HHS Secretary Pick: Must be Pro-Life

Pro-life leaders look to President Trump to continue fighting for life with his pending Health and Human Services Secretary choice. Abortion is not healthcare, and those supervising so much of our national healthcare system need to be committed to saving life … not ending it.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins called on President Donald Trump to keep his word to pro-life Americans by choosing a pro-life replacement for HHS Secretary Tom Price. “The most loyal of President Trump’s constituency has been his pro-life allies, who supported his campaign and believed his promise to protect American taxpayers from their forced funding of the abortion industry. Media reports that a replacement may not share the President’s pro-life views are disturbing, so we are asking the President and his team to continue to show is his commitment to the pro-life movement by choosing someone who values life – born and preborn – and who understands that overburdened taxpayers deserve real healthcare from legitimate medical professionals – not abortionists.”

SFLA just finished a series of rallies in key states across the country, part of our #Sockit2PP National Tour that will travel to more than 90 college campuses this fall. We are talking to the next generation of pro-life voters about the issues at stake, including the need for key personnel like the HHS Secretary to stand for life. And we’re launching a social media campaign to support a pro-life pick, #prolifehhs, aimed at activating the powerhouse of the pro-life movement – Generation Z and Millennials.

Pro-Life coalition asks President Trump to nominate pro-life HHS Secretary

 

Dear President Donald Trump,

From the earliest days of your run for the presidency, you found loyal and effective allies in the pro-life community, and we have appreciated the promises kept such as nominating pro-life judicial nominees, reinstating the Mexico City Policy, and promising to sign the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act. As you know, personnel is policy, and with a key appointment pending, we join together asking you to appoint a pro-life individual to the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services.

We witnessed the politicization of healthcare at HHS as the Obama Administration used the Affordable Care Act to create new income streams for the abortion industry and to force pro-life and religious groups to fund life-ending drugs and devices in health insurance, as well as trying to pressure the states to include abortion in their own programs. Especially as the critical job of addressing the anti-life monstrosity that is Obamacare remains incomplete, we need a nominee who will respect the pro-life convictions of the American people and use HHS resources to affirm life.

Abortion is not healthcare. The scarce resources of the American taxpayer should be invested in life-affirming medical care, rather than in abortion vendors. Nor should it be a policy goal of the U.S. to force people to subsidize life-ending drugs and devices against their Constitutional rights of conscience and religion.

Mr. President, we ask you to ignore the voices who argue that a so-called “moderate” candidate who does not share your views is capable of handling the responsibilities of a job that should be focused on real, effective healthcare rather than abortion. We ask that your choice for HHS Secretary be committed to affirming life.

Sincerely,

Kristan Hawkins, President
Students for Life of America

And:

David Daleiden
Project Lead
The Center for Medical Progress

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List

Steven Ertelt, Editor
LifeNews.com

Brian Fisher, President
Human Coalition

Donna J. Harrison M.D.   Executive Director
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Jason Jones
President
Serviam USA

Jeanne Mancini, President
March for Life Education & Defense Fund

Tom McClusky, President
March for Life Action

Lila Rose
President and Founder
Live Action

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

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.

Religious Liberty Thrown in the Trash

A letter by SFLA Executive Director, Kristan Hawkins

Dear Friends,

Today marks the beginning of the end of religious and conscience rights in America.

As of today, employers, just like myself, will be forced to make a false choice between providing a vital service to their employees and violating their consciences and values.

No matter what your faith or view of abortion may be, the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate is an egregious attack upon the rights of all people of values and faith in America.

Today, the religious liberties of all Americans have been thrown in the trash. And it’s the same trash can where the 3,300 precious babies that will be legally aborted today will be thrown.

While the courts have given a momentary reprieve to one family business in Colorado, today, all other businesses that employ more than 25 employees across America have been given the false choice of abandoning their conscience or religious beliefs or being taxed and fined out of business. And the clock has started ticking for Houses of Worships and other religious institutions to apply for an exemption before their deadline on August 1, 2013. Unfortunately, the requirements are so narrow that many who will apply will be not be exempt. Even Mother Theresa’s Order, the Missionaries of Charity, will not qualify for an exemption.

How many times have you heard news pundits and policy experts talk about how abortion and other social issues aren’t important when it comes to elections and the happenings here in Washington, D.C.?

Yet, time and time again, here we are – when abortion has become a fundamental issue and division line for our nation.

Friends, polls show that the majority of Americans are now pro-life and understand the importance of religious liberty and conscience rights.

And we know that HHS Abortion Pill Mandate isn’t about equality for women, and those of use who oppose it aren’t waging a war on women.

We are waging a war for the soul of our nation, for the very beliefs that this nation was founded upon.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has proposed the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. If passed, this simple piece of legislation will stop the HHS Abortion-Pill Mandate and any other mandates like it “dead in its tracks.”

Congress is leaving Washington this Friday for their August recess and will be returning to their districts until Labor Day. Because it’s an election year, I guarantee you that your Members of Congress will be out and about during this month of August campaigning for job in Washington.

Today, please take 3 minutes and click the above image to personally email your Members of Congress and tell them to pass the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.Then tomorrow, please work on these important action steps:

  • Call your House of Representatives Member and Senators’ District Offices (You can find their phone numbers at House.gov and Senate.gov) and ask if there will be any town hall meetings or public events you can attend.
  • Attend an event this August and encourage them to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
  • If they are already supporting the legislation, thank them immediately and ask them to ask House and Senate leadership to allow it to come to the “floor” for a vote.
  • If they are not supporting the legislation, ask them why and share your concerns.
  • If there are no events you can attend, ask for a meeting with your House of Representatives Member and Senators and organize a group to join you.

