I walked the red carpet at an abortion film premiere

The following post is written by Reagan Nielsen, Midwest Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America.

When I was contacted last year to have a camera follow me around for a documentary on abortion called Abortion: Stories Women Tell, of course I was excited to show the pro-life perspective because we are often incorrectly portrayed by the mainstream press as not compassionate and rather single-minded. But the reality isn’t that at all – at least in my work with high school and college students. So naturally, while apprehensive, I was looking forward to giving a glimpse into my own work in the pro-life movement as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America.

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The goal of the film, as explained to me, was to show abortion in a non-partisan light and allow viewers to decide for themselves. The director, Tracy Droz Tragos, chose Missouri for the location of the film because that is where she is from. The focus of the film was on their restrictive laws on abortion, including a mandatory 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion.

I was followed by the camera crew to the University of Missouri last year where I was displaying the Planned Parenthood Project on campus with Mizzou Students for Life. The display uses statistics from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report who show that their business model is geared towards pushing abortion above all else and reveals the enormous amount of taxpayer dollars they get every year. The producers also followed me in my everyday life; working from home but also on the road to visit our student groups.

The big reveal: seeing the film

I was invited to the film’s premiere, which took place at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City earlier this week. I got to walk the red carpet and interact with the other people who appeared in the film, including an abortionist. I was really nervous to be around her. I mean, this woman takes the life of innocent babies every day – what we possibly have in common besides the fact that we appeared in this film together? More on this later.red carpet abortion do

As the room turned dark and the film played, it became clear to me that this was not a “balanced” film. In fact, it was the complete opposite. This was a film whose producers wanted to destigmatize abortion. They wanted to show the difficulties women had to go through to get an abortion in Missouri and pull on the heartstrings of viewers to move them in the pro-choice direction.

The film was broken up into different parts and when it got to me, I was very disappointed to see the clips they chose to use – or rather, I was disappointed in the editing.  I was happy that they did show me talking on the phone to one of my students and explaining the mission of Students for Life of America, how many groups we have nationally and what we do.

But then they showed shots of pro-life protesters that we often see in the biased media. These protesters yell and scream at women entering abortion facilities. I was shown in the film saying that we don’t condone that type of behavior at all but it was still hard to see that kind of footage in a so-called balanced film on the abortion issue.

There are so many pro-life organizations that are compassionate and loving towards women seeking abortions or who need healing afterwards and I feel those protesters that scream and yell, while they get attention, are in the minority.

The conversation afterwards

After the film, participants in the movie participated in a Q&A to talk about it. I was emotionally drained at this point. It was a very emotional film because they followed women who had abortions and who were going through them. They even followed one woman into the operating room at the facility, where the suction of the abortion machine was loudly heard. We were able to hear the death of that child.

The reaction from the crowd watching the film was very cold towards the pro-life position. After all, it was being shown in New York City, where abortion is widely accepted and rampant.

I did my best to answer qabortion doc posteruestions and continue to be a kind and loving representation of the pro-life movement but it was difficult because I felt like the producers had betrayed my trust by saying the film was going to be balanced, when in reality it was not at all.

The director at the beginning of the Q&A said she was pro-choice and wanted her daughters to have access basic women’s health care (i.e. abortion).

The ride home

On the airplane ride back home, I had the opportunity to sit next to the abortionist who was featured in the film. She recognized me from the night before and was impressed at how I handled myself and the compassion I had shown in the film. Because I wasn’t yelling or screaming, but kind and loving, her and I were able to have a civil (and interesting) conversation for the entire two-and-half-hour flight.

Obviously we didn’t agree but to see her humanity, and for her to see mine, in a very heated issue, was important. I don’t know what will come of our conversation in the future but she is in my prayers (and please keep her in yours).

 

Overall, the experience of being in the film was disappointing because of how the pro-life movement was portrayed but I do feel grateful for the chance to show a glimpse into my own work – and the great work of Students for Life and the courageous students that I work with. Abortion is the greatest human rights tragedy in our lifetime but I do believe that this is the generation that will end abortion and we will do it with love and compassion, not hatred and condemnation.

Abby Johnson Counters Cecile Richards in the Most Beautiful Way Possible

The following is written by Justine Worden, the Service Chair of the Georgetown Right to Life group on campus.

