Attacks on free speech at Catholic University

Late Monday night, vandals at St. Louis University, a Catholic university in St. Louis, destroyed a Cemetery of Innocents display. The display was commemorating lives lost to abortion and other types of violence.

“Once again, pro-life free speech has been squelched on an university campus. It was truly an atrocious act to steal crosses from this inclusive event that represent lives lost to abortion, homicide, and those who suffer in poverty in our nation. Students for Life strongly condemns the anti-free speech disease that is plaguing our college campuses. The Students for Life group at St. Louis University was bringing a message of truth, love, and compassion to their campus. The intolerant people who ruined a display about the value of life should feel ashamed. We hope the university will quickly find the perpetrators and replace our students’ crosses,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.

Reagan Barklage, Western Regional Director said, “It’s very unfortunate that when a pro-life group uses their free speech rights as an approved student group, that their display is not only vandalized, but stolen. This display was a memorial for those lives ended by abortion and other acts of violence, and to see it completely destroyed is not only disrespectful to SLU Students for Life, but also to all of those innocent lives that were taken. I hope that the administration at St. Louis University holds whomever is responsible for this hideous action accountable.”

Brielle Heraty, a member of SLU Students for Life said, the club is “deeply saddened to see our display stolen. However, we wholeheartedly forgive the perpetrators of this act and hope that we can come to a place of common ground, effective dialogue, and pursuit of truth….SLU SFL is mobilizing and we will not allow our voices to be silenced. We will continue to be a voice for life from conception until death, advocating for the most vulnerable among us regardless of age, appearance, ability, or background.”

A report has been filed with the university and the issue is under investigation.

#ShoutYourAdoption: Event-in-a-Box

November is National Adoption Awareness month. This month we want to celebrate the courageous women and men that have chosen life amid confusion, fear, and uncertainty. We celebrate these families that have made it possible for another family to

love and provide for a child, who became a dream come true. This month we want to bring #ShoutYourAdoption to our social media platforms to show what the power of choosing adoption has done in the lives of some wonderful families.

Did you know that adoption and foster care are two separate systems? Because of this, we want to bring to light some of the common myths and misunderstandings of foster care that are often portrayed. So here goes our edition of Mythbusters: Children in Foster Care.  

 

Myth: All children in foster care are older, so no one wants them.

Truth: So very untrue. According to an article by ABC news, about 40,000 infants are placed in foster care every year. The average age for a foster child is 10 years old, and about 50% are 10 or older.

Myth: There aren’t enough children in the foster care system that can be adopted.

Truth: SO FALSE…there are currently more than 100,000 children in foster care there are awaiting their forever home. 100,000!

Myth: All children in foster care are adoptable

Truth: Actually, adoption is not the plan for every child in foster care. Some are there because their parents are trying to create a better home life for the children. In 2015, 51% of the children that left the foster care system, left to be reunited with a parent or primary caregiver.

Myth:  Children in the foster care system are “hard to deal with”

Truth: Because children in foster care are “in the system”, they get a reputation of hard to handle, or coming with a lot of baggage. The truth is, you never know what situation these sweet children came from. Some might need a little extra love, but they don’t deserve to be qualified as “bad kids”.

 

Foster care and adoption are two very different systems. It is our goal this month to show how the power of adoption and foster care has been a bright light to families and children. We want to hear success stories of adoption and foster care. Please share pictures and stories on social media and use #ShoutYourAdoption and let’s spread the hope of choosing LIFE using the gift of adoption.

We want to equip you to talk about adoption on campus and to come alongside women on campus that might be struggling with the choice of adoption. Brave Love has put together a wonderful presentation for your group to make this discussion easier.

In the box:

  • Discussion and event outline from Brave Love
    • Video links
    • Discussion questions for group
    • Resources for speakers
  • Adoption Facts Flyer
  • #ShoutYourAdoption handout
  • Adoption Saves Lives Stickers
  • 20 Foster Care Postcards

To order your FREE Event-in-a-Box, contact your Regional Coordinator today! 

If you are a student in Southern CA or AZ, contact Camille Rodriguez.

If you are a student in WA, contact Katie Lodjic.

If you are a student in CO or NM, contact Bethany Janzen.

If you are a student in MI, contact Audrey Nitzel.

If you are a student in MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michele Hendrickson.

If you are a student in KY or TN, contact Brenna Lewis.

If you are a student in NE, SD, or KS, contact Savannah Falter.

If you are a student in TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.

If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.

If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.

If you are a student in VT, ME, RI, NH, CT, or MA, contact Abby Young.

If you are a student in VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.

If you are a student in Northern CA, contact Anna Arend.

