Pro-Life Recruitment GOLD

By R.J. McVeigh, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator

This semester, Students for Life of America created new displays, one of which was designed to educate students about the facts of fetal pain. As a Regional Coordinator who works with over 120 Students for Life groups, I have never seen a display so useful for club recruitment than the Fetal Pain Display.

The content of the display focuses on educating students on campus that fetuses in the womb can feel the pain of being aborted no later than 20 weeks after fertilization. This is a great topic to be educating our peers about because we will almost never get hostile push-back. The display is also incredibly easy to run because it can simply stand on a table you would normally use for recruitment events – easy set-up and not many volunteers needed. But the 3 thing about it is the petition attached.

When we run this display, we focus on a petition students sign to show they support late-term abortion bans when fetuses can feel pain. This is a great outreach tool! It is so easy to ask students walking by, “Hey! Did you sign our petition?!” – because almost everyone stops to ask what the petition is about. And that is our opportunity to share about the topic and ask students to support it. Over 90% of students I have talked to sign the petition after hearing what it is about.

Not only is this good for the cause, it is great for student groups! By making it easy to talk to students you can find so many “secret pro-lifers” to recruit for your club. And you can generate about 70 student contacts per hour because so many want to support our petition. This is RECRUITMENT GOLD.

So what are you waiting for?! Contact your Regional Coordinator or info@studentsforlife.org to schedule bringing the Fetal Pain Display and Petition to your school!

Not only is this good for the cause, it is great for student groups! By making it easy to talk to students you can find so many “secret pro-lifers” to recruit for your club. And you can generate about 70 student contacts per hour because so many want to support our petition. This is RECRUITMENT GOLD.

So what are you waiting for?! Contact your Regional Coordinator or info@studentsforlife.org to schedule bringing the Fetal Pain Display and Petition to your school!

A Nerdy Analogy

Pro-lifers want to see progress towards ending abortion for their efforts. It is human nature – we fight hard for something, so we want to see our hard work pay off. Sometimes we plant seeds of conviction and hope in someone’s heart and someone else gets to see the fruit later down the road. When it comes to public opinion, sometimes we don’t see fruit for a long time because it can take a very long time to bear fruit. But we can never make the mistake of thinking this means our efforts are in vain, as some have regrettably made recently. When it comes to politics, culture, and changing the world, the nerdy Biomedical Sciences major in me comes out to produce a rather nerdy, yet inspiring, analogy:

Any college student who has taken a first year chemistry class has probably done an experiment called an Acid-Base Titration. It looks something like this:

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In the vial there is liquid that has a lot of “base”, and in the tube above is a liquid with a lot of “acid”.  The experiment is to find how much “base” is in the vial by slowly adding the “acid” liquid, drip by drip. You know when you’ve added the right amount of “acid” because the “base” will suddenly completely change color – all at once. It is fascinating – you can add gallons and gallons of “acid” to the vial, but it will remain yellow. But you keep adding “acid” patiently and persistently, drip by drip, because you don’t know how much it will take.  Until you add just one more drop and suddenly the entire vial turns from yellow to blue:

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This is what it is like when you set out to change your culture and change the world. You cannot let yourself become discouraged when you feel like you aren’t seeing results yet. Keep pushing, drip by drip. Because every drip of effort is building, and pushing the culture to the edge. Until one day, maybe when you least expect it, your one more drip will be just what it takes to completely change the color of our culture. Don’t let pessimism allow the day we abolish abortion to sneak up on you – it may be closer than you think.

Drip, drip.

ARE YOU GRADUATING THIS SPRING?

Show that you are the pro-life generation by wearing a FREE Students for Life purple graduation cord with your cap and gown! You have worked hard to create enduring change on your campus by recruiting students to the pro-life movement, converting abortion proponents, and providing resources and support for pregnant and parenting students.Graduation

You deserve to acknowledge and honor that hard work at your graduation with the SFLA purple graduation cord.

