Spreading Holiday Cheer the Pro-Life Way

By Meghan Meehan, Chicago Pro-Life Future

The holiday season is among us. Gifts are flowing and the snow drifts are growing. Worried about busy holiday schedules and no time to give back the gift of Christmas cheer? No worries, Chicago Pro-Life Future is here!PLF 6

Every year we provide two amazing volunteer opportunities to give back to our community and demonstrate what a pro-life culture looks like.

Our first event was geared towards helping babies, and who doesn’t love helping babies? The first Saturday in December is dedicated to my favorite event of the year, Christmas Caroling for Babies. We wear Santa hats, sing joyous Christmas tunes, and drink hot chocolate and enjoy homemade cookies outside of a busy abortion facility in Chicago. We bring peace, hope, and love to a place that desperately needs it.

Phil, a sidewalk counselor, said a woman came up to him a couple years ago and said she chose life for her child after hearing Silent Night while waiting for the abortionist to come into the room. As Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood worker, once said, the most effective way to save babies is being present in front of abortion facilities because YOU are a baby’s last chance at life by reaching its mother.PLF 2

Our second event every year happens on the second Saturday in December and is The Women’s Center annual Christmas party for their 700+clients and their families at Our Lady of Victory Parish. We help serve food and hand out gifts to children.

Paige, the Director of Volunteer Services says “it is a very special day, seeing so many babies in one room who wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the emotional, material/practical, and spiritual help offered to their mothers by The Women’s Center counselors and volunteers. It’s so touching to see these moms overcome obstacles and have their babies rather than abort them in a moment of crisis.”PLF 1

Both events are so touching and give me hope for the future of America. Every year our events attract new volunteers who are ready to defend life in the womb and support children after birth. Our generation is the Pro-Life Future. Our generation will end abortion in our lifetime.

Merry Christmas.

 

Not fake news: abortion industry and Satanists oppose burying aborted babies

Back when then-Texas Senator Wendy Davis went on her infamous filibuster against banning abortions after 20-weeks, Planned Parenthood supporters chanted “Hail Satan” outside the statehouse, so it really shouldn’t be any surprise they are on the same page as Satanists.

The abortion industry and followers of Satan himself are really angry that the state of Texas passed a law that mandates the remains of aborted babies be cremated or buried, instead of being crassly disposed of in landfills or, like the Center for Medical Progress videos showed, sold for profit.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a big pro-abortion group, is pretty mad: “This regulation has no basis in public health, and it’s just a pretext for putting an additional burden on women who choose abortion or who suffer miscarriage,” said David Brown, a senior staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights.

And the Satanists – well, they are angry because the law attributes human dignity to *gasp* humans: “Texas health officials are baldly imposing the view that the fetal tissue is elevated to personhood—a religious opinion that conflicts with our own,” said Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves.

But the Satanic Temple isn’t just talking about their anger, they are encouraging others to show their displeasure by a campaign called Cumrags for Congress (this is not fake news).

The Temple’s spokesperson, Jax Blackmore, shared a photo that we will spare you on Facebook along with this message:

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Without going into the possible legal ramifications of this idea, while disgusting and inappropriate, it is in line with what abortion supporters like to do: use personal bodily fluids to make their point.

A company called Cute Fruit Undies made panties with pro-life politicians on them that women can wear when they have their periods so that they can bleed all over people they don’t like. A portion of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood (of course).

And after then-Governor Mike Pence signed a bill in Indiana that restricted abortion, women called his office just to talk about their periods.

In Oregon, a Planned Parenthood broke up a pro-life protest when she made a sign about yeast infections that included a smiling clitoris and stood between a family with children and chanted “yeast infections!”

And go to any abortion rally and you are bound to find uterus pillows, people dressed as vaginas, and who knows what else.

The Texas law is about treating tiny humans with the dignity they deserve. The Charlotte Lozier Institute released a report this week detailing violations of multiple fetal disposal laws in Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Utah and Texas.

