Following the release of the new Planned Parenthood undercover video this morning, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, responded with the statement below. SFLA is also the organizer of 60+ #WomenBetrayed rallies happening today all across the country calling for the immediate investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood.
“This is the result of abortion. This is what happens behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood. This is what ‘choice’ looks like. The dead babies are human, they are tiny children whose lives were ended. Just weeks or months more, they would have been held in the arms of their parent, or their adoptive parent, or a caring doctor, instead of lying in a cold petri dish being dissected for their organs and sold piece by piece.
“How numb one’s conscience must be to say this is ok, to blame the messenger. If the media allows the truth to be seen, this will be the end of Planned Parenthood and beginning of the end of abortion in our nation.
“For decades, pro-life activists have used images of aborted children as a way to show America what abortion really does. Sadly, they’ve only seen marginal success as the messenger was always attacked and dismissed. Today’s video shows America the horrific, bloody result of abortion – a dead baby. This time it’s not pro-lifers standing outside abortion clinics with gory photos of the truth: it’s Planned Parenthood holding those babies. Game changed.”
Statement from Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America:
“We are heartbroken to hear that one of own pro-life students, Mayci Breaux, was one of the victims of the shooting in Lafayette, LA last night.
“Mayci was an advocate for preborn babies and their mothers and a member of the LSU-Eunice Students for Life club. She participated in the March for Life in 2011 in Washington, DC. Mayci was only 21-years-old but was passionate about being pro-life and we are so grateful for her dedication to those most vulnerable and honored to have called her one of our own who was trying to change the culture for the better.
“We are praying for Mayci’s family, her friends, and her fellow pro-life activists.”
By Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America
After viewing the first undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress that showed Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s top abortionist, casually discussing the sale of body parts of aborted babies over wine and a gourmet salad, and watching the lightning fast reactions in the media and of Planned Parenthood themselves, I thought that this was finally the opportunity the pro-life movement has been waiting for. This was the moment to show all of America what Planned Parenthood truly is – that they are a corrupt, evil and ruthless organization that puts profit above all else, that sells out women and their preborn babies for money, that has no problems taking millions of taxpayer dollars to increase their bottom line, that ends the lives of over 320,000 babies a year. This was the moment.
We are a small operation at Students for Life of America but we have placed our staff strategically throughout the country in order to form solid relationships with students at our 900+ pro-life groups and with leaders in local communities. Once we came up with the idea to have rallies simultaneously across the country calling for the investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood, we activated our extensive grassroots network and within 72 hours, we had dozens of cities signed up to host a rally. As of today, we have over 55 cities!
We chose the title #WomenBetrayed for the specific purpose of messaging to Planned Parenthood’s base, to those women who don’t know that Planned Parenthood is the abortion giant of the country, to the middle-of-the-road Americans who think that Planned Parenthood is all about “women’s health”. We are talking to them, meeting them where they are at.
We didn’t choose #WomenBetrayed for some arbitrary reason. We wanted to build off this latest scandal and just say enough is enough, this is the final straw for America. Women have been betrayed for years by Planned Parenthood — telling them that they can’t have their child and achieve their goals, telling them abortion is safe, telling them that abortion is simply the removal of some tissue and the turning around and selling that “tissue,” which they know are body parts, for profit.
Some people may not like the theme and would have preferred we use “baby parts” in the title or something similar. However, the specific intention of these rallies is to damage Planned Parenthood’s brand as much as we can. To significantly damage the brand of Planned Parenthood, you have to take away their reputation and target their would-be clients, women.
Planned Parenthood’s brand messaging is made up of messaging directly to women. The abortion giant is easily recognizable in their Planned Parenthood pink color. All of their emails are about access to women’s healthcare and how scary anti-abortion groups want to take that access away from women.
But the thing is, they don’t care about women. A former abortion facility owner, Carol Everett, explained it: “…there’s a dollar amount attached to each woman” who comes into the abortion facility.
Take away Planned Parenthood’s fluffy pink brand, you take away Planned Parenthood. All that’s left is abortion. All that’s left is what these, and other undercover videos, have shown.
And how can they possibly be defended? Why should Americans send one more dime into Planned Parenthood’s coffers?
Our grassroots activists get it. These #WomenBetrayed rallies have taken off faster than we expected. Our team has been working around the clock for a week straight to help pull these rallies off. We had a conference call earlier this week with the rally captains and the roll call itself took several minutes because we called out each city to make sure a representative from each one was on:
“Santa Fe? Here!”
“St. Louis? Here!”
“Des Moines? Here!”
“Ft. Wayne? Here”
It went on and on. It was inspiring. Our nation is waking up to the atrocity that is Planned Parenthood. They are waking up to Planned Parenthood’s lies. Huge corporations are publicly distancing themselves from Planned Parenthood. Americans are going to come out in huge numbers against Planned Parenthood next Tuesday.
This is it. This is the moment we have been waiting for. We will end abortion in our lifetime and it’s going to start by defunding the nation’s largest abortion giant right now.
