Oh, so charming

By Reagan Barklage, West Regional Director

One question I often get from my Facebook friends is, “Why do you ‘like’ Planned Parenthood on Facebook?” My answer is simple: to see what they are up to.

Take their latest sabotaging attempt, for example. On Monday, Great Plains Planned Parenthood posted, “#GrabYourWallet and boycott businesses that support PP Charming charlieextremists…like Charming Charlie in Leawood.”

Planned Parenthood wasn’t too happy that Charming Charlie’s hosted a fundraising day supporting Kansans for Life, and thus decided to boycott. Me on the other hand, I was thrilled!

Finally, a business that I spend a good chunk of money at, doesn’t donate a portion to Planned Parenthood.

Note to pro-lifers: if you are ever trying to find companies to support, locate the companies that Planned Parenthood hates.

Good ol’ PP also decided to attack Charming Charlie’s on Facebook by writing terrible reviews on their page. When I initially saw that post, Charming Charlie’s star rating was at a 1.1.

That wasn’t working for me. I mean seriously, “I have enough jewelry,” – said no one ever.  So leave it up to the #prolifegen to take over Planned Parenthood’s sabotaging plans. Within hours Charming Charlie’s star rating boosted to a 3.7 and the number of 5 star reviews doubled the number of 1 star reviews.

Nice try Planned Parenthood. I know this isn’t a Social Media War- but look at how
something so simple as backing up a company had us come together, stand up for Charming Charlie ReaganLIFE, and sabotage Planned Parenthood’s own sabotage plans. This just goes to show that Planned Parenthood doesn’t stand a chance against the #prolifegen.

Also, a PSA to my husband. My increase in money spent at Charming Charlie’s is for the cause. I repeat, for the cause.

SFLA’s 2016 Year in Review

While most of the country cannot wait to turn the calendar to January 2017 and put 2016 behind us, Students for Life wants to take one last look at this incredible year and recount what we did that made it so awesome.

Many of the stories on campuses never make it the newspapers or on television but just because there wasn’t a camera there doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

So in the immortal words of Elsa, we are prepped to “let it go” and move forward but before we do, here’s to a wonderful 2016!

JANUARY

If January was any indication of where 2016 would go, we were in for a wild ride. Snowzilla threatened to cancel the March for Life and did end up shutting dpaturnpike3own the Students for Life East Coast Conference. We saw months of work get washed away the moment Washington, DC closed the metro.

But our students were resilient and managed to make more news on the way home from the March for Life than at the actual march itself when they got stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 26 hours due to the storm.

Instead of complaining, they set up a snow altar and instituted the #TurkpikeMass, which spread like wildfire on social media and even many traditional media outlets covered it. Go pro-life students!

Speaking of fantastic pro-life people, in….

FEBRUARY

…SFLA added three new Regional Coordinators to our growing team. Breanna was our new Appalachian RC, Jake was out in the Arizona desert covering that region, and Ryan was busy sampling Southern food (errr, setting up pro-life groups) in the Southeast.

After training our new recruits, SFLA needed to recruit an attorney to file an amicus brief for us in the Whole Women’s Health case at the Supreme Court. A smart pro-life attorney stepped up and helped us to file the brief, which urged the Justices to see how the medical safety standards law out of Texas was meant to protect women.

Grab the popcorn because reliving the NARAL meltdown during the Super Bowl is just as fun the second and third times as it was in real time. Doritos – the cheesy chip company – aired a hilarious ad during the big game that dared to show *gasp* an ultrasound of a baby in utero. NARAL lost their minds and went on a maybe-drunken tweetfest about how Doritos was using an “antichoice tactic to humanize the fetus.” OH NO! We were all eating Doritos on Monday morning by the way.

Speaking of eating, our Capital Area Regional Coordinator, Michele Hendrickson, couldn’t manage to chow down on her free Chinese food as she infiltrated a rare lecture from infamous late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart at Johns Hopkins University. Carhart believed that killing viable babies was ‘doing God’s work’. It was stomach-churning.

Unfortunately February didn’t end there. Supreme Court Justice and pro-life stalwart Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly in mid-February, setting off a frenzy about the importance of the Supreme Court in a election year. We miss Justice Scalia.

Seattle University, a Jesuitseattle post with sfla logo school, allowed a pro-choice group on campus to promote an event featuring a Planned Parenthood doctor. The flyer had a photo of the Rosary, but instead of the Crucifix at the bottom, there was an IUD. Thanks to the swift notification from the Students for Life group on campus and our Regional Coordinator, SFLA immediately asked our supporters to call the school and demand they cancel the event – if this is what Catholic schools are promoting, raising up solid Catholic leaders in the next generation is going to be a huge problem.

While a disappointment at first, Seattle University caved to SFLA’s pressure and canceled the event.

Speaking of public pressure, in…

MARCH

…. SFLA organized a huge rally and protest in front of the US Supreme Court during the oral arguments of Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt, which would have reqNYT coveruired abortion facilities to adhere to the same medical and safety standards as other outpatient facilities. Of course, Planned Parenthood was having none of that and bussed in around 3,000 (paid?) supporters. The kicker is that while pro-lifers were outnumbered, the New York Times ran a front page photo of a young, pro-life woman the next day at the rally and Planned Parenthood lost their minds. It was great.

