Walk for Life Recap: Fearless

By Kristina Hernandez, Director of Communications, Students for Life of America

Coming off of the enthusiasm of the March for Life, Students for Life of America was prepared and excited for the Walk for Life, anticipating to not only walk with thousands of young pro-lifers but encounter the same dozen or so vicious pro-abortion protestors that stopped the March for Life in its tracks in Washington, DC.

Also, the day before, this same pro-abortion group completely shut down a pro-life walk in Oakland, CA. The marchers didn’t even make it to the streets before the pro-abortion group shut them down.

They were prepared to try the same strategy at the Walk for Life but our pro-life students, working with the police, were going to make sure that didn’t happen.
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After passing out over 5,000 “I am the pro-life generation” signs in English and Spanish, pro-life students gathered to get their instructions.

About one hundred pro-life students were prepped as SFLA Special Forces to make sure that these pro-abortion protestors did not interrupt the Walk for Life. Kristan Hawkins, SFLA’s President, gave the students and staff clear instructions to be peaceful activists, listen to the police and stand arm-in-arm on the sidewalk in front of the protestors, effectively blocking their entrance to the street in front of the protestors.

It was the quite the sight as the students walked down the street with the giant “I am the Pro-Life Generation” banner and peacefully set up in front of the pro-abortion protestors, effectively blocking all of their hateful signs from the pro-life marchers view. It was truly a testament to the youth and their generation knowing that abortion is a moral wrong.

The pro-abortion protestors consisted of Communists, old and women, very angry people of both genders, and signs like “Abort all babies, kill all kids, save the planet.” They were chanting “abortion on demand and without apology” and yelling down our students for daring to stand for the voiceless.

As the Walk for Life approached, the pro-abortion protestors abandoned their posts inside the police-made barricades and moved to run into the street to shut down the walk but our students stood bravely side-by-side blocking them from entering the streets, and those couple of protestors that managed to get through the line were tackled by police who were waiting for them.

Our pro-life students weren’t about to let 50 pro-abortion protestors stop 60,000 pro-lifers.

Many Walk for Life participants had no idea about the battle waged by the SFLA Special Forces pro-life unit that was deployed well ahead of the start of the Walk. In fact, many news outlets reported that the Walk was a peaceful event because so many participants were able to peaceably walk for life because the pro-abortion protestors were shut down by the police and our students.

That’s the power of this pro-life generation.

After the event, many of our pro-life students came up to our team members saying they felt emboldened by their stand for life and attended our SFLA West Coast Conference the next day. In fact, we had to order more food because so many people registered at the last minute!

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The conference was a huge success, as was the Walk for Life, and we can’t wait to start planning for the SFLA 2016 West Coast Conference!

We Marched (and then some) For Life

What an incredible day today in Washington, DC at the March for Life, which Kristan in front of protestorscommemorates the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.

Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, spoke at the March for Life main stage about her son Gunner who has cystic fibrosis. She pleaded with the crowd to talk about the issue of prenatal testing and how detrimental that can be to a baby diagnosed with a genetic disorder.

Then our team at Students for Life of America marched up to the Supreme Court.

There were hundreds of thousands of young pro-lifers there today, it was quite the sight to behold. When we got to the Supreme Court, we were met with a couple dozen pro-choice radicals who were shouting “abortion on demand and without apology.” They were blocking the road.

Kristan took the bullhorn and rallied all pro-lifers to chant “We Are The Pro-Life Generation.” Everyone was so inspired by Kristan’s pBeth in front of protestorsassion and followed her lead!

Then after the March, Kristan led about 50 young women over to the office of Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to tell her that young women in the Millennial generation are pro-life. She led a caucus of women against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. She calls herself pro-life but then turned around and threw a fit over a bill that she voted on two years ago and then had the nerve to blame women and Millennials – she said if they House brought up the bill, then they would lose these demographics…demographics, by the way, which overwhelmingly support banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Check out our photo blog below and share the pictures because We Are The Pro-Life Generation!

 

New Poll on Millennials and Abortion

Millennials continue to show that they care about the abortion issue and that they are passionate about helping women in crisis pregnancies and their babies.

