#WomenBetrayed National Bus Tour!

A national bus tour touting the message that abortion giant Planned Parenthood betrays women and needs to be investigated, prosecuted and defunded will kick off in California on Monday, November 30th and travel through over a dozen states on a two-week route. All tour information is available at www.womenbetrayed.com.WB bus tour mockup

“Planned Parenthood betrays women by using them and their preborn children for profit and pushing abortion above all else and it’s time to take that message to as many Americans as possible,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Not one more woman should experience betrayal and hurt at the hands of Planned Parenthood and not one more dime of taxpayer dollars should be given to the nation’s largest abortion chain.”

The tour kicks off in Sacramento, California on Monday, November 30th and hits major cities and capitols in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Washington, DC. The giant pink bus will also stop at numerous Planned Parenthoods along the route, including some where undercover footage from the Center for Medical Progress videos were taken.

The tour will be calling for criminal investigations of Planned Parenthood across the country and for the defunding of the entire organization.

The bus tour will also be collecting donations along the way, in efforts to “stuff the bus”, for pregnant moms in need. Diapers, wipes, maternity clothes, baby gear, and clothes will all be accepted and donated.

“The pro-life movement cares about women and their preborn babies and we are going to do everything we can to save them both from the greedy hands of Planned Parenthood, who will do anything to cushion their bottom line and sell out women – and their babies – for money,” said Hawkins.

Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization, and Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, are co-sponsoring the tour, as well as many local pro-life groups, including Louisiana Right to Life, the Center for Arizona Policy, the North Carolina Values Coalition and the Florida Family Policy Council, along the route.


For a schedule of the tour stops, please see www.womenbetrayed.com.

Intolerance at Tulane

By Cisco Gonzales, student at Louisiana State University and a 2015 Wilberforce fellow. He writes about his experience with the Planned Parenthood Project at Tulane University.

Intolerance: Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.

The word intolerance cannot even be used to describe the students that we encountered at Tulane University last Friday with the Planned Parenthood Project. The weather was perfect, but the environment was hostile. To start off the day, many students approached me saying that they were offended that we were using “Planned Parenthood pink.” I asked them if they read what was on the banners, and they wouldn’t. It is amazing that the fact that we are using pink to display a Planned Parenthood exhibit is offensive.Tulane vandal

What should be offensive is the fact that 94% of their pregnancy services are abortions – a number taken from their own annual report.

Afterwards two students who protested with signs stating things like “I stand with Planned Parenthood“ and “My body, my choice” bombarded us. After getting to speak with the protestors, the female protester said that she was for abortion because it was no different than scrapping off dead skin. The other protestor that I was able to speak to thought that abortion should be legal until viability. I responded “24 weeks or so?” He stated yes. I asked him a simple question: “Is someone who relies on an oxygen tank filled with oxygen more or less human than you or me?” He said he was confused, so I further explained that if you believe that human life begins at viability then those who rely on oxygen or I, myself, who rely on my parents for money for food must not be human. He silenced himself after that.

The most interesting part about the whole day was when a girl was reading our display thinking that we were Planned Parenthood. When she finally realized that we weren’t, she ripped up the punch cards and threw them at one of the students. Afterwards, she started running towards the quota banner and tried to rip it.

Tulane vandal_2Her consistent handwork to try to rip this vinyl banner was impressive. Within a matter of seconds, we took the banner from her, and she stormed off cussing the world.

Overall, the Planned Parenthood project was a success at Tulane University. It caught the attention of many who would not normally converse with us. My favorite story came from a girl that one of our other students spoke to. At the end of the conversation, the girl said “I never thought of it in that way. I guess I consider myself to be pro-life.”

It’s days like these where you are happy to be pro-life and working in the movement.

We Took Our WomenBEtrayed Message to Times Square!

Students for Life of America is making sure that Planned Parenthood’s clients and would-be clients get the message loud and clear that they are being betrayed by the nation’s largest abortion provider. SFLA took that message to one of the most prominent places in the entire world to run an ad: Times Square.

This past week, more than 3 million people saw our Women Betrayed ad in TIMES SQUARE in New York City. The ad took viewers to www.womenbetrayed.com.

That’s right, we’ve taken our message about how Planned Parenthood not only kills more 897 children everyday but also betrays their mothers right to the heart of the abortion capitol of the world and right where Planned Parenthood’s international headquarters is located.

