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 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.

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.

 

Report: Late-Term Abortionist Leroy Carhart Calls it Quits in MD

In news that broke on Thanksgiving, of all days, Operation Rescue reported that late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart is no longer committing abortions at his late-term abortion facility in Maryland:

“According to local sources, Carhart’s last abortions in Maryland took place during the week of October 30, 2016. He returned to GRHS on November 8, but stayed only a few hours, sending several very late-term patients home without abortions. He left later in the afternoon and never returned.”

This is huge news and we are so grateful!

His late-term abortion facility is run out of Germantown, Maryland and it was under his care that Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year-old teacher, died after a third trimester abortion in 2013. Ambulances have been called to his facility multiple times as well since he opened the facility in 2010.

Earlier this year, Michele Hendrickson, SFLA’s Capital Area Regional Director, attended a rare public lecture from Dr. Carhart at Johns Hopkins University. Carhart revealed he committed anywhere from 80-100K during his practice as an abortionist. Michele’s post about the talk is here.

Carhart is facing serious inquiries for botched abortions and the possible selling of baby body parts, as well as violating the Born Alive law:

“Earlier this year, a Federal lawsuit was filed against Carhart for a seriously botched late-term abortion that came close to costing the life of another one of his patients. He also faced the scrutiny of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which issued subpoenas to him and GRHS for documents related to the suspected trafficking of aborted baby remains and the deaths of babies who may have been born alive during abortions at the Germantown facility.”

Unfortunately, Carhart is still committing abortions in Nebraska.

Hate Crime: Arsonist Set Fire to Pregnancy Center in NM

Fires set by suspected arsonists have rendered Project Defending Life, also known as Women’s Pregnancy Options, a pregnancy resource center in the heart of the late-term abortion capital of the nation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, inoperable this morning.

The clinic is across the street from Planned Parenthood, which does abortions up until 19 weeks. The late-term abortion facility is less than four miles away.

Our sources in Albuquerque said someone broke into the building and set a fire inside the chapel itself, which is housed inside Project Defending Life, and also in another room where there was pro-life literature.

The fire department has confirmed with our students that it was an intentional crime of arson, a hate crime. At least one of our students have spoken to the FBI about the crime so they have opened up an investigation.

Students for Life of America students at nearby University of New Mexico are frequent volunteers at Project Defending Life and some are employees of the clinic. ABC News Nightline even visited the clinic with SFLA’s president Kristan Hawkins when they profiled her two years ago and shot several clips from the center and nearby abortion facilities.

“We are disgusted by this hate crime committed against Project Defending Life, a peaceful organization whose only aim is to help women facing unplanned pregnancies, and we are so thankful that no one was injured,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “The domestic terrorists who committed this heinous act must be found and brought to justice. Planned Parenthood of ABQ and other pro-abortion forces must denounce this act immediately. Violence has no place in our society, regardless of whether it is committed upon the most defenseless preborn child or a peaceful pro-life office.”

“It is essential that Project Defending Life’s doors to be opened back up as soon as possible because so many women are in need of help, compassion and love,” Hawkins said. “Their mission will continue.”.

Project Defending Life is closed until further notice yet the pro-life community is stepping up to make sure sidewalk counselors are available and a mobile pregnancy center unit can be placed near Planned Parenthood.

“Project Defending Life and our ministry Women’s Pregnancy Options is deeply trouble by today’s events,” said Dominique Davis, director of Client Services for Women’s Pregnancy Option. “We are extremely grateful that no one was hurt. While this intentional evil act was meant to scare us and inhibit us from doing our work, those who committed this crime can be assured it has not. There are still many women in need of assistance and support, not including the 15 women we are currently helping with housing, job placement, and parenting support. While our building may be finished, we are not, and we will find another place to set up.”

“Thank you everyone for your prayers and generosity. The magnitude of helping hands and kind words show how much our community really cares and that is the most meaningful of it all.”

To donate to PDL, please go here.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated at 1:58pm ET to include quote from Dominique Davis and donation link.

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Illinois Pro-life Student Group Hit With Vandalism

The Live Pro-life student group at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Illinois has been hit with vandalism twice in the past two weeks. The pro-life group set-up a display initially on November 3rd with a large sign that read “Abortion Takes Human Life” along with rows of white crosses representing the 113 humans aborted each day in Illinois.

Initially some of the crosses were torn out of the ground or kicked over and cut up with a knife. Then someone splashed paint all over the large sign that explained what the memorial of crosses meant.

Chris Iverson, with Live Pro-Life, discusses what happened in this YouTube video and asks pro-lifers to please pray for the vandals:

The group did file a police report.

“It’s sad that [the people who damaged the display] would vandalize something that speaks the truth,” said Jessica, a 17-year-old junior at Christian Liberty Academy, which is a school for preschoolers through 12th graders.

The crosses are representations of each child aborted every day in the state of Illinois. One post-abortive mother was sad to see the vandalism that happened.

“In 1995, I saw the 4,000 crosses on the lawn.  I stopped by on a rainy day and had a quiet moment remembering Michael and David, the two sons I had aborted years ago.  I wrote their names on the crosses to grieve their deaths.  It was the beginning of healing for me,” said Sandy Weir, PhD, as she remembers a special abortion memorial at Christian Liberty Academy before Mother’s Day in 1995.  “Seeing these signs vandalized today among the crosses honoring the children aborted in Illinois feels like an attack against women like me who want to come out of the shadows of the pain of abortion.”

If you would like to help the group replace these signs, you can donate here: http://www.churchofchristianliberty.org/missions/live-pro-life-group.html

This photo is one of the most influential images ever

TIME Magazine released their 100 most influential images of all time. It’s a fascinating look into history and the power of photography.

One image stood out to us though:

18 week fetus

According to TIME,

“When LIFE published Lennart Nilsson’s photo essay “Drama of Life Before Birth” in 1965, the issue was so popular that it sold out within days. And for good reason. Nilsson’s images publicly revealed for the first time what a developing fetus looks like, and in the process raised pointed new questions about when life begins.”

We believe that it is images like this, and sonograms and ultrasound technology, that have slowly turned the tide on abortion in this nation, especially for Millennials. They grew up seeing pictures like this and seeing ultrasound images of their brothers and sisters and then their own children.

Showing the clear humanity of the preborn child has advanced the pro-life cause and outed the abortion industry for their many lies they’ve told about how the child is just a “clump of tissues.”

This child, and any preborn child, is unique and whole and deserves every chance at life as anyone else, which is why it is so important that pro-lifers continue crucial outreach to moms facing unplanned pregnancies and show them compassion and love so they are ultimately turned away from Planned Parenthood and the mental, physical and spiritual negative repercussions of ending the life of their child.