Nominate Your Group for SFLA’s Group of the Year Awards!

Every year, Students for Life of America is honored to award prizes to student groups and leaders at our National Conferences! These cash prizes can help further the outreach efforts and the effectiveness of these groups at their schools.

To award these prizes to deserving students and groups, we need you to nominate the groups and leaders you think deserve recognition – you can even nominate your own group! Listed below are the categories, prize amounts, and nomination forms for each award. Winning groups must be present at the SFLA West or East Coast National Conference to receive the award.

Applications are due no later than January 13, 2017. Email us (link to lstover@studentsforlife.org) your applications today!

 

College  Group  Awards

2017 College Group of the Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one college pro-life student group. The SFLA College Group of the Year will demonstrate success in areas of campus activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New College Group of the Year

$500 Prize

This award will recognize an outstanding new pro-life college group that was formed between January 2016 and December 2016. The New College Group of the Year Award will be given to a group that has shown success in recruiting members and raising awareness about abortion on campus.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

Prize: $250 (in gift cards)

The Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award will recognize the achievements of two Students for Life college groups that have excelled in promoting pregnant and parenting resources. (One award will be given to an East Coast group; the other award will be given to an West Coast group.)

The SFLA Pregnant on Campus Groups of the Year should demonstrate success in pregnant and parenting advocacy and outreach on their college campus. This group should show significant efforts to change their campus to embrace practices and policies that protect and assist pregnant and parenting students.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 PonC Group of the Year Award

High School Group Awards

2017 High School Group of Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one high school pro-life student group. The SFLA High School Group of the Year will demonstrate success in activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 High School Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New High School Group of the Year

$500 Prize

The New High School Group of the Year will be given to the student pro-life group who has best developed and organized an innovative way to share the pro-life message at their high schools or in their homeschool communities.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New High School Group of the Year Award Application

This is what helping student moms looks like

Sometimes there are news stories you read where you can feel your heart smiling. This is one of them.

Sarah Thompson goes to Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. She has a cute little baby. She was pregnant while in school, delivered baby Isaiah, and then went back to school a week later.

Her incredible math professor, Dr. Josie Ryan, encouraged her to bring baby Isaiah to class and even showed Sarah where the lactation rooms are on campus.

But Dr. Ryan made all of us go awwwww when Sarah posted a photo on Facebook of baby Isaiah being held by Dr. Ryan while she taught class.

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Sarah wrote a viral Facebook page that caught the attention of not only her own friends and family but national media. The entire post is here and pasted below but Sarah points out some important things:

  • She had tangible encouragement from an authority figure, her incredible math professor, Dr. Josie Ryan: She knew I’d be overwhelmed so literally begged me to bring Isaiah to class & even showed me where the breastfeeding room in the health center was at Lander University. It’s so reassuring to know there are professors out there like this.
  • Sarah knows there are others like her that need encouragement of their own: Hopefully this post will encourage other educators or moms or pregnant/working women who are students to ask for help.
  • Sarah knows women are forces to be reckoned with and a baby isn’t a reason to give up school or a career: Women are on the rise going to school & working with children.
  • The father’s support, and support of the family, for his child and the child’s mother shows the heart of a real man, willing to step up: And my Boyfriend Chris is also in school and working as we learn to be parents & our families are beyond supportive of my decision to graduate within the first year of his birth & I couldn’t do this without them.

We don’t know if Sarah is pro-life or pro-choice but it doesn’t matter because helping pregnant is something both sides should be able to get behind. She is an amazing example of being in a difficult situation and reaching out for help and showing incredible courage to stay in school and have her child.

We at Students for Life of America are so proud of our Pregnant on Campus Initiative, which seeks to help women in the exact situations that Sarah and Chris faced. We believe no woman should be forced to choose between her child and her education. Our pro-life students absolutely love to work with these women, hold baby showers for them, help them figure out childcare, take them to doctor appointments, etc. And having professors like Dr. Josie Ryan is a huge boost for these students.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor, has stated reproductive health is akin to economic security. But you know what, a woman’s academic success isn’t defined by her reproductive experiences. Our president Kristan Hawkins wrote out five reasons why this argument of Ms. Richards’ fails.

We are so proud of Sarah and Chris and thank her for bringing to light Dr. Josie Ryan’s kind heart. We hope many professors, and schools, follow in her footsteps.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON PRO-LIFE CLUB CONFRONTS VANDALS

National Pro-Life Chalk Day was yesterday and the Students for Life club at the University of Mary Washington, a public university in Fredericksburg, Virginia decided to chalk positive pro-life messages on the sidewalks like “Love Them Both” and “Vote Pro-Life First.”