The Knights of Columbus released a survey today that showed some interesting stats on how Millennials feel about abortion:

  • 59% of Millennials believe abortion is morally wrong
  • 64% of Millennials say the abortion rate is higher than it should be
  • 58% of Millennials say abortion does more harm than good
  • 71% of Millennials are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortion
  • 78% of Millennials support parental notification

UntitledThese numbers come as no surprise if one takes a snapshot of the enormous crowd at the March for Life – the young people are numerous. Having grown up with the technology that clearly shows that life in the womb is a distinct human being, it’s no surprise Millennials believe abortion does more harm than good. We work with pro-life students every day on campus and they are passionate about abolishing abortion and providing tangible resources to women in need. This is the generation that will abolish abortion.

 

Where We’ll Be!

Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and as such, January is quite the busy month for us! We have staff covering almost every part of the country and work hard to develop relationships with pro-life students in every corner of the nation – as well as many of the local pro-life groups and pregnancy resource centers.

So come January, with the national March for Life in Washington, DC and the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco, CA happening within days of each other as well as many480226589
other pro-life events, SFLA staff members are busy speaking at many of these great rallies and marches around the country.

I am even going to be speaking on the main stage at the March for Life in Washington, DC! To see a comprehensive list of all March for Life-related events starting next week, go here: http://studentsforlife.org/2015-march-for-life-week-schedule-2/.

Here’s where you can find our staff this January:

Kristan Hawkins, President
January 21: March for Life Conference, Culture of Life Seminar, Washington, DC
January 21: OneVoiceDC, Washington, DC
January 22: March for Life main stage, Washington, DC
January 23: Students for Life East Coast National Conference, Washington, DC
January 25: Students for Life West Coast National Conference, San Francisco, CA

Casey Tesauro, National College Program Coordinator
January 17: OneLifeLA, Los Angeles, CA

Lisa Atkins, Northwest Regional Coordinator
January 10: The Washington State March For Life Info session, Olympia, WA
January 18: Portland Walk For Life, Portland, OR
January 18: Portland Walk For life Youth Rally, Portland, OR

Angela Erickson, Northern Regional Coordinator
January 17: Youth Conference at the Midwest March for Life, Des Moines, IA

Lauren Castillo, Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator
January 17: Denver March for Life, Denver, CO

Alejandro Capote, Kentucky/Tennessee Regional Coordinator
January 10: Rosary for Life, Knoxville, TN
January 18: Vigil for Life, Lexington, KY

Michele Hendrickson, Capitol Area Regional Coordinator
January 18: The 23rd Annual Pro-Life Kickoff Rally hosted by the Hosted by Knights of Columbus Father Rosensteel Council #2169, Silver Spring, MD
January 18: Church of the Good Shepard Youth Rally, Catonsville, MD

First Baby Save of 2015

January is always a tough month for the pro-life movement – Planned Parenthood usually releases its annual report at the end of the year with horrifying numbers of how many abortions they have done and we commemorate two US Supreme Court decisions that made abortion legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason at all.ultrasound3d10

But over here at Students for Life, we just got some incredibly good news: our first baby save of 2015!

And this baby save is specifically due to the positive images on social media that this young mother saw and that she heard pro-life groups can help her.

Check out this email:

“A freshman at a community college a couple hours from [Mississippi State University] knew about our group through social media shares. She was an acquaintance of mine through group projects in a high school class a couple of years ago. She sent me a message with a picture of her positive test, ‘Hey…I’m pregnant and I know you’re pro-life and real involved in that. I wanna keep my baby. But I need help…Like I just don’t see how it would work. I heard pro-life groups would help me? Idk… I just need help…

“A couple days later we took a trip together to the Jackson area [pregnancy resource center]. [I] gave her a donated fetal development book for moms and some [Students for Life] hand-outs on her rights at school and her baby’s 8-week-old development. She was shocked to learn about the already-beating heart. Her appointment went well and she said she is praying for her baby every 5 minutes. She has a lot of fear and questions, but said she feels ‘supported’ to know I will be with her to see her baby for the first time at her sonogram appointment and “appreciative” of everything I could give her.