Get all the graduating students in your group together and remember all the great times you shared: the late nights making posters, the early mornings praying at the abortion facility, the trips to the March for Life or Walk for Life and the Students for Life of America national conferences, and the joy of your many successes. Create one more lasting memory together with matching Students for Life graduation cords.

Wearing the Students for Life graduation cord will also give you one more chance to share your vision for a pro-life campus with friends, family and fellow students when they ask what it means. Share the pro-life message. Tell them all that you have accomplished. Be a voice for the voiceless.

The Students for Life graduation cord is also a reminder that your pro-life work isn’t done. As you head out beyond the walls of your campus, stay active in the pro-life movement. Keep fighting for the preborn and their mothers. Use what you’ve learned to end abortion in your community.

The Students for Life graduation cord can be worn with other cords and at any graduation ceremony.

As an extra incentive, the first 100 people to order an SFLA graduation cord get a free SFLA logo pin. Supplies are limited, so order yours here today!

The Original #ProLifeGen

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is so excited to release our new graphics series entitled The Original #ProLifeGen, which features pro-life heroes who have formed this movement and paved the way for the current generation of pro-lifers to rise up and ultimately abolish abortion.

While public opinion data can be looked at in a variety of ways, especially depending upon how the questions are asked, it is undeniable that the percentage of people who identify as “pro-life” has increased over the past several decades. In the mid-1990s only about 33 percent of Americans identified as pro-life according to Gallup. However, in 2009 for the first time, a majority of respondents in a Gallup poll identified as “pro-life”. Also the General Social Survey which has been asking the same battery of questions on abortion since the early 1970s also finds an increase in pro-life sentiment.

In addition, abortions are going down, from a high of 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.06 million in 2011. These original pro-life generation heroes can certainly be credited for the shift in public opinion and in the reduction of abortions. They worked day and night to help women facing unplanned pregnancies and to save little babies.

SFLA will continue to add to this incredible list of the original #prolifegen but those featured in our first release are:

Dr. John Willke, Founder, Life Issues Institute and author of Handbook on Abortion.

John WillkeAfter founding Cincinnati and Ohio Right to Life, Dr. Willke went on to serve as president of the national Life Issues Institute, which is headquartered in Cincinnati. He served 10 years as president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee and helped found the International Right to Life Federation. Along with his wife Barbara, Dr. Willke wrote the Handbook on Abortion, which was published in 20 languages. Dr. Willke’s views against abortion brought him international recognition. He hosted a five-minute radio program that was broadcasted on almost 400 radio stations for 18 years and created one-minute pro-life messages called Life Jewels that were broadcasted in English and Spanish in the U.S., Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Dr. Willke sadly passed away on February 20, 2015.

 

In the 1970s, Phyllis Schlafly successfully stopped the Equal Rights Amendment from ratification, which would have made abortion a constitutional right.Phyllis Schlafly FINAL ERAMrs. Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses frequently. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.

 

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and director of the Silent Scream.

Bernard NathansonA former abortionist who presided over 60,000 abortions and took the life of his own son or daughter when he performed an abortion on a girlfriend that he impregnated, Dr. Nathanson founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which is today NARAL Pro-Choice America. But within a year of Roe v. Wade, he began to have moral doubts about abortion. By 1980, with the influence of seeing ultrasounds, Dr. Nathanson decided not to perform any more abortions and started working for the pro-life position. He produced the movie The Silent Scream in 1985, which showed an abortion of a 12-week-old preborn baby, and was touted by Ronald Reagan himself after he saw it in the White House. In addition, in his book Aborting America, Dr. Nathanson admitted that the myth that tens of thousands of women died from illegal abortions before Roe, was just that as he and a partner had helped propagate the lie in order to call for legal abortion. In 1996, after years of atheism, Dr. Nathanson became a Catholic and died on February 21, 2011.

 

Dr. Mildred Jefferson, co-founder, National Right to Life.

