Our time is now.

By Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America

Our time is now.

America has a pro-life majority government. Everything we have been fighting so hard to accomplish these past several years, despite an entrenched abortion lobby and corrupt politicians in Washington — all of this is now possible.

It’s now very easy to imagine a day when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be overturned and when Planned Parenthood, our nation’s abortion Goliath, will be defunded of half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.

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If we, the pro-life generation, hold President-Elect Trump to his promises.

If we hold the Congress and it’s leaders to their numerous pledges.

If we stand united, focused, and motivated.

There is no excuse.

As you know, our mission at Students for Life has never been dependent on what happens in Washington. This victory helps the pro-life movement immensely. This new pro-life majority has it within their reach to pass and enforce the pro-life laws we need until we reach the day our culture fundamentally rejects abortion. We will save more lives.

…but now the real work begins. We have to finish what we started.

We need to ensure that only pro-life Supreme Court justices are appointed, period. We need to fire Planned Parenthood and defund them of our taxpayer dollars, plain and simple.

We need to mobilize like never before and ensure our leaders in Washington will do what they have pledged.

And I’m going to ask you to do some hard things in the next few months and years.

I’m asking you today to trust our team at Students for Life and to believe in our mission to make abortion unthinkable and illegal in our lifetime. For this will be one of my greatest honors to lead you through this fight…the fight of our lives.

While our pro-life generation may be young, we’ve studied under our pro-life predecessors and heroes. We’re organized. We’re united. And we’re prepared. We can do this.

Please, stand with me. There’s so much we need to do.

This is our chance to appoint the justices we need to overturn Roe and Doe. This is our chance to defund and bankrupt the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood. This is our chance, the chance of a lifetime, to abolish abortion.

This is our time.

De-Stressing from the Election: Pro-Life Millennials Edition

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There are not many people who see our van and think, “whatever.” 

We usually spark some kind of reaction. Good, bad, weird, you name it. We’ve had it all. 

We’ve seen just about every emoji personified. 

 

We get support:  
1“I agree. Keep it up”

 

 

We get double takes:
2“Wait what!?”


It’s pretty strange to see a large pink van decked out with not so fun facts about Planned Parenthood. Especially when all you know is how ‘great’ Planned Parenthood is. Planned Parenthood spends MILLIONS on branding instead of serving women. Of course that is what you know! Question it!

 

We get confusion:  
3“Is that Planned Parenthood?? … no!?!?”


Sometimes it takes people a while to realize what’s going on. Yes, the van is pink, but Planned Parenthood doesn’t own the color pink.
 

 

We get stares, lots of stares:

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As we pull into a gas stations heads turn. Once a lady in the car next to us stared the whole time we were getting gas and snacks. Jaw partly dropped and wide eyes. 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget we are driving a large pink awesome van, but the constant stares are always a good reminder. 

 

We get shy opposition: 
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Before leaving the University of Pittsburgh a student walked by and began scratching his head. He glanced at us awkwardly a few times before scratching his head with his middle finger. Smooth… He didn’t have the courage to boldly wave the bird. Maybe because he was starting to question his beliefs. 

 

We get road rage: 

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On the Pennsylvania Turnpike a driver waved a certain special finger at us. His car swerved into our lane. He doesn’t value the life of the pre-born or our safety! 

 

We get apathy: 

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Some people just walk by. They think, “this isn’t my business” and just move on. The truth is abortion IS the largest human rights issue in the WORLD! Killing 3,000 children a day in the US alone is a BIG deal. Yes, it’s your business too. 

 

We even get hit on: 

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“I like your slogan” three men shouted flirtatiously at a West Virginia McDonald’s drive-through as three beautiful pro-life women stepped out of the van. First off, McDonalds isn’t the best place to pick up men. Secondly, we are taken. #SorryBoys Thanks for the support though… I guess. 

 

We get money: 

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“Do you all take donations?? Here is $20!” One woman yelled as she approached the van in a busy intersection in Cleveland, OH. 

 

But most importantly…

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We get conversions:   “Oh, I didn’t know that!”