If you are a student in OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.

If you are a student in OH, contact Morgan Getts.

If you are a student in IN, contact Anna Allgaier.

If you are a student in IA or IL, contact David Cordaro.

If you are a student in MN, contact Maddie Schulte.

If you are a student in MO, contact Reagan Barklage.

If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Brielle Heraty.

CHECK IT OUT: Kristan Hawkins’ free speech op-ed on Fox News

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard. If you haven’t heard about the college blockade taking place even this week, perhaps it is because the students whose voices are being forcibly silenced favor life over abortion. And while they may not get the attention that millionaire athletes can garner, their points of view are no less valid.

Continue reading on www.foxnews.com —>

Nationwide, Students for Life Calls on Senate To “Do the Right Thing” and Protect Preborn Babies 5 months and older in the womb

Across the country, Students for Life leaders and their members are mobilizing to give the U.S. Senate a literal wake up call. This week, Sen. Lindsay Graham introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which recently passed in the U.S. House. A similar effort failed in the Senate in 2015, and many predict it will be almost impossible to get to the 60 votes needed this time. However, if the Senate can follow in the House’s footsteps, President Donald Trump has pledged to sign the bill, which would limit abortion after 20 weeks (5 months) of pregnancy, when preborn babies can feel pain and at a point in pregnancy when the procedure becomes even more dangerous for women.

Students can reach their U.S. Senator’s office by calling the Senate Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or on-line by following directions at this link.

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins is calling on the U.S. Senate to keep its pledge on this important piece of legislation. She observed, “With the House, Senate and White House in the hands of a party that has consistently promised to support protecting life late in pregnancy, the time is now to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. We welcome all Senators to protect pre-born life, but if such a commonsense measure can’t be passed, we will put out the welcome mat to primary challengers who can get the job done. This bill has bi-partisan support, as most Americans understand that only an inhumane society callously ends the lives of preborn infants after 5 months of pregnancy, an excruciatingly painful death for the infant and a dangerous, late-term abortion procedure for the mother.”

Students for Life of America just traveled to the states of key Senators who will be held accountable for how preborn babies and their mothers are treated in the law. And we are in the middle of a tour of more than 90 college campuses, educating, activating and mobilizing the Pro-Life Generation about the issues at stake right today, like the need to defund Planned Parenthood and put scarce tax dollars into life saving care, and the need to limit abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, when babies become viable outside the womb. Our message to all officeholders is clear: If you don’t cast your vote to protect life and defund the abortion industry, we won’t cast our votes for you. For years, pro-life students have been told that their ideals could never be realized without control of the White House, Senate and House. With those three in the hands of the GOP, there should be no excuse for failing to deliver on the promises made in the platform. There is no better time than today to protect the preborn.

For more information, you can read an op-ed from Hawkins this week on the Pain-Capable bill titled, “The limit on abortion that women, and most of the country want,” click here.

HHS Secretary Pick: Must be Pro-Life

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

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

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

Aslan Brewing and Abortion

A few weeks ago, I was standing outside Aslan Brewing protesting their Planned Parenthood Party with my Students for Life group. At one point a man come up to us and said, “You know none of that is true, right? Planned Parenthood doesn’t sell baby parts. That’s just something pro-life people made up.” He also didn’t think babies are dismembered. Ever. He told me we were living in a fairy tale land if we actually believed that.

This led to a long conversation, and by the end of the conversation, I learned that a lot of people don’t have a clear understanding of what Planned Parenthood does, or what abortion is. A majority of people think they simply provide healthcare for women. The man I was talking to told me that to end a pregnancy, you just take a pill, and walk out no longer pregnant. No side effects, no risks, and no pain. He painted abortion as an easy solution to a small problem. The truth is, abortion is violent, abortion is traumatic, and abortion is heartbreaking. I told him if he actually witnessed an abortion, he would be against it.

There are many different abortions methods. The procedure depends on the stage of pregnancy and size of the fetus. Two-thirds of abortions occur at eight weeks or earlier. Pregnancies terminated before eight weeks are called early term abortions. In the first trimester (1-12 weeks along) there are two different kinds of abortion procedures that are available. Medication abortions, which is the use of what is often called the “abortion pill”, and surgical abortions (vacuum aspiration).

The abortion pill is one of the most common abortion procedures. This form of abortion requires two pills to terminate the pregnancy. A nurse or doctor will give you the first pill, Mifepristone, at the clinic. The first pill blocks your body’s progesterone, which is a hormone necessary for pregnancy. Then, your nurse or doctor will send you home with the second pill, misoprostol, the drug that kills the baby. You use the second drug 6-48 hours later, usually at home. It will cause cramping and bleeding, often described as having a really heavy, crampy period or experiencing an early miscarriage. According to Planned Parenthood, you can get a medical abortion up to 70 days after the first day of your last period. Otherwise they do in-clinic abortions to end the pregnancy.

