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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is Planned Parenthood’s worst nightmare.

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

Autumn

VS.

pussyhat grandmas

 

Students for Life Groups to call for investigations into fetal trafficking industry at their schools

The Center for Medical Progress videos that came out in the summer of 2015 and rocked the entire abortion industry became a catalyst for massive investigations into the illegal buying and selling of aborted baby body parts, invalid consent forms, and privacy violations – just to name a few of the criminal actions. At the end of last year, the Select Panel on Infant Lives in the U.S. House of Representatives, the task force investigating the abortion industry and their partners, released their findings in a 500-page massive report. During the course of their year-long investigation, they recommended over a dozen criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood and their business partners in the fetal trafficking industry.

Some of the referrals were against the University of New Mexico and other findings in the report pointed to the possible illegal involvement of other universities who may have been (and continue to) participate in the fetal trafficking industry.

Students for Life groups at these schools have been following the developments and with our help at national Students for Life of America, will be hosting rallies over the next month calling on their universities to stop participating in fetal trafficking and ask for investigations into possible criminal violations.

The map shows where we will be holding rallies:

  • The University of New Mexico
  • Indiana University
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • University of Michigan
  • Colorado State University

Women and their preborn babies are merely numbers and dollars signs to the abortion industry, which seeks to make a profit off of illegally trafficking baby body parts and selling them for profit. The Select Panel report points to these universities as likely players in the fetal trafficking industry.

Additionally, contrary to what the abortion industry says, there is zero evidence that fetal tissue of aborted babies has contributed to any kind of life-saving treatment for disease. The abortion industry uses non-existent research for pressure women for their consent to hand over their aborted children for profit.

 

Planned Parenthood’s VOX Bullies Pregnant on Campus Group at W&M

Students for Life of America created the Pregnant on Campus (PonC) Initiative almost six years ago, and it’s been wildly successful. This Initiative gives students tangible ways to put their pro-life beliefs into action. PonC groups lobby their universities to become more pregnant and parenting friendly by introducing diaper decks into bathrooms, opening up lactation rooms on campus, having childcare available at the school, and educating students on what options there are locally (including important Title IX non-discrimination clauses at the school) to help them to parent their child or place for adoption and continue her education.

SFLA and PonC believe no student should be forced to choose between her child and her education. Our Pregnant on Campus Initiative promotes are real solutions and compassionate support for students facing unplanned pregnancies and for parents continuing their education. In fact, www.PregnantonCampus.org is the only website that has compiled both national and local resources for students at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country for anyone to access. William and Mary’s page even includes such items as where to ask for help regarding pregnancy policies and resources and even where to find lactation rooms on campus! (See their campus page here: www.PregnantOnCampus.org/WM )

These are worthy goals – and even students on campus who are pro-choice are encouraged by our Pregnant on Campus program. Some have even partnered with PonC groups for certain projects. Currently, SFLA serves over 180 PonC college groups nationally, including one at the College of William and Mary (W&M) in Virginia, which is an awesome group!

The W&M PonC group put up flyers around campus advertising the group, inviting people to their meetings and offering free resources for pregnant or parenting students.

Well, the Planned Parenthood affiliated group at W&M, VOX, was having none of this. They were so incensed by W&M PonC Initiative’s offer to help pregnant and parenting students that they posted a long rant on their own Facebook page, along with pictures of the W&M PonC flyers, to call attention to the “shaming language” and “misinformation” that the PonC group supposedly promotes. They attempted to claim that they are the only ones who could possibly offer unbiased information to pregnant women, even pointing their readers to their local Planned Parenthood (of course) and the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Without going into all the details that one can easily find with a Google search of Planned Parenthood, here are the highlights of unsavory business practices in this last six months of this supposedly trusted women’s healthcare provider:

  • They and their business partners have been referred for over a dozen criminal actions by committees in both the US House and Senate for illegally buying and selling the body parts of babies they aborted and handing over sensitive patient information.
  • Planned Parenthood boasts that they have a wide range of services, including prenatal care. However, a recent investigation found that isn’t the case at all. In 97 Planned Parenthood’s called about the prenatal care they offered, 92 said they couldn’t even refer the woman out for such care, much less provide it.
  • In interviews with former Planned Parenthood employees, abortion quotas are a thing – and employees get rewarded with things like pizza parties for meeting or exceeding those quotas. Planned Parenthood has an agenda and women are the victims, not the ones empowered.