When you stand on the fence or are bashfully pro-life and you see determined young people proudly driving the Pink Fleet across the county it can be pretty convincing! Planned Parenthood betrays women. #prolifegen

100 Abuses of Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood celebrates their 100th birthday this month. They are celebrating with champagne toasts, fancy parties, rallies, and lots of other pinked out blowouts. But they don’t deserve any of that. They deserve to be defunded, investigated and prosecuted for the abuses they have committed over the course of their existence.

Instead of celebrating 100 years of strong, we at Students for Life of America have listed below 100 abuses that the abortion giant has perpetrated. Special thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, the Family Research Council, LifeNews, LifeSiteNews, Live Action, and many others who have chronicled the abuses of Planned Parenthood.

Abuses: Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts

1. Planned Parenthood has been caught in the sale and trafficking of baby body parts, videos which have been determined to be 100% authentic by an independent forensic analysis report.

2. Planned Parenthood illegally profited from selling the body parts of babies they aborted.

3. Planned Parenthood broke the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which bans the procedure for the purpose of collecting body parts.

4. Federal law states that the abortion procedure can’t be changed to collect “tissue.” Planned Parenthood broke that law too.

5. An abortionist can’t do an abortion knowing that the patient has consented to fetal tissue donation. Planned Parenthood broke that law as well.

Abuses: Support of Sex-Selective Abortion

6. Planned Parenthood accepts donations for sex-selective abortions, thus committing gendercide of our girls.

7. Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California submitted a letter opposing any kind of sex-selective abortion bans.

8. Planned Parenthood celebrated the failure of a bill banning sex-selective abortions in Louisiana.

9. In 2016, Planned Parenthood opposed PRENDA, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

10. After being caught allowing a sex-selective abortion, Planned Parenthood fired the staffer and then announced they would do an abortion for any reason, even sex-selective, unless outlawed by state law.

11. The director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada said she supported sex-selective abortions even though she may have a harder time “eliminating women.”

12. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota panned the new law in South Dakota that banned sex-selective abortion.

13. Planned Parenthood in Indiana successfully blocked a sex-selective abortion ban from taking effect in the state.

Abuses: Targeting Minorities

14. Planned Parenthood targets minorities: 79% of its surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of African American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods.

15. Planned Parenthood accepts donations for race-selective abortions.

16. Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, wanted to “exterminate” the black population and recruit black pastors to help.

17. Planned Parenthood also targets college students: 79% of Planned Parenthood’s are located within five miles of a college campus.

18. The founding of Planned Parenthood is directly tied to the eugenics movement. The movement’s ultimate goal was the elimination of certain groups of “unfit” or “feeble-minded” people.

19. In the 1950’s, Planned Parenthood did unethical experimentation of the early version of the birth control pill on vulnerable women in Puerto Rico without informed consent leading to the deaths of at least three women without recognition or explanation.

Abuses: Medicaid Fraud and Taxpayer Overbilling

20. Planned Parenthood rakes in over $500 million in taxpayer funding a year.

21. Susan Thayer, former Planned Parenthood director, testified in an October 2015 Congressional hearing that she filed a federal False Claims Act complaint against Planned Parenthood alleging that it “filed false claims totaling about $28 million with Iowa’s Medicaid program for (1) illegally dispensing “medically unnecessary” quantities of oral contraceptive pills and birth control patches to C-Mail Medicaid patients and doing so without a prescription; (2) fraudulently billing the Iowa Medicaid program for abortion-related services; and (3) coercing “donations” from Medicaid patients.”

22. In 2009, Alliance Defending Freedom released a report that details federal and state audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates from 1995-2009, specifically highlighting Texas, California, Washington, and New York. These audits convey that these individual affiliates were responsible for over $95 million in waste, abuse and potential fraud. Examples include giving prescriptions without authorization from a medical practitioner and misusing government funds to over-bill patients for family planning.

23. Planned Parenthood of California was also accused of overcharging the state and federal governments by $180 million for birth-control pills, despite internal and external warnings that its billing practices were improper.