Surgical abortions, also called in-clinic abortions, are the most common in-clinic abortions. One of the primary surgical abortions used are called machine vacuum aspiration abortions. It is the use of a “gentle” suction to empty uterus. Machine vacuum aspiration involves the use of a thin tube (cannula) that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The cannula is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is removed from the uterus. Surgical abortions are usually used in the second trimester (13-27 weeks along), until about 14-16 weeks after your last period.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) is another kind of in-clinic abortion procedure. It uses suction and medical tools to empty your uterus. You can get a D&E later in a pregnancy than aspiration abortion. Dilation and Evacuation abortions not only take place in the second trimester, but in the third trimester (28 weeks to birth) as well.

Currently in the United States late term abortions are legal, including through the ninth month of pregnancy. Not only are they legal, but late term abortions are more common than most people think. In 2012, the CDC reported that 1.3 percent of abortions were committed at 21 weeks’ gestation and later.  With nearly one million abortions annually in the U.S., roughly 13,000 children every year are killed in very late-term procedures. There are two primary types of late-term abortions. Dilation and Evacuation and Induction Abortion. Induction Abortion is  a surgical procedure where salt water, urea, or potassium chloride is injected into the amniotic sac; prostaglandins are inserted into the vagina and pitocin is injected intravenously. For late term D&E’s the abortion may involve administration of a lethal injection into the fetal heart in utero to ensure that the fetus is not pulled out alive or with the ability to survive.

Late term abortions are incredibly traumatic, and come with drastic risks such as, infection, sepsis, heavy bleeding, and a Ruptured or Perforated Uterus. Not only do abortions kill the most helpless of people, but they are causing millions of women physical and emotional trauma.

After talking to the man at the protest, I decided to read about various types of abortions so I could better discuss this with future people I meet. I had to stop researching because it made me feel sick, and it broke my heart. People need to know what it happening behind the walls of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities. We can’t ignore it any longer. Abortion is violent, and if we can shine a light on the truth of it, maybe we can change the minds of people who support it.

Pro-Life Men Start Twitter Campaign to Combat Pro-Abortion Men

On Wednesday, September 27, pro-abortion men started tweeting #menforchoice, to show their support for abortion.

But pro-life men and women were not going to let that happen without a fight.

Here are some of our favorite #menforlife tweets:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Dear President Donald Trump,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Kristan Hawkins, President
Students for Life of America

And:

David Daleiden
Project Lead
The Center for Medical Progress

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List

Steven Ertelt, Editor
LifeNews.com

Brian Fisher, President
Human Coalition

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

Jason Jones
President
Serviam USA

Jeanne Mancini, President
March for Life Education & Defense Fund

Tom McClusky, President
March for Life Action

Lila Rose
President and Founder
Live Action

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America

Trump Nominates Pro-Life Justices

Recently, President Trump announced his next set of judicial nominees for federal courts. The best part? They are solidly pro-life justices! Let’s take a look at a couple now:

Kyle Duncan: Duncan is the nominee for the 5th Circuit. While he does not have a record as a judge, he has shown his pro-life credentials, serving as a counsel on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case over religious liberty and birth control mandates. Thanks to Duncan’s counsel, Hobby Lobby won, and religious business owners are protected from having to pay for abortifacient drugs as part of their health insurance plans.

Justice Don Willett: Willett, famously known for his humorous Twitter account, has a solidly socially conservative judicial record. In fact, Texas Right to Life applauded his appointment, saying, “We are very pleased that President Trump has recognized in Justice Willett what we Texans have seen for years—a reverence for the letter of the law with no imagined penumbras or shadows in the Constitution.  Justice Willett will serve President Trump and our nation as an intelligent, thoughtful, and qualified jurist,”.

We know that many in the Senate will push back against these nominees for being pro-life. It’s important we support pro-life nominees who will uphold pro-life legislation. You can contact your Senators here and tell them to support the pro-life judicial nominees.

The full list of nominees can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/28/president-donald-j-trump-announces-eighth-wave-judicial-candidates

Keeping Up with Kylie Jenner’s “Unborn Child”

“…I would tell that girl to get an ABORTION.”

This is a cringe-worthy statement with which even pro-choicers take issue. In fact, this sentence portrays the exact opposite of “choice”. This remark is dripping with pressure and demand and dare I say it: someone telling a woman what to do with her body.