But the abortion side would continue to lose their minds as a young woman – a student at the University of New Mexico – put together an entire life-affirming Real Sex Week at the school in response to their vulgar, abortion-promoting Sex Week the previous year. She had workshops on post-abortion healing, green birth control and even had an MMA trainer come in to do a self-defense class.

The talent of pro-life students continued to shine through this month as the SFL group at Arizona State University chalked pro-life gorgeous designs on sidewalks on campus.ASU-chalk-heart Even though they obtained permission ahead of time, someone from the school power-washed away their artwork and said it was “too political.” The students are working with the school to resolve this blatant attempt at taking away free speech (and pretty artwork).

SFLA headed out to dozens of campuses in March with our brand new campus tour, We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood, which consisted of huge banners comparing Federally Qualified Health Centers to Planned Parenthood and the services each offers (spoiler alert: PP offers waaay less than FHQCs). We argued that FHQCs should be getting taxpayer funding and that PP shouldn’t. Many students agreed with us!

Speaking of agreeing with us, in…

APRIL

…students agreed that having a Students for Life group on the campus of Ohio University was an awesome idea. Jacob Hoback, a freshman at OU, was trying to start an SFL group on campus but kept running into obstacles and a few pro-abortion people were harassing him on social media. He didn’t let it get to him and with the help of our Regional Coordinator, Anna, Jacob managed to get the club off the ground and had his first meeting in April – where 35 students showed up, including a pro-choice girl who ended up changing her mind by the time the meeting ended. Here’s a virtual high-five to you Jacob!

Planned Parenthood’s PR machine was at work again in April as their favored candidate for president accidentally called a preborn baby an “unborn person.” Whoops. The abortion industry was not happy.

Planned Parenthood also wasn’t happy that David Daleiden released all those 320px-Kamala_Harris_Official_Attorney_General_Photoundercover videos of them discussing how to make a profit from selling the body parts of aborted babies. In fact, they were so mad that they got their buddy the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, to raid David’s one-bedroom apartment with nearly a dozen agents! That’s not cool at all. David is a friend of SFLA’s and we immediately kicked into activism-gear and moved to hold a rally outside Harris’ office in Sacramento, which was well-attended and covered by the press.

And in another episode of faith-centered universities behaving badly, Georgetown University, another Jesuit school, welcomed Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, with open arms in April. It probably didn’t go as well as they would have liked though since SFLA had not one, but two, of our campus displays – We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Project – set up where all of the students lined up to go inside the venue. We also helped the SFL group on campus, Georgetown Right to Life, secure Abby Johnson to speak later the same day, as well as promoted the tweets of a pro-life student who managed to get into Cecile’s speech, which was closed-press of course.

Missy Gtown felon

Something that wasn’t closed press was the premiere of the documentary, Abortion: Stories Women Tell, which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Why do we care? Because our Midwest Regional Coordinator rock star Reagan Barklage was featured in it! The film was slanted but Reagan shared the pro-life message so well and ended up having a good conversation on the flight home with the abortionist that was also featured in the movie.

Speaking of slanted, in…

MAY

….the school administration at the University of Iowa decided that our Students for Life group’s pro-life sidewalk chalk messages (some as simple as “Smile, your mom chose life!”) were too “offensive” and had them all washed off.

At Southern Methodist University, the Students for Life group created a cemetery with 3,000 crosses to represent the number of lives lost to abortion every day. They came out the next day to find out their entire display had been taken down. Not only that, a young man filmed himself ranting about the display and saying that women need abortion to be successful. The video caught traction with the students and the Students for Life group filmed a brilliant response of women saying that pro-life is pro-woman. We are working with the group now to make sure the school takes appropriate action against the vandals.

Our Students for Life group at the University of Colorado at Boulder had to fight with their student activities office to host Abby Johnson as a speaker. They initially denied funding to the group based on the content of Abby’s speech. With the help of our legal team and staff, the group received full funding and Abby was able to come and give an inspirational speech.

In more good news, we had a big legal win at the University of South Alabama when our lawsuit was finally resolved and the school agreed to open up more of the campus to free speech (it was less than one percent when we filed the suit) and not to discriminate against pro-life students.

SFLA wrapped up the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood tour in May, striking fear into the heart of the abortion industry because we turned so many young people against the abortion giant by simply educating them. All in the all, we took the display to 68 campuses in 27 states plus Washington, DC and traveled over 13,332 miles.

Speaking of traveling, in….

JUNE

…Rock for Life kicked off their summer tour, which hit up  17 Christian music festivals as well as 41 stops in 53 days with the secular Vans Warped Tour. Rock for Life is the only national pro-life group to do a summer music festival tour with the intention of reaching young people with a positive pro-life message. Rock on you guys.