Some examples of findings detailed methods used to dispose of the remains of aborted babies that were somehow deemed legal by abortion facilities and waste disposal companies, like “flushing fetal body parts through the garbage disposal leading into the sewer system; dumping fetal remains into an auger along with medical waste and grinding them together; and having the fetal remains transported across state lines to another state’s dumpsters.”

Three Planned Parenthoods in Ohio were caught illegally dumping fetal remains. Planned Parenthood in South Carolina was fined over $50,000 for breaking fetal disposal laws and dumping remains in a public landfill.

The abortion industry is aware it has a problem of what to do with a baby after the abortion. In fact, that very topic was addressed at a NARAL conference:

All humans deserve to be treated with the inherent dignity they possess, both preborn and born, which means the pro-life movement must be compassionate and loving to the mother in trying to help her to choose life, and also support laws like the one in Texas.

After all, if the abortion industry and Satanists are against the law, it’s certainly best to be on the opposing side.

Pro-Life Future Protests at Cecile Richards Speech, Encounters Suprises

By Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life Future-San Francisco

This past Monday night in San Francisco, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, delivered a speech entitled “The Future of Choice.”  Pro-Life Future of San Francisco (PLFSF) was on the scene that very cold night to protest and I didn’t know what to expect. Mostly I pictured a long line of people waiting to get in while they shouted at us but that’s not what happened and turned out to be one of many surprises of the night.

Just in case, I had prepared a couple hundred copies of just one of the contracts between Stem Express and Planned Parenthood, specifically the Marmonte location (on pink paper), in the hopes that it would land in the lap of the Medical Director whose signature was highlighted on the agreement!

Upon arrival, it was apparent that there was not a line at all, simply people entering and leaving the building.  There were about 15 of us already there, including several members of our chapter, as well as a Students For Life group from Southern California, and members of the community. PLFSF1

SFLA’s West Coast Regional Coordinator Camille Rodriguez was already engaged in a very intense conversation with some of the attendees.  I was later told from the other members that the woman originally approached Camille with agitation, but that the woman was moved to tears by the empathy, understanding, and clarity with which Camille spoke. She wanted to talk more after the speech and said she had never had such a conversation about abortion from “the other side”. They hugged as they said goodbye.

PLFSF2The majority of the crowd was millennial women, and some men.  There were some of the older generations there as well, far less then I’d expected. Most of them would walk by the protesters and quietly read the signs as they entered the building.

Members of PLFSF handed out the pink contracts saying “Would you like some information on Planned Parenthood”?  Many of them took the pink paper without a second thought.  Some refused it.  One girl took one and then kindly came back outside and said “I’m sorry I don’t want your propaganda”.

There were also two counter protesters.  The two women simply stood on the other side of the entry way holding their signs.  The lack of hostility from everyone was almost alarming.  Most were very polite.  There weren’t any weird tense moments.  Just real conversations, and quiet stares.

A woman approached us who immediately let us know that she supported our right to be there, and believed strongly in the right of free speech.  She said that she had had “many” abortions, but that allowed her to attend Harvard to study neurology. Learning about brain development in utero made her sometimes question the morality of abortion.  She also mentioned concerns about the fetal tissue donation program, and what she felt were the racist intentions behind the founding of the organization.  I offered her a copy of the contract and she freely took it.

When the counter protesters decided to leave I said “I appreciate your passion, have a good night”, and one of the women was totally surprised and immediately said “Thank you for saying that, I appreciate yours too!”  It was so genuine that it caught me off guard as well!  We saw the humanity in each other and didn’t reduce each other to the signs we were holding.

Several of us waited around until the end in order to make the biggest impact we could.  The entire crowd was greeted by us once again when they left and there were several other conversations to be had.

Overall I felt like the crowd was able see the person behind the protester.  San Franciscans are raised up protesting.  Many of them know what it’s like to fight for a cause and it’s much harder for them to dismiss us, since they know the personal sacrifice it takes to get out there in the cold in the hopes of reaching just one person. I’d like to think we reached a few of them.

