SFLA: Investigate Planned Parenthood in Arizona

Last week, Students for Life of America joined other national organizations to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood of Tempe, Arizona, for failing to report the rape of a young girl because it was too much of a “hassle” they said.

A letter to Attorney General Tom Horne from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said the teenaged victim went to the clinic and had an abortion there in January. The letter said when the girl and her mom told a counselor that the pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault, the counselor told them that she didn’t want the hassle of reporting the assault to law enforcement. Planned Parenthood is a mandatory reporter.” – KTAR, Arizona

Our West Coast Regional Coordinator, Casey Tesauro, spoke at the press conference, denouncing the abortion giant for their failed protection of not only one girl but dozens of others who the man, Tyler Kost, sexually assaulted. Planned Parenthood needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for this horrible act of intentional negligence.

For too long an under-regulated, rarely monitored and unaccountable abortion industry has pushed the boundaries of the law to increase profits and meet quotas. This is about increasing Planned Parenthood’s bottom line – the more abortions they do, the more money they make. They are a business and are here to make money, not go through the “hassle” of protecting young girls who come through their doors.

Planned Parenthood claims to they are cheerleaders for women’s health and want to protect women – if they truly wanted to protect women, they would follow the law and report it to police when a young girl is raped. How can any organization claim to protect women and fail so astoundingly bad at actually caring out that mission because “it wasn’t worth the hassle”?

Planned Parenthood receives nearly $500 million a year in taxpayer dollars. They need to be held accountable for repeatedly covering up statutory rape. It’s not a onetime thing in Arizona. They have been caught multiple times on camera refusing to report rape to the authorities and have been sued in other states for the exact same behavior as what happened here. Not only should they be investigated by the proper authorities but all taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood should immediately cease.

Vanishing

It’s been over 40 years since abortion was made legal in this country during all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever. Pro-lifers have fought long and hard to chip away abortion rights and it can seem like a never-ending battle – but it isn’t.

We have made incredible strides in protecting the preborn child and making sure that the womb is the safest place for a growing baby inside its mother. We have sought to make sure women know all the options before choosing to give their little child life or not. Last year, Students for Life was on the forefront of the Texas battle over making sure that abortion would be banned after 22 weeks and that all abortion facilities would have to meet basic medical standards.

The Washington Post editorial board opined on abortion rights since that historic vote last summer in Texas. They said:

ABORTION REMAINS legal in the United States, but states such as Texas are erecting legal impediments before clinics that perform the procedure. In effect, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established the right to first-trimester abortion, pro-life groups and lawmakers are negating its effects. [emphasis ours]

“Negating its effects” – those are strong words. But it gets better. The Texas law, HB2, has wiped out almost HALF of all abortion facilities in the state.

The liberal website Mother Jones laments that,

When Perry held his signing ceremony last July, Texas had 40 licensed abortion clinics. Today, only 21 are still providing abortions. By September, when a section of the law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers takes effect, there may be only six.

They are so distraught they even made a handy gif to show all the abortion facilities that are closing.

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The abortion advocates are so distraught because their revenue stream is going to dry up if they can’t open more abortion facilities. That’s how they make their money. Abortion is a money maker to Planned Parenthood and others, nothing more. They even have abortion quotas that affiliates are required to meet each month to make sure the bottom line is funded.

But there are alternatives. There are many, manypregnancy resource centers in Texas who can help women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Abortion doesn’t have to be an option.

Hopefully many more states will follow Texas’ lead and craft legislation that not only supports the rights of the preborn child but also seeks to truly protect women’s health.

Abortion Lobby Having Trouble With Its Message

Because Planned Parenthood is always looking for a way to normalize abortion and make it seem mainstream, accepted and no big deal, (see their funding of the “abortion comedy” movie flop Obvious Child), their president Cecile Richards found something equally appalling to compare the ending of a child’s life to: men’s colonoscopies.

Ms. Richards was recently on PBS with Bill Moyers and talked about the recent ruling from the Supreme Court on buffer zones for abortion protestors and sidewalk counselors. Here is what she said:

BILL MOYERS: What do you think will come from the court’s junking of the 35-foot buffer zone?

CECILE RICHARDS: Well, we’re already seeing in Massachusetts that absolutely, immediately after that decision eliminating the buffer zone we had record numbers of protesters outside of the following women all the way up to the door of our health center in Massachusetts. These are not all kindly, elderly ladies simply whispering in the ears.

