10 Reasons Why I’m Pro-Life

While the pro-abortion side would like everyone to believe they are really pro-choice and not pro-abortion, it’s truly a deception. Making abortion “safe, legal and rare” is just smoke and mirrors. Abortion is a money-maker for places like Planned Parenthood, who rake in cash for committing one of every four abortions nationally.

Articles have popped up occasionally touting the fact that yes, pro-abortion people are just that: in favor of, and happy about, abortion. To that end, Salon.com published a piece entitled “I am pro-abortion, not just pro-choice: 10 reasons why we must support the procedure and the choice.” While it is a disturbing read, it clearly shines the light on those in opposition to the pro-life position.

Lauren Galvan, founder and president of Brown Students for Life, responded with a list of her own on why she’s pro-LIFE:

1) I’m pro-life because being able to abort our offspring is not a fundamental right and in fact is the complete antithesis of female empowerment and equality.

2) I’m pro-life because well-timed pregnancies give children a healthier start in life, but taking the lives the babies who aren’t well-timed and not providing mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with the support she needs to carry the baby to term is wrong and needs to change.

3) I’m pro-life because I take motherhood seriously, and abortion and the lack of support society gives to women robs a mother of her chance to be one.

4) I’m pro-life because intentional childbearing helps couples, families and communities to get out of poverty, but that doesn’t justify aborting an unwanted human being. Each baby should be wanted and they are. Sometimes it just takes time for a family to find an unwanted baby, adopt her, and make her part of the family.

5) I’m pro-life because reproduction is a highly imperfect process, and even babies whose genes decide to go against them deserve to see the world — even if it is just for a short period of time.

6) I’m pro-life because I think morality is about the well-being of sentient [human] beings, including the pre-born, who are human and can feel and perceive things as well.

7) I’m pro-life because though contraceptives are imperfect, and people are too, babies should not have to suffer the death penalty because of faulty man-made creations or mistakes.

8) I’m pro-life because I believe in mercy, grace, compassion, and the power of fresh starts. Just because abortion is legal now doesn’t mean we can’t create a new culture of life — one in which all pre-born children and all mothers are protected and honored by the law.

9) I’m pro-life because the future is always in motion, and we have the power and responsibility to shape it well. Abortion, the greatest human rights violation of my generation, will end in my lifetime.

10) I’m pro-life because I love my future daughters and would never deny them the right to live, no matter how they were conceived or when they were conceived. As a mother, I would do everything in my power to ensure that my daughter first lives, and then lives well.

Congratulations: Students for Life at Brown University

Students for Life of America is so proud of Students for Life at Brown University, an Ivy
League school, for being recognized as an award recipient for a Student Activities Office Leadership Award for the category of Exceptional New Group! This group isbrown1 incredibly active on campus and has done an amazing job spreading the pro-life message with compassion and love. Read more from SFL at Brown president Lauren Galvan on the group’s accomplishments and future plans:

Students for Life at Brown focuses on furthering the pro-life cause in all its forms. We serve those on campus and those in the RI community who are affected by the many injustices of the world, and we work to bring the realization and truth that every human life is precious. Our goal is to protect human dignity because all of our lives matter. We feel responsible for the health and wellbeing of all other human beings, and we want people to understand that their existence is important and that they serve a purpose in this world.

Since SFL at Brown was recognized as a Category I group on December 3, 2014, we have acquired fifty new members. We have become a true presence on campus by chalking positive messages outside on the Main Green for others to see, by co-hosting a physician-assisted suicide conversation, by posting flyers for post-abortive healing brown8resources like Rachel’s Vineyard around campus, by creating unique pro-life visuals for social media use, and by planning a movie screening of October Baby. Some of our members have even starred on Rhode Island’s Chapter & Verse television show.

At our physician-assisted suicide conversation, a Rhode Island state legislator, Representative Robert B. Lancia (R), attended and posed several questions to our panelists, both of whom work with end of life care issues. Two days after our event, Rep. Lancia spoke out in opposition of the physician-assisted suicide bill that was being voted on in the RI House of Representatives as did our faculty sponsor, Dr. Timothy Flanigan. The bill was held for further review. It was truly an honor to see a state legislator and our faculty sponsor stand up for pro-life values and support our club in making tangible legal change in the RI community.