111But as has happened with other schools, pro-choice students got mad about the pro-life messages and decided to vandalize the chalkings. Usually our students aren’t able to talk to these vandals but at this school, it was different – and caught on camera. The girl speaking in most of the videos is Students for Life of America’s Capital Area Regional Coordinator Lori Cascio.

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Inspired to do your own pro-life chalkings at your school? Here is what you need to do:

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Pick up sidewalk chalk (Walmart, drug stores, Hobby Lobby)
Step 2: Collect your pro-life friends (this is optional, but helpful)
Step 3: Find a heavily trafficked public area
Step 4: Chalk short pro-life messages in large letters everywhere

Example Messages You Can Use:

  • Abortion Hurts Women
  • Women Need Love Not Abortion
  • Restore Preborn Rights
  • Human Rights for All: Born & Preborn
  • Heartbeat Begins Beating at 21 Days
  • Social Justice Begins in the Womb
  • Adoption Not Abortion
  • Love them both
  • Abortion = Preborn Genocide
  • True Feminists are Pro-Life
  • Peace Begins in the Womb
  • Planned Parenthood Protects Rapists
  • Pro-choice = No-choice
  • End the War on Preborn Children
  • Women Regret Abortion
  • Equal Rights for Preborn People

OR

Draw 3,500 baby feet or hearts and chalk “Abortion Stops 3,500 Hearts Every Day

Some tips:

  • Don’t get discouraged if your “artwork” is scuffed or washed off by haters – that means they saw it
  • Place messages at different angles and perspectives so foot traffic from every direction will catch a glimpse
  • Keep the messages short and succinct; you only have a brief moment to get your point across – make it count
  • Use bright or pastel colors like pink, blue, white and yellow

Contact Students for Life of America immediately if you face any opposition from your school while chalking. You have rights!

 

100 Abuses of Planned Parenthood

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

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

Abuses: Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Support of Sex-Selective Abortion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Targeting Minorities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Medicaid Fraud and Taxpayer Overbilling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Health and Safety Standards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39. Georgia Planned Parenthood had 23 health violations.

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

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

Abuses: Death of Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Covering up child abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Deceptive Advertising

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Pushing Abortion

73. Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abuses: Journalism Malpractice

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

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

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

Abuses: Political Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pregnant student gets Christian college to change pregnancy policy

Students for Life of America started the Pregnant on Campus Initiative because we knew that students were getting pregnant on college campuses and oftentimes had no idea that there were resources available for them so that they wouldn’t have to choose between their child and their education. Pregnant on Campus not only sought to tell students about those resource, like scholarships, special housing, and childcare options – but also create their own – things like lobbying the school for diaper decks in restrooms and easily accessible nursing rooms, holding baby showers for pregnant moms, offering babysitting services.

Title IX is a non-discrimination law that gives pregnant students the right to not be discriminated against by the school but many pregnant students don’t even know it exists. Pregnant on Campus seeks to let students know about this policy. But one student in South Carolina at a small, Christian school not only made the brave decision to have her baby when she got pregnant but also to take her school to court when they kicked her off campus for getting pregnant, citing Title IX.

Let’s repeat that: this happened at a Christian college. A Christian college kicked a pregnant student off their campus for getting pregnant instead of helping her and offering her resources to make sure she had the chance to stay in school and keep her child.

Kamaria Downs, the student at Claflin University, chose life for her child but many in her situation choose abortion. A Lifeway Research survey found that nearly 70% of women who have abortions self-identify as a Christian.  The Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, a project of SFLA, recently released polling that revealed a small number of Christian churches discuss abortion and the pro-life position on a regular basis. This is a tragedy. Abortion is a problem inside the church, as well as outside it.

Last year, SFLA released a public letter from almost two dozen students at Christian schools asking their administrations to change their policies on pregnant students to reflect the Christian viewpoint of mercy, grace and love. Kicking a student out of school because she’s pregnant isn’t a Christian response. Christian schools need to support pregnant and parenting students, not kick them out of school.

Kamaria was not only brave in her choice to carry her child to term but also courageous for challenging her school to change their policy on pregnant students. Claflin did change their policy and even thanked Kamaria for bringing the fault to their attention.

Kamaria is now the proud mom of a one-year-old little girl and is a second grade teacher. She is a wonderful example of perseverance and a good role model for her daughter. Hopefully her case will be recognized by the hundreds of other Christian schools in the country and force them to consider their own policies on pregnant and parenting students.

Photo of Kamaria Downs courtesy of Public Justice.