And not just any “someone”. A man. Who will never experience a pregnancy himself. What happened to the rhetoric of Rachel Green’s infamous “no uterus, no opinion”?

Internet blogger Perez Hilton released a video on September 22, 2017 entitled “KYLIE JENNER IS PREGNANT!! My Reaction!” in response to the latest Kardashian hot topic: an (alleged) unexpected pregnancy between 20-year-old Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott. His video has since received over 134,000 views on YouTube.

First of all, why do we care what some random Internet blogger has to say about a celebrity? While yes, most Hollywood gossip is an utter waste of cell phone data, some things are worth addressing. And when someone attacks not only the most vulnerable among us, but also her mother (yes, Kylie is expecting a baby girl in five months!), that is an attack on all of us. It is up to the #prolifegeneration to stand up and defend both baby AND mother.

So, let’s get to it.

Perez Hilton begins by screaming into the camera, “I love life… I love babies… If I were Kris Jenner [Kylie’s mom] I would tell that girl to get an ABORTION” (I’m sensing a bit of cognitive dissonance here). He has since released several other videos trying (and not succeeding) to retrace his steps in an attempt sound less inhuman. He now claims that he should have said, “If that were my daughter, I would tell her to get an abortion.” However, I’m not seeing much of a difference between these two statements. Either way, it is someone pressuring someone else to take a life.

Over the span of three videos, Hilton spends his time shaming Kylie for who she is and the way she lives. He spouts the classic arguments of “she’s too young” and “she’s too incapable”. He essentially tries to hit every argument on why she should not have a baby. He says Kylie is not ready to be a mother (newsflash, Perez! No one is ever really ready to be a parent). How can this possibly be masked as “women’s empowerment”? Tearing down a woman and telling her she is not strong enough to be both a mother and a businesswoman is empowering? I don’t think so.

He accuses Kylie of only keeping the baby because of publicity reasons, not because, oh I don’t know, it’s a human being. He goes on to say, “I personally don’t know Kylie Jenner, but given the information I have about who she is, I just don’t think she’s going to be a great mom.” These are the exact forces that drive women to the nearest abortion clinic. Any woman facing an unexpected pregnancy needs to be met with love and encouragement. She needs to be assured that she can have her baby AND continue her education/career, and that she will be surrounded by a support system the entire time.

In his initial video, Hilton expresses his remorse for the pre-born life: “The human aspect of it, my heart just goes out to that poor, unborn child…” So he agrees that it is indeed a human life. But he’s okay with killing it. I’m confused. Anyone else?

In the following video, he laments over the fact that the child may grow up in a less-than-ideal home situation. He predicts that Kylie’s baby will surely be raised by nannies, and that there is a 0% chance that Kylie and her boyfriend Travis Scott will stay together. First of all, there are plenty of couples that stay together after the birth of their child; second of all, since when does the end of a relationship justify the taking of a life?

Hilton essentially suggests that because the child won’t have a “normal” life, it is not worth living, and it would have been better had it been aborted five months ago. If the life of a child born into billions of dollars is not worthy, what about the rest of us not living in Californian mansions? What about those children born into families living in poverty, families struggling with drug addiction, single parents that work 14 hour days? Since when do circumstances judge someone’s worth as a human being?

Not only does Hilton attack Kylie and her pre-born baby – he also berates her mother, Kris Jenner. He spews that Kris must have “checked out” because she probably didn’t even suggest an abortion to Kylie. Wait, so now it’s a crime that a mother didn’t force her daughter to kill her own daughter? I think I missed something.

Hilton claims that of course he respects a woman’s right to choose (even though he literally just said that if it had been his daughter, he would not have respected her right to choose). In regards to his own opinions on the matter he elaborates, “This is where being pro-choice really comes in handy. I just don’t understand the thinking [of not having an abortion]!” Last I checked, the definition of “choice” was “the act of choosing; the power of choosing; a number and variety to choose among”. I don’t remember seeing the word “coercion” anywhere in the list of definitions. Perez Hilton, you are not pro-choice.

Pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike should be distraught at this video. Those facing unexpected pregnancies need love and support, not condemnation and discouragement. No woman should ever feel pressured by her boyfriend, family, friends, school, job, society, or the media to take the life of her pre-born child. It’s time to shift our focus from how we perceive the woman facing the unplanned pregnancy to how the unplanned pregnancy is perceived by the world. Let’s be here to help, not to hinder.

Together we can.

And Kylie Jenner, we are so proud of you for choosing life. We know you will be a fantastic mother, and we cannot wait to see your beautiful little girl in February. The #prolifegen is here to love and support you.