In an example of Congress actually doing good work, the Select Panel on Infant Lives released evidence that Planned Parenthood illegally shared confidential medical information of their clients. Care about women, eh, Planned Parenthood? Nope, they only care about the bottom line. Fox News had an exclusive piece on the findings here.

Planned Parenthood hosted Hillary Clinton in her first speech since gaining the Democratic nomination for president. SFLA gathered a special welcome committee outside of the Washington, DC hotel where she was speaking, with women holding signs that Planned Parenthood and Hillary didn’t speak for them. SFLA also spear-headed a coalition of pro-life women leaders who released a statement condemning Planned Parenthood for selling out women.

So good news/bad news next. The Supreme Court struck down the Texas law requiring abortion facilities to maintain normal safety standards. It wasn’t fun to be outside the Supreme Court that day in the midst of pro-abortion women cheering. But we did manage to get our pro-life signs in dozens of news photos and give interviews to major news networks, including Spanish ones.

Good news was that we passed the 1,000 group mark in June! This was a huge 1K strongaccomplishment for SFLA and it also meant that we outnumbered Planned Parenthood campus groups 4-to-1.

Another bit of good news this month was that Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA was invited to a meeting of pro-life and family leaders with Republican nominee for president Donald Trump. Any chance we got to be at the table for these meetings we took (and good foresight of course since Trump was elected president).

SFLA launched our brand new Institute for Pro-Life Advancement with the release of a white paper that detailed polling on Millennials, Planned Parenthood, and the pro-life brand. It garnered a good amount of media attention and gave SFLA a private polling institute for reference in the future and among the pro-life movement.

Speaking of attention, in…

JULY

…the Rock for Life summer tour got noticed by abortion advocates at the secular Vans Warped Tour and boy, were these people mad. Rock for Life was called all sorts of unprintable names on social media just because they were promoting the pro-life position. It was great because it gave Rock for Life even more attention. The head of the Vans Warped tour came out in support of Rock for Life’s right to be there and said he would gave the same deference to a pro-choice that wanted to exhibit – we never saw any. Guess they just wanted to rant on Twitter instead.

In one of our more exciting July projects, every year Students for Life releases our numbers from the previous school year and it’s always awesome. The 2015-2016 was no different, breaking all sorts of records. Even though our National East Coast Conference was cancelled because of the blizzard, we still managed to train 11,000 students, which is 3,000 more than the previous year. We work with incredible people, we really do.

2015-2016-School-Year-Infographic-1

SFLA loves incredible people so we hired two more in July. Camille Rodriguez came on as our new West Coast Regional Coordinator, which meant she got to travel all over California to train pro-life students and infiltrate safe spaces at pro-abortion leaning universities. Jillian Ferguson still needs to buy a cowboy hat and boots since she became the new Southwest Regional Coordinator.

About Texas…in Houston, the District Attorney threw out all the bogus charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the undercover investigators at the Center for Medical Progress. It was a huge win and we were able to support David and Sandra in the press and call attention to the corrupt DAs office.

July ended with was what quite possibly the beginning of the end of Hillary Clinton’s run for office when the Democratic Party ratified the most pro-abortion platform in its history. It called for taxpayer-funded abortion, more money for Planned Parenthood, and no restrictions whatsoever on abortion. Many Americans don’t agree with the platform and well, they voted in November.

Pro-Life Future chapters in the Northeast also headed to Philly in their first trip to the DNC, but it was to protest the pro-abortion platform. They talked to many people who were not in support of the radical abortion platform that encompassed the party.

Speaking of firsts, in….

AUGUST

…. SFLA decided to put together the first-ever National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day, where we partnered with Sidewalk Advocates for Life to train our students on WE are here for youproper sidewalk counseling techniques and then got as many students as we could to go abortion facilities on the same day and use their newfound skills to help women. Students went to 30 different abortion facilities and we know of at least one baby save!

Students for Life of America hosted their 3rd annual Christian Leadership Summit in August, where over two dozen pro-life student leaders from Christian and Catholic universities gathered together to participate in workshops with pro-life movement leaders, learn how to be a good leader and talk about how to transform their campuses to a culture of life.

Not content to launch just one new initiative this year, SFLA went ahead and launched two more in August: the Middle School Program and Faith Foundations. That’s right, we are everywhere.

In the August installment of Christian Schools Behaving Badly, Texas Christian University got put on the naughty list for giving students credit for a Planned Parenthood internship. SFLA’s supporters weren’t happy and thousands of them called and emailed the school. Even the local news covered the story. Now everyone knows that TCU is in cahoots with Planned Parenthood. A local Pregnancy Research Center even reached out to the school to offer students a for-credit internship with them to, you know, balance out the abortion side. No word on if the school accepted.

Speaking of acceptance, in….

SEPTEMBER

….we didn’t want to accept the news that Phyllis Schlafly passed away on Labor Day weekend, which was a huge loss for pro-lifers. She was not only a beacon of hope in the movement but a mentor for Kristan Hawkins and she will missed dearly.

SFLA kicked off September by releasing another white paper from the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, this time delving into the touchy subject of abortion and how IPA 5 point 5 percentChristian and Catholic churches talk about it (spoiler: not well). A hefty majority of women who have abortion identify as Christian, which is a huge problem. We are trying to remedy that fact.