And even if they were, it is the right of women in this country to be able to access healthcare that they need without harassment and without the advice of dozens of people outside their health center. I mean, can you imagine if, you know, if men in this country, before going into their doctor had to walk through a gauntlet of protesters telling them, you know, whether it’s not to get a colonoscopy or just go down the list? It’s incredible.

Imagine those signs – “Colonoscopies Exploit Men!” or “Abolish Colonoscopies” or “Pro-Men, Anti-Colonoscopy”.

As uncomfortable as a colonoscopy may be, it is a valid medical procedure that saves lives (as opposed to ending them) and is a necessary and actual medical process, something that is considered “healthcare” by the general public and medical field. On the other hand abortion takes life and is not considered healthcare – abortion hasn’t been subsidized by the government since 1976 through the Hyde Amendment until Obamacare came around.

This is a tactic that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby need to employ to get the public on their side. But it isn’t working. In fact, the New York Times reports today that abortion advocates are pulling away from the term “pro-choice” because it doesn’t mean anything. Why? Maybe because an actual pro-choice person would want women to see ultrasounds before they decide to have an abortion or to have access to all the information they could on what abortion is, how it affects the women on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Logically, the term pro-choice just doesn’t make sense.

The abortion lobby wants to use terms like “women’s health” instead to promote abortion. But women’s health isn’t about abortion. Please. Any woman is going to see through that façade.

Women’s health isn’t about abortion – it’s about mammograms (which Planned Parenthood doesn’t do),  well visits, making sure women are eating healthy and taking care of themselves so they can take care of their families, mental well-being, work-life balance, and other things that yes, deal with reproduction, but also deal with the impressive body and inner workings of being a woman. The “right” to end the life of her child doesn’t encompass “women’s health.”

Planned Parenthood and their allies are losing. They are struggling to figure out how to articulate their position of wanting to perform as many abortions as possible in order to increase their bottom line.  They are trying to message around the fact that they exploit women and their preborn babies every day for profit.  No wonder they are on the losing end.

Republished at LifeNews

15 reasons why pro-choicers think pro-lifers are crushing them

stanek blogOn the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade in January 2013, Time magazine published a surprising and iconic cover story about how the pro-choice side has been losing ever since it thought it won in 1973. The reasons Time listed were spot on:

  • Pro-life laws
  • Public sentiment
  • Pro-abortion generational in-fighting
  • Playing defense (defending the status quo)
  • Science
  • Stigma
  • Aging abortionists

Indeed, abortion advocates have been in an admitted state of panic for quite some time over building pro-life momentum.

But within the past several days two abortion advocates have separately admitted their side is losing…

Other recent abortion articles have hit on the same theme…Post

 

Here are 15 reasons why abortion proponents think pro-lifers are crushing them, as lifted from the aforementioned abortion articles. A couple were included in Time’s list, but most are in addition:

  1. 1. Obama’s election and reelection prompted pro-life groups to focus on state avenues to pass legislation rather than federal.
  2. 2. Due to the Republican wave of 2010, in part in response to Obama’s election in 2008, there has indeed been a huge spike in pro-life laws passed on the state level – 226 since 2011, more than the entire previous three decades combined.
  3. 3. The convoluted passage of Obamacare in 2010 was “rocket fuel” to the pro-life movement, writes Kliff, quoting Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest, which led to the introduction of some of those bills.
  4. 4. A profusion of abortion clinic closures, 81 in 2013 alone, according to Operation Rescue. The number of abortion clinics has decreased by 73% to 759 from a high of 2,176 in 1991.
  5. 5. Moves to defund Planned Parenthood.
  6. 6. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
  7. 7. The Supreme Court’s buffer zone decision.
  8. 8. The abortion lobby’s inability to reframe the debate into one about discrimination. “Unfortunately, even the name ‘pro-choice’ reinforces that the movement is about acts and not identity,” writes Michaelson.
  9. 9. The abortion lobby’s inability to reframe the issue into one all can relate to.
  10. 10. The abortion lobby’s shortage of poster children. Sandra Fluke, for instance, was a dud.
  11. 11. Their opponents (us!) are “sophisticated… smart and methodical,” according to Michaelson.
  12. 12. Even liberals as a political body aren’t united in support of abortion, because as Michaelson admits, “Abortion is a kind of murder.” Ew.
  13. 13. No Fortune 500 corporations are lining up to support abortion, as they are with the prochoicehomosexual lobby, which would bring “movement dollars and public awareness,” writes Michaelson.
  14. 14. “Feminism has an image problem,” writes Michaelson.
  15. 15. Religion: “Secular arguments about the separation of church and state may play well to the base,” writes Michaelson. “But they don’t move the middle.”

