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

SCOTUS Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch is Awesome

President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch tonight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch was on the list that Trump released during his campaign of possible nominees to replace Justice Scalia.

We at Students for Life are very happy with this pick! Judge Gorsuch is very much like Justice Scalia was – a strict Constitutionalist (which means he makes his decisions based on the actual Constitution and not on ideology) and a defender of religious freedom. He sided with both Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor as their cases made their way through the circuit courts. Gorsuch

He is exceptionally well-qualified, a Harvard Law graduate, and a hard-worker and man of integrity. He was confirmed to his current seat on the 10th Circuit of Appeals unanimously by the US Senate in 2006. He’s married and has two teenage daughters. Learn more about him at http://www.confirmgorsuch.com/.

SFLA’s president Kristan Hawkins said this about Judge Gorsuch’s nomination:

“We are thrilled with Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the US Supreme Court by President Trump, who is continuing to fulfill campaign promises at a breakneck speed. A strict Constitutionalist and firm supporter of religious freedom and liberties dictated by the Founding Fathers, Judge Gorsuch is an excellent replacement for the late Justice Scalia, and one who has the potential to leave a powerful legacy.

“The Supreme Court was of great concern to voters this past November and the Senate should take swift action to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the high Court to ensure a full slate of Justices. The Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Gorsuch to the 10th US Circuit of Appeals and they should follow their previous example. We aren’t tired of winning yet.”

Plus, you know it’s a good pick when the abortion lobby is already angry:

We Won!

What an incredible day today. I am overwhelmed for having witnessed and been a part of this huge victory for religious freedom, women and all Americans.

I got to stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning as the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision was handed down to shouts of joy. It was amazing and awe-inspiring. After the Justices upheld Obamacare two years ago, I was incredibly disheartened. It was devastating. And then not long after, the Obama Administration, under Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the HHS abortion pill mandate, which forced every employer to purchase abortion-inducing drugs for their employees, regardless of whether or not the employer had strongly held religious beliefs against such pills.kristan

The Supreme Court ruled today against Sebelius and against the Administration, saying that “HHS’s contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.” This means it goes directly against our first freedoms as Americans, namely the First Amendment and religious liberty.

As soon as the news reached us at the Court steps, a jubilant roar went through the crowd – which was mostly made up of young women by the way. When we knew for sure that the decision was a victory, there was such a huge cry from the crowd that it gave me goosebumps. I got to be right in the middle of our pro-life activists, cheering on Hobby Lobby and the decision that finally went our way.

It felt amazing to stand there with dozens and dozens of pro-life women (and men). Truly, this generation is the Pro-Life generation and, today, we got to show the nation. All the major television networks ran shots of our rally and press conference, many including our “We Are the Pro-Life Generation” and #WomenInControl signs. The visuals were astounding – it was such a great way to witness to the country that it is these young women who are standing up for religious freedom, conscience rights, the right to life and against bossy bureaucrats who want to take away our freedoms.

This was a huge victory for women, both on the political left and right. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t further exacerbate the abortion industry’s lucrative, false notion that pregnancy and fertility is a disease. I find it demeaning that our President and his administration think that I need free $9 birth control to be equal to a man. Both men and women were made by one Creator and he made us equal.

Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Decision

From SFLA’s President, Kristan Hawkins:

Today’s Supreme Court decisions have major implications for Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. In the DOMA case, the Supreme Court found that the federal government must respect the rights of states to determine their own laws protecting the “rights” of their citizens, citing the ‘equal protection’ clause of the 5th Amendment. This begs the question, “Where is the equal protection for pre-born babies?”

In the Prop 8 case, the Court decided to not repeat the mistakes of Roe. They did not overturn the duly enacted laws of states with a sweeping declaration like they did with Roe. They found that the federal government does not have a compelling interest to make a sweeping declaration on equal protections.

The same logic should be applied to Roe. And the Supreme Court should follow its own principles set forth in these cases to overturn Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and turn those decisions back to the states to extend equal protections to pre-born babies.

Related Blog: On Gay Marriage and Abortion

Equal Protection

Channeling Frustration Into Energy

Channeling Frustration Into Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Rest for the Abolitionist

No Rest for the Abolitionists

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

This has been an incredibly busy and historic week for us in the SFLA office. Leading up to the Obamacare decision was, of course, a busy time of preparation, but the day itself was even more of a whirlwind experience.

Thankfully, I was prepared. As the rest of the SFLA team was on location in front of the Supreme Court, making sure that our pro-life message was visible and effective as possible, I stayed behind, not only because getting around with my injured ankle would have been very difficult, but I needed to have a strong internet connection. Why? Because as soon as SCOTUSblog announced the decision, there was a lengthy task list of things for me to complete online as soon as possible. Youtube videos, pictures, emails, and website updates all needed to be done, and within 45 minutes of the decision I had everything uploaded, published and sent. I had hardly any time to reflect on the outcome of the decision itself until I sat back after 45 minutes of hurried work. But it was certainly worth the effort – it was wonderful to know that SFLA was fully prepared to respond to the decision immediately as it came down, so that we were reporting on the decision as quickly as mainstream news sources.

Then I had some time to see the reaction at the Supreme Court, and see the outcry on social media as well. I was and am outraged at the decision, and was sorry that I had to communicate the lamentable news that the mandate  had been fully upheld by the Court.

While SFLA’s presence ran rather smoothly with only a few minor hiccups, about an hour after the decision our Ivoteprolifefirst.com website went down. After working with the server company we were still not able to restore the website, but needed to turn over the restoration of the site to the server and hosting companies. It has still not been ruled out whether or not this was because of malicious intent, but it is sad to think that someone might have worked to directly thwart our efforts of joining people in pledging to vote for the pre-born and women first!

Yet none of this will keep us from working relentlessly to insure that we see the end of legalized abortion in our lifetimes. This experience has certainly shown myself the level to which I can push myself, making me glad that I have another month to work for SFLA before returning to the academic grind. With outrage must come a response, otherwise we’re simply sideline complainers. Here’s to hoping that SFLA won’t be alone in its efforts to bring the abortion mandate down!