Thank you so much to Students for Life and Online for Life for creating images that I could share on social media that CHANGED this girl’s outlook on her pregnancy. They made her feel she could trust me and come to me without knowing me very well. I’ll never underestimate the power of a [Students for Life] image again. –Anja”

If you follow any of our social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, you know how much stock we put in good, positive images. We want everyone to like and share them. We create them for that purpose.

Images are worth so much more than words and to know that our images have had this effect on a young mom – so much so that she CHOOSE LIFE for her baby – is priceless. So don’t be afraid to share our images with your friends. You may never know the impact that little choice you made will have.

Feel free to use the images below or the ones found on our Facebook, Instagram, tumblr and Twitter profiles.

2015 March for Life Week Schedule

The biggest pro-life events in the country happen in January to commemorate Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the US Supreme Court cases that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. Many pro-life organizations will be hosting various conferences and March for Life-related activities all across the countries.whywemarch1

A national list is below (email us at info@studentsforlife.org to add yours):


Saturday, January 17
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OneLife LA
9:30am – 3pm
Starts at La Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Midwest March for Life
9am Mass; 11am March
St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High St, Des Moines, IA); Iowa State Capitol (1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA)

Denver March for Life
11:30am Mass; 1pm Rally
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St., Denver; West Side of the State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO


Tuesday, January 20th
Washington State March for Life
Noon
Steps of the Capitol, Olympia, WA

Welcoming Every Life: Choosing Life After an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis
Noon-1pm
Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC

Rape Conception Myth Busters
7-9pm
Renaissance Hotel 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC, Meeting Room Mount Vernon AB

The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade with Clarke Forsythe
6pm
Catholic Information Center, 1501 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC


Wednesday, January 21st
Geaux Forth: Louisiana’s Pro-Life Youth Rally
11am – 2pm

March for Life Conference and Expo
See website for times
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC

March for Life Youth Rally
2pm – 4:30pm
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC

National Prayer Vigil for Life
6:30pm
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Washington, DC

OneVoice DC
7pm – 9:30pm
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for a Vigil for Life
6-10pm
Mother Seton Catholic Church, 19951 Father Hurley Boulevard, Germantown, MD

Arlington Diocese Life is Very Good Evening of Prayer
7:30pm-10pm
Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA


Thursday, January 22nd
21st Annual Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers
7:30am
Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW, Washington, DC

Youth Rally and Mass for Life
7am – 11:30am
Verizon Center (601 F St, NW, Washington, DC) and DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St, NE, Washington, DC)

National Prayer Vigil for Life Closing Mass
7:30am
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Washington, DC

March for Life 5K
8am
East Potomac Park, Washington, DC

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Life Conference
See website for times (Jan 22-24)
Crystal City Hilton Hotel, Arlington, VA

ProLifeCon
9am
Streamed online

March for Life Expo
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC

Arlington Diocese Morning Rally
9am-Noon
Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA

March for Life
Noon Rally, 1pm March
12th St, National Mall, Washington, DC

Silent No More Awareness Campaign Testimonies
Immediately following the March
Steps of the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Third Annual Nellie Grey Mass, Mass of the Innocents
4pm
St. Mary Mother of God Church, 5th and H Sts. NW

March for Life Rose Dinner
Reception at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St, NW, Washington, DC


Friday, January 23rd
Students for Life of America East Coast National Conference
9:30am – 8pm
First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro , MD

Latinos Por La Vida Conference
1-6pm
Silver Spring Marriott Hotel, MD

Issues4Life Benefits Dinner
5:30pm
St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Hall, 1219 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
Noon
State Capitol, St. Paul, MN


Saturday, January 24th
Cardinal O’Connor Conference
9:40am – 4pm
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

West Coast Walk for Life
10:45 am
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA


Sunday, January 25th
Students for Life of America West Coast National Conference
7:30am – 7pm
The Cathedral Event Center, San Francisco, CA


Saturday, January 31st
San Diego Walk for Life
Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Watch the National Conference LIVE!

