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.

Planned Parenthood Gives Out Cringe-Worthy Award

Many companies acknowledge employees for doing a good job – it’s all part of boosting morale, recognizing a job well done and supporting the company. It always feels good to be recognized for doing a good job!

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It has been reported in the past that Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas – as in each affiliate that does abortions has a certain number of tiny babies they have to kill each month to reach their specified quota. From a business perspective (and PP is a business, a money-making machine, let’s not forget), it makes sense. Lots of businesses have sales quotas they have to meet each month in order to sustain and increase the bottom line but until now, we never had proof that Planned Parenthood is brazen enough to go out of their way to publically acknowledge exceptional employees who meet and exceed their abortion quotas.

Former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, who now runs an organization called And Then There Were None, that helps get abortion workers out of the business and offers all kinds of great support systems for them, sent out a message about abortion quotas. Read what she says:

Ever since I left Planned Parenthood, I have been talking about the abortion quotas that are established inside abortion facilities.  Many abortion supporters refused to believe it, citing that surely Planned Parenthood wants abortion to be safe, legal and RARE.  If they want something to be RARE, they certainly wouldn’t have quotas, right?

We recently had a clinic worker leave the affiliate, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.  This affiliate runs the 2nd largest Planned Parenthood facility in the U.S.  At this clinic in Denver, they give out various awards to their satellite clinics and post these awards on a bulletin board for everyone to see.

When our former worker saw this award on public display, it really started to change her thinking about Planned Parenthood’s motivation.  This award was given to their Aurora clinic for “exceeding abortion visits first half of fiscal year 2012 compared to first half of fiscal year 2013.”

This means that the Aurora Planned Parenthood exceeded the abortion quota that was imposed on them.  And THAT is award worthy according to Planned Parenthood.

See the photo in this post for further proof.

Remember that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider who rewards and honors those who exceed their quotas to kill as many little lives as possible, gets over $300 million in taxpayer dollars a year from all of us. In fact, that number is expected to increase immensely as Obamacare implantation continues.

Did Planned Parenthood give their Aurora affiliate a coupon for a free pizza lunch for everyone since they exceeded their abortion quota? How much higher is their quota going to be next year now that PP knows how great this clinic is at exceeding original goals? What will PP do to ensure that they will meet and exceed their goals again?

The answers to these questions should make any taxpayer stop and think about how the government is spending their hard-earned money.

Thank you Abby Johnson for bringing this horrendous story to light and for your work on making sure there are no more people working in the abortion industry.

We Won!

What an incredible day today. I am overwhelmed for having witnessed and been a part of this huge victory for religious freedom, women and all Americans.

I got to stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning as the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision was handed down to shouts of joy. It was amazing and awe-inspiring. After the Justices upheld Obamacare two years ago, I was incredibly disheartened. It was devastating. And then not long after, the Obama Administration, under Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the HHS abortion pill mandate, which forced every employer to purchase abortion-inducing drugs for their employees, regardless of whether or not the employer had strongly held religious beliefs against such pills.kristan

The Supreme Court ruled today against Sebelius and against the Administration, saying that “HHS’s contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.” This means it goes directly against our first freedoms as Americans, namely the First Amendment and religious liberty.

As soon as the news reached us at the Court steps, a jubilant roar went through the crowd – which was mostly made up of young women by the way. When we knew for sure that the decision was a victory, there was such a huge cry from the crowd that it gave me goosebumps. I got to be right in the middle of our pro-life activists, cheering on Hobby Lobby and the decision that finally went our way.

It felt amazing to stand there with dozens and dozens of pro-life women (and men). Truly, this generation is the Pro-Life generation and, today, we got to show the nation. All the major television networks ran shots of our rally and press conference, many including our “We Are the Pro-Life Generation” and #WomenInControl signs. The visuals were astounding – it was such a great way to witness to the country that it is these young women who are standing up for religious freedom, conscience rights, the right to life and against bossy bureaucrats who want to take away our freedoms.

This was a huge victory for women, both on the political left and right. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t further exacerbate the abortion industry’s lucrative, false notion that pregnancy and fertility is a disease. I find it demeaning that our President and his administration think that I need free $9 birth control to be equal to a man. Both men and women were made by one Creator and he made us equal.

SFLA’s Incredible Work!

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Students for Life is extraordinarily blessed to have an amazing full-time team who lead courageous pro-life students year-round with trainings, consultations, and mentorship. Every year, they put organize two national conferences, visit hundreds of campuses, and train thousands of dedicated pro-life students.

And the results of their work are truly stunning.

As of June 2014, there are 838 pro-life student groups in 49 states plus the District of Columbia.