Because SFLA can’t let too much time pass between mobilizing students for pro-life activism, on September 10th, we organized a Women Betrayed rally outside the much-hyped All Access 2016 pro-abortion concert in Cleveland that featured pop star SIA.

In Pennsylvania, the Pro-Life Future chapter of Lehigh Valley lobbied their local legislators to support more laws to encourage pregnant and parenting students to continue their education and have their child or place him or her for adoption.Cycle

Students got to take our new campus tour to their campuses starting this month, the Cycle of Corruption, which highlighted the cycle of corruption in the abortion industry and challenged students to learn more about their own political parties and influence them on behalf of the pro-life position.

The special pro-abortion snowflakes in the school administration at Mizzou attempted to scare away students from the new display in an email, falsely claiming that the display had graphic images that would be offense. If they mean images that are not graphic in nature or offensive, then sure, they are right.

Ohio University Students for Life also encountered opposition to the display when a representative from the university demanded our students not hand out postcards and stand behind a table. The students already had permission to be there but while our attorneys looked into the matter, our clever students made their own signs:

ohio1

Speaking of brave and clever pro-life students, in…..

OCTOBER

….junior Bridget Christiansen from Gretna High School in Nebraska went public with the fact that her high school was not allowing her pro-life club to be an official club and was discriminating against her. SFLA and our attorneys sent a demand letter to the school and Bridget did dozens of media interviews. The school eventually demoted almost all clubs to a non-official status, resolving the problem in the most childish way possible.

In efforts to make sure the president of Planned Parenthood knows that this generation is pro-life and isn’t fooled by her rip-off “Planned Parenthood Generation” mantra, pro-life students brought the SFLA #PinkFleet vans to wherever she was speaking. At Temple University in PA, the pink van was there. Cecile saw our pink van in Denver at a medical conference she was speaking at.Bethany AMA2

And when we couldn’t get the pink van out, our pro-life students showed up all over Iowa and in San Francisco.

Speaking of not buying Planned Parenthood’s crap, two high schools in Colorado had a competition to see which one could raise the most diapers for a local pregnancy resource center. Combined they collected over 28,000 diapers. Now that’s the Pro-Life Generation in action.

The Pro-Life Generation also took action during National Pro-Life Chalk Day, which is designated as a day where student pro-life groups all do chalk messages on campus. It’s usually controversial in some places because pro-abortion students can’t handle messages like “love them both” or “women deserve better than abortion.” One such incident happened at the University of Mary Washington in the middle of the night, where the pro-life group caught the vandals red-handed erasing their messages and writing abortion ones. But instead of getting mad, our students actually had a long, civil and thoughtful conversation with them. Listen to it here.

Speaking of civil conversations, in….

NOVEMBER

…. SFLA got together two pro-lifers who were friends and had a fun night before Election Day called Election Whine. It was live-streamed over Facebook and meant to look at both sides of the Trump/NeverTrump debate and ultimately to have a group hug at the end, which they did. And it was nice.

SFLA wasted no time in trying to unite pro-lifers after Trump’s historic win, releasing an op-ed about how important it is to make sure pro-life leaders present a united front and hold Trump accountable to the promises he made to pro-lifers.

We also released our second annual list of Top Schools for Pregnant and Parenting Students – Public School edition. It’s so important to recognize colleges and universities who make it a priority to provide support to pregnant and parenting students so that they aren’t forced to choose between their child and their education. High-five!

ABQ4

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the late-term abortion capitol of the nation, an arsonist set fire to a pro-life pregnancy resource center in the middle of the night, burning up a chapel and several other rooms in the process. SFLA has students that both work and volunteer there and it is so sad that someone decided to cause serious damage, which the FBI has labeled a hate crime.

Speaking of abortion supporters being intolerant, in….

DECEMBER

…Satanists decided to start a campaign to send bodily-fluid soaked soaks to the Texas governor in protest of a law that requires aborted babies to be cremated or buried. The abortion industry supported this of course.

There was some good things that came out of Texas though, like the amazing Group of the Month, Students for Life at the University of Texas in Austin. This group not only hosted the Cycle of Corruption campus tour but they had a guest speaker on end-of-life issues, hosted Abby Johnson and showed the movie 40 Film, held freshmen recruiting events and did a Facebook video with doodles from students on why they are pro-life.

SFLA live-tweeted Congressional speeches from pro-life Members of Congress when they House Select Panel on Infant Lives referred Planned Parenthood for criminal charges in Texas for the buying and selling of aborted baby body parts. The Senate Judiciary Committee also referred both the national Planned Parenthood and affiliates for criminal prosecution.

Other things happened this month that were not taking place in Texas, like the Chicago PLF 4Pro-Life Future chapter doing Christmas caroling outside abortion facilities and volunteering to help serve women, children and families at the Women’s Center Christmas party.

And that’s a wrap of 2016. We can’t wait to see what happens in 2017.

Happy New Year.

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.