A few weeks ago, a prospective Brown student reached out to our Students for Life Facebook page and wanted to know more about what we were doing on campus. This showed all of us how valuable having a pro-life group on campus is. We are not only creating a community for change at Brown for Brown students, but we are also reaching prospective students, who might not have even considered coming to Brown had there not been a pro-life group.

Currently, SFL at Brown is trying to establish a Counseling and Psychological Services group therapy session for post-abortive men and women who need counseling after an abortion, and we are also planning one of next year’s projects, which includes creating a report on what resources pregnant and parenting students, faculty, staff andbrown6 administration have available to them at Brown.

In our thoughts and in our words, we aim to compassionately and constructively communicate knowledge and understanding of the life movement in a spirit of free inquiry through open dialogue. Through collaborative efforts, we bring diverse groups of students together to find common ground with each other and to promote our personal and interpersonal, spiritual, and intellectual growth. We are honored that Brown’s Student Activities Office (SAO) awarded us with a 2014-2015 SAO Leadership Award for the category of Exceptional New Group. We are elated about the news and very happy that Brown’s SAO has confidence in our group’s leadership abilities.

 

Vandalized: TCNJ’s Graveyard for the Unborn

TCNJ Students for Life are passionate about defending their pro-life views and educating others about life issues, like abortion. Even more so, they are courageous. This group has time and time again persevered on a campus particularly hostile to pro-life views and demonstrations.

Sign- Footprint- 2- TCNJLast Spring, TCNJ Students for Life were shocked to find that their Graveyard for the Unborn had been vandalized. This display featured signs representing the victims of abortion in an effort to educate and activate their campus to defend the lives of the preborn and better support women in unplanned pregnancies. Despite the backlash, the group chose to once again host this display this Spring. On March 26th, the students reported that again the Graveyard had been attacked. Their Graveyard signs were ripped up and thrown in the trash. A few weeks later , TCNJ Students for Life student leader, Lea Fuscaldo, reported that yet another display was attacked. On April 18th, the group’s “Choose Life” banner had been ripped from the ground and stomped on. One may wonder what would cause such disrespect to a student group’s display. Was the sign graphic? Was it disturbing? Was it offensive? No. It was simply a life-affirming sign showing a mother and her baby.

In response to these incidents, TCNJ Students for Life has reported the vandalism to Student Activities’ Event Coordinator and their group adviser. They are also filing a report with campus police. The students have chosen to address their peers by posting flyersTCNJ- Flyer around campus defending their right to free speech and proudly proclaiming that they are available to “help anybody with any life struggle.”

Our Students for Life of America team applauds their efforts to stand strong on campus, and we are proud to work alongside TCNJ Students for Life. TCNJ Students for Life has been the center of attacks for two years now, and yet they continue to push forward. Even as a small group, they are making waves on their campus.

TCNJ Students for Life encourages other groups to build “support within their own organization.” It is so important to develop strong relationships within your group and to find strength in the support of the thousands of pro-lifers around you. If your student group is facing controversy on your campus, you are not alone. There are over 840 active pro-life student groups that are standing up with you! We are the PRO-LIFE GENERATION. We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. And ultimately, we will abolish abortion.

Sorry, baseball fans…

by RJ McVeigh, SFLA Great Lakes Regional Coordinator

Have you ever been to an overcrowded baseball game and tried to buy a hot dog? It is not fun, especially if you dislike waiting lines. You might go to the concessions and wait in line through two full innings, just to find out they’re out of hot dogs. So you’ll have to settle for those weird pre-packaged nachos with only half-melted cheese. Yum (not).

The situation above is not a good one. Not only are there not enough hot dogs for everyone and the long wait ruining your game day experience, but the ballpark may be putting a stress on the natural resources needed to produce their food and merchandise.

So here’s the proposed solution: kill baseball fans.

Less baseball fans equals less need of natural resources; less need of natural resources equals a healthier environment; and a healthier environment equals higher quality of life for everyone! (Except, of course, for the baseball fans…)

Problem solved!