24. Planned Parenthood defrauded taxpayers in Texas and was ordered to pay over a million dollars in restitution.

25. Planned Parenthood cut ties with five clinics in Florida after one South Florida affiliate was facing allegations of “terrible mismanagement and possibly fraud” related to nearly $450,000.

26. Director of Finance Rene Davis was promoted to Chief Operating Officer after it was revealed at the Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan in 2010 that bank statements accumulated for up to six months before being reconciled and personal expenses, like household bills, were paid from that account. She also stole $5,000.

27. Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest was found to have overbilled Medicaid more than $629,000 through 2004-2007.

28. Five Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin overbilled taxpayers by over $52,000 in 2014.

29. A 2004 California audit of Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside counties showed they received excess payment of various kinds of contraception over $5.2 million

Abuses: Health and Safety Standards

30. An Ohio Planned Parenthood illegally dumped the bodies of babies they aborted into landfills.

31. Three PP’s in Florida were caught illegally performing late-term abortions.

32. A Pennsylvania PP stored aborted babies in a janitor’s closet.

33. A South Carolina PP also illegally dumped aborted babes in landfills.

34. A Kentucky Planned Parenthood broke the law when they started doing unlicensed abortions at their new facility.

35. The Columbia, SC Planned Parenthood was cited for 21 health and safety violations and ordered to pay $7,500.

36. Planned Parenthood broke HIPAA privacy laws in California when they gave patient information to a vendor.

37. As of September 2015, no Illinois Planned Parenthood was licensed by the state.

38. Planned Parenthood in Delaware was shut down after numerous health violations, including not cleaning their instruments.

39. Georgia Planned Parenthood had 23 health violations.

40. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains was sued after they forced a woman to continue her abortion and then botched it and refused to offer post-abortion care.

41. Planned Parenthood in Louisiana encountered violations before the facility even opened when an unlicensed contractor working for the abortion giant was fined.

Abuses: Death of Women

42. Cree Erwin, 24, died after a botched abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Michigan.

43. Tonya Reaves, 24, died following a second-trimester abortion at Planned Parenthood in Chicago.

44. Diane Lopez, 25, bled to death after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles.

45. Holly Patterson, 18, died from an infection after an incomplete abortion at Planned Parenthood in Haywood, CA.

46. At a Lincoln, NE Planned Parenthood, a 40-year-old woman nearly died after the abortionist punctured her uterus.

47. Planned Parenthood denies the existence of Post-Abortion Syndrome.

48. Linda McGown, 27, was left in a coma following a surgery at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas.

49. Planned Parenthood knew about the atrocities that Kermit Gosnell was committing at his late-term abortion facility and chose to do nothing.

50. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion facility hadn’t been inspected from 1993-2010, when the FBI raided it.  Gov. Tom Ridge (D-PA) wiped out routine inspections when he was elected in 1995 with the help of Planned Parenthood.

51. Planned Parenthood was one degree away from the infamous “Mother’s Day Massacre” at Gosnell’s facility in 1972 when the International PP Federation was one of two groups who brought in Dr. Harvey Karman, whose “super coil” late-term abortion device was ultimately tested on 15 poor women who were in their second trimesters, nine of whom suffered serious complications.

52. An abortionist who had worked for Planned Parenthood in California for 27 years finally lost his license after a series of drunk driving incidents, after a woman in his care died following an abortion, and after a failed abortion resulted in his patient giving birth to a stillborn baby at a hospital.

53. Woman awarded $2.78 million in malpractice suit for removal of contraception implants after PP doctor, too inexperienced to perform the procedure, caused her harm.

54. A medical malpractice case won against Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (“PPGG”) which performed an early first trimester abortion, failing to diagnose a twin pregnancy and aborting only one fetus and part of another. PPGG continued to see the patient and failed to perform pregnancy tests to diagnose her as still pregnant despite the fact that she had symptoms. A late second trimester abortion required the termination of her pregnancy in the fifth month.

55. Mandy Gittler, the abortionist who killed Tonya Reaves, was hired at a Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This happened after Ms. Reaves’ death.

Abuses: Covering up child abuse

56. Planned Parenthood aids and abets the sex-trafficking of minor girls by supplying confidential birth control, STD testing, and secret abortions to trafficked underage girls and their traffickers.