Mildred JeffersonDr. Jefferson grew up in the South and knew the oppression of racism and eugenics. In 1947, she was admitted to Harvard Medical School and, in 1951, became the first black woman to graduate from the school. Dr. Jefferson went on to help bring Ronald Reagan into the pro-life movement and co-founded the National Right to Life Committee.  Unapologetically pro-life, Dr. Jefferson was awarded 28 honorary degrees from various prestigious institutions and was dedicated to exposing Planned Parenthood and the abortion agenda. She died on October 10, 2010.

 

Br. Paul O’Donnell, co-founder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries; founding board member of the Human Life Alliance; and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network.Br Paul O'Donnell

Brother Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. Brother Paul’s whole life was an offering of self for those on the fringes of society and suffering from profound neglect or in peril of death. He passed away this year on February 20, 2015.

 

Nellie Gray, Founder, March for Life

Nellie Gray FINALFollowing the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, Nellie Gray retired from her federal career and dedicated the remainder of her life to the protection of pre-born babies. With the help of others, Nellie founded the March for Life and coordinated the nation’s largest annual peaceful protest right out of her Capitol Hill townhouse for the next 39 years. Until her death on August 13, 2012, Nellie never stopped advocating for the preborn. She was described by Cardinal Sean O’Malley as the “Joan of Arc of the pro-life movement.” Today, the March for Life is the largest Civil Rights event in the world. The number of people who have traveled to Washington over the past 40 years to participate is in the millions. There have been countless stories of the young pro-life activists who were “born” out of the March for Life and are now changing the face of the pro-life debate.

 

Joe Scheidler, national director and founder, Pro-Life Action League.
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Joe left a career in public relations to become a full-time pro-life activist shortly after the U. S. Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade opinion in 1973. He and his wife, Ann, founded the Pro-Life Action League in 1980. It has been said that Joseph Scheidler defined pro-life direct action. Joe Scheidler was called the Green Beret of the pro-life movement by syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan. He wrote the book on fighting abortion, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, in 1985 and updated it in 1993. Joe produced the videos Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: The Inside Story, featuring former abortionists who testify to what really goes on in the abortion clinics. Joe also produced the definitive video on sidewalk counseling, No Greater Joy and Face the Truth.

 C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General under President Ronald Reagan.
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From 1946 to 1981, C. Everett Koop was the surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It was there in 1956 that he was able to establish the nation’s first neonatal surgical intensive care unit. During his time there, he invented techniques which today are commonly used for infant surgery and saved the lives of countless children who otherwise might have been allowed to die. In 1976, Koop wrote The Right to Live, The Right to Die, setting down his concerns about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Koop continued to speak out on abortion as recently as 2009, when he wrote and hand-delivered a letter to Congress to voice his opposition to proposed federal funding for the procedure. He died on February 25, 2013.

PRO-LIFE GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW FETAL PAIN CAMPUS TOUR

Students for Life of America’s new Fetal Pain Display going to campuses nationally

Fredericksburg, VA (March 23, 2015) – Students for Life of America launched their educational tour, the Fetal Pain Display, nearly two months to the day after the epic failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a bill to protect babies from abortion after 20 weeks. The vote was promised to take place on January 22nd, the day of the March for Life, when it was pulled because of protests from Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

“A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives are pro-life. It is an abject failure and disappointment that they have yet to allow a vote on a bill that not only protects babies in the womb that feel pain but is across-the-board supported by the American public,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Since Members of Congress, many of whom say they are pro-life, can’t seem to understand the inhumaneness of abortion, especially late-term abortions, SFLA will be touring campuses with an educational, simple display to start that conversation on late-term abortions.”

To see the diagrams used in the display, which are taken from medical textbooks, and a sample list of schools that will host the display, go here: http://studentsforlife.org/fetal-pain-display/.

Fifty-two percent of Millennials are in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation, according to National Journal. Sixty-four percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and that number jumps to 80% for third trimester abortions, according to Gallup.

“There is common ground on this issue and using it educate the next generation of our nation’s leaders is going to be crucial for the trajectory the country takes in protecting innocent human life,” continued Hawkins.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, 42 states have banned abortions after a certain number of weeks of gestation and with varying exceptions. Some states have taken up bans on abortions after 20 weeks this year already including South Carolina and West Virginia.

