An invitation to join the movement that truly empowers women

By Tina Whittington, Executive Vice President, Students for Life of America.

Never have I felt more accepted and supported as a woman than I have by the pro-life movement.  After experiencing the Women’s March one weekend and the attending the March for Life the next, I felt that I had to speak up.

I was raised in Portland, Oregon which should tell you a lot about the social political climate I was raised in.  I was also raised by a single mother for most of my childhood before she married my awesome step-dad.  I didn’t even know that there was a pro-life movement but after my youth pastor spoke about the value of life at our high school youth group meeting in my Presbyterian church, I knew that I was pro-life.

I still didn’t know what to do with my newfound position but I knew that life from the moment of conception until natural death was valuable and that I was against the intentional ending of all humans.

When I was in college, I started having cysts on my ovaries that would burst and end me up in the hospital.  Doctors suggested I start taking hormonal birth control pills to stop the cysts from forming and rupturing.  Of course, I listened and went on the Pill.  The year I was on the Pill, I gained 20 pounds (which is a lot for someone who is just over five feet tall), and started experiencing some deep depression.IMG_9477

I spoke with some of my married friends in the same boat and found out they were experiencing similar symptoms had been prescribed anti-depressants or were taking St. John’s Wort to combat the depression they were feeling from the drug.

In the meantime, I joined a gym to try to combat the weight issue.

In my early 20’s, I met Rock for Life and they were speaking out for the preborn from the stage at concerts, festivals, and even recruiting bands to take up the pro-life cause and speak out.  It was from this organization that I learned about the harm the birth control pill can have on a woman’s body and that it can act as an abortifacient, ending the life of a child right after conception.

Through Rock for Life I was pointed to another great organization – Northwest Family Services – where I learned about natural fertility methods and worked with Nurse Rose to naturally treat my ovarian cysts and infrequent ovulation.

It was within the pro-life movement, that for the first time, I was exposed to how my body worked and to learn to embrace the way my fertility was uniquely designed.  I felt empowered as a woman and supported to discover just how awesome it is to be formed in such a way as to conceive, carry, and then nurse a baby.  And understand how to work with my body to either delay pregnancy or facilitate pregnancy.  This was a special gift for me and my marriage.  This is something I never would have discovered without the pro-life movement.

After I got married and became a mother, I spent nine-and-a-half years as a stay-at-home mom, or what I like to call a Mommy CEO.  During that time I found ways to continue to share my own empowerment with other women.

We welcomed a teen mother and her baby to live with our family and helped her through the process of getting state support, finding a job, creating budgets, and finding ways to commute to and from her job.  I also mentored single moms who were navigating difficult life situations.  I was also afforded the opportunity to join a local Rachel’s Vineyard team who provided healing retreat weekends for women and 32517222166_e65020f81c_zmen who were struggling after their abortion experience.

It was in the pro-life movement that I was able to navigate this time in my life and get the support I needed to balance taking care of four children, finding childcare to be able to do some of this work, and get the mentoring I needed to figure out how to make this all work.  I felt 100% supported in my decision to give up my career and stay at home with my kids and I also felt encouraged to find ways to continue to empower other women.

Then something terrible happened: my husband, who was the financial supporter of our family, lost his job.  If you have never experienced something like this, let me tell you it is not fun. I experienced the first panic attack I have ever had about a week a fter, when I started thinking about the daunting task of paying bills, buying food, and taking care of our kids with no salary.

In order to work through this time, I started applying for jobs, all kinds of jobs, and if you have ever been a mother who has been out of the workforce you know how hard it is to find a job when you have a nine-year blip in your resume.

Again, it was within the pro-life movement that I was accepted.  It was at Students for
32558270285_8778678580_zLife that I found someone who was willing to take a risk on a woman with a nine-year blip on her resume, four children that I may have to take time off to care for on occasion, and an acceptance that my passion for life could tie us altogether as a team even when I was the oldest person they had ever hired and in a significantly different season of life than they were.

To those at the Women’s March who were told to reject their natural and healthy fertility through birth control pills…

To those who were told to be a feminist you have to reject your amazing ability to conceive and carry a child to term through abortion-on-demand…

To those where were told that women must fit a very specific political mold in order to be accepted…

I am inviting you to a different movement!

Next year, please come to the March for Life and experience what it means to embrace your body for what it was designed for and instead reject hormones and chemicals that can actively harm your body.  Meet women who are walking through different seasons of life and have various social and political beliefs but have stood firm for supporting other women with real, tangible help and resources, and reject the idea that we must fit a specific mold to be accepted by each other.

10 Things Pro-Life Women Saw At The Women’s March

By Reagan Barklage, Midwest Regional Director

As four of us ladies from SFLA spent today unwinding from the Women’s March yesterday, we decided to document 10 of the top things we were told. Gotta love “feminism”

WARNING: OFFENSIVE CONTENT BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

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1.“We should start burying our menstrual blood.”
please stop.