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Sadly, this is the type of reasoning that is required in order to truly use an Environmentalist argument to justify abortion. Even if we assume the Earth is like an overcrowded baseball game (spoiler alert – it’s not), none of us would agree to killing people as a means of “solving the problem.” Mostly because killing people is an even bigger problem. If the solution is a bigger problem than the original problem, it’s not really a solution at all.

The root question for abortion supporters motivated by a care for the environment is this: Does abortion kill a human being? If it does, abortion is not an acceptable way to help the environment. It’d be like killing baseball fans at the baseball game. The answer to this question completely determines whether the status of the environment is an appropriate excuse for supporting abortion. Thus, the environment is not really the issue at all when it comes to abortion – the issue is the status of the preborn.

So instead of killing people to “help” the environment, let’s work together towards genuinely helpful solutions for the health of our planet. We can all agree we should be good stewards of our planet. Let’s find ways to produce food more efficiently. Let’s work towards more accessible renewable energy. Let’s be more efficient with our water use. Let’s create new technologies to improve all life on earth. And let’s value all human lives and human equality. We can care for our planet and care for our young at the same time.

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Defusing the F-Bomb and Other Verbal Weaponry

By Michele Hendrickson, SFLA Capitol Area Regional Coordinator

It’s that moment in good drama where you think you’ve got the plot figured out, and then an unforeseen character is introduced to change the whole ending.  Your reaction might be, “Well, I didn’t see that coming!  Now what?” and follow it with a huge handful of popcorn.

I had that moment occur this semester, but on a college campus hosting our Fetal Pain display.  We didn’t start our day thinking, “Let’s all get ready for the person who will set the record for number of vulgar comments shouted in under a minute,” but here’s how we closed the curtain on her performance…

In this story, our setting is your typical indoor common area on campus.  Students hurrying from one thing to the next, a unique aroma from the mix of international fast food options, and a line of tables taken over by clubs promoting their missions.  Our Mountaineers for Life club was among the masses and rapidly gaining attention with our medical diagram of a late-term abortion.

In an hour’s time we had collected over 30 signatures from students who agreed with banning abortions when the baby can feel pain.  Some comments from students included, “Well, I may still agree with some abortions, but I can’t support this procedure,” or “Wow, I had no idea something like this was even legal!”  Just as everything was winding down, enter Hostile Plot Twist stage right.

Now, I couldn’t get everything on video right away because my 3-year-old son Joel was with me and had stolen my phone to take selfies, (no joke), but here is the basic dialogue the first time she appeared:

Female Student: What the F—?  Are you serious?  You’ve got to be f—ing kidding me.  You’re really showing this?  What?

Me: Hello.

Female Student:  You’re kidding, right?

Me: I’m sorry, I’m going to have to ask for more explanation.

Female Student: You seriously believe this s—t?  You are promoting lies.  How are you allowed to have a f—ing table here?

Me: Our group is approved to be here.  What part of the display do you consider a lie?

Female Student: The whole f—ing thing.  You think that’s (points to fetal development models) what they look like?  It’s a f—ing fetus, not a baby.  And THAT (points to abortion diagram), that’s b—s—.

Me: (shows 3D ultrasound of a 3rd trimester fetus) This is an ultrasound of a fetus in the womb who would be subject to this late-term abortion procedure which happens legally in many states like Maryland and DC, unless the state has passed this ban which West Virginia has –

Female Student: (interrupts) No. (laughs) You’re f—ing ridiculous.  This doesn’t happen. You’re just messing with people’s emotions by showing this.

Her relentless banter continued for about 5 more minutes despite our efforts to address her concerns and hold her accountable for lacking evidence with her claims, but that’s enough of her for now.

Here are 4 key things the group and I did in order to discharge the situation.