And don’t be afraid to email me personally if you have any questions during this process!

America was built on the idea of preserving and protecting our deeply-held beliefs. We must not comply with this direct affront to our liberty. Please take a stand today and let your Members of Congress know that you will not stand for this injustice!

Channeling Frustration Into Energy

Channeling Frustration Into Energy

By: Leslie Bosslet. Students for Life of America’s 2012 Missionary for Life

With the result of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of ObamaCare revealed to all last Thursday, needless to say it’s been a rough week for conservatives and pro-lifers alike. Not only will the PPACA provide federal assistance to pay for abortions, but the protection the Constitution is supposed to provide for Americans seems to have been thrown out. For example, many are is a little confused about what a “tax” is supposed to be. Before you argue against the abortion claim, or simply want more explanation, I will refer you to this source: http://www.heritage.org/ research/reports/2011/01/obamacare-and-the-ethics-of-life-weakening-medical-conscience-and-the-protection-of-life. I’ve got more sources on this topic if you want them.

Being outside the Supreme Court on Thursday was quite an experience, and as one Students for Life staff member pointed out, it is definitely something I can tell my grandkids about. Seeing people literally jump for joy that “their” healthcare passed frustrates me for many reasons. If you are opposed to my opposition to ObamaCare, let me make clear that I am not frustrated that people who need healthcare will get it. Obviously I want everyone to receive proper medical care and coverage as they need it. I do not want anyone to suffer because they cannot afford to keep themselves healthy. However, I do want it to happen in the way that is best for everyone, and ObamaCare is not the way. Whenever I hear a snarky comment about how anti-ObamaCare folks do not understand that this Act will help people and we want to take that away, I want to snarkily reply, “Yes. I am anti-woman, anti-human rights, AND anti-health.” Come on now.

Back to being on the Court steps on Thursday. While one pro-life leader made statements over the speaker about her reactions to the decision, she said the word “abortion.” One pro-ObamaCare sign-holder yelled, “Yay abortion!” This very loud response was difficult to ignore. Whether she was mocking our concerns about the issue, which wasn’t funny, or whether she was seriously that excited about her abortion rights, I was fuming.

On the metro ride home, I found what I needed to channel my anger. Across the aisle sat a young father and his two children. The youngest was a little girl, probably 3 years old, who chatted with anyone who sat near her. Her dad was just as talkative back to her. She sat on his lap while she observed and commented on her surroundings. Dad was clearly proud to be holding his daughter. Wow. After more than 5 hours on the Supreme Court steps being crowded by protests, rallies, yelling, bullhorns, and sign-holding, this father and daughter was a sight for tired, sunburned, and discouraged eyes. THIS is why I’m working for the pro-life cause. THIS love that was radiating from the father and his daughter is why I must keep doing what I can to protect the rights of the unborn. It is so that all preborn can grow up to charm people with their innocence and wonder like this little girl was doing.

After that experience, I was reenergized. I will shamelessly plug ivoteprolifefirst.com to encourage all those who need some real hope and change for the rights of the preborn of this country to voice their opinion in November. For those who are too young to vote, stay informed to let your friends know what is right. Because we need government leaders who will protect the dignity of all human beings, including the preborn. As cheesy as it sounds, we’re doing it for the kids.

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.

We Are The Media

We Are The Media

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

Our time as missionaries for life is now 1/3rd complete. What a whirlwind time it has been for us here in the D.C. area! Today as I write, Students for Life is present outside of the Supreme Court building waiting to see what the HHS Mandate decision will be, and praying that the Court will come down on the side of life, freedom of religion, and individual conscious. It’s great that we can operate day-to-day so close to Capitol Hill, so that if there is something going on in the political realm, we can make our voices heard in the public square, right where the action is happening!

One thing I have quickly learned as an intern is how important it is to stay connected with the news if we are to be a relevant voice for the preborn. I always have my Google newsfeed open in my browser with my special alerts for “Students for Life,” “Abortion,” and “Planned Parenthood” constantly updating throughout the day. That way I know right away if there is a relevant story concerning abortion that needs to be brought to the attention of not only my coworkers, but the broader pro-life community as well. It is a tremendous blessing for our cause that the time between the mainstream news getting a hold of a story and pro-life organizations accessing the same story has been cut to a minimum because of the internet.

It is not only exciting that we have access to this information, but it is exciting because what we are able to do with this information. For example, as we await the decision coming down from the Supreme Court, we are keeping an eye on SCOTUSblog.com, which gives us the same instant update on the decisions being given in the Supreme Court building in real time! This is the same source that every other news source and organization, including Planned Parenthood, is looking at to find out what is happening with the HHS Mandate decision. The leveling of the playing field in our favor is evident in this and so many other areas!

We no longer can say that the mainstream media consists of the “liberal elite.” As I’ve witnessed both in the classroom and during the course of this internship, WE are the media. Yes, there still exists large news organizations, but they no longer wholly encompass what “media” is any longer. We have just begun to utilize this fact in the pro-life movement, and we must continue to pioneer a path in all forms of new media so that our cause for LIFE will succeed!

SFLA on FoxNews Rallying for Freedom!

This past weekend thousands of pro-life advocates spoke out across the country against the forced funding of birth control through the HHS mandate. Students for Life of America stood with hundreds of fellow advocates for life at the Rally for Religious Freedom in Washington D.C. on June 8, 2012. Speakers such as Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life, Michelle Bachmann, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, and many others voiced their opposition to the HHS mandate which would force non-profits and churches to pay for birth control for their employees.