On Wednesday evening, April 20th, at Georgetown University, after a day of protests, peaceful presences, and a ‘nonpartisan’-speaking-event-turned-political-rally, Georgetown Right to Life (RTL) welcomed Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic director, now pro-life activist and speaker. Abby left Planned Parenthood in 2009 after assisting and watching an ultra-sound guided abortion, and has since joined the pro-life movement by spreading the word about the reality of the abortion industry, assisting abortion clinic workers who wish to leave the industry, and simply sharing her story.

Wednesday’s event was especially beautiful, given that it took place in the Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown’s main chapel on campus. Although RTL is not a religiously affiliated organization, it was appropriate to have the event in the Chapel, as Johnson’s talk takes a profoundly, and beautifully Catholic tone. In light of the mockery made of not only Catholic teaching on abortion, sex, marriage, and love throughout the day, but also pro-life students, it was comforting for many to hear Johnson share her story in that manner and in that particular setting.

Johnson’s talk, a look into her experiences working for and leaving PP, was deeply personal, thoroughly honest, and utterly moving. In the early stages of the talk, she discussed her childhood: Johnson recounted growing up in a pro-life, faithful home, but never openly discussing abortion with her family. Addressing a question she often receives about how a woman with her upbringing found herself working for PP, she answered, “It happened a little bit at a time, because that’s how sin works in our lives.”

After sharing with attendees the reality of PP’s abortion protocol as she experienced it and the truth behind PP’s abortion quotas and bias towards abortion, Johnson spoke more in depth on her experiences leaving PP. One of the most moving segments of the talk was her addressing the universal possibility of conversion. After watching the ultrasound-guided abortion, Johnson told the audience, she reluctantly went to the pregnancy resource center (PRC) next-door to the clinic she ran at the time. Johnson says the PRC volunteers were extremely compassionate, kind, and accepting of both her past and her future.

Given that she was so deeply involved in PP, in a managerial position, and a staunch defender of the pro-choice position, Johnson says, the PRC volunteers were likely to have thought that she would never change her position on abortion. However, Johnson showed us through her story that “no one is beyond the power of conversion,” as she told audience members. Johnson went on to share with attendees her firm belief that not only will she see the end to legalized abortion in the U.S. in her lifetime, but also her belief that one day she will not be presenting on what it means to leave PP, but rather Cecile Richards. At this, Johnson received an ovation and quite a few ‘Amen’s. She said once again, “Friends, no one is beyond conversion.”

After a day of vitriolic volleying of statistics, confrontational conversations among classmates, and what was clearly designed to be a Planned Parenthood rally rather than an opportunity for ‘open discourse,’ Abby Johnson countered Cecile Richards in the most beautiful way possible.

Johnson, as always, approached her talk on Wednesday with love in her heart, her heart on her sleeve, and her arms open wide to embrace Georgetown’s pro-life community in honesty and compassion.

Cecile Richards, You Don’t Speak For Us!

The following is written by Michele Hendrickson, Capital Area Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America

I’ve seen it before, Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic & Jesuit University in our country, rejecting the traditional Catholic values, such as the sanctity of human life, that are key elements of the doctrine they claim to uphold.  For example, The Hoyas for Choice student club on campus operates supposedly without official recognition by the University, yet they are seen tabling weekly on campus passing out condoms, “thanking” abortion providers, and promoting Planned Parenthood.

Today we watched as Georgetown University followed through with the unthinkable: Inviting Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, to speak on campus.  This move not only implies a stamp of approval for the nation’s largest abortion vendor, selling about 897 abortions per day, but they’ve also spent the University’s time and resources on security and event staff for the day.  Oh, and of course, the Hoyas for Choice club was listed as a co-sponsor of the event!

In a bold and creative collaborative effort with Students for Life of America, the Georgetown Right to Life student-led club on campus responded in a big way proclaiming that they are the pro-life generation and Cecile Richards does not represent them.

The Right to Life Club set up multiple displays throughout the day and educated hundreds of their peers on not only the reality of abortion, but also exposed the truth about what Planned Parenthood really is.

Copley Lawn, at the entrance of Georgetown University, featured over 3,000 flags representing the estimated number of abortions in America per day.  As students walked onto campus, it was evident that pro-life voices were heard and the impGTOWN flagsact of abortion was gracefully shared with all who passed by.  Club members stood by tabling at the display the entire day.