During the 2013-2014 school year, SFLA team members:

  • Started 91 new campus pro-life groups
  • Visited 274 different high school and college campuses
  • Trained 290 Students for Life groups, training 2,575 students
  • Held 485 1-on-1 consultations with student leaders
  • Trained more than 2,750 students at our 2 national conferences

And while we will never know just exactly how many babies were saved and women spared from abortion, ro-life student reported that 50 babies that they knew of were saved on their campuses!

We are certainly the pro-life generation!

Put 900 feminists in a room…

Put 900 modern feminists in a room and….. is it Pro Life? The overwhelming answer has been no.

Our friends at Feminists For Life and other truly progressive groups support the pro-life movement with female equality in mind, but why exactly is the feminist movement collectively against pro-life efforts? Why does modern feminism adamantly support a woman’s “right to abortion?” Quite often, feminists’ view men and women in the pro-life movement as a threat to their equality.

Recently, I was able to gain some unique insight on the feminist movement. I received the unique privilege of being able to attend the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, put on by the NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the AAUW- American Association of University Women.

As a pro-life leader on my campus, how did I end up at a conference with a large group of women who adamantly oppose everything I stand for?

I received an email inviting the female student body at Mississippi State University to apply for MSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women. It is my university’s way of recognizing female student leaders and encouraging them to press on towards equality. When I received this email, I was right in the middle of forming my school’s Pregnant and Parenting Resource Guide as part of our Pregnant on Campus program. The application required a resume and an essay, so I took a shot at applying and wrote about wanting more resources for students who are pregnant and/or parenting. I mentioned volunteering at my town’s local pregnancy resource center, getting my template for the guide from Students for Life of America, and having future plans to possibly open up my own pregnancy resource medical clinic. Of course. I thought I wouldn’t be looked at twice because it was obvious I was pro-life and the application was sent to a public, secular university. I didn’t write about being pro-life, but come on, Students for Life? A pregnancy resource center? I thought I would be laughed at and looked over.

I was wrong. I received an email inviting me to attend an awards ceremony, receive a monetary prize, and attend an all-expense paid trip to D.C and College Park, Maryland for the NCCWSL convention. The university president, Dr. Keenum, attended the ceremony and congratulated us all. The first awardee went up to speak, and I shook in my boots when I learned she was an abortion advocate. “ALRIGHT LET’S  BACK UP,” I nervously thought to myself, “This must be some kind of mistake and they do not know who I am—one of those anti-abortionist they hate!” When it was my turn to speak, I stuck with what I wrote and gave my truly feminist belief that a woman should not have to give up a dream of a degree and career because she finds herself pregnant. It was as simple as that and the crowd couldn’t agree more.

In June, I was sent to the NCCWSL Conference, and I was prepared for a different experience. “Okay this is it. This is where they find me out and crucify me. I am the very thing they fight,” I thought to myself. I did have a lot of fear, but I also had just as much hope. I knew my steps would be guided and I knew Students for Life of America and many other organizations had given me the training I would need to defend my position.

Much of the convention was uplifting, with women cheering each other on and encouraging each other to pursue their dreams. There was, however, a large disconnect between the feminist message and the experiences of the audience.

Audience members complained of “women’s health clinics” being shut down and speakers invited to speak were representatives of the pro-abortion movement. I could see the overall position of the convention and associated groups were in high favor of abortion rights.  The two keynote speakers were Chelsea Clinton, an abortion advocate, and Deanna Zandt, recipient of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s social media Maggie Award for Media Excellence for her work on the Planned Parenthood Saved Me Tumblr, as well as many other pro-abortion feminist social activism groups.

A workshop I attended titled, “Women and Sex in 2014: C’mon Already” was centered around the idea that sex should be “easy” for women, and any time society opposes something such as  Plan B, it is crushing a woman’s right to easy sex. I observed the open conversation as porn advocacy, masturbation methods, positive lights on sex without emotional connection, applause of having “27 + sexual partners,” and “slut-shaming” were discussed. The leader of the discussion, Lenore Myers, a sexual health educator at Towson University for 30 years, walked the audience through the lack of risks associated with using Plan B. She described it as “safe,” declaring that a woman can take it “as often as she wants to” without causing serious side effects, without becoming less effective, and without doing more than maybe messing with a regular cycle. She showed us a media clip where her university and Shippensburg University were under fire for advocating for the benefits of having Plan B available in a vending machine on campus. Sex Geekdom, I Love the Female O, and the Planned Parenthood website were given as “good” sources for exploring one’s sexuality. It was the most packed workshop I attended while conversely, the workshop “A Balancing Act: Supporting Student Parents” was the barest of all workshops.

I found a great disconnect between the goal of feminism and the sexual education and abortion position of the feminist movement. I kept meeting women hurt by abortion or unhurt by their choice to parent. I coincidentally sat next to two women who were in college and parents of young children. They shared with me how much they love their life with children and have resources on their school campus for parenting students. They also shared how glad they were that their school does not offer abortion referrals. Another girl I formed a relationship shared a sad story with me of her roommate getting an abortion without telling her. After the abortion, her roommate suffered greatly and finally dropped out of school. My friend confessed to me that she believes the trauma of seeing her roommate go through that pushed her to the drinking for a period in college.