 

Best of 2016: The Top 9 Times Abortion Advocates Lost Their Minds

The abortion industry had just come out of a pretty tough year in 2015, having to defend the illegal buying and selling of aborted baby parts and all. But they looked to 2016 as their redemption, specifically the great hope had by all of them that the next President of the United States was going to be a pantsuit-loving, abortion-funding woman who was already BFFs with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. We all know how that turned out.

Even so, abortion advocates started freaking out in the beginning of the year over Doritos commercials and the insanity just never ended. Here is a list of the top 9 times abortion advocates lost their minds in 2016.

9) The time when NARAL lost their minds over the Doritos Super Bowl ad
It’s chips people! Doritos, in all their marketing brilliance, showed a hilarious ad during the biggest sports game of the year where a pregnant woman was having an ultrasound and the dad-to-be was munching on some tasty Doritos. The baby in the ultrasound decided it really wanted those chips and mom goes into labor. NARAL, one of the biggest pro-abortion groups in the country, absolutely freaked out and it was a joy to behold:

8) The time when Cecile Richards flipped out over the New York Times putting pro-lifers on the front page
During the oral arguments of the abortion case Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt in March, dozens and dozens of pro-life students braved the cold to rally in support of common sense medical standards for abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood and their buddies bussed in supporters and likely spent a good chunk of money making their presence known outside the Supreme Court that day. But what photo did the New York Times (!) choose to use on their front page the next day:

NYT cover

Cecile Richards flipped out.

7) The time when abortion supporters called the Indiana governor to talk about their periods
If there is one thing abortion supporters know how to do well, it’s to use images of/real bodily fluids and sexual organs to their advantage when they flip out over laws they don’t agree with. In April, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill that banned abortions because of gender, race and fetal abnormalities. Abortion supporters lost their minds and started a campaign called Periods for Pence, where they called the governor’s office to talk about their menstrual cycles. Why? We don’t know. It’s what they do when they get mad apparently.

6) That time when Planned Parenthood lost their minds over Mike Pence’s nomination as VP
Speaking of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the abortion industry really doesn’t like him. At all. When he was a Member of Congress, he was the first person to introduce a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. This was way before it was cool to try to defund the abortion giant.Mike Pence

When Pence was selected as Trump’s VP, Cecile Richards lost her mind, putting out a short, bitter statement: “The reason anyone in America could pick Mike Pence out of a one man lineup is because of his long history of targeted political attacks against the care provided at Planned Parenthood health centers in Indiana and across the country. Other than that, he doesn’t have a single distinguishing characteristic.”

Brutal, Cecile. Have a cosmo or something.

5) The time Hillary Clinton slipped up and called a fetus an “unborn person”
The audible gasp of Planned Parenthood and their allies in the abortion industry when Hillary Clinton called a developing baby in the womb an “unborn person” on Meet the Press could be heard throughout the social media realm. Diana Arellano, community engagement manager for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, was obviously in a state of shock when she tweeted out this gem:

 

4) The time abortion advocates freaked out over Rock for Life at the Vans Warped Tour
Rock for Life is a big initiative of Students for Life of America that travels all over the country every summer to mostly Christian music festivals and talks to young adults and teens about the pro-life message. This past summer, Rock for Life was able to get a booth at the secular Vans Warped Tour, where they hit up over 50 stops, much to the dismay of pro-abortion concert-goers.

Ouch! These people ended up getting the attention of the head of the Vans Warped Tour, who came out in SUPPORT of Rock for Life and said that if the pro-abortion side wanted a tent space, he’d give them one. Not sure if they took him up on the offer.

3) The time pro-abortion students were offended by hearts
In April, the Students for Life group at the University of Iowa chalked 3,200 hearts with the message that “abortion stops 3200 hearts each day in the US” and other pro-life messages like “women deserve better than abortion” and “Students for Life supports pregnant and parenting students” AND “Smile, your mom chose life!” Some smile mom chose lifepeople didn’t like that. There was an organized effort by individual pro-choice students to send in complaints to the school about the pro-life messages. The pro-abortion student wrote, in part, on Facebook that: “THIS is violent. THIS is stigmatizing. THIS creates an unsafe environment for students on campus and we should not tolerate it.”

Really? They thought little hearts that represented those of tiny babies whose lives were taken because of abortion created an ‘unsafe environment for students on campus.’

2) The time Planned Parenthood freaked out about the Tom Price HHS nomination
Representative Tom Price was nominated to become the Secretary of the Health & Human Services (HHS) Department by President-elect Donald Trump. Rep. Price is a doctor. He’s also 100% pro-life. Cue the Planned Parenthood freakout:

PP-text-message

 

Cecile Richards released a statement citing her normal talking points about how the other side hates women, wants to take away their healthcare, etc. Calm down, Cecile. Just because the majority of Americans don’t want to fund abortions like you want everyone to do doesn’t mean we don’t love women.