For the morning hours, the club also hosted Students for Life of America’s We Don’t Need Planned Tour which drew a lot of attention in the center of campus at Red Square.  Conversations were fruitful and eye-opening.  Students were challenged with new information educating them on how Federally Qualified Health Centers far outrank Planned Parenthood in service quantity and quality, service locations, and number of patients served!

GTOWN displyStudents from neighboring schools even turned out to show their support.  “It was important for our group at George Mason to travel out to Georgetown to support them and the movement as a whole.  It’s our duty to speak up against abortion and the crimes Planned Parenthood has committed,” explained Lori Kostka, president of GMU Students for Life.

Around mid-day we troop-moved the display over directly in front of the building where Cecile Richards was scheduled to speak.  The line to enter her talk had already started forming and the attention immediately shifted to us, despite our display space being fenced off from the crowd.

Some students still managed to engage in conversation wiGTOWN line to get itno bldgth us, and with Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director now Pro-Life Advocate.

After a long day in the sun, we still weren’t finished!  The Students for Life of America team and Georgetown Right to Life group headed over to Dahlgren Chapel where Abby Johnson shared her story of going from Employee of the Year and Director of her Planned Parenthood facility, to Pro-Life Advocate.  It was a powerful talk and the president of the Hoyas for Choice group attended!

There will be more to come on that later, but for now the message is clear:

Cecile Richards, you DO NOT represent our voice on campus.

 

Cecile Richards got a standing ovation at Georgetown

Cecile Richards spoke at Georgetown University today. She got a standing ovation from students. From students that attend a Catholic institute of higher education. Got that? The president of the nation’s largest abortion provider got invited to speak at one of the country’s most prominent Catholic universities.

The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a ‘grave evil’ because it takes the life of an innocent human being. Planned Parenthood not only commits close to 900 abortions a day which equals more than 324,000 a year, but last summer they were exposed through undercover videos to have been involved in the buying and selling of baby body parts – the body parts of the babies they aborted.

Media was not allowed inside the building where Ms. Richards was speaking. But one of the students of the Georgetown Right to Life group live-tweeted the speech for all of us on the outside and interested to know what Cecile was telling students studying at a Catholic university.

For these brave pro-life students at Georgetown, we salute you. You are brave and courageous and unafraid of the hostile environment you are exposed to daily.

Here’s what happened inside of the room where Cecile Richards spoke today at Georgetown:

Don’t forget to discredit those Center for Medical Progress videos, Cecile!

 

Cecile Richards Mocked Pro-Life Student at Georgetown Speech

In case you missed it, the president of Planned Parenthood, an organization that commits close to 900 abortions every DAY, was invited to speak to Georgetown University. Georgetown is a Catholic institute of higher education. Catholic doctrine teaches abortion is a ‘grave evil.’

But no matter, said Georgetown, it’s all about a ‘free exchange of ideas’. But Cecile Richards’ speech wasn’t about a free exchange of ideas. It was a lovefest of Planned Parenthood and promotion of abortion – and mocking pro-lifers

No press was allowed inside of Richards’ speech but the Georgetown Right to Life group is awesome and some of the students managed to record parts of it.

This is a transcript of an exchange during the Q&A section between a pro-life student and Cecile Richards.

Question from pro-life student:  So, by the Guttmacher Institute’s own statistics at Planned Parenthood 94% of pregnancy services are abortions, 6% are sonograms, and less than 1% are adoption counselling. How can you say that when a woman walks into your clinic she has a choice. Because from the outside it would not appear that this is complete health care when one choice is so favored over another.

Cecile Richards: The Guttmacher Institute is not Planned Parenthood, but I appreciate, you know, whatever statistics you come up with.  (Laughing & Clapping)

Q:  These are your own statistics.

CR:  We are not the Guttmacher Institute, but that’s ok.  But what I am saying actually, is that I would really encourage you to come visit a Planned Parenthood center.  What you will find, what I believe you will find, and you can call me if you don’t, and I am serious about that, is a health care organization that provides women the full range of reproductive health care and preventative services, nothing is more important.  What is important to us is that women are free to make their own decision about their pregnancies, their families, without the intervention of politicians and that is what medicine, good medicine, is all about out.  And it’s really incredible to me that a lot of the legislation that has passed, and even some of the things I am hearing now in this presidential campaign are based on the idea that women are not smart enough or able to make their own medical decisions (clapping) women make hard decisions every single day (clapping that drowns out the end of her sentence).