Fact on fetal pain:

  • Pain receptors are present throughout the fetus’ entire body by no later than 16 weeks after fertilization, and nerves link these receptors to the brain’s thalamus and subcortical plate by no later than 20 weeks.
  • Scientifically proven that by 20 weeks, babies react to painful stimuli by jerking, recoiling and flinching.
  • Scientifically proven that by 20 weeks, fetuses that are exposed to painful stimuli during surgery have an increase in stress hormones if anesthesia is not applied.

Facts taken from www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.

To speak to Kristan Hawkins, please contact Kristina Hernandez at 908-902-8473 or khernandez@studentsforlife.org.

Combatting Sex Week on your Campus

By Lauren Castillo, Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator

Does your College host Sex Week on campus? Is the content offensive or is the event funded by your tuition and student fees? The numerous Sex Weeks that have occurred this past year have opened the eyes of many students about how offensive and even degrading these events can be. Some examples are: “Negotiating Successful Threesomes” and “How to be a Gentleman AND Get Laid”. Events like these have the potential to further perpetrate sexual assaults on campus, offend much of the student community, and do nothing to bring about meaningful change to empower young people to continue their education if they find themselves pregnant as a result from the sex that their university is promoting. If your university can support Sex Week then they need to be supporting pregnant and parenting students!

Campaigns like Sex Week can offer your club many great opportunities to talk about the myths of safe sex and dangers of abortion, promote education and tangible resources for survivors of sexual assault, and advocate pregnant and parenting resources on your campus. It may seem overwhelming to try to combat a week like this, but it is achievable with a solid plan, a few committed club members, and compassion.

As soon as you see that your campus is hosting a Sex Week you should contact Students for Life of America or your SFLA Regional Coordinator (find yours here http://studentsforlife.org/staff/) or email info@studentsforlife.org with the details about your school’s Sex Week.

The next step is to inquire whether student tuition and/or fees are funding Sex Week and its events in any way as well as what departments and clubs are supporting the events. This can help you to determine how you go about raising awareness about the legitimacy of this campaign on campus. You should also see if there are any events in this week that talk about sexual assault prevention and offer tangible resources for survivors and help to prevent future occurrences of rape on your campus.sexweek

Find a schedule of events for Sex Week and start drafting your own schedule around the events. The most important thing you and your club can do is to be present during these events! Here are some ideas on what you can do:

  • You must make it a priority to table at the different events with pregnancy and parenting resources. Find more information here: pregnantoncampus.com
  • Table with myths about safe sex and advocate for STD/STI testing at pregnancy resource centers. Find more information here: http://studentsforlife.org/safe-sex/
  • Write an editorial and submit it to your school newspaper, local newspapers/TV/media outlets about why your group is countering your school’s Sex Week.
  • Post on social media an action challenge for all students, alumni, parents, and community members to contact the school administration and the offices supporting Sex Week asking that it not be funded by the university student tuition/fees and/or that content be non-offensive and to offer real resources and support for pregnant and parenting resources, and support for sexual assault survivors, and education on sexual assault and prevention.
  • If student tuition and/or fees pay for these events, your focus should be to encourage the school administration to pull this funding and require that it comes from other sources.
  • If no events to prevent and aid survivors of sexual assault on campus are in the schedule, you should work to make this happen. Raise awareness that Sex Week doesn’t cover this and it is in the realm of comprehensive education that your club will help make happen. You can contact your school administration and organizers of Sex Week to encourage them to adequately cover this topic. You can even offer to organize a campus wide effort to educate about how prevalent sexual assault is and work with administration and the appropriate offices to help host a campus wide Self Defense Class for students and community members. Find more information here: http://studentsforlife.org/we-care/
  • Organize a Pro-Life Week that your club can take part in that offers the needs of students that Sex Week didn’t adequately talk about.

While it can be overwhelming to combat your school’s Sex Week, it is certainly a doable, and urgently needed, action. The pro-life message needs to be heard on your campus, especially during a week dedicated to behaviors that does nothing to prevent sexual assault or help pregnant and parenting students on campus.