So Your Campus is Hosting a Pro-Abortion Speaker…

By Michele Hendrickson, Capital Area Regional Director

It’s the start of a new school year, and you’re finally back into the swing of things: you found the best path from class to class, best prices for coffee, and even got your textbooks on sale – but as you speed walk down the hall, you turn the corner and find the unthinkable: A flyer advertising that your school is hosting a radically pro-abortion speaker.

What is a student representing the pro-life majority to do?

Never fear, Students for Life is here!

Our team at Students for Life has worked diligently over the years in our grassroots efforts to counter radical pro-abortion agendas on campus. Just look at our success at Georgetown University when they hosted the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards (link).

With the abortion industry having vowed to do everything they can to make sure pro-abortion Supreme Court Justices are elected, that taxpayers are forced to fund abortion, and that no regulations touch abortion facilities, we know our staff can’t be everywhere all the time, so we need YOU, the pro-life generation, to be prepared when a pro-abortion speaker comes to your campus – someone like, eh, Cecile Richards.

Here are some basic tips for what you can do on your campus if you’re faced with such a challenge.

Rapid Responder 101

* Be Alert. Always look for promotional materials around campus. You can even do some quick research right now. Research on Facebook or the school’s website to see what pro-choice student groups are up to. Most-likely, they’ll be the ones to invite someone to speak on campus. You should also get to know the abortion advocacy groups in your community, like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, and look on their websites.

* Take Initiative. Contact your Regional Coordinator right away if you see that your school is hosting one of these radically pro-abortion opponents. Start talking with other pro-life students and friends about what you all want to do in response.

* Get Prepared. We have several free activism tools that we can either ship or deliver in person like T-Shirts, Signs, Info Cards, Displays, and lots more! Depending on the event, your Regional Coordinator might also be able to help you host a counter-event with a pro-life speaker.

* Don’t Stay Silent. As a pro-life student, you’re in one of the most critical places we can be with our message: school! Young people are at the forefront of changing culture. It’s already happening: in a recent poll 71% of Millennials surveyed said that they believe late-term abortion should be ILLEGAL. If we truly believe that abortion is an injustice, then it should be unacceptable for someone like Cecile Richards, who celebrates abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, to get away with misrepresenting the values of millennials. It is so important that we mobilize other young people on this issue to stand up and say enough is enough

Brand New Campus Tour: Cycle of Corruption

Students for Life of America is proud to announce their brand new campus tour,  Cycle of Corruption, which highlights the cycle of corruption in the abortion industry and challenges students to learn more about their own political parties and influence them on behalf of the pro-life position. Panels are below that are a part of the campus display.

Party Platforms
Abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever due to the laws of this country. Each political party references abortion specifically in their platform but the abortion industry is only significantly active in one party, using money to buy influence and power and bend the political will of elected officials to their own will.

Cycle of Corruption
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider yet they received over $500 million a year in taxpayer funding. That money is fungible (don’t know what that means? See this quick video).

Planned Parenthood is also a huge player in the political process. From 2008-2016, Planned Parenthood gave $2.8 million in cash and $10.8 million as in-kind donations to politicians. 98.7% of those politicians were Democrats.

They buy politicians with their same extreme views on abortion so that they can continue to receive their millions and be protected from regulations.

Are You Represented?
Only 17% of Millennials believe abortion should be legal for any reason at any time in the pregnancy. The majorities of Americans also believe abortion should be restricted after the first trimester and that taxpayers should not be funding abortion.

Meanwhile, US abortion laws are the most extreme in the entire world. The US is one of only a handful of nations that allow abortions after viability.

Let’s Change This
This is a vicious cycle of corruption and the tour educates students on what is going on and challenges them to change it. We are pro-life, and our goal is to create a future in which everyone can live in and flourish. We seek to create a world of peace, justice, and freedom. The display gives students a few ways to focus on positive change and creating a culture that respects the dignity of all human life.

  • Foster a community that treats human lives as they are: unique and non-disposable, not commodities. Abortion is unthinkable when a society refuses to use women, punishes sexual assault and sex trafficking, discourages porn, treats those with disabilities and mental illness with acceptance and care, and stands against unjust wars of aggression.
  • Be consistent: Killing human beings for any reason other than self-defense is inexcusable. Don’t dismiss opportunities to defend life at any stage, under any circumstances.
  • No matter what political affiliation, we can all agree: Human life deserves protection, consistently. Vote for candidates who will promote the dignity of the human person in all stages, stand up to the Cycle of Corruption, and put an end to the killing of 2,700 preborn persons a day.

The Cycle of Corruption display is scheduled to go to over 60 campuses this semester.