Thank you to everyone who came out or tweeted along with the live stream.  Our efforts combined can turn the tide against the one organization truly exploiting women and unborn children for their own financial gains.  #ShutItDown

 

Planned Parenthood Referred for Criminal Charges

Following the damning Center for Medical Progress videos that were released last summer, a special committee in Congress was created to investigate the fetal trafficking industry and delve deeper into what the videos seemed to show: that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry was illegally making money selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Last Thursday, the Select Panel on Infant Lives under the House Energy & Commerce Committee, referred Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to the Texas Attorney General for criminal charges for the illegal sale of baby body parts. The panel also referred Planned Parenthood’s partners for criminal prosecution.

Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) is on the Select Panel investigating Planned Parenthood and during her floor speech about increased funding for the work of the panel, she laid out eight potentially criminal referrals of Planned Parenthood, their affiliates, and their business partners:

These are the referrals, per Rep. Love’s speech:

  • First, the Panel discovered that the University of New Mexico was violating their state’s Anatomical Gift Act by receiving tissue from a late term abortion clinic.  This is currently being investigated.
  • Second, the Panel made a forensic accounting analysis of Stem Express’s limited production and determined that they were profiting from the sale of baby body parts.  Now the El Dorado District Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating this.
  • Third, the Panel learned that Stem Express and certain abortion clinics were violating the HIPAA privacy rights of vulnerable women for the sole purpose of increasing the harvesting of fetal tissue to make money.
  • Fourth, the Panel discovered that an abortion clinic in Arkansas violated state law when it sent tissue to StemExpress.  This too is under investigation.
  • Fifth, the Panel discovered that a university in Ohio was trafficking in baby body parts, an illegal act under Ohio State Law.
  • Sixth, it was discovered that DV Biologics, another tissue procurement company, was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue and was violating California sales tax law.  This case has been filed.
  • Seventh, recently the Panel learned that Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast violated both Texas and US law when it sold baby body part to the University of Texas.
  • Eighth, the Panel also just learned that Advanced Bioscience Resources made a profit when it sold tissue to various universities.

This is huge news! Planned Parenthood as a whole are experts at slipping away from any kind of prosecution for their horrible and criminal actions. Time and again, the taxpayer-funded nonprofit has relied on their friends in the media, their friends in Congress, and their friends in the White House to bail them out.

Here’s hoping that their joyride is cut off in the new Congress and Administration come January. There are better options for women’s care than Planned Parenthood (see the 13,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide the same or better services but without abortion). In the end, we just don’t need Planned Parenthood. They should go fund themselves and stop mooching off taxpayers to buttress their illegal operations.

Good work Select Panel on Infant Lives!

Why come to our national conferences? Former attendees tell all!

Students for Life of America will be hosting its 11th annual national conference in January 2017 in Washington, DC and its fourth annual conference in San Francisco. The theme of “Heroic” follows the annual March for Life in DC and the West Coast March for Life in San Francisco. The East Coast National Conference is the largest social gathering of pro-life youth in the world. Students who attend the SFLA conferences will benefit from extensive training that is designed to improve their leadership and help them end abortion in their lifetime.UNM1

But why take it from us, when we have former attendees willing to talk about how awesome the conferences are themselves?

According to Anja Scheib, the SFLA conference is “a once-a-year opportunity to be trained by, hear, and see up close the leadership of the pro-life movement.”

Scheib is a former Wilberforce Fellow and former President of Mississippi State Students for Life. She will be leading the Pregnant on Campus breakout session at the DC conference, a conference she has attended herself in the past as a student leader. “It really benefited me to have in-person Q&A with pro-life organizations I usually only get the chance to read about.”

Samantha Serrano, who founded Students for Life at the University of New Mexico, expressed how the conference gave her and other students the tools to abolish abortion: “The National Conference is a fantastic resource! It is absolutely incredible to be among so many other young pro-lifers who are just as excited to end abortion as you are. It is the perfect place to go to get inspiration on how you can address the problems of abortion in your own community. You will leave feeling equipped and motivated to abolish abortion.”

