We asked the University of Michigan to stop buying baby parts

By Audrey Nitzel, SFLA Michigan Regional Coordinator

My adventure on the University of Michigan’s campus was an interesting one to say the least. Around thirty students, alumni, and other community members woke up early on a beautiful Saturday morning to protest the trafficking of aborted baby body parts at the University of Michigan.UM fetal trafficking2

With the weather on our side at a sunny 65 degrees, we began to set up. More and more people began to gather with homemade signs, and we began our rally.

We had Lynn Mills, Monica Miller, Sandie Weathers, myself and many other students speak out against this horrific act. We presented evidence of the school’s role in fetal tissue trafficking, including invoices from Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, obtained through a MI state FOIA request. ABR charges double if you order two fetal eyes instead of just one…as if extracting the baby’s second eyeball costs an extra $340 on top of the first one. View the invoices here.

About halfway through a man began yelling profanities and calling us “fascists” and telling us that we did not have the right to free speech. He was yelling “woah” as loud as he could to simply create as much noise as possible and block us from raising awareness about the trafficking.

Monica Miller was speaking at the time and she tried to ask this man what his argument was and he just did not have one, and he continued screaming.

I calmly went up to him and said that campus police was on their way (we had given them a quick call) and that they were prepared to fine him with harassment charges. I told him that if he didn’t leave immediately and allow us to continue on with our free speech I would take a picture of him and give it to the police when they arrived. He said one last nasty comment and walked briskly away.

Shortly after, another protester joined us, and he claimed to be of the Christian faith. He argued with pro-lifers as speakers tried to convey their messages, and began getting louder and louder. He spilled his drink (presumably coffee) on himself, and was acting very obnoxious.UM fetal traficking

I asked him if he could consider discussing with us after the event was over, as it was disrespectful to the speakers and he said “Hell no, I don’t have to listen to this shit.” Well obviously he did not have to listen, but he remained and continued to cause a ruckus anyway.

A woman from the pro-life movement removed him from the crowd (second time a woman had to try to remove from the pro-life rally) and finally calmed him down and we believe he is more open to the pro-life side now.

During the rally, we learned that Norma McCorvey  – the ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade – passed away. She was the first pawn that the pro-abortion movement used to claim its right to an abortion through the US Supreme Court. Ms. McCorvey publicly converted to become pro-life and then became a Christian and worked the rest of her days to reverse the damage of the infamous court case.

Many tears shed and Monica Miller led a beautiful prayer in remembrance of her.

We had collected signatures during the rally for a letter to the University of Michigan’s president, demanding that the school stop their role in the fetal trafficking industry. We had around thirty signatures and Rachel Crawford, president of the Students for Life group at the University of Michigan will deliver it to the President of the University of Michigan on Monday morning.

Everyday Wines Whines To Students for Life at U of Michigan

The Students for Life group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is holding a silent auction dinner fundraiser next month to specifically aide in their mission of helping students in particular who are “facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing fiscal, material, and emotional support.”

Really, even if you are not pro-life, helping students facing unplanned pregnancies is a no-brainer.

Except for a business called Everyday Wines in Ann Arbor.

When SFL of UM reached out to them with a letter explaining what their goals are and asking the business to consider donation of a gift card or merchandise, Everyday Wines just didn’t politely decline. They had to add an extra touch of the tolerance that the pro-abortion side is known for.

This is what Everyday Wines wrote back to Sarah, a member of the UM SFL group who was reaching out to local businesses:

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“I was surprised when I got the email because of the tone of it. They were condescending. They could have just declined the request but they didn’t,” said Sarah. “It was strange that they mentioned the refugees because it has nothing to do with our mission.”

Valid points.

Rachel Crawford, president of Students for Life at the University of Michigan nailed it when she said that, “This response gives direct evidence to the influence Planned Parenthood has on the abortion issue. They are the first organization that comes to mind for supporters of legal abortion. Those who oppose the work of Students for Life on college campuses are direct allies of Planned Parenthood because they are the largest and loudest abortion advocates.”

She’s absolutely right.

Everyday Wines is just one more pawn in Planned Parenthood’s operation of pushing abortion over all else. At least Students for Life at UM is attempting to help women. Planned Parenthood betrays women. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion vendor, committing one in every three abortions, and is backed into a corner right now as they are finally facing defunding of taxpayer money, which makes up over 43% of their budget, totaling around $553 million a year.

The owner of Everyday Wines, Mary Campbell, says on her website that she came to appreciate wine on her first trip to Europe and understood it as “an everyday pleasure—inexpensive, unintimidating, and woven into the fabric of everyday life. That’s the experience she hopes to recreate in her shop.” Wine can be unintimidating but so can the attitude of the store owner who has no problems being mean to a student pro-life group who wants to merely help their peers in stressful pregnancies.

“Students for Life at the University of Michigan is a shining example of the pro-life generation. This all-volunteer group works tirelessly to make a positive difference on their campus and in their community, supporting women in crisis pregnancies and educating peers about the predatory abortion industry,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Everyday Wines could have at the least politely declined with an ounce of civility – instead they had to attack SFL at UM in a condescending tone. It’s one more indication that this is the face of the pro-abortion movement now and it’s not one of love and compassion but one of intolerance and hatred.”

If you are local and want to purchase tickets to gala, please see here.
Letter to the business owner from SFL at UM:

Dear Business Owner,

Students for Life at the University of Michigan is hosting a fundraising gala on March 11, 2017. We will be holding a silent auction, and we hope you will consider donating gift certificates, merchandise, or services.

Students for Life is the primary pro-life advocacy group on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. Devoted to defending all human life, from conception to natural death, we are dedicated to supporting anyone, particularly students, facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing fiscal, material, and emotional support. Your donation will help us to continue to provide such support.

In exchange for your donation, you will receive excellent exposure to our many supporters. Our gala will be attended by over 120 supporters. You will also be featured in our event program for the evening.

We will gladly pick up your donation in person, or it can be mailed to [redacted]. We would appreciate receiving the gift by February 24, but it must be received by March 4 in order to be included.

Thank you in advance for considering our request and for supporting Students for Life.

Best Regards,

Students for Life at the University of Michigan