1) The time Planned Parenthood couldn’t believe Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton
This was a given. Planned Parenthood threw over $30 million to get a certain someone elected and it didn’t work. Now they are whining about women not being able to afford basic healthcare (if that $30M went to women’s healthcare….) and how the world is going to end and we are all going to die, ignoring the fact that Planned Parenthood alone takes the lives of 887 innocent babies A DAY:

Our friends over at the SBA List tweeted out this genius response on election night:

Not fake news: abortion industry and Satanists oppose burying aborted babies

Back when then-Texas Senator Wendy Davis went on her infamous filibuster against banning abortions after 20-weeks, Planned Parenthood supporters chanted “Hail Satan” outside the statehouse, so it really shouldn’t be any surprise they are on the same page as Satanists.

The abortion industry and followers of Satan himself are really angry that the state of Texas passed a law that mandates the remains of aborted babies be cremated or buried, instead of being crassly disposed of in landfills or, like the Center for Medical Progress videos showed, sold for profit.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a big pro-abortion group, is pretty mad: “This regulation has no basis in public health, and it’s just a pretext for putting an additional burden on women who choose abortion or who suffer miscarriage,” said David Brown, a senior staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights.

And the Satanists – well, they are angry because the law attributes human dignity to *gasp* humans: “Texas health officials are baldly imposing the view that the fetal tissue is elevated to personhood—a religious opinion that conflicts with our own,” said Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves.

But the Satanic Temple isn’t just talking about their anger, they are encouraging others to show their displeasure by a campaign called Cumrags for Congress (this is not fake news).

The Temple’s spokesperson, Jax Blackmore, shared a photo that we will spare you on Facebook along with this message:

satantic temple facebook past

Without going into the possible legal ramifications of this idea, while disgusting and inappropriate, it is in line with what abortion supporters like to do: use personal bodily fluids to make their point.

A company called Cute Fruit Undies made panties with pro-life politicians on them that women can wear when they have their periods so that they can bleed all over people they don’t like. A portion of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood (of course).

And after then-Governor Mike Pence signed a bill in Indiana that restricted abortion, women called his office just to talk about their periods.

In Oregon, a Planned Parenthood broke up a pro-life protest when she made a sign about yeast infections that included a smiling clitoris and stood between a family with children and chanted “yeast infections!”

And go to any abortion rally and you are bound to find uterus pillows, people dressed as vaginas, and who knows what else.

The Texas law is about treating tiny humans with the dignity they deserve. The Charlotte Lozier Institute released a report this week detailing violations of multiple fetal disposal laws in Indiana, South Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Utah and Texas.

Some examples of findings detailed methods used to dispose of the remains of aborted babies that were somehow deemed legal by abortion facilities and waste disposal companies, like “flushing fetal body parts through the garbage disposal leading into the sewer system; dumping fetal remains into an auger along with medical waste and grinding them together; and having the fetal remains transported across state lines to another state’s dumpsters.”

Three Planned Parenthoods in Ohio were caught illegally dumping fetal remains. Planned Parenthood in South Carolina was fined over $50,000 for breaking fetal disposal laws and dumping remains in a public landfill.

The abortion industry is aware it has a problem of what to do with a baby after the abortion. In fact, that very topic was addressed at a NARAL conference:

All humans deserve to be treated with the inherent dignity they possess, both preborn and born, which means the pro-life movement must be compassionate and loving to the mother in trying to help her to choose life, and also support laws like the one in Texas.

After all, if the abortion industry and Satanists are against the law, it’s certainly best to be on the opposing side.

Pro-Life Future Protests at Cecile Richards Speech, Encounters Suprises

By Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life Future-San Francisco

This past Monday night in San Francisco, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, delivered a speech entitled “The Future of Choice.”  Pro-Life Future of San Francisco (PLFSF) was on the scene that very cold night to protest and I didn’t know what to expect. Mostly I pictured a long line of people waiting to get in while they shouted at us but that’s not what happened and turned out to be one of many surprises of the night.

Just in case, I had prepared a couple hundred copies of just one of the contracts between Stem Express and Planned Parenthood, specifically the Marmonte location (on pink paper), in the hopes that it would land in the lap of the Medical Director whose signature was highlighted on the agreement!

Upon arrival, it was apparent that there was not a line at all, simply people entering and leaving the building.  There were about 15 of us already there, including several members of our chapter, as well as a Students For Life group from Southern California, and members of the community. PLFSF1

SFLA’s West Coast Regional Coordinator Camille Rodriguez was already engaged in a very intense conversation with some of the attendees.  I was later told from the other members that the woman originally approached Camille with agitation, but that the woman was moved to tears by the empathy, understanding, and clarity with which Camille spoke. She wanted to talk more after the speech and said she had never had such a conversation about abortion from “the other side”. They hugged as they said goodbye.

PLFSF2The majority of the crowd was millennial women, and some men.  There were some of the older generations there as well, far less then I’d expected. Most of them would walk by the protesters and quietly read the signs as they entered the building.

Members of PLFSF handed out the pink contracts saying “Would you like some information on Planned Parenthood”?  Many of them took the pink paper without a second thought.  Some refused it.  One girl took one and then kindly came back outside and said “I’m sorry I don’t want your propaganda”.