57. Planned Parenthood was caught in undercover video not reporting statutory rape at a number of its affiliates.

58. Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, OH was sued after covering up sexual abuse of a minor by her father.

59. Planned Parenthood in Ohio failed to report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old by her soccer coach and also broke the law by not obtaining parental consent before the abortion.

60. A judge in St. Paul, MN ruled that Planned Parenthood violated the law when they committed an abortion on a 17-year-old without parental consent.

61. Planned Parenthood in Connecticut failed to report the sexual abuse of 15-year-old Danielle Cramer, who was missing for nearly a year. They did an abortion on her.

62. Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains was sued after giving a 13-year-old an abortion without parental consent, failing to report child sex abuse, and then returning her to her abuser – her step-father.

63. Andrew King, a swim coach in California, was allowed to sexually abuse dozens of young girls after Planned Parenthood failed to report child sex abuse when he took a 14-year-old he impregnated there for an abortion.

64. Planned Parenthood employees in Denver failed to report sexual abuse of a minor.

65. Planned Parenthood in Alabama failed to report the rape of a 14-year-old, who underwent two abortions over four months.

66. Planned Parenthood in Montana fought to overturn two parental consent laws.

67. Planned Parenthood failed to report the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old when they scheduled her for an abortion, allowing continued abuse.

68. Planned Parenthood in Washington State didn’t report the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old when she came in for an abortion. Her rapist now sits in jail.

Abuses: Deceptive Advertising

69. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, perpetuated the lie that PP does mammograms over and over again.

70. Planned Parenthood in Appleton, WI was caught giving deceptive fetal development information to a patient seeking an abortion.

71. Planned Parenthood in Milwaukee, WI gave a patient misleading information on fetal development and pressured her to have an abortion.

72. In Indianapolis, IN, a Planned Parenthood employee gives a patient misleading information on fetal development.

Abuses: Pushing Abortion

73. Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas.

74. Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of abortions in the U.S. and kills about 324,000 children annually, taking responsibility for nearly one third of the abortions in the U.S. annually.

75. Under Mrs. Richards’ leadership, cancer screenings and prevention services have been cut in half at Planned Parenthood.

76. Abortion is down over 12% since 2010 yet only down by 1.6% for Planned Parenthood since 2010.

77. Prenatal services at PP have been cut in half since 2009.

78. From 2009-2013, Planned Parenthood’s adoption to abortion ratio is 209 -to-1.

79. Under Mrs. Richards’ leadership, abortions have skyrocketed from 289,750 abortions in 2006 to over 324,000 in 2015.

80. Planned Parenthood is focused on abortion above all else. In 2006, they committed one of every five abortions. In 2015, it’s up to one in every three abortions.

81. Cecile Richards confirmed that 86% of PP’s revenue is from abortion.

82. Planned Parenthood claims abortion is only 3% of their services yet other estimations show abortion makes up over 90% of what they do.

83. Cecile Richards applauds late-term abortion access in New York, which is very risky to the mother.

84. International Planned Parenthood Federation claimed they performed over 3.1 million “abortion-related” services in 2014-15.

Abuses: Journalism Malpractice

85. Planned Parenthood gave out 13 awards to journalists for their positive coverage of the abortion giant in 2016.

86. In 2015, Planned Parenthood awarded 16 journalists the “Maggie Awards for Media Excellence.”

87. Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas allotted the keynote speaker slot to a writer and columnist from a news website.

Abuses: Political Process

88. Planned Parenthood is engaged in a cycle of corruption, buying politicians to do their will, give them more tax dollars, vote against any kind of medical and safety standards, and oppose restrictions on abortion.

89. In 2008 Cecile Richards declared, “We aim to be the largest kick-butt political organization.”

90. Planned Parenthood claims that their materials are not tainted by a political agenda, yet they’ve given millions of dollars to political candidates (99% of them Democrats).

91. They announced a $30 million investment in a door-knocking campaign during the 2016 election to elect Hillary Clinton.