We’ve chosen Times Square because we know it’s where all of the major corporations go to launch new products and where Hollywood goes to promote their new movies and TV shows. It’s an iconic hub of America that is often referred to as the “crossroads of the world.”

It’s time for us to get messages of truth, hope, and love outside of the pro-life movement and reach those who need to hear our message the most.

To change our culture and achieve our ultimate goal, we need to have youth and media on our side. As our 900+ groups can confirm, we are winning the battle for our youth. Now, it’s time for us to step out and get our messages heard, with or without the traditional media folks, by everyone in America.

Kristan Hawkins, the president of SFLA, said this about the ad: “The atrocities that Planned Parenthood has committed deserve the widest stage possible and we are bringing the message that they betray women to one of the biggest in the world: Times Square. Planned Parenthood preys on vulnerable women, telling them they can’t parent their child or place for adoption, but rather that they must have an abortion to solve their ‘problem.’ That is not empowerment but rather a betrayal and an affront to the power of femininity. By putting this ad front and center in the middle of New York City, where 37% of all pregnancies end in abortion, we are giving notice to Planned Parenthood that we are on their turf and we want to reach those women before they do.”

Apply Now for SFLA’s Group of the Year Awards!

registjesuitgirlsEvery year, Students for Life of America is honored to award prizes to student groups and leaders at our National Conferences! These cash prizes can help further the outreach efforts and the effectiveness of these groups at their schools. In order to award these prizes to deserving students and groups, we need you to nominate the groups and leaders you think deserve recognition. Listed below are the categories, prize amounts, and nomination forms for each award. Winning groups must be present at the SFLA West or East Coast National Conference to receive the award. Applications are due January 15, 2016. Email us your applications today!

College Group Awards

2016 College Group of the Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one college pro-life student group. The SFLA College Group of the Year will demonstrate success in areas of campus activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

2016 College Group of the Year Award Application

2016 New College Group of the Year

$500 Prize

This award will recognize an outstanding new pro-life college group that was formed between January 2015 and December 2015. The New College Group of the Year Award will be given to a group that has shown success in recruiting members and raising awareness about abortion on campus.

2016 New College Group of the Year Award Application

2016 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

 Prize: To Be Determined

The Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award will recognize the achievements of one Students for Life college group that has excelled in promoting pregnant and parenting resources. The SFLA Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year should demonstrate success in pregnant and parenting advocacy and outreach on their college campus. This group should show significant efforts to change their campus to embrace practices and policies that protect and assist pregnant and parenting students.

2016 PonC Group of the Year Award Application

High School Group Awards

2016 High School Group of Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one high school pro-life student group. The SFLA High School Group of the Year will demonstrate success in activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

2016 High School Group of the Year Award Application

2016 New High School Group of the Year

$500 Prize

The New High School Group of the Year will be given to the student pro-life group who has best developed and organized an innovative way to share the pro-life message at their high schools or in their homeschool communities.

2016 New High School Group of the Year Award Application

December Event-in-a-Box: Spreading Christmas Cheer!

Merry Christmas‘Tis the season of gift giving! This December, Students for Life of America wants you to contact your local Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) and bless them! PRC’s are an incredibly important part of the pro-life movement, reaching women daily with pregnancy support and resources.

If your group are not already working with your local PRC it is time to start! If you need help finding your local pregnancy center go to: optionline.org/center-locator. The local Pregnancy Resource Center is your pro-life partner in the community.  Once you’ve found the local PRC, find out about volunteering opportunities and events your group can participate in. Your group can support them by raising money or holding baby item drives for diapers, bottles, clothing, etc.

If you already have a great relationship with your local PRC, call them and find out how you can bless them this December!

For information on what’s in the box, how to use the box, and ordering your box, click on the appropriate link below:


High School

Hulu banned our commercial!

Online TV giant Hulu denied two 15-second public service announcement-type commercials that directs pregnant women to a government website instead of scandal-ridden Planned Parenthood.

In explaining their rejection of the ads, a Hulu account executive said “Unfortunately we can’t accept ads that surround issues like this.  We’ve run it past our ad standards team and it does not fit with the environment.”

The email continued the explanation: “There are certain types of advertisers we do not accept on Hulu: guns, gambling, marijuana, and pro-life/pro-choice.  As mentioned, this is decided on by senior leadership here at Hulu who make the decisions regarding our ad standards.”

See the commercials here www.wegotitcovered.org and sign your name to the petition to ask Hulu to air the ad!