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The largest pro-life youth conference in the world is going to take place very soon in Washington, DC – the Students for Life of America East Coast National Conference on Friday, January 23rd. Are you going? We would love to see you but we know that so many people who want to come just can’t make it for one reason or another.

Which is why Students for Life is making it easier than ever to experience the conference without being there in person: we will be livestreaming the conference at www.SFLALive.org and want you to tune in!
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In fact, if you REGISTER NOW, you will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a FREE trip to next year’s March for LIfe and SFLA National Conference! Go here to register: www.SFLALive.org.

This conference is too important to miss and we want to make every opportunity available for you to learn about educating your peers on abortion, helping pregnant students on campus, knowing your legal rights and a host of other key tips that you’ll need on campus this year to abolish abortion.

On Friday, January 23rd, tune into www.SFLALive.org and register to watch the livestream as the East Coast Conference takes place in Washington, DC.

Speakers include Professor Robbie George, Abby Johnson, David Bereit, Josh Brahm, and Lila Rose among so many others. You don’t want to miss this, even if you can’t attend in person.

Tweet us at #SFLA2015 and let us know what you think!

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How to Properly Dress for the March

by Missy Martinez, National High School Coordinator

Being from lower Alabama, I had my fair share of culture shock when I transplanted to the D.C. metro area. The pace is much faster, the tea is unsweet (no, I do not want to “sweeten it myself”), and I didn’t have to wave to everyone I saw. The first Sunday I attended church, I was shocked by the casual dress and the fact that guys took all the chairs in Sunday School and girls were sitting on the floor (gasp!) – true story.

But there was one thing I was completely unprepared for: WINTER.

In the South, we have “winter” but it’s more like a slightly chillier fall. It will get down to 20 degrees in the middle of the night (maybe). Sometimes, there’s ice. And rarely, there is snow. During my undergrad in the southern part of Mississippi, the entire school was shut down because it was sort of sleeting. It was more like a really really cold rain. Nonetheless, school was canceled and the town was deserted as everyone hid in their homes for safety. There are no such things as salt trucks (remember the Atlanta ice debacle last year), and more importantly, we do not own real winter clothes.

Why is this important? Because every year, come January 22, hundreds of thousands of people descend on Washington D.C. to march on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in the bitter, wet cold, and the individuals, especially from the southern area of the U.S., are not adequately prepared. How do I know? Because I was that woefully unprepared individual two years ago.

The 2012 March for Life

The 2012 March for Life

Two years ago, I was more concerned with fashion than warmth. Most of my clothing was thin and from Target. It was not real, durable, water-proof clothing. And guess what… I was FREEZING. I spent the entire day being completely miserable and numb.

When you attend the March for Life, you have to be prepared to be outside for hours, in the cold, wet, snowy weather. I met multiple students last year (all from the same region) who were wearing flats, didn’t bring gloves, or just simple pea-coats. You will freeze to almost death and potentially get frostbite.

Last year, I threw fashion to the wind and went for warmth. I looked crazy but I was cozy. It was 10 degrees for the majority of the day with a wind-chill of zero. Yes, ZERO.

The 2014 March for Life

The 2014 March for Life

Here are a few tips when packing and planning for the March for Life.

  • Wear clothing that is waterproof – if it snows (or even rains), you will get wet. Your clothing will get wet and then you will be significantly colder
  • Wear clothing that is extremely thick, or lined – If you can find a down feather coat, or ski-jacket, that is best. A pea-coat or pleather jacket will not keep you warm.
  • Layer, Layer, Layer – Especially if the wind kicks up, you will be miserable. Find clothing that you can layer and put on as many as you can.

How to Dress –

Bottom half, layer:

  • Tights (preferably fleece lined),
  • Under armor or long johns
  • Wool socks (do not wear multiple pair. Invest is one pair of real smartwool socks or other socks made for cold weather
  • Jeans (no holes)
  • Snow pants (optional but recommended if it’s wet)
  • Thick, lined, waterproof boots with traction on the bottom. The taller, the better.