There were also two counter protesters.  The two women simply stood on the other side of the entry way holding their signs.  The lack of hostility from everyone was almost alarming.  Most were very polite.  There weren’t any weird tense moments.  Just real conversations, and quiet stares.

A woman approached us who immediately let us know that she supported our right to be there, and believed strongly in the right of free speech.  She said that she had had “many” abortions, but that allowed her to attend Harvard to study neurology. Learning about brain development in utero made her sometimes question the morality of abortion.  She also mentioned concerns about the fetal tissue donation program, and what she felt were the racist intentions behind the founding of the organization.  I offered her a copy of the contract and she freely took it.

When the counter protesters decided to leave I said “I appreciate your passion, have a good night”, and one of the women was totally surprised and immediately said “Thank you for saying that, I appreciate yours too!”  It was so genuine that it caught me off guard as well!  We saw the humanity in each other and didn’t reduce each other to the signs we were holding.

Several of us waited around until the end in order to make the biggest impact we could.  The entire crowd was greeted by us once again when they left and there were several other conversations to be had.

Overall I felt like the crowd was able see the person behind the protester.  San Franciscans are raised up protesting.  Many of them know what it’s like to fight for a cause and it’s much harder for them to dismiss us, since they know the personal sacrifice it takes to get out there in the cold in the hopes of reaching just one person. I’d like to think we reached a few of them.

Thank you to everyone who came out or tweeted along with the live stream.  Our efforts combined can turn the tide against the one organization truly exploiting women and unborn children for their own financial gains.  #ShutItDown

 

Planned Parenthood Referred for Criminal Charges

Following the damning Center for Medical Progress videos that were released last summer, a special committee in Congress was created to investigate the fetal trafficking industry and delve deeper into what the videos seemed to show: that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry was illegally making money selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Last Thursday, the Select Panel on Infant Lives under the House Energy & Commerce Committee, referred Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to the Texas Attorney General for criminal charges for the illegal sale of baby body parts. The panel also referred Planned Parenthood’s partners for criminal prosecution.

Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) is on the Select Panel investigating Planned Parenthood and during her floor speech about increased funding for the work of the panel, she laid out eight potentially criminal referrals of Planned Parenthood, their affiliates, and their business partners:

These are the referrals, per Rep. Love’s speech:

  • First, the Panel discovered that the University of New Mexico was violating their state’s Anatomical Gift Act by receiving tissue from a late term abortion clinic.  This is currently being investigated.
  • Second, the Panel made a forensic accounting analysis of Stem Express’s limited production and determined that they were profiting from the sale of baby body parts.  Now the El Dorado District Attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating this.
  • Third, the Panel learned that Stem Express and certain abortion clinics were violating the HIPAA privacy rights of vulnerable women for the sole purpose of increasing the harvesting of fetal tissue to make money.
  • Fourth, the Panel discovered that an abortion clinic in Arkansas violated state law when it sent tissue to StemExpress.  This too is under investigation.
  • Fifth, the Panel discovered that a university in Ohio was trafficking in baby body parts, an illegal act under Ohio State Law.
  • Sixth, it was discovered that DV Biologics, another tissue procurement company, was profiting from the sale of fetal tissue and was violating California sales tax law.  This case has been filed.
  • Seventh, recently the Panel learned that Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast violated both Texas and US law when it sold baby body part to the University of Texas.
  • Eighth, the Panel also just learned that Advanced Bioscience Resources made a profit when it sold tissue to various universities.

This is huge news! Planned Parenthood as a whole are experts at slipping away from any kind of prosecution for their horrible and criminal actions. Time and again, the taxpayer-funded nonprofit has relied on their friends in the media, their friends in Congress, and their friends in the White House to bail them out.

Here’s hoping that their joyride is cut off in the new Congress and Administration come January. There are better options for women’s care than Planned Parenthood (see the 13,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide the same or better services but without abortion). In the end, we just don’t need Planned Parenthood. They should go fund themselves and stop mooching off taxpayers to buttress their illegal operations.

Good work Select Panel on Infant Lives!

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.

Media Coverage of Abortion Epitomizes Why We Have Fake News

By R.J. McVeigh, Director of Apologetics

The rise of fake news on social media over the past year has recently prompted the mainstream media to begin drawing more attention to these false stories in an attempt to stop the trend. It is now almost a daily occurrence to see a headline article on websites like CNN that are titled something like, “No, [so-and-so] did not really say [what-and-such]”. Even Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” the word of the year; a term meant to describe circumstances in which objective facts don’t matter.

Organizations like these making efforts to create awareness of people being deceived online is all within the context of the cultural and political craziness of 2016 (Brexit, Donald Trump, etc.). These established organizations see recent events as a rejection of themselves, and their explanation for how anyone could reject them is that people just don’t understand the truth. They believe they’ve identified fake news as the reason people don’t understand the truth, and so they’re now targeting fake news.

“News sources” that are fabrications are despicable, and rightly should be condemned. But pre-existing bias in the media and in politics should receive a signification portion of the blame for the recent rise in completely fabricated “news” stories. Media bias and political manipulation of the facts have opened the doors for full-fledged fake news. When people start to believe that the “credible” and “mainstream” media is fudging the facts or choosing to only highlight certain facts to alter perceptions it makes it very easy for others to simply take it one step further.