However, Hulu has indeed run at least one ad from Planned Parenthood (view here), inciting angry responses from viewers. In 2013, ads for Plan B were targeted to young Latinos on Hulu.

“The ads were designed to be non-controversial yet reach women who may need to see it the most,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the group which produced the commercials. “The only reason Hulu would find this controversial is because Planned Parenthood is currently caught is the middle of a damning scandal, where high-level officials were seen on video discussing the harvesting and sale of baby body parts.”

The two 15-second commercials that Hulu denied were animated ads that direct women to a government website to search for local healthcare facilities instead of going into a Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, acknowledged that the organization receives about 86% of its non-governmental revenue from abortion and their annual report shows that for every one adoption referral, they commit 174 abortions.

“We weren’t trying to be controversial. Our commercials never even promote a ‘pro-life’ website. We simply produced these ads to show women that there are federally-funded non-biased options for care. Isn’t that what choice is all about?” said Hawkins. “Hulu is censoring content and it’s a shame to see them do this because our commercials are designed to help women, not exploit them like Planned Parenthood does.”

While Hulu has denied the ads, Comcast has recently agreed to run them. The ad budget for these PSAs is $120,000.

Transcripts of the ads are available here: http://wegotitcovered.org/transcripts.

Now Hiring: Northern and Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinators



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!

The Northern Regional Coordinator will need to be based out of the St. Paul, MN area to strategically reach the region which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.

The Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator will work alongside the Rocky Mountain Regional Director and need to be based out of the Phoenix, AZ area to strategically reach the region which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.


  • Create a vision for growth in his/her region
  • Start 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
  • 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.


  • 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:  Missy Stone at mstone@studentsforlife.org.


So…what do you guys actually DO?

By R.J. McVeigh, Great Lakes Regional Director, and Reagan Nielsen, Midwest Regional Coordinator

So you’re standing there in your Student Union, doing some Students for Life tabling, getting your activism on.  Everything is going great, when an interested student stops to talk and asks, “So, what does your group do?”  Easy question, right?  You open your mouth to answer, and…you freeze.

Don’t feel bad.  Sometimes it’s hard to put into words everything your Students for Life group does and stands for.  We remember having this problem at times when we were in college. Articulating your group’s values and events can be especially hard for new group members.  But no worries – we are here to help.

We highly recommend taking time at each of your Students for Life meetings to share with your group members your group’s mission, values, and events – even if these things might seem obvious to you.  This serves two purposes: 1. it reminds everyone of why you are there and why their time is well spent dedicating to the pro-life cause, and 2. it trains each member to be prepared to promote the group and recruit new members.  Being prepared to answer the questions, “What do you believe, and what do you do about it?” is crucial to growing your group.

Here are our recommended responses to these common questions:

“Why are you pro-life (in cases of abortion)?”

“Science tells me that abortion kills a living biological human being.  And I believe all living human beings ought to be treated equally.”

“What does your group do?”

Big Picture    

“Our group seeks to protect all human life from conception to natural death.”

If your group has signed the Pregnant on Campus® Agreement also include, “We help promote pregnancy and parenting resources so students may be empowered to make life affirming decisions while continuing to pursue their education.”

Little Picture

“We do this by hosting educational displays and speakers on campus about abortion and related topics, engaging students in dialogue, doing flyer/chalking/social media activism, praying at the local abortion facility, doing fundraisers and campus-improvement campaigns for pregnant and parenting students, and recruiting more pro-life students to the cause.” (Give tangible examples of what your group actually does on campus.)

Literally, have group members rehearse these responses and talking points!  This tiny, easy step will significantly improve your recruitment efforts and preparedness to engage your school about abortion and what you’re doing to end it.

Other important talking points to know:

  • KNOW WHO & WHERE YOUR LOCAL PREGNANCY HELP CENTER IS! You need to be prepared to direct women there at the drop of a hat.
  • ¼ of our generation is lost to abortion.
  • 3,300 babies are aborted every day in America.
  • Abortion is legal throughout the entire pregnancy in America.
  • 44% of abortions are on college-aged women (18-24).
  • A fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks.
  • A fetus’ heart begins beating by 18 days.
  • Know where your local abortion facility is located.
  • Planned Parenthood is the #1 abortion facility and receives over $500 million in taxpayer funds.
  • Other facts can be found at: http://college.studentsforlife.org/abortion-facts-2/


  • Place a baby for adoption NOT give a baby up for adoption
  • Abortion facility NOT abortion clinic
  • Abortionist NOT abortion doctor

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 22nd and to help out the following day, Saturday, January 23rd at our National Conference.