In a nutshell, quoting VanEgeren:

Whether it’s through hundreds of laws passed at the state level or the recent Hobby Lobby decision that allows companies to deny birth control coverage to employees on religious grounds, the pro-life movement is on a winning streak over access to abortions and birth control.

“It’s kind of like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” said Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, a think-tank focused on sexual and reproductive health policy. “I’m not entirely sure what will happen next.”

Well, here’s another shoe, impossible for abortion proponents to fill. Quoting Sarah sarah weddingtonWeddington (pictured right), the lawyer who successfully persuaded the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade, speaking at an event on July 12, via KnoxNews.com:

“Today, the young people are so much further (along) than I was at their age,” she said. “They speak more languages. They go on more trips. They have to show me how to use my iPhone … but one of the things we haven’t quite managed to do is to give them the same burning motivation to change things that we believe are wrong in the way that we did.”

In other words, the pro-choice crowd has no rear guard. They killed them.

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[Top photo via The Cap Times; non-feminist photo via BuzzFeed (warning: vulgarity); bottom photo via Vox]

(reposted with permission from http://www.jillstanek.com/2014/07/15-reasons-prochoice-thinks-prolife-winning/)

New Wilberforce Fellows!

Students for Life of America Announces 2014-2015 William Wilberforce Fellows

A major part of the SFLA mission is to train and equip the pro-life generation to abolish abortion in their lifetime. The William Wilberforce Fellowship is one of the key tools that SFLA uses to accomplish their mission – they bring in leaders and officers from pro-life groups on campus and those who desire to work in the pro-life movement full-time who are then trained and mentored by national pro-life leaders. The Wilberforce Fellowship is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience and SFLA is thrilled to announce the newest fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year!

Wilberforce fellows

Laura Peredo (2016) – Benedictine College, President
Major: Business Management, Theology
Mentor: Peggy Hartshorn, Heartbeat International

Nick Bell (2015) – Mississippi State, President
Major: Communications
Mentor: Mike Spencer

Carlie M. (2016)
Major: Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology
Mentor: Chuck Donovan

Sarah Karchunas (2015) – University of Notre Dame, Commissioner
Major: Political Science, Theology, Catholic Social Tradition
Mentor: Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America

Emily Farthing (2016) – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Education Director
Major: Political Science with minors in Women’s Studies and Christianity
Mentor: Josh Brahm, Equal Rights Institute

Maggie Otlewski (2015) – Arizona State University, President
Major: Psychology, Catholic Studies
Mentor: Jeanne Monahan, March for Life

Bailey Wright (2016) – University of Michigan-Flint, President
Major: Communications
Mentor: Jay Watts, Life Training Institute

Stephanie Kaefer (2016) – Saint Louis University, President
Major: Special Education, minor in Urban Poverty Studies
Mentor: Serrin Foster, Feminists for Life

Melody Durrett (2016) – Linn-Benton Community College, Vice President
Mentor: Jeanneane Maxon, Americans United for Life

Mirna Awrow (2016) – Oakland University, President
Major: Bioengineering, Pre-Med
Mentor: Dr. Marguerite Duane, Georgetown School of Medicine

Lauren Goodale (2016) – University of Wisconsin-Platteville, President
Major: Elementary Education
Mentor: Casey Tesauro, Students for Life of America

Rachel Booth (2016) – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, President
Major: Science and nursing
Mentor: Jill Stanek, Pro-life blogger

The Wilberforce Fellows will be quite busy during the 2014-2015 academic school year. They will be:

• Learning what it takes to be a leader by reviewing various books and publications and participating in bi-weekly webcasts for discussion and guest speaker lectures

• Applying the skills they learn to their campus pro-life groups through leadership programs in their communities

• Assisting Students for Life of America in its mission of equipping the pro-life generation

• Working with their National Wilberforce Mentor (a leader of an existing national pro-life organization) who will help network them with the national pro-life movement and assist in completion on their Fellowship Projects

“Abortion Pancakes” Case Not So Rare

178432929A Kansas man was charged with 1st degree murder for causing the abortion of his girlfriend’s baby – without her knowledge. He didn’t want the baby so he bought the abortion drug, mifepristone, and slipped it into her pancakes at breakfast. She miscarried the child in January of this year.

