This is Autumn. She’s Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare.

Teen Vogue recently ran a story on supposedly great ideas for a friend who just had an abortion. In reality, there were no good ideas, only ridiculous suggestions that were overtly political (an F-U-terus pin and a coloring book of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). SFLA did our own slideshow in response, which contained actual helpful advice, no politics involved.

Then Autumn came along. She had something to say about that Teen Vogue story.

Autumn is in high school. She’s passionately pro-life. And she’s smart, engaging, and is about to become Planned Parenthood’s biggest nightmare.

Why? Because this is what the next generation looks like on the issue of abortion – and the abortion industry is going to have real problems facing that down.

If we were Planned Parenthood, we’d be terrified of Autumn and the pro-life generation she represents: an educated, articulate and passionate one. A generation that cares deeply about human rights and equality of all people, which extends to the preborn. A generation that has successfully incorporated the mission to help women facing unplanned pregnancies into the mainstream pro-life movement through the Pregnant on Campus Initiative. A generation that is truly fearless in the face of Planned Parenthood and their allies. A generation where the majority believes abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. A generation that believes where abortion is promoted and celebrated, that’s where they need to be, spreading their message of compassion and love, and telling women that they do have another choice.

This is the generation that Autumn represents and that the abortion lobby saw coming years ago.

Outgoing NARAL president Nancy Keenan said in 2012 that she saw an “intensity gap” among young pro-lifers versus young pro-choicers, whereas those young pro-lifers were more passionate about their position than their counterparts in the pro-choice movement. In 2010, Keenan told Newsweek that she was shocked by the number of young people at the March for Life:  “I just thought, ‘My gosh, they are so young.’ There are so many of them, and they are so young.”

Students for Life of America surpassed the 1,000 group mark last year, our 10th year in existence. Planned Parenthood celebrated 100 years last October and do you know how many groups they have? 275.

If you still have doubts this generation is winning, think of the Women’s March. Planned Parenthood was a main sponsor. They had a speaker wear an entire dress as a political statement about her love for abortion. And marchers spit at us, tore up our signs and screamed at us because we dared to hold signs that said “Abortion betrays women” and “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood.”

Then look at Autumn. Listen to what she says and how she says it. She is firm but compassionate and confident. She knows without a doubt what she says is the truth and she’s fearless in proclaiming that truth. And she is so young!

She is Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare.

This is the generation that they are going to have to contend with: an educated, articulate and passionate one versus an army of p*ssyhat-wearing grandmas.

Autumn

VS.

pussyhat grandmas

 

After abortion reversal that saved her son, Amy says: ‘Every time I look at him, I’m just so thankful’

Reprinted with permission from Live Action News. Original link here.

A Colorado woman, Amy Mendoza, shared her amazing story of abortion reversal with Denver’s Channel 7. After initially believing it wasn’t the right time in her life to have a LAN blogchild, Amy regretted her abortion decision. She heard her son’s heartbeat and recalled seeing something about abortion reversal on Facebook. Amy quickly searched online to find a way to save her son. She found a health center, Bella Natural Women’s Care, that was able to reverse her abortion. Amy describes the joy that her son, Cruz, brings her: “Every time I look at him, I’m just so thankful.”

Mendoza came forward to share her story when State Representative Justin Everett (R-Littleton) and State Representative Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) sponsored a bill, the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act, that would have required abortion clinics to inform women about the reality of abortion reversal.

Three women, including Amy, shared their stories of giving birth to healthy children after going through an abortion reversal. Amy stated that the abortion clinic she went to — a Planned Parenthood in Boulder, Colorado — specifically told her that reversing her abortion would not be possible and that she needed to take the second pill. That was false information, as Amy’s son Cruz demonstrates. The bill proposed by Rep. Everett and Rep. Nordberg would have ensured that women are given accurate information instead and given the opportunity to preserve their relationship with their child.

Mendoza is not the only woman who has been misinformed by abortion clinics that insist a medication abortion must be completed. After giving birth to Baby Finley, Summer shared what a Planned Parenthood clinic told her when she sought out abortion reversal:

Jason [Summer’s husband] called Planned Parenthood to inquire if there was anything they could do to stop the abortion. But the clinic told him it was too late and that if they didn’t go through with the next two pills the baby could have serious birth defects.