Duties include:

Friday, January 22nd – 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 23rd – 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 Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January 22nd 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.

Haunted Houses & the House of Horrors

Written by: Tina Whittington, SFLA Executive Vice President

With Halloween fast approaching I was thinking about scary moments in my life – not the kind from the costume shop or a local haunted house where you know that the scary isn’t real but rather the kind of scary that wrenches your heart, defies logic, and never leaves you.

This moment for me was when I came face to face with Kermit Gosnell and got a glimpse into his House of Horrors.

It was the last day of Gosnell’s trial in Pennsylvania and I was standing at the partition behind the counsel’s tables where Kermit Gosnell’s abortion facility had been recreated for the jury – the court would not allow the jury to go and visit his clinic, so the prosecution took the contents of one of his exam/surgery rooms and set it up on the floor in front of the jury.  Most of it had been disassembled but the exam table and the recliner from the recovery room remained on the floor.

The horror of what had happened on that exam table hit me hard – the thousands of children whose lives had been brutally ended right there, without concern or hesitation from Gosnell or his staff.  I continued to look at these two pieces of furniture; they were ripped, dirty, and blood stained and I thought, “What kind of monster would you have to be to put a woman on a blood stained exam table and tell her that this is help?”

Gosnell operated in an impoverished part of town, selling his services to many, many women, many of whom who were demoralized and vulnerable.  He was not helping them exercise their “choice” or “reproductive rights”: he was giving them what he believed they deserved…a dirty and unsanitary place to get rid of their problem and then get out the door. As Gosnell’s defense attorney argued, he provided desperate young girls with what he thought was “relief, a solution to their problem.”

We know that abortion is not a solution, it is only a temporary fix that masks the real problems a woman is facing. Gosnell did not care about these women, he only cared about making a quick buck.  And never does helping women include keeping the feet of their dead children as trophies, or refrigerating their baby’s bodies and putting them next to his lunch for the day, or turning an abortion procedure into a live birth and then cutting the born and living child’s spine.

Gosnell’s House of Horrors is nothing new. Operation Rescue has been investigating and exposing other clinics across the country for years. Clinics with ceiling tiles that are missing or falling apart, wiring that is exposed, dirty exam tables, garbage piled up, baby body parts in the refrigerator next to the staff lunches, and more. Operation Rescue has done an excellent job of documenting how Gosnell’s facility is just business as usual for the abortion industry.

More recently there have been three abortionists arrested for taking the House of Horrors to a whole new level by performing private abortions out of the trunks of their cars.  Michael Roth in Michigan was arrested this month for doing abortions either out of his home or in the private homes of his customers. When police raided his home they found what they believe are 14 containers that possibly contain the bodies of aborted babies along with other human tissue.

In South Carolina, police found a mobile abortion clinic with blood and tissue covered tools during a four-hour traffic bust. An unlicensed abortionist and his wife ran the mobile abortion bus and apparently traveled around the state to perform illegal abortions.

And then in Las Vegas, Rick Van Thiel, who watched YouTube videos to learn how to perform abortions and then used Craigslist to find patients, was arrested for illegally performing abortions and other medically related charges.

Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby want to distract us from the reality of the House of Horrors with the glittery promise of birth control, breast exams, and well woman visits.  However, even Planned Parenthood – the supposed national gold standard of abortion services – has been secretly operating their own House of Horrors, which was exposed in Texas in 2014 when they closed several of their clinics instead of bringing them up to the established safety standards of all other medical clinics.

For instance, in San Antonio, an annual inspection report showed that the Planned Parenthood facility had serious sterilization issues. Included in the inspection was the fact that they weren’t separating clean and dirty instruments and they weren’t testing their autoclave machine to ensure that it was still working. There was also an abortion clinic in Beaumont facing similar issues being cited for untrained staff, dirty equipment, expired medications given to patients, and more.

There is something wrong in our nation when a woman willingly accepts these conditions as her best option for help in her crisis – and when a multi-million dollar organization like Planned Parenthood fights to keep these low standards in place and summarily protects the Kermit Gosnells of the world.

If you really want to experience something scary this Halloween, something that will tear at your heart, leave you in disbelief, and haunt you all your days, you don’t have to go further than the abortion industry. And if you want to open people’s eyes to the scary reality of abortion I suggest you watch or host a screening of 3801 Lancaster – American Tragedy.