Our Response to the Senate Healthcare Bill

Students for Life of America has just come from another top-level meeting in Washington, DC to help come up with a pro-life replacement for Obamacare. Everything we’ve been fighting for is at stake RIGHT NOW! Watch the video for the latest updates, then call your Senators TODAY and tell them to redirect taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, and to ensure that NO abortion funding is allowed in healthcare reform. Find your Senators’ phone numbers at https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/.

WIN: House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the healthcare reconciliation bill that defunded Planned Parenthood of 80% of their taxpayer funds (over $400 million!) for the next year.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said this about the passage of the bill:

“It’s about time that Planned Parenthood start looking somewhere else for revenue rather than American taxpayers, who have no interest in funding abortion. House leadership should be commended for listening to their constituents and getting a bill passed that defunds Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor.

“Senators who ran on promises to defund the supposed non-profit should remember those promises and vote in kind. Every day of broken promises from elected officials means another 888 abortions done by Planned Parenthood. The cost of inaction are those priceless lives that Planned Parenthood doesn’t think twice about taking and those women who they have no qualms about betraying. The Senate needs to act on this bill now.”

While not perfect (we can’t pass a full defunding measure because we lack the 60 votes in the Senate to break a pro-abortion filibuster), this bill has been years in the making. It’s been through all your hard work, your calls, emails, and sending in baby socks that has made this day possible.

Can you call your Senator TODAY and tell them that Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve one more dime of taxpayer funding and to vote to defund the abortion giant? Find your Senator’s contact info here.

Planned Parenthood is saying that defunding them hurts poor women. They are saying that pro-lifers want to take away women’s healthcare like cancer screenings and pap tests. They are intentionally misinforming the public about their abortion business.

Over the past several years, they have received more and more government funding but provide less and less services -and those services they do provide are to a fraction of women in this country:

We don’t need Planned Parenthood.

The Pro-Life Generation isn’t slowing down. Today is a victory but we have so much more to do.

No Rest for the Abolitionist

No Rest for the Abolitionists

By: Shara Guengerich, Students for Life’s 2012 Missionary for Life

This has been an incredibly busy and historic week for us in the SFLA office. Leading up to the Obamacare decision was, of course, a busy time of preparation, but the day itself was even more of a whirlwind experience.

Thankfully, I was prepared. As the rest of the SFLA team was on location in front of the Supreme Court, making sure that our pro-life message was visible and effective as possible, I stayed behind, not only because getting around with my injured ankle would have been very difficult, but I needed to have a strong internet connection. Why? Because as soon as SCOTUSblog announced the decision, there was a lengthy task list of things for me to complete online as soon as possible. Youtube videos, pictures, emails, and website updates all needed to be done, and within 45 minutes of the decision I had everything uploaded, published and sent. I had hardly any time to reflect on the outcome of the decision itself until I sat back after 45 minutes of hurried work. But it was certainly worth the effort – it was wonderful to know that SFLA was fully prepared to respond to the decision immediately as it came down, so that we were reporting on the decision as quickly as mainstream news sources.

Then I had some time to see the reaction at the Supreme Court, and see the outcry on social media as well. I was and am outraged at the decision, and was sorry that I had to communicate the lamentable news that the mandate  had been fully upheld by the Court.

While SFLA’s presence ran rather smoothly with only a few minor hiccups, about an hour after the decision our Ivoteprolifefirst.com website went down. After working with the server company we were still not able to restore the website, but needed to turn over the restoration of the site to the server and hosting companies. It has still not been ruled out whether or not this was because of malicious intent, but it is sad to think that someone might have worked to directly thwart our efforts of joining people in pledging to vote for the pre-born and women first!

Yet none of this will keep us from working relentlessly to insure that we see the end of legalized abortion in our lifetimes. This experience has certainly shown myself the level to which I can push myself, making me glad that I have another month to work for SFLA before returning to the academic grind. With outrage must come a response, otherwise we’re simply sideline complainers. Here’s to hoping that SFLA won’t be alone in its efforts to bring the abortion mandate down!

Reaction to Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

 

We are extremely saddened by the profoundly wrong decision of the Supreme Court on the new health care law, and disappointed that they have endorsed the government’s unconstitutional ability to force all Americans to not only purchase a product they may or may not want but subsidize abortions. The decision today is truly this generation’s Roe v. Wade. We will continue to fight to repeal this unprecedented expansion of government abortion funding because we respect the rights of conscience, whether or not they are defended by those charged with their protection. We call on all pro-lifers to sign SFLA’s I Vote Pro-Life First pledge at www.ivoteprolifefirst.com, which says that a candidate’s stance on the life issue will be the most important issue when casting their votes in November. This is the only way we be able to ensure that this injustice will not happen again by electing those who will only appoint and confirm future Supreme Court justices who will uphold the God-given rights of every American, born and Preborn.