Learn more about how Planned Parenthood’s whole business model centers around using women for profit:
In response to the disturbing undercover videos released from the Center for Medical Progress on July 14th and July 21st that showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing the procurement and sale of body parts from aborted babies, dozens of rallies will be held on Tuesday, July 28th in at least 41 cities across America calling for the investigation and defunding of Planned Parenthood.
The rallies are called #WomenBetrayed because Planned Parenthood has betrayed the very patients – women and their children – who they claim to care about and have compassion for. See more at www.womenbetrayed.com.
“Women are supposed to help and support other women – not use them for profit and sell the body parts of their prenatal children,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, the group coordinating these rallies. “Planned Parenthood gets a half a billion a year in taxpayer dollars. We are calling on every state and federal government to cut off those funds immediately and investigate Planned Parenthood for possible wrongdoing.”
The first video from the Center for Medical Progress showing a top Planned Parenthood executive musing about how she “crushes” certain parts of the baby in order to get desired organs intact is only the latest infraction in a long list of horrific behaviors, including the covering up statutory rape, the overbilling taxpayers, the aiding and abetting sex traffickers, scheduling sex-selective abortions and accepting money to abort African American children. Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in government funds a year.
“Planned Parenthood had a net profit of $127 million in 2013-2014. Let them fundraise and support themselves like any other business in the country that isn’t deceiving women and making money off of taking the lives of the most vulnerable and selling their body parts,” said Hawkins.
“Within four days of announcing the national rallies to our supporters, we already have over 40 cities who will be hosting a local rally to defund Planned Parenthood,” said Brendan O’Morchoe, Director of Pro-Life Future, who is partnering with Students for Life for the rallies. “The outrage against taxpayer dollars funding Planned Parenthood is palpable. This is the time to defund them and Americans are going to make their voices heard on July 28th.”
A list of cities where rallies have been confirmed is below and more cities will be added:
If you haven’t heard about the shocking undercover video released this week that showed Planned Parenthood’s top abortion doctor casually explaining the process of how she sells the various body parts of aborted babies, you may want to sit down before you watch it. It’s awful. It’s sickening. And hopefully it’s the last nail in the coffin that is the outrageous taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
It sounds like science fiction – who actually would dare sell body parts of tiny babies after an abortion? Seriously, who would do that?!
Unfortunately it’s no joke, and it’s not science fiction.
Republicans in the House of Representatives were very close to eliminating government funding of Planned Parenthood in 2011. In fact, they nearly shut down the government over it but Planned Parenthood’s biggest cheerleader, the president of the United States himself Barack Obama, refused to stop taxpayer dollars to his favorite non-profit, the largest vendor of abortions in the nation.
In 2013-2014, according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, 46% of their funding is from the government. That’s unacceptable.
Planned Parenthood’s funding needs to end right now, this moment, today. Pending congressional investigation, all government monies should cease to flow to their coffers.
But we need strong leaders in government who will stand up to the bullies at Planned Parenthood. This is why we are asking everyone who values life, who values fiscal and social responsibility, and who recognizes the criminal organization that Planned Parenthood is, to ask all 2016 Presidential candidates to publicly pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
No more government money to Planned Parenthood. Not one dime of taxpayer dollars will be handed over to Planned Parenthood any longer. That’s what we want.
This is the new litmus test for candidates who stand for Life.
Planned Parenthood is no stranger to sting videos. They have been caught doing all kinds of heinous acts. However, this one is the worst, in our opinion.
Their top abortionist, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, admitted on video to committing illegal partial-birth abortions in order to have ‘intact’ baby body parts to sell. That’s right – Planned Parenthood is making money not only off of the actual abortion themselves, but then off of the tiny babies whose lives are heinously ended…which, besides being grossly immoral, is a federal felony.
And us, the taxpayers, are giving Planned Parenthood over half a BILLION dollars each year. In fact, in 2013, government money made up 46% of their revenue. The massive check that the abortion giant gets every year needs to be ripped up today.
More information on the investigation is here and you can see the clip with Dr. Nucatola here and below (be sure to watch till the end when Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is on camera talking about how amazing Dr. Nucatola is). And for those who need a little more proof, the entire footage of the conversation is available here.
Could Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker be the ultimate, “Where are they now?” example of Students for Life leaders?
Governor Walker announced that he’s running for President of the United States yesterday and in his announcement email, he specifically mentioned his history with his college Students for Life club:
“A lifelong supporter of the pro-life movement, my work defending the unborn goes back to my college days where I was a leader of Marquette Students for Life.”
This fact has been talked about often in stories about Governor Walker but it’s extra important that he himself mentioned it when he announced he is running for the highest office in the nation – one that could very well have lasting and impactful consequences for the state of legal abortion in our nation.
Every one of our student leaders at Students for Life clubs in high school and college has the potential to do great things not only in the pro-life movement, but possibly at the highest levels of our government. They could be the next Senator from their state or a Supreme Court Justice or even President of the United States. They could even work for any of these people and still make a huge difference in the lives of women and their preborn children affected by abortion.
Our students have already accomplished so much in the pro-life movement (see here!) but there is still much to be done. We are so proud of our students and continue to support them every day by training and equipping them to abolish abortion in our lifetime.