He will face a trial for his actions.

While this story may seem sensational, it’s not rare. With the advent of various abortion drugs being so widely available and easy to buy for anyone, these kinds of stories will become more common.

Last summer, after the abortion drug Plan B was approved for over-the-counter sale for anyone, Students for Life of America went undercover to find out what would happen when an actor, posing as a 33 year old statutory rapist, attempted to buy Plan B to forcibly give texpose plan bo his 15-year-old girl victim and what would happen when the 33 year old admitted to pharmacists and checkout workers that he and his underage “girlfriend” needed the drug to cover up their illegal sexual relationship.

All of the drugstores let the man buy the drug, even though he asked specifically about slipping it into his girlfriend’s drinks, never mind that he was a statutory rapist.

Consider these stories:

  •  In 2007, a man in Wisconsin was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted 1st degree murder of an unborn child, when he slipped his girlfriend an abortion drug and caused her miscarry twice.
  •  In 2012, Joshua Woodward of New York pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder. Policy said he tried to cause a miscarriage in his girlfriend, who was 13 weeks pregnant, by applying a topical application of misoprostol while the couple engaged in foreplay.
  •  In 2013, John Andrew Weldon allegedly switched out the label on a bottle of abortion pills to make it look like a common antibiotic, Amoxicillin, that his girlfriend was taking at the time. She purportedly miscarried and Weldon could face life in prison without parole if he is found guilty of murder.
  • In 2014, Shervaughn Remy purposely caused his 14 week pregnant girlfriend to lose her baby when he slipped her two abortion pills. She went to the hospital after having cramps and ended up delivering a stillborn baby.

These are horrible stories of men who refused to accept responsibility for newly created human beings and by all means, should be charged to the highest degree of the laws for their crimes.

Some don’t agree though, like the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. When Florida tried to pass a law earlier this year to punish men who slip abortion drugs to their pregnant partners, she said:

“Instead, Florida Republican lawmakers have wasted taxpayers time and money by passing these extreme bills that further limit women’s reproductive rights. It is senseless and it’s wrong.”

Wow – “senseless and wrong” to punish men who give abortion drugs unknowingly to pregnant women? No, it is senseless and wrong that these drugs are so easily available and big abortion giants like Planned Parenthood and those liberal men and women in power who support them could care less about protecting women and more about the bottom line.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Health Protection Act is Awful

497302555The U.S. Senate will be holding a hearing this week on the Women’s Health Protection Act – a pretty-sounding name for an awful bill that would roll back years of pro-life laws that sought to save the lives of preborn children and protect their mothers.

Abortion advocates and Planned Parenthood have reason to be worried about the business of abortion in this country: in 2013 alone, 22 states enacted a total of 70 restrictions on abortion, which is the second highest number of abortion restrictions to become law in a single year. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions – their business model will suffer if more women don’t get abortions every year.

The name of the bill is disingenuous to the actual protection of women’s health. By rolling back common sense laws like waiting periods, ultrasounds before abortion, and admitting privileges for abortionists, women’s health is put at risk. Why would a woman choose to go to an abortion doctor without knowing that he had admitting privileges to nearby hospitals in case anything goes wrong? And they do go wrong. Last year a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher died at the hands of LeRoy Carhardt in Maryland when she went for a late-term abortion of her 33-week-old baby. In 2012, a young woman died from a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago – the autopsy showed the injuries were survivable if she had gotten proper medical attention.

Why wouldn’t an abortion facility be subject to the same medical standards as other outpatient facilities? These laws are enacted precisely to protect women from “house of horrors” situations like those of Kermit Gosnell, who did unspeakable horrors to not only the babies he killed after botched abortions but to the women themselves who came to him.

If pro-choice legislators truly wanted to protect women, they would fight to make sure abortion facilities and the abortionists are up to all medical standards that other facilities would normally have to meet to be compliant as surgical centers.