92. They bought $2 million worth of ads against pro-life Senators in 2016.

93. From 2008-2016, Planned Parenthood gave $2.8 million in cash and $10.8 million in-kind donations to politicians.

94. Planned Parenthood illegally donated to political candidates in Washington State.

95. Planned Parenthood launched a voter registration drive at their facilities in 2016.

96. Cecile Richards was the former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and described her journey from campaigns to leading PP as coming “full circle.”

97. Cecile Richards had zero background in healthcare when she took over Planned Parenthood in 2006. Her background was all political.

98. In 2008, Planned Parenthood pledged $10 million to elect pro-abortion candidates.

99. A formal ethics complaint was filed against New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hasson and an executive council member for not recusing themselves of matters related to Planned Parenthood funding in the state.

100. Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) received talking points from a Planned Parenthood lobbyist in the wake of the Center for Medical Progress videos, as PP tried to keep the story from exploding.

Sen. and Mrs. Santorum Honored with Wilberforce Leadership Award

Students for Life of America (SFLA) was pleased to honor Senator and Mrs. Rick Santorum with the 2013 William Wilberforce Leadership Award at the 6th annual SFLA Summer Social on July 25th.

Sen. Santorum gave a particularly passionate and inspirational speech that can be watched below:

“Karen and I are both deeply committed to life at every stage, and are grateful that Students for Life of America has chosen us for this award,” said Rick Santorum.  “The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator ‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’  Life is first for a reason.  Because without life, no other rights matter.  We believe that every life has value and every life must be protected.”

“The lives of Sen. and Mrs. Santorum exemplify what it means to be pro-life, in word and deed. Sen. Santorum was a pro-life leader in Congress for over a decade and, with his wife Karen, set an amazing example of the sanctity of human life with the love they showed their son Gabriel, who was born and passed at 20 weeks, and their daughter Bella, who was born with Trisomy 18 and is now a beautiful 5 year old,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins.

“From the political to the personal, the Santorums are tireless advocates for Life, never wavering from their pro-life commitment to honoring each and every human life. I couldn’t think of a more deserving couple for the 2013 William Wilberforce Leadership Award. It is a joy to recognize such exemplary pro-life leaders who are at the forefront, just like Wilberforce himself, of the modern-day abolitionist movement.”

The Wilberforce Leadership Award is named for the British social justice and human rights activist, William Wilberforce, who led the fight to abolish the slave trade and was successful in helping to end slavery in Great Britain. SFLA awards two pro-life leaders each year who, like Wilberforce, are working to create and uphold laws that will eventually abolish the greatest human rights threat our nation faces, abortion.

A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012. Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He wrote and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous Partial Birth Abortion procedure as well as the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act” because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.

In June, 2012 Rick and his wife of 23 years, Karen, launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Rick and Karen are the parents of seven wonderful children. Their youngest daughter, Isabella, was born with a condition called Trisomy 18, and wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday.  Beating all the odds, Bella celebrated her 5th birthday in May of 2013 and is a joyful and loving little girl.  Bella’s miraculous life has only strengthened Rick and Karen’s belief in the dignity of each of every life.

Students For Life of America’s July Show

In June, Students for Life of America was busy fighting pro-abortion forces from Ireland to Texas!

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In this episode:

Keep Ireland Abortion-Free
http://studentsforlife.org/2013/06/07…

Obama’s War on Girls
http://studentsforlife.org/2013/06/14…

Wendy Davis Protects the Gosnells of Texas
http://studentsforlife.org/2013/07/02…

Protect Preborn Babies Because #TheyFeelPain
http://studentsforlife.org/2013/06/17…

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Celebrating Planned Parenthood’s Birthday with a Mammogram Myth

By Kathryn Jean Lopez
Reposted from The National Review Online

Last night during the debate, the president, in arguing for Planned Parenthood’s continued federal funding, claimed that there are “millions” of women who rely on it for mammograms, in one of three mentions of the abortion giant. Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms, a point the Students for Life for America immediately made in a graphic put together for social-media educational purposes. Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life, talks with me about mammograms, Planned Parenthood, and the election.

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Why does it matter if Planned Parenthood does mammograms or not?

KRISTAN HAWKINS: Women don’t go to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screenings. They go to Planned Parenthood for birth control and abortions. Planned Parenthood is the abortion Goliath of our nation.