The W&M PonC group saw the post and offered to talk to VOX and have a constructive dialogue. VOX would hear none of it:

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This W&M Pregnant on Campus group is a great resource on campus, and yet they are being bullied for merely offering women a better option than abortion. The VOX group won’t even talk to them because they don’t agree with their beliefs of “equal access and justice” (AKA abortion-on-demand for any reason at any point in the pregnancy).

Here’s what you can do:

Go to the W&M Pregnant on Campus Facebook page, and send them a note of support. A campus is a small place, and word travels fast and is easily decimated. So this group needs support! Can you help?

I told Planned Parenthood I was keeping my baby and they said they couldn’t help

Story from Christina Doell, Purdue University Alumna

When I decided that I couldn’t go through with my scheduled abortion, I called Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, IN and cancelled my appointment. I then proceeded to seek out information on pregnancy care with the lady over the phone.

I just assumed since Planned Parenthood claimed to be a women’s health clinic that they could offer me the care I was in need of. The representative on the other end of the phone rudely responded that Planned Parenthood did not provide that care.

“Well, fine” I thought, slightly irritated.

So, I then went on to ask her where I could receive care. She simply stated that she could not direct me anywhere.

“Okay…” I responded and then simply thanked her and hung up the phone.

I was scared and had no idea where to go. So, I ended up going a few months without receiving any care. I did not know that I was supposed to take prenatal vitamins or not eat lunch meat. And thankfully I was able to get the care that I needed in my pregnancy crisis situation, but it was no thanks to Planned Parenthood.

It was around that time that I bumped into a student with fliers about Students for Life. I had heard of them on campus. I stopped and talked to her. She kindly directed me to LifeCare, a free non-profit pregnancy crisis center on campus. Because of Students For Life directing me towards LifeCare, I was able to get free counseling, maternity clothes, and educational classes on pregnancy and labor. They also helped me go through with my decision to place my daughter for adoption.

Planned Parenthood was not there for me as a woman in my moment of need.

It was basically like once I changed my mind about the abortion and they weren’t going to get their money, they didn’t care about me or my situation or at all. If Planned Parenthood was actually for women, why couldn’t they at least have directed me towards a place to receive care? And what about the baby girl I was carrying? Planned Parenthood did not care about her either.

 

What’s the #ProLifeGen doing this weekend? Protesting PP!

Planned Parenthood is freaking out about losing over $500 million of your taxpayer dollars, which makes up 43% of their annual budget. Sorry, but Americans don’t want their money funding abortions and Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion vendor, one that has been recommended for over a dozen criminal investigations by committees in both the US House and Senate.

The time is right now to defund Planned Parenthood and SFLA has been on the front lines of the fight from the beginning – and we aren’t letting up! In fact, this weekend, SFLA’s team and many of our students will be speaking at several of the #ProtestPP rallies on Saturday.

One of our students in Missouri wrote up a blog on why she is going (read here) and we would love for you to join us on Saturday. Here is where we will be:

Planned Parenthood – St. Paul Health Center – Vandalia
671 Vandalia St, St Paul, MN 55114
Time: 9am
Kristan Hawkins, president, SFLA

Planned Parenthood- Springfield Health Center
626 E Battlefield Road Springfield, MO 65807
Time: 9:30-11am
Bears for Life at Missouri State University

Planned Parenthood – Waco Construction Site
700 W. Hwy 6, Waco, TX 76712
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jillian Ferguson, Texas Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Columbia Health Center
711 N Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Kristen Wood, President of Mizzou Students for Life
Kiana Owens, Lincoln University

Planned Parenthood – Irwin/Martin Health Center
425 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m
Audrey Nitzel, Michigan Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
1225 4th St NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
Time: 9:00 a.m
Lori Cascio, Virginias Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Georgetown Health Center
8590 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m
Anna Allgaier, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Lafayette Health Center
964 Mezzanine Dr, Lafayette, IN 47905
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Anna Allgaier, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Frederick Health Center
170 Thomas Johnson Dr, Frederick, MD 21702
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Michele Hendrickson, Eastern Regional Director, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Denver Stapleton Health Center
7155 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Bethany Janzen, Rocky Mountains Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Portland Health Center
443 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Katie Lodjic, Northwest Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Bluegrass Health Center
268 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Brenna Lewis, Appalachian Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Knoxville Health Center
710 N Cherry St, Knoxville, TN 37914
Time: 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10
Brenna Lewis, Appalachian Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Winston-Salem Health Center
3000 Maplewood Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m
Ryan Eyrich, Southeast Regional Coordinator, SFLA

Planned Parenthood – Greater Boston Health Center
1055 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Daniel Gribble, New England Regional Coordinator