By the way, these same statistics are available from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report. So she doesn’t know the numbers in her own report?

3,000 cross display vandalized, students press charges at Southern Methodist U

The Mustangs for Life, the Students for Life group at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, set up close to 3,000 crosses in a main area of campus as part of the common display that memorializes the number of babies that will be aborted that day this week. Sometimes it causes more controversy; other times it doesn’t. This situation is the former.

The pro-life students spent hours setting up the display and accompanied it with signs explaining what it was all about: “There are 2,904 abortions per day in the USA” and “Memorial of Innocents: 1 Cross = 1 Life Lost to Abortion Today”.

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Mustangs for Life jumped through all the hoops at the school to make sure they were allowed to do this and granted proper permission.

The display was set up on Sunday evening about 7:30pm and done by 9pm. Only a couple hours later, in the middle of the night, all of the crosses had been vandalized and torn down. All of them.

One of the members got a call from someone who said that she saw all the crosses were kicked down. The members ran over to the display where indeed the display was vandalized.

The Mustangs for Life filed a campus police report on Sunday night and decided to press charges, so an investigation has been opened.

But here’s the kicker. This group refuses to back down. They refuse to be intimidated by anyone, especially on a college campus where the free exchange of ideas and debate should be allowed to flow. Of course, if you don’t agree with what’s being said, the liberal way of doing things is to shut down the other side.

However, the Mustangs for Life didn’t go that route. Thirty-two students – members and non-members alike – met at 6AM yesterday morning to replace all of the crosses. Six AM! College students got up before 6AM because they wanted to make sure that their peers knew about the atrocity of abortion, the taking of an innocent human life. They wanted to make sure that their peers knew that women facing unplanned pregnancies don’t have to choose abortion. There other options. They wanted to be an example of love and compassion and perseverance.

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“This is the pro-life generation in action,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “This is the kind of perseverance that give us hope that abortion will come to an end. We are so proud of the Mustangs for Life and the courage they have shown in the face of opposition.”

One student filmed a video while he stood in front of the display asking questions like, “what if each cross represented something else? Each cross represents a woman who got to finish college?” and “what if each cross represented a woman who won’t be crushed by the financial responsibility of raising another child?” SFLA president Kristan Hawkins filmed a video response.

The group has since received threats of more violence on the app Yik Yak and one person threatened to burn down the display. They have had their members take shifts at the display, some even staying outside at 2:30am this morning. Campus police have also been stationed near the display to quell any vandalism.

Here are screenshots of the Yik Yak threats:

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A representative from Planned Parenthood came to campus tonight to “train” abortion supporters. In what? Don’t know. Facebook messages indicate that a counter-protest is taking place next week.

We’re hiring: Southern Regional Coordinator

Are you passionate about abolishing abortion? Do you love working with young people? Are you excited and ready for an adventure? Then you should apply to be an SFLA Regional Coordinator. 

SFLA is looking to add two motivated team members:

The Southern Regional Coordinator will need to be based out of the Jackson, MS area to strategically reach the region which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

What Does a Regional Coordinator Do?

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. This is a salary position with benefits!

What are the responsibilities of a Regional Coordinator?

  • Create a vision for growth in their region.
  • Start new, active pro-life groups per semester.
  • Improve the quality of the pro-life groups in their assigned region.
  • Coordinate pro-life students to organize student conferences, trainings, and activism
  • Network with members of the community who support the mission of SFLA.

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. Will need some experience working or volunteering within the pro-life movement.

 For full job description or to submit resume and cover letter, contact Missy Stone atmstone@studentsforlife.org.

Why I Am Wearing A Purple Graduation Cord This May

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic school who gave President Obama an honorary degree even though he is the nation’s most pro-abortion president to ever hold the office, is continuing to honor pro-abortion lawmakers. They will give the Laetare Medal, a distinguished honor to a Catholic person, to Vice President Joe Biden, another pro-abortion politician, and to former Speaker of the House, John Boehner. And just recently, the school hosted Wendy Davis, who gained national recognition during her filibuster against a bill in Texas that would have banned abortions on babies over five months gestation.