Planned Parenthood tries to divert attention from the fact that they are the nation’s largest abortion provider by pointing to other medical services they provide, like STD testing, and some they don’t even provide, like mammograms, to explain why U.S. taxpayers should give them over $487,000,000 a year. Starting as early as elementary and middle school, Planned Parenthood’s objective is to establish trust with young people so that when they become sexually active, they turn to their business “to take care of” an unplanned pregnancy.

LOPEZ: Planned Parenthood does abortions, but not exclusively. Go ahead and “Gotcha!” the president on mammograms, but what about the other services they provide?

HAWKINS: Planned Parenthood turned 96 yesterday, and they proudly celebrated their roots back to the first birth-control clinic that their founder, Margaret Sanger, established in New York City. Planned Parenthood’s objective then and now is the same: population reduction. Planned Parenthood does not offer services for those women who want to conceive or who are already pregnant. I’ve been into multiple Planned Parenthoods while visibly pregnant, and they had zero resources for me. They couldn’t even give me names of local OB/GYNs I could see, but I did walk out of every Planned Parenthood facility with a referral sheet for where to obtain an abortion and how much cash I would need.

Last night, the president furthered the lie that Planned Parenthood attempted to tell the American taxpayers – that Planned Parenthood does mammograms. They don’t. As for the other services they provide, there are more than 7,000 federally qualified, taxpayer-supported health clinics across the nation that do the same thing — without providing abortions.

LOPEZ: Shouldn’t students be a little more compassionate and cognizant of the health-care needs of women?

HAWKINS: Of course we recognize the medical needs that women, especially women in low-income families, have. However, we don’t believe that those needs ever necessitate killing a preborn child. Abortion is not health care.

Currently, SFLA works with over 700 active pro-life student groups across the nation. Our Pregnant on Campus initiative was designed to help Students for Life groups promote local medical and material resources in their community. There has never been a case where students referred women to Planned Parenthood because they offered something that no one else did.

LOPEZ: Why do Students for Life hate single women like Sandra Fluke?

HAWKINS: We don’t hate single women, far from it actually. A majority of those whom we work with are single women. However, we don’t believe U.S. taxpayers should be forced to pay for someone’s birth control. Science has proven that some types of morning-after pills can cause abortions, and we don’t believe the U.S. government should ever put pro-lifers, those of conscience and faith, in a position where we are being forced to pay for procedures and drugs we morally oppose.

LOPEZ: What is Students for Life doing to get voters ready to vote?

HAWKINS: Our goal is to work with pro-lifers across the nation to reach more than 300,000 households with the Vote Pro-Life First message before November 6, and we are well on our way to doing that.

Students for Life of America has been engaged since January in this initiativeOur goal is to empower pro-lifers across the nation, regardless of their age, political affiliation, or religion, to vote on November 6 and encourage other pro-lifers to do the same. After releasing a study about this generation of 18- to 24-year-olds in June, SFLA has been directly educating young pro-lifers about the importance of always voting pro-life, in every race — from local school-board member to president of the United States. In September, we organized our I Vote Pro-Life First campus tour and have signed up dozens of Students for Life groups and young people to volunteer with 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations to knock on doors, call voters, and pass out candidate-comparison information.

We believe, now more than ever, that our generation and movement must stand up and show our nation that the pro-life vote matters. We are paying attention and will continue to do so after November 6.

LOPEZ: What are you hearing on campuses?

HAWKINS: We don’t see a lot of excitement for either candidate running for the U.S. presidency. However, the closer we get to the election, that will change. Pro-life students haven’t been excited about Mitt Romney’s candidacy, but they do understand that President Obama has been an abortion advocate as president. We haven’t spoken to any pro-life student who believes President Obama has helped the preborn or advanced our cause. I think on Election Day the percentage of under-30 voters will be below the 2008 level.

LOPEZ: What would you hope every voter would consider this cycle?

HAWKINS: I would like to ask people to consider abortion first when voting for any candidate, of any office. If you believe that abortion kills a child, a human being, it should be at the top of your list when considering a candidate. If a candidate doesn’t stand for the very right to life in its earliest and most vulnerable stage, how can you trust them on other important issues?

