/she/them may continue searching without really knowing where to look or bouncing around from one referral to another until they do get the help they need. In situations like the one mentioned above, a woman may stop looking, become discouraged, and end up making regretful decisions. If I, or others, had not done hours of internet searching I would have never known about the rape crisis center or SANE, their locations, or their phone numbers. I would not have known about the different locations of CareNet or their contact information. I would not have been able to meet this woman’s needs, which she needed immediately. If I or others in our group had not taken the time to find out what is available in our community, SFL UNM would have certainly failed to do what we had committed ourselves to doing.

It is incredibly important that each club works hard to reach out to their campus, and be visible with open arms and hearts to help those in need. Students for Life at UNM only began in March 2013 and is an amazing testimony of what a student group can do in one year!

Congratulations to The University of New Mexico Students for Life for being true defenders of life and Students for Life of America’s College Group of the Month for August!

An Informed Birthmother

By: Amanda Lord, SFLA’s New Media Coordinator

Placing my son for adoption is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and probably will ever do. It is uncertainty that causes much of the anxiety. The biggest stressor during the placement process was fear that my son’s parents wouldn’t follow through with our plan of an open adoption.

Open adoption refers to the sharing of information and/or contact between the parents and birthparents of a child, before and/or after the placement of the child, and perhaps continuing for the life of the child. Research has shown that open adoption is best for all members of the adoption triad – child, parents and birth parents. Open adoption varies with every situation.

Unfortunately many states don’t yet legally recognize contracts that set the perimeters of an open adoption. Which means parents can choose to not follow through with what they agreed to in the contract. This can leave a birthparent feeling helpless and uncertain of how their child is doing.

I went on gut instinct when choosing my son’s family. I didn’t have all the tools available to me to best spot adopting parents who may not fulfill a written or oral contract. There were many wonderful people surrounding me who did all they could to help but they weren’t trained in the process of relinquishment.  This article gives signs for birthparents and their allies to watch for when choosing a couple to raise their child. These signs will help them spot parents who may not follow through with the open adoption agreement.  I encourage you to bookmark the page so you can share it with potential birthparents.

Birthparents and/or their allies should also do research on the adoption agency they are thinking of using. Find out if the agency provides pre and post counseling. Ask to speak with a birthparent who used the agency to find out his or her experience with staff. Contact a local PRC to see if they recommend the agency. Google the agency to see if you can find complaints. In cases where communication is made through the agency, ask if there is a plan in place to keep contact between parents and birth parents open in case the agency shuts down.

Uncertainty is a fact of adoption but that doesn’t mean birthparents and adopting parents shouldn’t do all they can to diminish the amount that exists.

A pro-lifer should be fully equipped to help a mother in a crisis pregnancy situation. That means being knowledgeable about all parenting options – including adoption.