Lauren Castillo, National Diocesan Relations Director & National Faith Foundations Program Director for SFLA, said the national conference impacted her future working in the pro-life movement:

“I was first introduced to the SFLA National Conference when I was leading my SFL group in college. It was because of those relationships that I was able to build through that experience that I am now doing pro-life missionary work full-time with Students for Life of America. It has been so exciting watching these conferences positively and tremendously impacts the students’ lives that attend.”

Castillo stresses the importance the SFLA conferences have made in the lives of many pro-life leaders: “Many of the students I have worked with over the past four years students-for-life-conferenceattribute their roles in the pro-life movement as being initiated at the conference itself. There is nothing comparable to learning from the top national pro-life leaders with years, and even lifetimes of experiences, and with thousands of other high school and college students your age. I think every young pro-life student should attend these conferences so they can connect with others, re-energize their efforts, find tangible ways to become active, and learn valuable material.”

Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator Bethany Janzen went to the conference as a sophomore and member of Oregon Students for Life, and describes it as the highlight of her year: “After an intense day at the Walk for Life counter-protesting a radical pro-abortion group, I had the opportunity to learn in a relaxed, yet professional environment from top apologists and the leaders of the pro-life movement.”

arizonastateJanzen continues to attend the West Coast conference three years later and recommends, “that students attend so that they become better equipped to abolish abortion and change the world!”

The Heroic conference will meet in San Francisco on January 22, 2017 and in Washington DC on January 28, 2017. Sign up here: www.sflalive.org.

Students will hear from pro-life leaders and organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom, Kristan Hawkins with SFLA, Josh Brahm with Equal Rights Institute, and Rebecca Haschke with Justice for All. Several breakout workshops will teach students how to successfully participate in Pregnant on Campus, the Real Sex Week, and 40 Days for Life, and more initiatives that make positive impacts on their campus.

November Group of the Month: Texas Students for Life at UT-Austin

Texas Students for Life at University of Texas – Austin came into November with a lot of pro-life momentum after finishing October, where they planned and hosted the Life, Peace, Justice Conference as well as a separate event with Tim Brahm from the Equal Rights Institute.SFL UT Austin

While most student groups start to ease up on their activism due to the upcoming
holidays during November, Texas Students for Life went in the opposite direction.

Beginning on the very first day of November, Texas Students for Life hosted Students for Life’s Cycle of Corruption tour in an attempt to reveal the truth behind the corruption that exists between Planned Parenthood and the federal government. They then hosted guest speaker Michael Barba from the Texas Catholic Conference who spoke on end-of-life issues. They also held a screening of the 40 Film and hosted Abby Johnson for a question and answer session.

Throughout the month, the group organized several social events including a movie night and holding their annual Friendsgiving event. Because Texas Students for Life has two designated executive board positions focused solely on freshmen connection and involvement, the group held a Freshmen Roller Skating night where the freshmen in the group got together for a night of laughter and fun. The focus of this event was to build strong relationships in the group to ensure continued involvement.

Texas Students for Life at UT-Austin finished the month of November strong with their Doodle Diaries event. They asked students to submit stories stating why they are pro-life. With the stories, they created fun doodle videos and posted them on their Facebook page.

This consistent life ethic group is a perfect example of what it means to spread a powerful, positive message in an unfriendly environment. Despite opposition and challenges, this group constantly looks for new ways to support pregnant and parenting students as well as to educate their peers on the realities of abortion and other life issues. What a motivated, dedicated, and powerful group of students.

Congratulations to Texas Students for Life at University of Texas – Austin for your well-deserved award of Students for Life of America’s November group of the month!

 

Volunteer Opportunity!

Looking for a way to help out at the March for Life and the Students for Life National Conference in Washington, D.C. this January?  Then we have the opportunity for you!!!

We have 24 volunteer spots available.  We need volunteers to help SFLA pass out signs at the March for Life on Friday, January 27th and to help out the following day, Saturday, January 28th at our National Conference.