Planned Parenthood — BU / Commonwealth Ave
1055 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(9am with 40 Days) — 2:45-3:45PM lead by Pro-Life Future
CJ Williams, Pro-Life Future Programs Coordinator

Planned Parenthood –West Hartford Women’s Center
1030 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT
Time: 9am – 11am
CJ Williams, Pro-Life Future Programs Coordinator

Planned Parenthood – San Francisco Health Center
1650 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m
CJ Williams, Pro-Life Future Programs Coordinator

Planned Parenthood — Margaret Sanger Health Center
26 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Time: 10–11:30am
CJ Williams, Pro-Life Future Programs Coordinator

 

 

Why I’m Joining #ProtestPP

By Abbie Hebron, president Missouri State University Bears for Life

This coming Saturday, February 11th, pro-lifers from across the nation will be standing in solidarity outside of Planned Parenthood facilities to demand attention from legislative leaders and let them know that majorities of Americans do not want their tax dollars funding abortion and Planned Parenthood, which is essentially is Abortion, Inc. They commit one of every three abortions nationally.

President Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect the funds to community health centers that do not commit abortions. Dozens of Congressmen and Senators also ran on that same platform. It’s time to deliver.

Since there is one Planned Parenthood facility in Springfield, Missouri, we decided as a group (MSU Bears for Life) to take part in this event and host our own rally. We are so blessed to have received support from groups around the area who are just as excited as we are to show everyone the pro-life presence here in Southwest Missouri.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked, “Why would you want to hurt women by defunding Planned Parenthood, their only source of care?”

As a college-aged woman, I understand how important it is to have access to affordable and safe healthcare. Although most people believe that Planned Parenthood is the only place for women to get quality healthcare, that is simply not true.

Any service that is provided at Planned Parenthood (except abortion) can also be found at one of the countless Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Plus, many offer lots more, including mammograms (yes, mammograms, something Planned Parenthood does not offer), comprehensive prenatal care and preventative care, and other family health services.

This is why I undoubtedly oppose giving my tax dollars to this company.

On top of the hundreds of abortions that Planned Parenthood commits daily, they also have been caught consistently lying to women just like me.

On Saturday, I will be standing for the unborn, yes. But even more so, I will be a peaceful reminder that women deserve better. No matter who you are or what you are going through, each life (born and unborn) deserves respect and dignity.

Planned Parenthood, which only operates for a profit, diminishes that dignity in women by undermining their strength and intelligence. The truth is, they gain from the vulnerability of men and women who are in desperate situations. Despite the misleading “pro-choice” affiliation, there is no choice being given to women at their clinics.

For me, this is a matter of empowering women and showing them that they have strength within them that does not depend on Planned Parenthood.

If you would like to join me in celebrating life and women across the country, there hundreds of rallies happening on Saturday- find one near you at this link.

If you live in the Springfield area, we will be gathering outside the PP off of Battlefield from 9:30am-11:00am on Saturday morning.

 

Besides showing up for the rally, you can also call your legislators and sign online petitions to show your support of defunding Planned Parenthood.

 

Lastly, keep praying! You never know the power of a prayer, which is why I beg you to keep all of the unborn babies and their mothers in your prayers every day. I am confident that with a generation that believes so fervently in women and life, we will soon see a nation that gives women the respect they so rightly deserve.

 

3 Fun Facts About Pregnancy

By Ana-Maria Dumitru, National MedSFL Chair

Pregnancy is a time of dramatic changes to a woman’s body. There are certainly risks associated with pregnancy, particularly if a woman has a pre-existing health condition. But what about health benefits of pregnancy? Here are a few fun facts:

Brain Boost
In a collaboration study involving groups from Spain and the Netherlands, researchers found that pregnancy leads to significant changes in women’s brains, and these changes last for at least two years post-partum. Even more interestingly, the changes seem to be a sort of gray matter pruning, which translates to boosting mothers’ attachment to their babies as well as boosting mothers’ abilities to recognize their babies’ emotions and needs. The changes were so dramatic that the research team could predict which women had gone through pregnancy just by looking at their brain scans! You can read the full study here, and highlights of the study here and here.5395984853_bc9318444a_z

Reduction in All-Cause Mortality
A 2012 study in Australia found that having children significantly reduced all-cause mortality. In fact, the all-cause mortality fell progressively with increasing parity, i.e. the more kids a woman had, the lower her all-cause mortality, with the lowest bracket going to women who had six or more children! This result was significant even when adjusted for comorbidities (hypertension, diabetes, being overweight) and social variables. And this wasn’t the only study to notice the link between childbirth and lifespan – check out this study done in Norway and this other study from England, Wales and Austria.