  • Remain Calm – Don’t give into every signal your body is probably giving you to explode back at your attacker. You can keep your emotions in check and it’s so crucial that you do.  Although it’s unlikely that the person yelling is going to calm down and honestly listen to your side, don’t forget about the surrounding students taking in the scene.  You are now pitted against someone in what your audience considers a pro-lifer vs. pro-choicer scenario and everyone wants to see how this plays out.  One thing onlookers need to walk away with is an understanding that YOU were the mature person and the abortion advocate was the unreasonable loud-mouth.
  • Respond Intelligently – When doing a display, you must always be prepared with basic knowledge on typical push-back or challenges you might get from those who aren’t as educated on the issues. It should come as second nature to you to talk about fetal development, sources to cite, and current abortion laws so that you can speak truth confidently when challenged.  Notice none of her claims came with any evidence, she just kept dismissing ours.
  • Knowing When to END it – In this student’s first appearance, she stormed off. She later returned and, to her credit, attempted to have a calm conversation.  I quickly retrieved my phone from my son and began videoing in case I would need to record any threats or violence.  It took about 30 seconds for her to start yelling and cursing again, at which point I knew continuing the conversation was not fruitful.  I had to think of the other students who were being kept from the display due to her creating a toxic atmosphere, and of course my 3-year-old who was overhearing all of this!  I politely asked her to move on if she could not continue the conversation without cursing and yelling.  She did NOT like being dismissed… which leads us to tip #4.
  • Being Firm – Remaining calm, being prepared, and ending the conversation does not equate to retreating with your tail between your legs. Stand firm and confident displaying authority.  This is your space, your display, and your life-saving message you have to defend.  I learned a great trick in my years of being an Elementary School teacher when I had a defiant student act out in the middle of class and I thought applied nicely here. (Yes, I treated her like an 8-year-old, and it worked).  I simply repeated the direction I wanted her to follow, calmly and slowly.  “Mam, we’d appreciate it if you moved on from the display.  It’s clear you’re not ready to discuss this right now.” (she fires back a statement about not leaving) “Mam, we’d appreciate it if you moved on from the display.  Clearly, there are “little ears” here and I don’t want him hearing your curse words.” (She claims I brought him on purpose and that I deserve for him to hear her cursing) “Mam, we’d appreciate it if you moved on from the display.” (She left)  Notice, I could have easily taken her last statement personally, especially as a mother, and corrected her.  However, responding to her specific words would have only continued the dialogue further.  Repeating the same thing over and over took away her fire and left her with no new way to respond.  IF THAT FAILS – one member of your group should be prepared to call campus security for reinforcement.  There is no reason you should allow a person like that waste all of your valuable time.

And finally, we conclude our daytime drama with a surprise ending.

Because of her chaos, several students gathered around the display just to watch her.  A few of them approached the display and began asking us what we were actually doing.  I introduced myself to one young man asking, “Did you have a question or are you just hanging around because of the crazy person?”

He admitted he just stayed to watch her yell.

“Well, would you mind if I told you a little about what we’re doing here?”  I proceeded to walk him through the display and his mouth was actually gaping open.

“Wait… what is that?” he asked referring to the third picture on the diagram that shows the fetus’ internal organs being removed.

“Those are intestines.  A fetus in the womb develops internal organs as early as 8-10 weeks,” I informed him.

With a very heavy realization to what abortion actually did to a human, he managed to get out, “That’s… awful,” and quickly asked to sign the petition.

So, thank you Hostile Plot Twist for not only providing this exciting and educational blog post, but for getting this young man’s attention.  His views on abortion are forever changed because of you.

Send a Message of Support to Pro-Life Students

I have to ask for your help today.

Since last year, our team has been working with brave high school pro-life students, Brigid and Katie in Fargo, North Dakota.These two girls have courageously volunteered to start a much needed Students for Life group at two public high schools in Fargo – Fargo North High School and Davies High School.

Despite the fact that their schools have allowed a “Gay-Straight Alliance” on campuses, both of their public high schools have denied Brigid and Katie their constitutional guaranteed right to freedom of speech and assembly saying that starting a pro-life group will be “too controversial!”

In fact, their administrators have put these students through extensive questioning, including inappropriate questions about their religious affiliations, and have gone to the entire Fargo School Board to stop pro-life student groups from being started in the entire city!!

It’s outrageous!

After months of trying to work with the schools to uphold our students’ constitutional rights, we are going public with our story and threatening to take legal action against the Fargo School District if they don’t relent.