Ask yourself: Could you vote for a candidate who believes that owning others as slaves should be a legal choice? Or would that candidate’s extreme “pro-choice” view on slavery, cause you to question his judgment, his worldview, on every other issue?

If you believe as we do, I would encourage you to sign up to be a get-out-the-pro-life-vote volunteer. We will send you all you need to do to impact this election.

 

 

We Must Engage: Why You Must Vote Pro-Life First

Abolishing abortion isn’t going to happen overnight, and there are many steps we must take to get there. Politics isn’t going to be the final resting ground for the abortion war. It’s going to happen in everyone’s town – when the abortion facility down the street closes and those within your church and community start rising up to take care of those mothers and fathers desperately in need of help. It’s going to happen when no woman feels like she has no other choice than to kill her child.

However, what will it take for us to get to that point? Can we abolish abortion simply by telling folks abortion is wrong, i.e. educating more Americans and providing and promoting more abortion alternatives? What about the abortion industry, the supply of abortion, i.e.  the number of abortion facilities; the amount of taxpayer money the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood, receives; the money Planned Parenthood receives to go into our taxpayer-funded schools where they tell students that abortion is a healthy procedure and that asking parents for help is an out-dated notion?

Sadly, today, many in our society wrongly equate morality with legality. And even more sad is the fact that some women, even after being educated about abortion and offered every possible resource needed, still choose abortion.

Thus, ending all demand for abortion means we are going to have to make abortion, once again, illegal. And making it illegal means we will have to elect pro-life leaders who can appoint pro-life justices and pass pro-life laws.

We will have to engage in the political system.

I know that many of our movement’s victories have been slow, way too slow, and I’m not happy about that either. But lives have been saved. Every time an abortion facility shuts down, a mother hears the heartbeat of her child and decides against the abortion, one Planned Parenthood affiliate is kicked out of a school system, and a mother is told she can’t abort her 23 week old baby who can now feel pain – babies are saved. Not at the pace we expect or want, but they are saved. And they were saved through laws and grassroots, pro-life activists, like you and I, who elected pro-life officials and held their “feet to the fire” after they were elected.

My post today isn’t meant to be a great philosophical piece of today’s time. It’s a realistic piece written from one abortion abolitionist, mother, wife, and non-profit leader.

Let me clarify here: I’m not getting paid to stump for a particular candidate. My organization isn’t rich; you can check out my bank statements or look online to see how much debt I’m in, if you really want.

I spend 3 days a week away from the 3 most wonderful human beings on this planet: my sons, Gunner and Bear, and husband, Jonathan, to travel the nation speaking to adults and students about why they should care about abolishing abortion. Gunner, my 3 year old baby boy, has cystic fibrosis, a deadly genetic disease, which makes me realize that everyday he has on this earth is precious. To the outsider looking in to my life, I’m a pretty crazy woman. Some have even snidely remarked that I’m not a good mother and wife because of my “career” choice.

But I make this sacrifice, and yes, every moment away from my family is a sacrifice, because I want to abolish abortion in my lifetime.

I do it because I love doing what God has called me to do – this mission of abolishing abortion.

How is that for some street cred? I hope by now I have convinced you that I’m not an evil, Washington, D.C. special interest firm looking just for votes for one candidate.

But I do have to admit one thing to you: I am a lobbyist. Today, I’m writing to you to lobby for the preborn and their moms.

Recently, there has been some chatter on college campuses and in pro-life circles about why pro-lifers should care about the elections coming up on November 6th.

There’s even been some online banter from anti-abortion folks who have said you can’t be a “real” abortion abolitionist if you vote in the Presidential election.

I think this is dangerous talk, which divides and takes away momentum from everyone’s goal of abolishing abortion in our lifetime. Because whether or not we agree on strategy, we all agree on our goal: ending all abortions.

Let me be clear: There will never be a perfect candidate running for any office. As a Christian, I know this because Jesus Christ isn’t running for office.

And we are all sinners. Therefore, all candidates are sinners, just like us. 