Janelle Wanzek, the president of the Notre Dame Right to Life club will be wearing a purple graduation cord this May during the ceremony to show her solidarity with the pro-life generation. And she isn’t the only one. Students for Life of America has had an incredible response to the purple graduation cords. There will thousands of pSFLA-GraduatingMemero-life students wearing them this May across the country. But we’ll let Janelle, along with VP of Events for the NDRTL club Emily Burns, tell their story as to why many of their friends will be wearing one next month:

While we love our University and couldn’t imagine being at college anywhere else, Notre Dame as of late has made some very disappointing and discouraging decisions to us as the leaders of our school’s Right to Life group.

In early March, the University announced that this year’s prestigious Laetare Medal (given “in recognition of outstanding service to the Church and society”) would be awarded to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. Our club, among many other groups, students, and alumni who strive to maintain Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, were confused and saddened by this seemingly “political” decision by the administration.

We then released an official club statement in our campus’ student newspaper in response to the decision to award the medal to Biden and Boehner, in which we addressed “why the decision of the University to bestow the award on Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner does not align with our efforts as a club, the mission of the University and the Catholic faith.” We finished the letter by writing:

“As the Notre Dame Right to Life Club we are in disagreement with and saddened by the choice of the University to award Joe Biden and John Boehner with the Laetare Medal. We ask that the University live up to its Catholic identity and the purpose of this prestigious award and please reconsider its decision.”MFL On campus 2

Not long after we released this statement, we discovered that in early April, the College Democrats were bringing in pro-choice former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis to speak under the following title “Rising Up: From Single Mother to Harvard Law—How Every Woman Stands to Make a Difference.” The event was moderated by a Notre Dame theology professor, Candida Moss, and was also advertised in the weekly “Week at ND” emails sent to all students where Davis was described as “widely recognized as a passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and national issues which threaten our individual freedoms.”

Again, we felt discouraged and disappointed that the University would present the event in such a light. We, in response, are looking at possibly organizing a talk entitled “Women Deserve Better” hosted by a fertility care expert and a mother of a child with Down syndrome to counteract the notion set by Davis that women need access to abortion to succeed in life.

It is undoubtable that these recent decisions by the University to outwardly support and honor individuals who do not stand for the dignity of all life, particularly that of the unborn, do not align with the values of a Catholic institution. While we at Notre Dame Right to Life are saddened by this, we also know that there is still a strong group of students who are fighting for these values and for the sanctity of all life.

Undergraduate students have formed a petition objecting the medal, which now has over 300 signatures. We have joined with them to plan a prayer service on April 17th that we are calling a “Pro-Life Prayer Vigil for the Continuation of the Catholic Mission of the University” where we will be praying for the University, faculty, and students.

In light of these events, we also have let our senior club members know that we will be able to get purple SFLA graduation cords for anyone wanting to display their commitment to the pro-life movement. We have provided this in years past, with 15-20 seniors endowing the cords.

This year something changed. With the Laetare medal recipients being present on graduation day, more seniors have been taking it upon themselves to display their pro-life views. We currently have about 70 senior undergraduates requesting cords. All 70 are hoping to also wear pro-life pins in silent protest to the Laetare medal recipients.

Although our University does not seem to be demonstrating a strong commitment to the pro-life movement, we as the Notre Dame Right to Life club are, as well as many graduating seniors.

Learn how to get your own purple graduation cord here!

ABORTION SUPPORTERS OFFENDED BY LOVING PRO-LIFE MESSAGES

Most days, pro-life students are facing an uphill battle on their liberal campuses. Take the Students for Life group at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for example. They chalked really sweet and loving pro-life messages and the abortion supporters on campus mobilized to get the school to wash away the messages.

This past Monday night, the Students for Life group at the school chalked 3,200 hearts with the message that “abortion stops 3200 hearts each day in the US” and other pro-life messages like “women deserve better than abortion” and “Students for Life supports pregnant and parenting students” AND “Smile, your mom chose life!”. The messages were chalked on the designated parts of campus where chalking is allowed.

The following day, some of the pro-life students noticed traces of water where the chalkings were. They asked the school administration what happened and found out that there were complaints and that the school had power-washed away all their chalkings.

The school said that chalkings are only allowed to advertise an event. The students noticed that not more a foot away from their own chalkings were other chalkings from the campus radio station – which were not advertising any event yet they were still allowed to remain.

So about those complaints…. well, there was an organized effort by individual pro-choice students to send in complaints to the school about the pro-life messages. The pro-abortion student wrote, in part, on Facebook that:

“THIS is violent. THIS is stigmatizing. THIS creates an unsafe environment for students on campus and we should not tolerate it.”