Duties include:

Friday, January 27th – March for Life

Working at a distribution site at the March for Life from 8am – 1pm when the March begins (or earlier if your signs get distributed early and there are no other distribution sites that need help).  We also need one person to be a social media runner from 10am – 3pm delivering SD cards from March for Life Route to Digital Media Strategist to get content online.  This person must be able to ride a bike.

Saturday, January 28th – SFLA National Conference

Various volunteer responsibilities from registration, crowd control, meal distribution, and clean up.  The day will begin at 7am and end by 8pm at the latest based on job assignments and the volunteer’s individual travel plans.

Volunteers will receive hotel accommodations with the SFLA team at the Metro Points Hotel for the nights of Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th and a free admission to the SFLA East Coast National Conference.

To apply fill out the form below and we will contact you for an interview.

December Event-in-a-Box: The 12 Days of #prolifegen gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you’ve almost completed the Fall term! From small to large events, your group has been active making a difference at your school, and it’s time to celebrate all your successes.christmas

This month, your group can be a gift to your community, your peers, your Pregnancy Center, and even your social media following. To help you, we have created the 12 Days of #prolifegen Gifts to give you some fun ideas of what your group can do this month.

Tis the season to reflect, refresh, re-strategize, and celebrate! Because every school has a different timeline for finals and Christmas break, we would like to provide a complete digital version of this month’s Event in a Box to you. Simply contact your Regional Coordinator and he/she will email this month’s digital Event in a Box to you.

 

What’s In the box:

  • The 12 days of #prolifegen Gifts Guide
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Flyering materials
  • Group Recruitment Sheet
  • Video links to share with your group

 To order the December Event-in-a-Box, contact your Regional Coordinator today.

If you are a student in CA or NV, contact Camille Rodriguez.
If you are a student in OR, WA, ID, MT, HI or AK contact Katie Lodjic.
If you are a student in CO, NM, WY, AZ, or UT, contact Jake Simon.
If you are a student in MI, IN, or OH, contact RJ McVeigh.
If you are a student in VA, MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michelle Hendrickson.
If you are a student in KY, WV, or TN, contact Brenna Hartwell.
If you are a student in NE, IA, KS, IL, or MO, contact Reagan Barklage.
If you are a student in OK or TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.
If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.
If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.
If you are a student in MN or WI, contact Maddie Schulte.
If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Lisa Stover.

Planned Parenthood is Freaking Out About Tom Price

This week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick – Tom Price -for the head of the Health & Human Services Dept. This was a big deal and something that pro-lifers have been watching closely.

HHS has a lot of power in the healthcare world. They were also the ones that drafted the rules about forcing companies to pay for abortifacients. Tons of Obamacare rules go through HHS as well.

Rep. Tom Price is a great choice, as many pro-life groups have already pointed out. He is an orthopedic surgeon who obviously understands the healthcare system. He also despises Obamacare.  He is also 100% pro-life, which is forcing Planned Parenthood and their buddies to curl up in a safe space somewhere.

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Cecile Richards released a lengthy statement yesterday, which was nothing short of their usual talking points about how Republicans hate women so much that they want to take away their cancer screenings, birth control, and “access” to affordable healthcare, which means they want to make abortion illegal and *gasp* defund Planned Parenthood.

Say goodbye to that hefty salary Cecile.

It’s usually a very good sign for the pro-life movement and the abortion industry and their allies throw such a public hissy fit.

But the thing is, only Planned Parenthood is to blame for this mess. They are the ones that have been caught time and again participating in shady, and possibly criminal, business practices. They are the ones who can’t seem to reconcile their books as to not defraud taxpayers of millions of dollars, and they are the ones who have pushed their radical agenda on the American people, boosting their preferred presidential candidate with over $30 million, only to have lost.

Millennials in particular don’t care one bit for the kind of extreme stance that Planned Parenthood takes on abortion. A poll from the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement showed that only 17% of Millennials believe abortion should be legal for any reason at any point in the pregnancy. Heck, Planned Parenthood even takes that a step further by not supporting legislation that would protect the baby if he/she was born alive after an abortion – and then advocating for the right to abort that child outside of the womb:

No wonder Planned Parenthood is flailing around. They lost big time and need to come to terms with the fact that women aren’t buying what they’re selling. So go put that lipstick on and get back to us.