1 of the 897

By Reagan Nielsen, Midwest Regional Coordinator, Students for Life of America

The first stop in the Midwest for the Planned Parenthood Project, a display that exposes Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report from the 2013-2014 fiscal year, was at Lindenwood University, located in St. Charles, Missouri. Something happened there that brought me to tears and reminded me why I do what I do.IMG_5441

Seeing the display for the first time, students are usually shocked to learn Planned Parenthood commits 897 abortions every day and that taxpayers are funding this organization that thrives on aborting innocent babies.

At the Lindenwood campus, most students that walked by had no idea that Planned Parenthood did so many abortions – or abortions at all for that matter.  The majority of students thought we were actually with Planned Parenthood.  In fact one of the librarians came out to me and said, “Wow!  I really support what you are doing here today.  If you need copies or anything printed just let me know and I’ll take care of you.”  When I said, “Oh well thanks so much!  Did you get a chance to read all of the displays?” he took a closer look and turned away and marched right back inside.

A couple people said we were liars and full of s**t.  Other than that it was a very mellow educational day until just about the time we were ready to pack up.

There was a group of three young women who walked by and got upset, one in particular.  They decided to go sit across from us and start yelling our statistics back at us and making fun of us.  We just ignored them.  When a banner would fall over from a gust a wind the young woman would yell, “That’s what you get for being anti-abortion!”  I started putting our tear drop display away as the wind kept knocking it over and as I was zipping up the cover for it, one girl yelled, “Hey I wanna talk to you anti-abortion person!”  Lisa, the president of Lindenwood Students for Life, asked her if she had a question but the girl said she wanted to talk to me.  Preparing myself to get yelled at, I took a deep breath and calmly walked over to her with a big smile on my face.

Read the rest of this post at LifeSiteNews and what shocked me when I started talking to this young woman.

The Spring Med Speaking Tour is on NOW! (Updated!)

The Spring 2015 MedSFLA Speaking Tour has begun. The only program of its kind, the MedSFLA tour brings pro-life healthcare professionals to medical school campuses all over the country to discuss relevant and hot topics that students will face when it comes to life issues.

Topics range from fertility awareness and public sexual health to physician assisted suicide, abortion and mental health, perinatal hospice, and conscience rights. The doctors listed below will explore these topics from well-reasoned, scientific, and compassionate, ethical perspectives. All students and faculty are welcome to attend these free upcoming events!

The schedule as of today is listed below. Information about each speaker can be found here: http://med.studentsforlife.org/medsfla-speakers/.

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Fri., Feb. 13 (Noon) Medical Students for Life at Ohio University (Athens, OH) hosted Dr. Martha Shuping who spoke on Women’s Mental Health and Abortion

Mon, March 2 (Noon with lunch) Healthcare Professionals for Life at Texas A&M HSC School of Medicine hosted Dr. Byron Calhoun in LL38 in the HPEB building at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan, TX campus, on Terminal Illness in the Womb

Thurs., March 5 (Noon- 1 with lunch) The CMDA student chapter at Pacific NW University (PNWU) (Yakima, WA) hosts Dr. William Toffler in BHH 302, on The Right to Die?

Mon., March 9 (7p.m. with dinner) Mac Med Students for Life at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) hosts Dr. Calhoun in MDCL 2232, on

The Fetus as our Patient: Therapeutic Advances in Prenatal Diagnosis & Therapy and at noon sponsored by the University of Toronto Students for Life

Thurs., March 12 (12:30-2p.m. with lunch) Students at VCOM (Blacksburg, VA) hosts Dr. Karen Poehailos on Fertility and Family Planning

Fri., March 13 (11a.m. with lunch) Medical Students for Life at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosts Dr. Martha Shuping in Evans Hall Room 202B, on Women’s Mental Health after Abortion

Tues., March 17 (lunch meeting) The CMA student chapter at UW-Madison School of Medicine (Madison, WI) will host Dr. Michael Egnor on Physician-Assisted Suicide & End of Life Care