Top Half, layer:

  • Undershirt or cami
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Wool sweater or turtleneck
  • Sweatshirt or pull-over
  • Thick, lined, waterproof coat (the longer the better).
  • Heavy scarf (or two)
  • Wool hat or beanie
  • Gloves (not the cotton ones from Target. Real waterproof, lined, snowgloves)

When in doubt, wear more! You can always take layers off, but it’s always best to be prepared.

A few other tips –

  • Bring hand and foot warmers that you can put in your pockets. Activate them before you go outside and purchase them before you get to DC because once there, the hundreds of thousands of other pro-lifers will want to buy them as well at the one CVS closest to the March route.
  • Bring an external phone charger or extra battery. The cold will kill your phone battery in 5 minutes.
  • Find gloves that allow use of your cellphone without taking them off – you don’t want to expose bare skin for too long
  • Bring a light backpack with snacks and drinks
  • Use the restroom before you leave and as often as you can because most places will not let you inside to use the restroom.
  • Use public transportation and plan for things to take longer than expected. Remember, 600,000 more people are in the area than usual and it will be packed!

If you have any other questions regarding preparation for the March for Life of SFLA National Conferences, please contact info@studentsforlife.org.

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Planned Parenthood’s Pretty Pictures

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, released its annual report for 2013-2014, touting pretty pictures and signature pastel colors to mask the gruesome truths hidden inside.

In 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood:2014plannedparenthoodfunny

  • Performed 327,653 abortions
  • Received over $528 million in taxpayer funds
  • Has more than $1.4 billion in net assets
  • Performed 174 abortions for every one adoption referral

The Susan B. Anthony List has a fact sheet with more awful information from the report.

Not all bad news

But it wasn’t all bad news. The executives over at Planned Parenthood included some unintentional humor.

Students for Life of America boasts over 838 groups on college and high school campuses across the country.

On the other hand, Planned Parenthood is super psyched to report their own number: 200.pink

The younger generation is smarter than “reproductive freedom” or the “war on women” but you keep spinning those wheels Planned Parenthood. Maybe on Wednesdays you can all wear pink!

The other “accomplishment” the abortion giant promotes is the film Obvious Child, which was billed as an “abortion comedy.” Planned Parenthood says that it was “edgy, hip, funny,” and a “widespread critical and commercial success.” If by success, they mean, flop, then yes, it was a huge success. Really scraping the bottom of the barrel on that one.

All about money

Unfortunately the end game for Planned Parenthood is all the same thing: money. They could not care less about the woman and her preborn child. Every woman that walks inside their doors is just a dollar sign.

Government money – taxpayer dollars from you and I – make up 41% of Planned Parenthood’s revenue. Every single penny of that revenue stream needs to end immediately. Hopefully the new pro-life Congress can start making progress towards that goal.

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Top 14 Reasons Why 2014 was the Year of LIFE

1. Wendy DavisSandra Fluke and other pro-abortion politicians went down in flames during the 2014 mid-term elections
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2. Seventy-three abortion facilities closed in 2014
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3. Supreme Court victories: Hobby Lobby was victorious at the US Supreme Court, winning the right not to pay for abortion-inducing drugs for their employees and the US Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that prohibited pro-lifers from protesting and sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics
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4. Maddie Sutherland, a senior at Courtland High School in Virginia, fought to start a pro-life club at her school and after bringing her case to the media, she won!
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5. Abortion advocates tried unsuccessfully to de-stigmatize abortion
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6. Obvious Child, the ‘abortion comedy’ film, tanked at the box office
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7. Twenty-five pro-life laws passed in 2014
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8. Amazing response to the SFLA We Care Tour, which taught students how to talk about abortion in cases of rape
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9. SFLA 2014 National Conference expanded to include the West Coast and reached over 2,400 students – its largest yet!
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10. Saira Blair of West Virginia became the youngest lawmaker in the country– and she’s a pro-life college student
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11. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) won her election to become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress – and she’s pro-life
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12. Amendment 1 passed in Tennessee, which gives lawmakers more power to restrict abortion
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13. Brand new pro-life resource launched for pregnant students on campus, the first of its kind: www.PregnantOnCampus.org

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14. Over half of the Senators who voted for taxpayer-funded abortions in Obamacare won’t be in the new Senate next year
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