Media Coverage of Abortion Epitomizes Why We Have Fake News

By R.J. McVeigh, Director of Apologetics

The rise of fake news on social media over the past year has recently prompted the mainstream media to begin drawing more attention to these false stories in an attempt to stop the trend. It is now almost a daily occurrence to see a headline article on websites like CNN that are titled something like, “No, [so-and-so] did not really say [what-and-such]”. Even Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” the word of the year; a term meant to describe circumstances in which objective facts don’t matter.

Organizations like these making efforts to create awareness of people being deceived online is all within the context of the cultural and political craziness of 2016 (Brexit, Donald Trump, etc.). These established organizations see recent events as a rejection of themselves, and their explanation for how anyone could reject them is that people just don’t understand the truth. They believe they’ve identified fake news as the reason people don’t understand the truth, and so they’re now targeting fake news.

“News sources” that are fabrications are despicable, and rightly should be condemned. But pre-existing bias in the media and in politics should receive a signification portion of the blame for the recent rise in completely fabricated “news” stories. Media bias and political manipulation of the facts have opened the doors for full-fledged fake news. When people start to believe that the “credible” and “mainstream” media is fudging the facts or choosing to only highlight certain facts to alter perceptions it makes it very easy for others to simply take it one step further.

The abortion lobby and the way the media presents abortion are prime examples of how lack of mainstream credibility has created the phenomenon of fake news. There are countless examples regarding abortion from just the past few years that demonstrate how the population has lost faith in the supposedly “real” news.

The most glaring example is last year’s #PPSellsBabyParts scandal. Those videos were real. They were not doctored or edited in a manipulative way. Even the Planned Parenthood commissioned analysis concluded this. But you would have never realized that listening to the media. The media took all their talking points from Planned Parenthood and started singing the line about “highly edited” videos. This was a phrase intentionally thought up to be misleading. Anyone who critically thinks about it for half a second knows everything we see on TV is “highly edited” – being “edited” doesn’t mean it’s manipulative or misleading.

But someone at Planned Parenthood intentionally tried to think of a talking point that would make it SOUND like the videos were misleading. And the media went right along with it, no questions asked.

After all the Wikileaks regarding media bias, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was an explicit request from Planned Parenthood to the media. The completely biased coverage of such a big scandal is an example of the mainstream media acting more like the same “fake news” they’re now decrying.

And then there’s the example of Planned Parenthood’s 3-percent abortion statistic. The claim that only 3% of PP’s services are abortion is highly misleading. It is intentionally designed and turned into a top talking point in order to mislead. Yet, any time Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is brought up in the news or on TV you can bet someone from the “mainstream” will cite this statistic. Never mind that the statistic is self-reported by Planned Parenthood, the media is perfectly willing to accept it as gospel without question. That sounds a lot like fake news to me.

There is also the way public opinion of abortion is presented in the media. Being pro-life is made to seem like a fringe minority. Never mind that even the most abortion-favorable polls show that 55% of the population oppose legalization of abortion in all or most cases.  And when’s the last time the 600,00 people in the middle of a blizzard (EVERY YEAR) at the March for Life was given as much coverage as a few hundred protesters after the election? Not to mention that the mainstream media won’t even call Pro-Lifers “Pro-Life”; despite being very willing to call Pro-Choicers “Pro-Choice”. Again, this all seems like pretty “fake” coverage to me.

We could go on and on with examples of “real news” acting like “fake news” when it comes to abortion. Abortion is not the only example of extreme media bias, but it’s a big one. These examples and the mainstream reaction to fake news makes the mainstream seem insecure. You can smell the hypocrisy.

If there are any mainstream news executives trying to figure out how to regain credibility, I suggest they start with their abortion coverage. Stop taking your talking points from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Acknowledge that hundreds of millions of respectable Americans oppose legal abortion. Treat it like a real issue. And then maybe you can improve your problem of readers favoring fake news over you.