Really? They thought little hearts that represented those of tiny babies whose lives were taken because of abortion created an ‘unsafe environment for students on campus.’

The logic, or lack of, is baffling. Although it does follow the special snowflakes on campuses all over the country who now seem to need babysitting and safe spaces instead of obtaining an actual education so they can positively contribute to society.

Here are the Facebook screenshots from the pro-abortion student that urge members to contact the school to get those horrible, offensive pro-life messages removed from the sidewalks:

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Just for context, the University of Iowa Students for Life group is continuing to be a voice for the preborn and their mothers on campus and are currently providing material and emotional support to two young mothers. Bravo!

 

ABBY JOHNSON TO SPEAK AT GEORGETOWN SAME DAY AS PLANNED PARENTHOOD PRESIDENT CECILE RICHARDS

Abby Johnson, ex-Planned Parenthood director and winner of the ‘Employee of the Year’ award from the organization, will be speaking at Georgetown University on April 20th, the same day as her former boss, Cecile Richards.

Georgetown University bills itself as a Catholic school but is still hosting the head of the largest abortion provider in the nation, whose views are in direct contradiction to the Catholic Church.

“Abby Johnson has personal experience at Planned Parenthood, and will reveal what the organization is really all about. It is important students learn about Planned Parenthood’s careless disregard for human life, and why Planned Parenthood is bad for women and children,” said Michael Khan, president of Georgetown Right to Life, an affiliate of the national pro-life youth organization Students for Life of America, and the group hosting Abby Johnson. “Amidst media bias and abortion defenders, Abby provides clarity to this debate and will offer a positive, life-affirming message of hope and love that defends the most defenseless.”

Georgetown Right to Life will also be setting up an educational display at the building where Ms. Richards will speak. The display, entitled We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood, uses large banners to call attention to Planned We dont need PP pic 2Parenthood’s lucrative abortion business, their acceptance of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year, and the fact that there are other, more comprehensive health centers that do provide everything and more that Planned Parenthood does except abortions. Abby Johnson will be at the display to answer questions as well.

“Anytime Planned Parenthood shows up on a university campus to spread their anti-life propaganda, we should always hope for a strong, pro-life response,” said Abby Johnson, who currently runs a ministry for former abortion workers called And Then There Were None. “In this case, because a Catholic university has asked the president of the largest abortion corporation in our country to come and speak, we are more than happy to respond with life-affirming truth. If there was ever a time to take a stand against the abortion-promoting agenda of Planned Parenthood and their untruths, it is now. We must not allow them to infiltrate our Catholic institutions without resistance.”

“Instead of educating students of the Catholic Church’s doctrine on the protection of life, they bring in the president of the nation’s largest abortion provider, who last summer was revealed to have been involved in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “We are so proud of Georgetown Right to Life for proactively doing what their university should have done in the first place and inviting a courageous and dynamic pro-life woman to speak to the truth about abortion and equip students to persuasively discuss the greatest human rights tragedy in modern times.”

Abby Johnson will be speaking at 7:30pm in the historic Dahlgren Chapel on campus on Wednesday, April 20th. The We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood display will be set up in the Red Square and on the Regents Lawn, which is outside the Lohrfink Auditorim on where Cecile Richards will be speaking.

Facebook event is listed here.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Lecture Fund, the same group at Georgetown that is bringing Ms. Richards, Georgetown Right to Life is sponsoring a panel entitled “Life-Affirming Alternatives to Planned Parenthood” on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15pm at the Copley Formal Lounge on campus. There will be a talk by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood in the U.S. House of Representatives, who will address the audience and take questions. Then a panel of pro-life healthcare experts will follow. The panel is moderated by Dr. Jeanne Lord of Georgetown and includes Kathleen Eaton Bravo,  Founder and CEO, Obria Medical Clinics, Astrid Bennett Gutierrez , Executive Director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Center and spokesperson and Vice President of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights, and Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP of Georgetown Medical School, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (FACTS).

Lastly, Georgetown Right to Life will also host “Flag Day” on April 20th as part of their Cecile Richards protest. Flag Day consists of 3,600 flags on the Copley Lawn near the Front Gate to mark the number of abortions each day in the United States. They will also have one larger white flag this year for the women, who are also victims of abortion.