However, these two courageous students – Brigid and Katie – are coming under intense scrutiny in their classes and in their school hallways with taking this case public.

So I need your help today.

Can you send a short note of encouragement and support to these girls?

Brigid and Katie are only sophomores yet they are standing up for what’s right, even in the face of criticism, simply because they know how important it is to have a Students for Life group at their schools.

They know starting a pro-life group will mean that they can save lives, help other young girls in crisis, and educate their peers about abortion and to steer clear of the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood.

Right now, our team at Students for Life has been helping Brigid and Katie prepare for media interviews, we have a staff member in Fargo with the girls to help them through this time, and our attorneys at the Thomas More Legal Society are working hard on our legal options from here.

However, these brave girls need to know that they aren’t alone. They need to know that you and I are standing with them in this battle – standing up for the constitutional rights of all pro-lifers and for the lives of the preborn and their mothers who depend on our work.

Today, can you take just 2 minutes and send Brigid and Katie a message of support? While it may not seem like too much to you, it will mean the world to them!

Go here now to send them a message: https://sfla.webconnex.com/fargo5.

ANOTHER High School Censors Students for Life Club

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST STUDENTS FOR LIFE CLUB

Principal Steve Madson of Hampton-Dumont High School has received a demand letter Isabell Akersfrom Students for Life of America’s law firm, the Thomas More Society, on behalf of student Isabell Akers and Students for Life of America. The letter charges that Principal Madson has unconstitutionally discriminated against Isabell by denying her the right to form a Students for Life club at Hampton-Dumont High School.

“High school administrators have no right to discriminate against pro-life students,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “On the contrary, high school students have the right to form Students for Life clubs to educate and inform their peers on the tragedy of abortion and to help those facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies. We are thankful for brave students like Isabell, who reached out to Students for Life of America and for our attorneys at the Thomas More Society for their help to make Isabell’s Students for Life group an official, school-based club, with the same rights as her peers.”

Isabell Akers, a senior at Hampton-Dumont High School, attempted to start a Students for Life club when she was a sophomore, but she met resistance from school administrators. After a series of delays and denials, the school eventually allowed Isabell’s club to meet periodically in the spring and fall of 2014, but not to advertise or host events. As Isabell will soon graduate, she tried once again in February to acquire school club status for her Students for Life club, to leave an established club in place for future high school leaders. However, the principal once again denied Isabell’s application, claiming that the Students for Life club is too “controversial.”

“I wanted to spend my high school career educating my fellow students on the beauty of human life and providing resources to girls at my school, but instead I have been fighting for my First Amendment rights,” said Isabell Akers, senior at Hampton-Dumont High School. “By forbidding our Students for Life club from putting up posters and not letting us be included in the yearbook with other clubs, the school administration has been treating us like second-class citizens.”

“The pro-life students are simply asking for equal treatment,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel of Thomas More Society. “Here the school is trying to claim that its lesser treatment is justified because Isabell’s club doesn’t tie in with the school’s curriculum—but neither do most of the school’s other clubs, such as the book club, mock trial, or SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving). By law, Hampton-Dumont High School administrators must give their pro-life students the same opportunities as they give all these other school clubs.”

As Thomas More Society states in their demand letter, the District’s refusal to officially recognize the Students for Life club as a proper student organization constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. All students who wish to form non-curricular clubs must be treated equally, even if the clubs they wish to form are religious or political.

Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society request that the principal promptly approve the Students for Life club at Hampton-Dumont High School.

Link to the demand letter here.

Now Hiring: Rock for Life Summer Tour Coordinator

Summary:  Primary responsibility is to coordinate the success of the Rock for Life Summer Tour through maintaining the tour schedule, driving to the various festival locations, managing volunteers, setting up and tearing down booth space, managing money, and pro-life outreach at each event.  Compensation will be $575 per week. The Rock for Life Summer Tour Coordinator will report directly to the Campus Outreach Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Driving long distances
Exhibit booth setup and tear down
Merchandise sales
Marketing and social media
Pro-life dialogue and recruitment
Basic accounting
Volunteer management

Qualifications:

Pro-life campus or community experience
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Good people skills
Passionate about Life
Good attitude and a willingness to problem solve and reach outside of comfort zone

CLARION STUDENTS FOR LIFE CROSSES DISPLAY VANDALIZED

For the second time in four years, the Clarion Students for Life Cemetery of the Innocents display, which consists of dozens of white crosses each representing 10 babies who were aborted that day, has been vandalized. Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a public university, is located in Clarion, PA, about an hour and a half from Pittsburgh.