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Great idea for Cemetery of the Innocents: Balloons

Sometimes Students for Life groups on campus run into issues when they try to do a Cemetery of the Innocents display, which usually consists of close to 3,000 crosses that are pushed into the ground and represent the number of babies aborted each day. Some campuses have rules that pertain to landscaping and groups aren’t allowed to put things in the ground like that. Other groups have run into problems with the symbolism of the cross in general.

We have a solution to most of these challenges! The Students for Life group at the University of Nevada in Reno got super creative and used pink and white balloons – 365 of them – to demonstrate the number of babies aborted every year. Each balloon represented about 3,000 babies.

This is a fantastic visual and balloons naturally draw attention.

 

balloon 06 - use thisThe SFL group ended up doing clumps of balloons instead of weighing each down individually, which was their original plan but because of the cost of weights, they did bouquets of balloons lining the lawn. They bought sand and plastic gloves and handmade the weights. They were able to get a donation to cover the helium.

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They did the event last fall in a passive manner and let the display speak for itself but did post two signs that said: 1) Each balloon represents about 3,000 babies that are aborted every day (in America) 2) If this display made you upset or excited, please feel free to contact [email of the SFL group].

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They assigned a club member to watch from the nearby coffee shop throughout the day to make sure nothing was vandalized but thankfully they didn’t have any issues.

After reviewing the event, they decided that if they did it again, they would have an active table to offer resources and answer questions. They ended up getting a few email responses, one of which started with a harsh response to the event because of a previous abortion but ended up where the girl asked for healing resources.

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We are so proud of the initiative of the Nevada Students for Life group and hope other groups can do the same thing!

Conservative Icon and Pro-Life Warrior Phyllis Schlafly Dead at 92

Phyllis Schlafly passed away today at the age of 92. She was a dear friend to many at Students for Life of America and spoke at our national conferences and mentored our leaders.

Kristan Hawkins, the president of SFLA released the following statement:

“Phyllis Schlafly was one of my personal heroes and mentors who inspired millions to the fight against abortion and the disastrous Equal Rights Amendment which would have made abortion a constitutional right. Phyllis is the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party. Phyllis will be missed yet her legacy will live on through my generation and in the young women who are fearless in the fight for the lives of the preborn and their mothers on their campuses and in their workplaces and communities.”

Students for Life of America included Mrs. Schlafly in their Original #ProLifeGen series last year:
In the 1970s, Phyllis Schlafly successfully stopped the Equal Rights Amendment from ratification, which would have made abortion a constitutional right.Mrs. Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses frequently. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.

Women Betrayed Protest Happening on Sept 10th Outside of Abortion Concert

WB cleveland headerOn September 10, 2016, Students for Life of America is hosting a national Women Betrayed Protest to counter the “All Access” event at the Wolstein Center, featuring Sia, organized by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Whole Woman’s Health abortion business, and other abortion advocates. The protest will be a demonstration against an entire industry that has betrayed the very women they claim to help and protect when they push abortion above all else.

“This movement was born out of the gut reaction from the Center for Medical Progress videos released last summer showing Planned Parenthood executives callously discussing how much money they could get for the body parts of the babies they abort,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Young women came out in droves to protest Planned Parenthood, showing their utter shock at the despicable ways in which the abortion industry sought to make a profit off of their crisis.”

The event in Cleveland will be held outside on the sidewalks in front of the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH at 5pm. Several displays with large banners that talk the havoc that Roe v. Wade has left on women, expose Planned Parenthood’s shady business practices, and show that there are better options than Planned Parenthood will be set up on the sidewalks.

This is the same industry that knew about Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” in Philadelphia, where he operated on women using dirty equipment, killed babies born alive after botched abortions, and had women die on his operating table. He currently sits in prison for his crimes but the abortion industry never outed him because “access” always trumps safety.

“To those who lead the abortion industry, all they care about is the bottom line, how much money can they possibly make off of every woman that enters their facility, safety be damned,” said Hawkins. “As long as the cash is flowing, the abortion facilities will remain open. This is an industry that thrives on telling women they can’t have a career and a child or can’t continue their education without aborting their child. That’s not empowerment; that’s misogyny.”

Whole Woman’s Health, the plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court case that challenged a Texas law which required abortion facilities to meet common sense medical standards, was ironically cited multiple times for health violations for everything from rusty suction machines to the failure to have licensed nurses to carelessly discarding sensitive patient information in the trash. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor in June.

“We want to tell women that they deserve better than abortion, better than being forced to go to sub-standard medical facilities with rusty equipment,” said Hawkins. “We want women to know that there are resources for them when facing unplanned pregnancies, and we, the pro-life movement, have always been there and will continue to be there for them as the abortion industry’s betrayal continues to happen.”

For more information on the Women Betrayed Rally in Cleveland, see www.womenbetrayed.com.