Not only is that statement proved false by the healthy existence of Baby Finley, but it is also decried by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In a 2014 bulletin, the ACOG stated that “no evidence exists” to suggest that the first pill in the medication abortion process, mifepristone, causes birth defects. Planned Parenthood also exaggerates the risks of abortion reversal to women, as progesterone — the hormone used in reversal — has been safely used in pregnancies, including to prevent miscarriages, for more than four decades.

Shashana, another Colorado woman whose story was shared at the hearing, explained that the abortion clinic refused to give her information on abortion reversal, so she was forced to find out information on abortion reversal herself:

I did my own research after leaving the abortion clinic; however, my process would have been a lot easier and much less scary and stressful had this option been alerted to me when I had called the abortion clinic back asking about what I can do since I have changed my mind about going through with this abortion. Or even being alerted to the option at the clinic. … I would not be here today with a happy, healthy five-month old boy if this option did not exist. I simply ask you to make it a more well-known option by letting others know it is there.

As another witness at the hearing in Colorado testified:

If centers like Planned Parenthood only give women half the information on things like the abortion pill, while leaving life-changing information like the abortion pill reversal option out, then there is a serious lack of true options being given to women. Abortion clinics should not be allowed to give women only half the information or scare women into continuing with the second set of abortion pills by using faulty information about abortion pill reversal. They should be giving women all the information so she can…preserve the mother child relationship…

At the end of the day, only a woman can carry a child and give them life, and nothing should stand in the way of that.

The hearing on the bill was held on February 9, 2017, where a committee controlled by legislators who have historically supported abortion on demand shut the informed consent measure down. Despite testimony from multiple medical professionals who gave the facts surrounding the reality and success of abortion reversal in hundreds of women, the bill was killed on a 6-5, party-line vote.

Rep. Nordberg presented an amendment that would have informed women of a simple statement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and let them know that, if they took the first abortion pill in the RU486 or Mifeprex regimen and regretted their choice, they did not have to follow through with the second pill and should seek medical care for alternatives to continue their pregnancy. The chair of the committee, Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Ft. Collins), refused to take a vote on the amendment.

Editor’s Note: Abortion reversal is possible for some women who have begun an abortion. Doctors have saved nearly 300 babies with abortion reversal. If you or someone you know regrets taking the abortion pill, help is available at AbortionPillReversal.com or by calling the 24-hour, nurse-staffed hotline at 1-877-558-0333.

President Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood

The Politico story on President Trump reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” opened with an accurate observation: If there was any doubt about President Donald Trump’s stance on abortion, he settled it Monday by using an executive order to bar U.S. aid to groups that provide or promote the procedure overseas.

The Mexico City Policy bans US foreign aid (aka our tax dollars) from funding groups that provide or promote abortion overseas. President Ronald Reagan instituted the policy in 1984 and it has been instituted by every Republican president since – and rescinded by every Democratic president.

Our president Kristan Hawkins said the following about the president’s action:

“This is a great start to the Trump presidency and we hope this is only the beginning of defunding Planned Parenthood and the end of forcing American taxpayers to fund an industry that ends hundreds of thousands of innocent lives a year and irreparably harms women. This is a new day for all Americans, and we are excited about reversing Planned Parenthood’s hold on Washington.

10 Things Pro-Life Women Saw At The Women’s March

By Reagan Barklage, Midwest Regional Director

As four of us ladies from SFLA spent today unwinding from the Women’s March yesterday, we decided to document 10 of the top things we were told. Gotta love “feminism”

WARNING: OFFENSIVE CONTENT BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

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1.“We should start burying our menstrual blood.”
please stop.

2.“MY BODY MY CHOICE!” -from a man
Dude, you’re a dude.

3.“Just wait until you have an unplanned pregnancy, then you will have an abortion. I have seen it happen a million times.”
Make that 57 million times :<

4.“You aren’t welcome here.” -from a man
that’s awkward

5.“I hope you get raped and have to have an abortion”
…………

6.“Have you adopted a kid with AIDS?”
As if you can’t speak out against the injustice of abortion if you haven’t adopted a kid with HIV/AIDS

7.“If you found out the baby was gay you would abort it? Muslim?”
No. We actually are consistently pro-life.

8.“7 out of 10 of you will have an abortion”
I doubt that.

9.“YOU BETRAY WOMEN”
We are women.