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Clarion Students for Life put up the crosses Sunday night around 7pm and by 8am this morning, the club’s leaders were notified that the display had been vandalized – a few crosses were written on, others were broken, and others stuffed into the nearest trashcan.

The vandals wrote on some crosses:

“would you support if this life was gay?”
“would you support if this life were trans?”

“This was a reprehensible act of discrimination against Students for Life,” said senior Todd Garrett, Vice President of Clarion Students for Life. “It was an attack on our freedom of speech. I find it quite ridiculous that this is the second time since 2011 that our crosses have been desecrated.”

Clarion University crosses - written2The Students for Life club will put up the damaged crosses and re-construct the display today at Noon, the most highly trafficked time of day at the university. The club has also alerted campus police, who informed the students that they will look at possible surveillance video and try to find the culprits.

“Instead of dialogue, abortion supporters have once again taken to bullying to silence those with whom they disagree,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Perhaps if the vandals had sought this dialogue with Clarion Students for Life they would have learned that pro-life students support the right of every human person to be a person, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. The Clarion University administration must take swift and immediate action to find the vandals and use appropriate disciplinary measures.”Clarion University crosses - written

In 2011 at Clarion University, pro-choice vandals pulled up 350 crosses and re-inserted them in inverted fashion, a well-known anti-Christian symbol. Additionally, red paint was splattered on crosses and signs. Even eerier was the mock bloody footprints of an infant painted in front of the display.

NOW HIRING: SFLA Regional Coordinator for New England

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Summary:

SFLA Regional Coordinators develop and improve the effectiveness of SFLA by working with pro-life campus groups, and encouraging student participation in the pro-life movement. A Regional Coordinator’s work includes, but is not limited to, the development of new campus groups, improvement of existing groups, capturing of pro-life student contacts, and efforts to encourage member involvement in pro-life educational activities. We are looking for a person with campus pro-life experience, a passion for abolishing abortion and excellent leadership and entrepreneurial skills.  The New England Regional Coordinator will need to be based out of the Boston, MA area to strategically reach this region which includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a vision for growth in his/her region
  • Start at least 10 new, active pro-life groups per semester.
  • Improve the quality of the pro-life groups in his/her assigned region by:
    • Consulting with group leaders to help them troubleshoot problems within their groups
    • Organizing campus pro-life events with new and existing clubs.
    • Training students to be become more effective pro-life leaders and activists.
  • Coordinate pro-life students to organize student conferences, trainings, and activism. At least one (1) student conference and/or training should be organized in the Regional Coordinator’s assigned region in Year 1 and two (2) in Year 2.
  • Collect pro-life contacts by clipboarding, using Facebook, attending meetings or other means and turn them into the Field Director for SFLA communications
  • Post a bi-weekly blog about events and groups within his/her region.
    • Will also produce a video blog once per month.
  • Communicate with students and supporters via email, social media, phone and text.
  • Work with the SFLA Development Coordinator to fundraise $5,000 of his/her salary in year 1 and $7,500 in year two by:
    • Networking with members of the community who support the mission of SFLA
    • Organizing and executing fundraising events using his/her own network and with the help of an organizing committee
    • Actively seeking out potential donors and asking them to support the work of SFLA
  • Regularly meet with local and regional pro-life organizations and others who support the mission to establish networks for work by SFLA and students.
  • Participate in weekly calls to report progress.
  • Assist the President and Executive Vice President with special assignments.

Requirements:

  • Must have valid driver’s license, insurance, and personal vehicle to travel region.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook. A positive attitude, good problem solving skills, and a passion for serving in the pro-life field are a must.  Some experience working or volunteering within the pro-life movement.  

Submit Resume and Cover Letter to:  Tina Whittington via email at:  tina@studentsforlife.org