The abortion advocates in the Senate pushing this bill are just that – advocates of abortion. They don’t care about women’s health but are under the thumb of groups like Planned Parenthood who need abortion to be completely unrestricted so they can meet and exceed their bottom lines. It was recently reported that Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas that its affiliates are required to meet each year – they even gave out an award in Colorado for a Planned Parenthood facility that surpassed their quota. With more and more abortion restrictions being passed around the country, will Planned Parenthood make their abortion quotas, which essentially put a value on each woman and the little life that is exterminated? Hopefully not.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who introduced the bill last November, said that“A new federal law is necessary to stop anti-choice legislators from using women’s health and safety as a ploy to enact unconscionable and unconstitutional state statutes that obstruct and block women from essential healthcare.”

Firstly, abortion is not “essential healthcare” nor is it healthcare at all. Secondly, Sen. Blumenthal and other proponents of this bill are using the same scare tactics they use whenever they need to exacerbate the so-called war on women. By plainly making up statements about abortion access, the Left isn’t helping themselves. Lastly, the regulations that passed in most states are common sense rules, like waiting periods and ultrasounds, which are favored by a majority of Americans. It’s the least the abortion industry can do for women. To say that these laws harm women’s health is ludicrous.

We want to hear from YOU!

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Did you attend last year’s Students for Life national conference either at the March for Life in Washington, DC or at the Walk for Life in San Francisco? We would LOVE to hear from you! In fact, we want to give you a chance to win a free registration at either conference just by telling us what you did on your campus that you learned from the conference you attended.

There were thousands of pro-life students just like you at both conferences. It was our fourth year selling out the March for Life SFLA National Conference and our very first West Coast conference following the Walk for Life. We saw your excitement at the conferences. We saw your perseverance in the frigid weather at the March for Life. We saw your enthusiasm at the Walk for Life. We saw the next generation of leaders in the pro-life movement and now we want to hear from YOU on your experience once you got back to your campus so we can share it with others who want to attend next year’s conferences in January.

So tell us what you learned. Tell us what you did when you got back to your campus. Did you participate in 40 Days for Life? Did you hold baby showers for pregnant women on campus? Did your student group make the local news because of something you did in the pro-life movement? Did you recruit a record number of pro-lifers on your campus? Did you help women in crisis pregnancies? Was there something at the conference that made a huge impact on you that made you want to do something good for the pro-life movement?

Tell us in 500 words or less and if we pick you as our winner, your story will not only be used to help promote the East-West National Conferences in January but your registration to either conference will be free, paid for by us!

Email your story to Tina at twhittington@studentsforlife.org by August 1st and we will pick our favorites soon after and notify you if you have won. Give us your best story and we hope to see you in January!

Kristan Defends Religious Freedom on Huckabee

Did you catch our president Kristan Hawkins on Governor Huckabee’s show on Fox News this past weekend? She talked about a major issue that is emerging on today’s college campuses: religious freedom and persecution of Christian groups on campus just because they want to have a fellow Christian lead their campus ministries.

Some college campuses are shutting down Christian groups because they won’t allow non-Christians to lead their groups or Bible studies. They are happy to invite anyone and everyone to be a member but for obvious reasons, want to only have active and professed Christians as their leaders.

Like Kristan says, the demands of university are absurd and it’s the same thing as demanding that a current drug user and addict lead a drug user recovery group. It wouldn’t work and it’s ridiculous to even think that a university could make such requests or remove a student group and their funding for failing to comply.

Check out the clip below to see Kristan talk about this important topic!

Pro-Life Students Sue Boise State University

Colleges and universities are grounds for controversy on every single day. They are supposed to be places of debate where each side gets to demonstrate but their own point of view. However, as many of us know personally, this is rarely the case. In fact, it’s too often that pro-lifers get shut down by pro-abortion administrators or activists on campus, just for the mere fact that they espouse the pro-life position.

One such story is happening right now in Boise, Idaho as Boise State University. The student pro-life group there, Abolitionists4Life, held a “What Has Roe Done For Us?” project demonstration and was forced to put up signs by the university administration that there were graphics used that may offend people. The pro-abortion groups got to do their own demonstrations and events on different days and never were forced to put up signs saying that their material was possibly offensive.

Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit against the university, saying that the free speech rights of the pro-life students were violated. Here is a segment from the local news station about the case: www.ktvb.com/news/Campus-anti-abortion-group-suing-BSU-over-free-speech-265317701.html

Hopefully this can get resolved soon and in the favor of Abolitionists4Life. Has something similar happened to your student pro-life group on campus? If so, let us know and email us at legalhelp@studentsforlife.org.