10.“BIRTH CONTROL FOR MEN!”
Men consistently take birth control…pshhh right.

Staying motivated to abolish abortion

By Katie Lodjic, Northwest Regional Coordinator

Motivation. It comes in so many forms, especially when working in the pro-life movement. I see student groups motivated by exciting events like baby saves, a changed mind, or a successful campus display.

Last week I saw another form of motivation. I was meeting with a new high school pro-life club in the Northwest and they were extremely excited to change hearts and minds on their campus.  While brainstorming how to do this they found out that a student had confided in a teacher that she was pregnant and planned to keep her baby. institute

Here was the perfect opportunity to provide love and support to a fellow student and introduce their club to the school!  The students planned to throw the student a baby shower, and host a school-wide baby item drive just for her.

The student group and I walked down to the teacher’s classroom to get all the specific details, and to find out exactly what the girl needed. We were shocked as the teacher, holding back tears told us, that the girl’s mother had found out about the pregnancy over break, and had quickly taken her into Planned Parenthood for an abortion.

It felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. And looking around, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.  The question in every one’s mind was, “If she had known there was a new club at her school that would support her and accept her, would she have been stronger in her resolve to keep her child? Would it have made a difference?”

Although it was a heart-breaking experience, it was incredibly motivating to this student group to find out that there are students in their school who desperately need their help, love and support. That they, as supportive peers can create a culture of life and acceptance which in turn will save the life of a preborn child and spare the mother from lifelong pain.

After this experience, the group is more determined than ever before to abolish abortion in their high school community and to make abortion absolutely unthinkable for their peers.

It goes to show how important Students for Life groups are on our high school campuses. These students are changing hearts and minds at their schools, and sometimes they are the only life-affirming support a young woman has when deciding whether to choose life for her child.

Please pray that this young woman will find healing, pray for her preborn child, and pray for this new student group, that they are successful in creating a culture of Life at their high school.

February Event in a Box: We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been in the news a lot lately, especially after the election. We want to help you understand and address commonly heard concerns regarding the nation’s largest abortion vendor.100yearsofabuse

Some of you may be wondering “Why Planned Parenthood?”

You may have heard arguments about the services Planned Parenthood provides. You may have heard their defenders argue that if we stop funding Planned Parenthood, we’re assaulting women’s healthcare.

Wondering how to respond?

This month’s Event in a Box will help you address why we don’t need Planned Parenthood, and give you practical tips for responding and addressing this topic at your school.

What’s In the box:

  • Pens
  • Post-its for tabling
  • Recruitment sheets
  • Social media graphics to post
  • “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” Guide
  • SFLA “We don’t Need Planned Parenthood” postcards
  • SFLA “We don’t Need Planned Parenthood” stickers
  • SFLA “Join us” postcards for recruitment
  • We don’t need Planned Parenthood flyers

To order the November Event-in-a-Box, contact your Regional Coordinator today.

Hypocrisy on Broadway

With a cast dominated by actors of color, Hamilton is fighting to highlight the roles of immigrants and minorities in early American politics and in today’s society. Its catchy songs appeal to theater geeks while its historical plot draws in political junkies for an entertaining dance through history. Alas, for a show that rallies for diversity and equality, it’s rather hypocritical that Hamilton’s golden boy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is advocating for Planned Parenthood, a corrupt organization born out of a racist, eugenics-driven past.

In today’s update of Planned Parenthood’s desperate attempts to scrape even morehamilton money from Americans’ pockets, we have the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of the Broadway musical hit Hamilton, offering a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience for a $10 donation to America’s abortion Goliath.

In September 2016, Miranda proudly boasted on Twitter about his mom’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood. Lin-Manual Miranda’s mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, is on the national board of directors for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. He then encouraged supporters to donate to Planned Parenthood on Giving Tuesday.

And recently, the Broadway star is taking a new angle—bribing Hamilton fans with hotel and air fare, three Hamilton shows, and show paraphernalia. Yup, you too can sell your Hamilton-loving soul with a $10 to $5,000 donation to Planned Parenthood! (Yuck)

Oh this is awkward…

So you know that Planned Parenthood targets minorities, right? No? (Awkwaaaard.) Dear Mr. Miranda, here’s a little wake up call on Planned Parenthood. (I mean, you are fundraising for them, after all.)