The abortion lobby and the way the media presents abortion are prime examples of how lack of mainstream credibility has created the phenomenon of fake news. There are countless examples regarding abortion from just the past few years that demonstrate how the population has lost faith in the supposedly “real” news.

The most glaring example is last year’s #PPSellsBabyParts scandal. Those videos were real. They were not doctored or edited in a manipulative way. Even the Planned Parenthood commissioned analysis concluded this. But you would have never realized that listening to the media. The media took all their talking points from Planned Parenthood and started singing the line about “highly edited” videos. This was a phrase intentionally thought up to be misleading. Anyone who critically thinks about it for half a second knows everything we see on TV is “highly edited” – being “edited” doesn’t mean it’s manipulative or misleading.

But someone at Planned Parenthood intentionally tried to think of a talking point that would make it SOUND like the videos were misleading. And the media went right along with it, no questions asked.

After all the Wikileaks regarding media bias, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was an explicit request from Planned Parenthood to the media. The completely biased coverage of such a big scandal is an example of the mainstream media acting more like the same “fake news” they’re now decrying.

And then there’s the example of Planned Parenthood’s 3-percent abortion statistic. The claim that only 3% of PP’s services are abortion is highly misleading. It is intentionally designed and turned into a top talking point in order to mislead. Yet, any time Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is brought up in the news or on TV you can bet someone from the “mainstream” will cite this statistic. Never mind that the statistic is self-reported by Planned Parenthood, the media is perfectly willing to accept it as gospel without question. That sounds a lot like fake news to me.

There is also the way public opinion of abortion is presented in the media. Being pro-life is made to seem like a fringe minority. Never mind that even the most abortion-favorable polls show that 55% of the population oppose legalization of abortion in all or most cases.  And when’s the last time the 600,00 people in the middle of a blizzard (EVERY YEAR) at the March for Life was given as much coverage as a few hundred protesters after the election? Not to mention that the mainstream media won’t even call Pro-Lifers “Pro-Life”; despite being very willing to call Pro-Choicers “Pro-Choice”. Again, this all seems like pretty “fake” coverage to me.

We could go on and on with examples of “real news” acting like “fake news” when it comes to abortion. Abortion is not the only example of extreme media bias, but it’s a big one. These examples and the mainstream reaction to fake news makes the mainstream seem insecure. You can smell the hypocrisy.

If there are any mainstream news executives trying to figure out how to regain credibility, I suggest they start with their abortion coverage. Stop taking your talking points from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Acknowledge that hundreds of millions of respectable Americans oppose legal abortion. Treat it like a real issue. And then maybe you can improve your problem of readers favoring fake news over you.

 

The Abortion Industry is Scared They are Losing Millennials

Planned Parenthood and their friends in high places held a tele-townhall/virtual pep rally last night with their supporters to pump them up about voting in favor of pro-abortion candidates. It was the trifecta of the abortion industry’s most ardent defenders: Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Texas state senator Wendy Davis.

This was a rough hour to get through but we wanted to know what the other side was up to and boy did we find out some goodies. Between Senator Warren’s passionate defense of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards’ plea that every woman needs Planned Parenthood, and Wendy Davis’ portrayal of a world without abortion, there were audience questions, from swing states of course.

One mom called in (supposedly) from Ohio and said she is speaking to her daughter’s 4th grade class about the significance of this election and asked the trifecta for their advice on how to relay that information.

Cecile jumped in and said she was jealous that this mom was going to be speaking to these young girls. I bet! This is Planned Parenthood’s gold mine – future patients to give them lots of money for abortions.  Wendy Davis also attempted to answer this and said she was sure this mom would tell these nine-year-olds what a great role model Hillary Clinton is. Just for the record, Secretary Clinton supports abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason, as well as taxpayer-funded abortion, which only a small minority of Americans agree with.

Another audience member claimed he was an abortionist out of a Planned Parenthood in San Diego and was absolutely distraught that Millennials, in his view, take for granted abortion. He implored grandmas to get out there and talk about how abortion wasn’t always legal.

He’s not the only one to notice this. Former Democratic National Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, took heat earlier this year when she essentially said young women are too complacent about abortion rights. And former NARAL head Nancy Keenan was shocked at all the young people at the March for Life a few years ago and deemed an “intensity gap” between young pro-lifers and young pro-choicers.

One of the Planned Parenthood staffers on the call was a Millennial and tried to assure him that Millennials do care and that they know what’s at risk.

Sorry Planned Parenthood but Millennials hold pro-life positions over pro-choice positions. Over 50% of Millennials believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Also, Planned Parenthood lags way behind when it comes to having student groups on college campuses. SFLA has over 1,030 college and high school groups and Planned Parenthood is excited about their 200.

This is the hope for the future and it’s what we see on college and high school campuses every day – pro-life students are compassionate, loving, kind and cannot wait to bring about the end of abortion.