Fri., March 27 (Noon-1p.m.)  Georgetown University Medical Students for Life (Washington, D.C.) hosts Dr. William Toffler on Physician- Assisted Suicide & End of Life Care

Wed., April 1 (Noon-1p.m.) The Medical Association of Catholic Students at Texas College of Osteopathic Medical School (Ft. Worth) will host Dr. Martha Shuping on Women’s Mental Health after Abortion

Tues., April 7 (lunch meeting) Dartmouth College Medical Students for Life (Hanover, NH) hosts Dr. Marguerite Duane on Fertility Awareness /Alternative Methods

Wed. April 8 (Noon- 1p.m.)  Catholic Graduate Students Organization at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Richmond) will host Dr. Freda Bush on The Silent Epidemic: STDs and HIV/AIDS, The Secret Cure: Healthy Relationships

Thurs., April 9 (5p.m.) Medical Students for Life at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit) will host Prof. Dr. Michael New on Pro-Life Success in the States: Strategies for the Current Decade and Beyond

Wed., April 22 (lunch meeting) Medical Students for Life at Nova Southeastern University-COM (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) will host Dr. Rob Chasuk on The Power of a Woman’s Cycle: Using Fertility Awareness in Treating Women’s Health Problems

Wed., April 29 (6:30p.m. reception, 7:00p.m. dinner) Medical Students for Life at the Medical College of Wisconsin & the CMA Milwaukee chapter will host Dr. Stephen McCurdy as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Pro-Life Hippocratic Oath banquet for fourth-year medical students of all faiths at the Medical College of WI Alumni Center, Milwaukee

Want to see one of these pro-life physicians and medical professionals visit your campus next fall? Send us a note (med@studentsforlife.org) to let us know which speaker(s) your pro-life group is interested in and what dates you have available. We will help you plan an event!

 

It’s Not Just About the Students

By Reagan Nielsen, Midwest Regional Coordinator

So this week is my second official week out on my own.  Students for Life gave me a solid training and sent me on my way to work in the mission field– guess we could be literal with the field, come on I’m in the Midwest.

I am so excited to get going so I planned trainings right away with some high schools.  This week I did trainings during multiple classes at a Catholic high school in St. Louis.  One of the teachers I was speaking for was out on maternity leave and had a long term substitute teacher.  I had prepared myself to change a few students’ minds or give them new information they hadn’t heard before on abortion, I wasn’t expecting what was about to happen later in the afternoon.

Throughout the day students were so engaged and had great questions to ask.  It warmed my soul to see the male students get upset about fathers not having any rights in regards to their unborn child if the mother wanted an abortion.  Another student’s father was an OB-GYN and had saved an abandoned baby he had learned from the birth mother was left in a dumpster.    Two students raised their hands when I spoke briefly on adoption, and told their story on how they were adopted.  I ran into a student in the hall who came up and thanked me for being there and introduced herself as Reagan, spelled the same way as mine!  Not only that but she was adopted from Ukraine.  It is just incredible the passion students have for life.  I couldn’t be more proud.

I ended up finishing my last presentation early and so I asked the students to go around the room and share one interesting fact they learned from the notes they had taken or ask a question.  We got around the room and the out of no-where the substitute teacher stood up and said, “I just have to say that I used to be like you know abortion isn’t for me but it’s up to the woman, after this presentation that is no longer the case.  I am now firm in my stance for life.”  I was shocked, as I didn’t expect her to say anything in the first place and then for her to say that remark I just wanted to go run up and hug her!

I’m the person that always looks at the groom when the bride comes down the aisle.  During pro-life banquets, I always look at the servers and banquet staff while the speaker is talking to see their reaction in hopes their hearts will be changed.  No one ever thinks about the people who are present during a pro-life event who aren’t necessarily there by choice.  I never really thought about how my talks would have an influence on the teachers.  I hope they learn something, but who would’ve thought an adult’s mind would be changed by a talk designed for the pro-life youth.  Students for Life isn’t just touching the hearts of students, we are touching the hearts and minds of all.