Microchimerism
There’s a phenomenon called microchimerism, which happens when a pregnant woman exchanges some cells with her developing child. Basically some fetal cells can enter maternal circulation…and then stay in the mom, potentially for the rest of her life.

This study here takes a look at the presence of male microchimerism and its association with all-cause mortality. What the researchers find is that having a male microchimerism (i.e. a woman now tests positive for some XY cells in her circulation after being pregnant with a baby boy) leads to a significant decrease in all-cause mortality for the woman. The sample size is pretty small, but from their numbers, the researchers note a specific decrease in cancer-related deaths in women who are male microchimerism positive.

Loyola Students for Life: 1, Planned Parenthood: 0

After attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C and the National Students for Life Conference, the Loyola Students for Life group returned back to Loyola University, a Catholic institution, only to find that the Women’s Resource Center of the school was putting on a show entitled The Vagina Monologues. And the proceeds? Well, they were going to Planned Parenthood. Again, this is at a Catholic university, a faith that holds abortion to be a “grave evil.”

The Students for Life group first learned of the event from an announcement at Sunday Loyola SFLnight Mass on campus.

Campus Ministry, including the man announcing at mass, had no idea the proceeds were going to Planned Parenthood. The event itself was well advertised but it wasn’t made clear that the funds were going to Planned Parenthood directly, until the group did their research. The Facebook event for the show stated that all proceeds from the tickets sold would go to Planned Parenthood and that 85% of sales on Vagina-themed merchandise was also being donated to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the Wal-Mart of abortion vendors, committing over 320,000 abortions a year, which equals over 1 in 3. They have also been referred for over a dozen criminal charges by Congress for the illegal trafficking of body parts of aborted babies.

Loyola Students for Life knows all this and they were outraged – so they decided to act.

The co-president of Loyola Students for Life, Alex Lucas, immediately emailed the President of the University, a Catholic priest, voicing his concerns as to how this event was against Catholic social teachings. He then talked to his faculty moderator and the campus minister, who were both in agreement with Loyola Students for Life that this event is directly opposed to Catholic teaching (good job administrators!).

The Loyola SFL group drafted a letter outlining why Planned Parenthood shouldn’t receive any proceeds and gave it to the campus minister.

The campus minister, with letter in hand, arranged a meeting with the Vice President of Loyola and the head of the Women’s Resource Center, who is pro-choice and had a big say in making sure Planned Parenthood would be getting the proceeds.

Because of Loyola Students for Life’s commitment and understanding of the unethical organization that Planned Parenthood is, they succeeded in getting the Women’s Resource Center to instead donate the money to STAR: Sexual Trauma Awareness Response, a group dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse.

“I can’t believe I had to go through all of that to prevent my Catholic school from donating to Planned Parenthood. I’m already getting nasty texts and comments. I put on my armor of Christ this morning and charged full speed ahead,” said Alex Lucas, co-president of Loyola Students for Life. “Not only has our new administration pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, but Loyola Students for Life is a testament that we are defeating Planned Parenthood on the cultural front as well. We don’t need Planned Parenthood.”

“Loyola Students for Life is a great example of why education about Planned Parenthood’s mission of abortion-above-all-else is so key to ending their hold on half a billion of taxpayers funding a year and to get to their target audience of young women before they are betrayed by the abortion giant,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “While the school should have also cancelled the performance and secured a more appropriate show for a Catholic campus, we do commend them for taking timely steps to make sure Planned Parenthood received no proceeds from the show and certainly congratulate Loyola SFL for taking a strong stance against the nation’s largest abortion vendor.”

President Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood

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

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

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

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

Planned Parenthood serves fewer clients than people who went to Women’s Marches

The Women’s March yesterday in DC was enormous, no question. They also had hundreds of “sister” rallies around the country. Latest estimates say 2.9 million went to one of the women’s marches.

Planned Parenthood, one the major sponsors of the Women’s March and the nation’s largest abortion vendor, had 2.5 million clients last year according to their latest annual report.

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This means that more people came out to the women’s marches in one day than Planned Parenthood serves in an ENTIRE year.

Conclusion: We truly don’t need Planned Parenthood. Federally Qualified Health Centers, which receive tax dollars like Planned Parenthood and provide comparable services sans abortion, served over 22 million patients last year and outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20-to-1.

Tax dollars should go to FHQCs, not a scandal-ridden abortion giant.