I was not condemned for being pro-life by the attendees, instead women opened up to me about the ways abortion had impacted their lives negatively.

The speakers and audience spoke about not being objects of male desire but also advocated for the casual objectivity of sex.  Instead of demanding that men and establishments cater to the needs of pregnant and parenting, they condemn themselves to the pains of abortion in order to achieve equality with men. With the emotional, physiological, and physical damage that abortion does, abortion is not feminist. A feminist, a woman for women, knows a woman deserves more than sex without emotion, abortion, and dangerous emergency contraceptives. If we are truly feminist, we will reject abortion as a necessary step to equality. Men and society must embrace and cherish our differences. Women have the ability to bear children. We are awesome, we are never going to stop changing the world, and we are thinking progressively by removing abortion from the equation.

Watch Kristan Hawkins on Huckabee

College students have found themselves on the forefront of the religious freedom fight.  Bowdoin College in Maine will no longer be recognizing the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship as a student group on campus any longer, even though they have been a fixture on campus for over 40 years. Why? Because the Christian group won’t allow anyone who isn’t a professed Christian to run for student leadership of the group or lead a Bible study. The university says that even though anyone can join the group, it is discriminatory that they aren’t allowing non-Christians to lead the group.

This is only the beginning of a disturbing trend. The New York Times has more:

At Cal State, the nation’s largest university system with nearly 450,000 students on 23 campuses, the chancellor is preparing this summer to withdraw official recognition from evangelical groups that are refusing to pledge not to discriminate on the basis of religion in the selection of their leaders. And at Vanderbilt, more than a dozen groups, most of them evangelical but one of them Catholic, have already lost their official standing over the same issue; one Christian group balked after a university official asked the students to cut the words “personal commitment to Jesus Christ” from their list of qualifications for leadership.

Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president, will be going on Governor Huckabee’sTV show on 4th of July weekend to talk about the story. Tune in to the Fox News Channel at 8pm ET on 4th of July weekend to hear what Kristan has to say about why this kind of case is incredibly important to not only this particular Christian group on campus but to all pro-life groups on campus!

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Baby Saves 2013-2014!

StudentsSavingLivesIt’s no surprise pro-life students have been hard at work this last year on their campuses helping women in crisis pregnancies and promoting the pro-life agenda but we just got some great news from our students: during this past school year of 2013-2014, pro-life students reported over 50 BABIES saved from abortion!

We are so proud of these students and how they have worked so hard this year to save babies from abortion and assist hundreds of women in their work on campuses and in their communities. While this number does not include all of the lives saved by the more than 830 Students for Life groups across the nation, we wanted you to see some of the highlights of our work together.

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (MI)
Students for Life at Oakland University was struggling to get students to join their prayer efforts in front of their local abortion facility. However, all of that changed when a mother and daughter saw the students outside of the facility: Here’s the story:

“We have been praying every Friday morning at our local abortion facility. And it is like pulling teeth trying to get students to come but for some reason we had 6 students with us this week. After an hour and a half, a girl and her mother pulled up next to us in their car. They were leaving the facility. The mother told us that her daughter has been praying for some kind of sign that she shouldn’t go through with her abortion. When they arrived at the facility and saw us praying, she took that as her sign. The girl leaned out of the car and shouted at us, ‘I’m choosing Life.’ It was beautiful! This happened to us last week as well when another young lady walked into the facility sobbing. She avoided us completely but after 15 minutes, she walked out and thanked us. Smiling, she said, ‘I’m keeping her!’ We have been praying at this facility for over a year now and have never experienced all of this!”

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY (SC)
Clemson Students for Life held a prayer vigil in front of their local abortion facility. During that one hour, 2 women chose life for their babies!

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
LSU Students for Life sidewalk counsel every day of the week in front of their local abortion facility. This courageous team of students is responsible for many baby saves, thanks to their persistent efforts. In the Fall of 2013, they saved at least 5 babies and in the Spring of 2014, they reported 4 more!

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (OR)
While handing out recruitment flyers for their Students for Life group on campus, members of Students for Life met a pregnant student who was concerned about parenting while in college. The group presented the young mother with their resource brochures. After finding out all that was available to her, the pregnant student chose Life. Soon after, she learned that she was carrying twins!

Watch the video about the baby save here: http://youtu.be/i8jkO1G0CE4.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
During the Fall 2013 semester, FAU Students for Life reported that they saved at least one baby on campus through their group efforts!

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
The FSU Students for Life group started just this Fall and, even as newcomers to our movement, they were able to save a baby by sidewalk counseling in front of their local abortion facility.