The pro-life generation is full of young, excited and loving people. ABC News, one of the nation’s major television networks, has even taken notice. In fact, they did a segment last night on Nightline highlighting young women – including Students for Life of America’s president Kristan Hawkins and the Students for Life group at the University of New Mexico – to show how energetic and young the movement has become.
If you didn’t catch the show last night, it’s a must-see. For a major television network to recognize that this isn’t our grandparents’ movement any longer, that it is filled with young men and women, is a huge deal.
Nightline recognized Kristan and SFLA as the grassroots organizers they are: Hawkins, 29, is a grassroots organizer and the president of the Students For Life organization who has recruited thousands to the cause. She has become a hero to some in the young anti-abortion movement supporters like 16-year-old Devin Veers from North Dakota who put her child up for adoption last year and attended her first March For Life rally this year.
ABC News also profiled Lila Rose in the piece and shadowed her work against Planned Parenthood. There were shots of seas of young people at the March for Life and the cameras even followed young pro-life women sidewalk counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While Rose courts the spotlight, Kristan Hawkins travels the country to help college campus student groups promote the anti-abortion message. She also goes to Planned Parenthood clinics and does what she calls “sidewalk counseling,” where she tries to intercept women before they walk into the clinic to talk to them about their options.
Sam Serrano is one of Hawkins’s acolytes and the founder of the Students For Life group at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She spends her Friday mornings standing on a ladder next to the wall of a Planned Parenthood clinic, talking to women who are escorted in and hoping to make what she calls a “baby save.”
The oldest person ABC News interviewed? The president of NARAL Pro-Choice, Ilyse Hogue, who smiled, sat in an office the entire time and acknowledged that the pro-life movement is getting younger. In fact, that was a big reason why her predecessor, Nancy Keenan, left the organization – there is an intensity gap of young pro-lifers and pro-choicers. The pro-lifers feel more passionately about being pro-life than pro-choicers do about being pro-choice.
And, wow, that could not be clearer through this Nightline piece.
Take a look. We will end abortion.
Help us show this special story to everyone – use the hashtags #nightline #timesxtwo and #prolifegen and post on your social media accounts!
It’s time to sign up for your regional Leadership Summit. A Leadership Summit is a great opportunity to network with pro-life students and to connect with other pro-life leaders. SFLA can provide highly specialized training for group leaders and all pro-life students for everything that you face at your school.
Our goal is to bring as many leaders (and future leaders) as possible together for training and to strategize on how to grow the pro-life student movement and abolish abortion in your area.
Each summit can be personalized for each region and for the different groups attending. We can also create new sessions based on the needs of the pro-life students in your region. Past summits have covered topics such:
Growing Your Group
Post-Abortion Healing Testimonies
Your Legal Rights on Campus
Media and Public Relations
Planning Your Year
Find out if there is a Leadership Summit in your area below and sign up:
Fall 2015 Summits:
September 19: New Haven, Connecticut
October 3: Maryland
October 3: St. Louis, MO
October 10: Denver, CO
October 24: Dallas, TX
November 7: Minneapolis, MN
November 7: Phoenix, AZ
November 14: Boise, ID
November 14: Indiana
November 21: NY, NJ
Spring 2015 Summits: March 19: Boston, MA
March 19: Kansas City, MO
April 2: Columbus, OH
April 9: Los Angeles, CA
April 9: Philadelphia, PA
April 16: Lexington, KY
April 16: Seattle, WA
Our team at Students for Life has just finished tallying up all of our metrics for the 2014-2015 school year and I’ve got to say: the pro-life generation is on fire! Despite facing hostile administrations, apathetic peers, and the challenge of maintaining a good GPA, work, and pro-life groups, this generation is rising up to save to lives, help women, and change our culture on campuses.
Need proof of the incredible work that courageous pro-life students and Students for Life has done this past school year? Look no further than these amazing stats from the 2014-2015 school year, where Students for Life of America had the pleasure of….
Starting 120 new pro-life groups, which includes college and high school clubs
Ending the year with 901 active groups
Saving more than 48 babies
Conducting 428 group trainings
Training 8,152 students
Leading 823 student consultations
Mentoring 142 groups in the Pregnant on Campus Initiative
Traveling 152,928 miles to train and equip pro-life students
Visiting 27 medical school with the Med SFL National Speaking Tour
Hosting 16 Regional Leadership Summits with 164 schools represented
Visiting 421 individual campuses
Maintaining active groups in 49 states plus DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada
Distributing 263 activism kits
Visiting 103 schools with the “Planned Parenthood Project”, the “We Care Tour”, the “Fetal Pain Display” and the “When do Human Rights Begin?” tour.
Giving out 52,249 of our pro-life postcards
Organizing 17 community events and four state mobilizations in Washington, Idaho, the District of Columbia, and Michigan
We are so proud of our pro-life students, of our team and of our entire pro-life generation. It is because of this generation that we will end abortion in our lifetime!
Our team is already planning great things for the 2015-2016 school year, and we look forward to another incredible year! Want to start your own Students for Life group at your school? Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.