But you know what, Lin-Manuel. Maybe racism, deceit, abuse, and death doesn’t turn your stomach? Well, then just take a quick peak at how well Planned Parenthood is going to manage your loyal fans’ money. (Hint: $129.7 million of waste, abuse, and potential fraud. HOORAY!)

We will tell their story

Mr. Miranda, you may refuse to defend those who are the most vulnerable in today’s society. You may refuse tell their story. You may even continue to openly advocate for Planned Parenthood and legalized murder in America. But know this…

This January, over 600,000 people will gather in Washington, D.C. We will gather like we have for 40+ years. The media will barely cover our protest. Broadway won’t sing songs. We will tell the story of 60 million preborn children and their mothers.

And guess what? “When our children tell our story,” they’ll tell of the story of how we abolished abortion in America.

 

Free hotel stay during the March for Life

After hearing about just how life-changing our Students for Life National Conference has been for so many young leaders, one of our long-time supporters just called and offered a generous grant to help us bring more people to our National Conferences than ever before.

Because we all know that staying in DC an extra night for the Students for Life National Conference is one of the biggest expenses you will have.

Here’s what our donor has offered to do:

Any student group (college, high school, youth group) that is coming to the March for Life in Washington and hasn’t registered yet for the Students for Life of America East Coast National Conference can get free hotel housing in Maryland near the conference venue if they register within the next two weeks.

Here’s the catch: We only have enough funds to pay for hotels for one night (so it’s first come, first served) and there will be four people to a room. Further, this awesome new opportunity only applies to student groups (10 people or more) who have never been to the Students for Life National Conference or who haven’t been to our Conference since 2013.

Want to make sure your group can come to our East Coast National Conference on Saturday, January 28th (the day after the March for Life)?

Simply fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlQ-aIPL-Yt6bOo2-B5S2B9gxMnqqzZaLVaw95tdbdcam6bw/viewform.

From there, we will send you the link to register for the conference and form to fill out for the free hotel rooms! The registration fee for the conference is only $45 per person and that includes free shuttle rides to and from the metro station, lunch, and dinner – plus, now, a free hotel night!

Check out the amazing, jam-packed schedule for break-out and general sessions featuring Abby Johnson, Josh Brahm, Shawn Carney and more at: www.sflalive.com/schedule.

If you can’t make it out to our East Coast National Conference but want to be at the West Coast National Conference on Sunday, January 22nd, you can register for that event easily at www.sflalive.com. The first 100 to register get 50% off their registration! Use the code: FIRST100

Nominate Your Group for SFLA’s Group of the Year Awards!

Every year, Students for Life of America is honored to award prizes to student groups and leaders at our National Conferences! These cash prizes can help further the outreach efforts and the effectiveness of these groups at their schools.

To award these prizes to deserving students and groups, we need you to nominate the groups and leaders you think deserve recognition – you can even nominate your own group! Listed below are the categories, prize amounts, and nomination forms for each award. Winning groups must be present at the SFLA West or East Coast National Conference to receive the award.

Applications are due no later than January 13, 2017. Email us (link to lstover@studentsforlife.org) your applications today!

 

College  Group  Awards

2017 College Group of the Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one college pro-life student group. The SFLA College Group of the Year will demonstrate success in areas of campus activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New College Group of the Year

$500 Prize

This award will recognize an outstanding new pro-life college group that was formed between January 2016 and December 2016. The New College Group of the Year Award will be given to a group that has shown success in recruiting members and raising awareness about abortion on campus.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

Prize: $250 (in gift cards)

The Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award will recognize the achievements of two Students for Life college groups that have excelled in promoting pregnant and parenting resources. (One award will be given to an East Coast group; the other award will be given to an West Coast group.)

The SFLA Pregnant on Campus Groups of the Year should demonstrate success in pregnant and parenting advocacy and outreach on their college campus. This group should show significant efforts to change their campus to embrace practices and policies that protect and assist pregnant and parenting students.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 PonC Group of the Year Award

High School Group Awards

2017 High School Group of Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one high school pro-life student group. The SFLA High School Group of the Year will demonstrate success in activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 High School Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New High School Group of the Year

$500 Prize

The New High School Group of the Year will be given to the student pro-life group who has best developed and organized an innovative way to share the pro-life message at their high schools or in their homeschool communities.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New High School Group of the Year Award Application

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.

PP text message

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.