And just so you know, the guy I really wanted to be elected President, didn’t even run.

However, those Americans who oppose abortion and want to see it ended in our lifetime must vote on November 6th, and we must vote pro-life first.

What do I mean about “voting pro-life first?” I mean that before we check that box we must consider the candidates who are running and decide which will be the most likely to help our movement achieve our goal of abolishing all abortions.

Ask yourself: Which candidate, regardless of his party affiliation, religion, etc, will help us take the first step in ending all abortions in our nation?

Will I vote for the person who has voted against giving medical care to babies born alive during an abortion; has increased the amount of money going to the largest abortion Goliath in our nation, Planned Parenthood, by 30%; has appointed 2 ardent pro-abortion Supreme Court justices; and has stripped freedom of religion and conscience away from the Catholic Church and pro-life, secular employers like myself and has told us all to shove it?

Or will I vote for the person who has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood (a move that will undoubtably save lives), appoint only Supreme Court justices that are in favor of reversing Roe and Doe, reverse the hideous HHS Mandate, and stop taxpayer funding international funding of abortion?

Now, I can’t guarantee what either candidate will really do if elected President, and I know that just because a candidate promises something, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. And I also know that once a candidate who declares himself or herself pro-life and wins, should never be left alone.

We should always be asking and expecting for more.

However, can I morally justify not voting in this election for President? Nope, I can’t. And the Catholic Church (check out Evangelium Vitae) and leaders of the Protestant churches have said the same. Priest for Life’s political responsibility site sums it up best: “The role of citizens and elected officials is to promote intrinsic moral values as much as possible today while continuing to work toward better candidates, laws, and programs in the future.”

Too much is at stake. Too much has been done these past 4 years that I can’t ignore and just hope.

God gave us this awesome gift: America. He placed us in what I believe to be the best nation in the world, a nation where real change is possible. And He’s called each and everyone of us not to segregate ourselves from our neighbors, co-workers, and the rest of our countrymen but to engage and to be His light.

In this election on November 6th and in every election, until all abortions are ended, lives are at stake.

And I hope you will join me in voting pro-life first this November. Sign up at www.ivoteprolifefirst.com to be a Get out the Pro-Life Vote Volunteer to make calls to other pro-lifers encouraging them to get out and vote. The deal couldn’t be any sweeter: help save babies and get a cool t-shirt that you can use to promote our abolitionist message.

3,300 precious preborn babies were thrown in the trash today. I will not do the same thing with my vote. I will vote for them.

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!

SFLA’s 5th Annual Summer Social Shows the Tide is Turning!

Tuesday evening, SFLA’s Summer Social in Washington D.C. gave pro-life advocates the chance to gather and connect with each other, demonstrating that D.C. is not devoid of an active and growing pro-life community. Pro-lifers of all ages and backgrounds attended and were able to hear speakers Congressman Trent Franks, Kellyanne Conway, Founder and President of the polling company™, inc./WomanTrend, and Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of SFLA.

Congressman Franks, after receiving the 2012 William Wilberforce award,  made it clear that it is very possible to be a candidate who is staunchly pro-life and be electable. In fact, the tide has shifted so much that now it can be more favorable to be a pro-life candidate than one who chooses to remain on the fence.

Kellyanne Conway presented some highlights from the recent SFLA commissioned poll  on 18-24 year olds, saying that while a cursory glance of the poll could lead pro-life advocates to be discouraged, the results are actually very encouraging for our side. For example, only 9% of those polled said they believe abortion should be allowed for anyone, for any reason, any time – the same position that our current President holds. This shows that if young people are shown Obama’s position, they will be less likely to vote for a President who wants abortions to be legal 100% of the time.

Kristan Hawkins closed out the event, showing how vital the work of Students for Life of America is to our current culture. While many devalue the impact young people can have on the political or cultural fronts, it is SFLA’s mission to show exactly the kind of impact young people can have. SFLA has over 700 active campus groups across America, while Planned Parenthood boasts a measly 200 groups, many of which are not even active. This is just one fact that shows how the tide is turning, and should encourage the pro-life community that the momentum is on our side!