2.“MY BODY MY CHOICE!” -from a man
Dude, you’re a dude.

3.“Just wait until you have an unplanned pregnancy, then you will have an abortion. I have seen it happen a million times.”
Make that 57 million times :<

4.“You aren’t welcome here.” -from a man
that’s awkward

5.“I hope you get raped and have to have an abortion”
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6.“Have you adopted a kid with AIDS?”
As if you can’t speak out against the injustice of abortion if you haven’t adopted a kid with HIV/AIDS

7.“If you found out the baby was gay you would abort it? Muslim?”
No. We actually are consistently pro-life.

8.“7 out of 10 of you will have an abortion”
I doubt that.

9.“YOU BETRAY WOMEN”
We are women.

10.“BIRTH CONTROL FOR MEN!”
Men consistently take birth control…pshhh right.

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.

What exactly is SFLA doing at the Women’s March on Saturday?

By Michele Hendrickson, Eastern Regional Director

In the last ten minutes alone, I’ve read “Picnic with Piggy” to my daughter for the millionth time, convinced my 4-year-old that butter is not a food group, and registered five more students for the Students for Life National Conference! Welcome to the life of a pro-life activist and mother.

Since I’m on such a productive roll, I thought I would pause and take a moment to answer a lot of questions I’ve been receiving this week about our participation in the Women’s March on Washington this weekend.womens march scotus sign

Questions from students like….

“I voted for Trump, I’m pro-life, but I’m not sure if I should participate in this March.  Is this for me?”

“I didn’t vote for Trump, but I’m also anti-abortion.  How can I help?”

“I originally planned on joining the Women’s March, but now that they’re officially pro-abortion, I’m not sure what to do.”

And finally, the big one…

“This march seems to have a clear pro-abortion message; do we even belong here?”

The short answer is, YES, pro-life women 100% belong at the Women’s March.  Here’s why…

  1. Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry do not own Women’s Rights. Call it feminism, call it commonsense, call it whatever you want.  The idea that women are equal human beings is not new, it’s not owned by one group, and abortion advocates are the least consistent with this principle.  Preborn female humans are destroyed in the womb, every day, through legal abortion.  Born women who walk into Planned Parenthood are being sold a lie that abortion can somehow solve all their problems.Our presence at the Women’s March is critical to show the Pro-Life Pro-Woman position.
  2. This is not about Trump. That’s really all I have to say about that.  We have students joining us from all backgrounds and political affiliations.We’ll be at the Women’s March to show that no matter who you voted for, we should all be united for Women and in opposition to the biggest violence against women: abortion.
  3. We belong anywhere abortion is being glorified. Some are questioning their type of participation because of the March’s “Unity Principles”.  Do we join?  Do we protest?  I think defining our involvement as either one would be a mischaracterization of our efforts.  We will not be protesting women’s rights – we are women!  But at this point, simply joining has become more complicated.In case you haven’t been caught up, here are the “Unity Principles” of the Women’s March:
  • Ending Violence – We 100% agree! In fact, we would argue we are far more consistent with our beliefs of nonviolence than any abortion supporter.  Abortion destroys innocent members of our human society.
  • LGBTQIA Rights – Our pro-life student leaders identify as Gay, Straight, You-Name-It, because we know that ALL people, no matter how they identify, can understand the importance of protecting those who are the most marginalized among us: the preborn.
  • Worker’s Rights – Obviously! In fact, we’ll up the ante and add PAID Maternity and Paternity leave so that our society can better support working families.
  • Civil Rights – Another obvious YES! We hope the Women’s March itself will uphold their own unity principle here, protecting “freedom of speech”.
  • Disability Rights – It is a great tragedy that abortion has reduced the population of Down Syndrome persons in the United States by an estimated thirty percent. Persons with disabilities are valuable, no matter what age.
  • Immigrant Rights – I am a third-generation Italian-American woman. My heritage is important to me and I’m thankful for the opportunities this country has provided for my family.  Another obvious no-brainer here.
  • Environmental Justice – Yes! I am the girl at the party who brings an extra grocery bag just in case they don’t recycle.  Who wouldn’t want a clean environment?
  • Reproductive Rights – As defined by the Women’s March is, “access to safe, legal abortion” – DEAL. BREAKER.  The Women’s March is way off in their description here.  I should have the freedom to use my body to reproduce as I see fit.  Once I’ve used that right to create another person, that new human should be treated equally. Having access to healthcare that helps me take care of my body is important to me, and I deserved this from the very moment my body came into being – conception.  Before I was born, I was a person who deserved healthcare, not a price tag on my death sentence in the name of Reproductive Rights.If you’re still not sure how to feel about this, let me put it to you this way…Would we happily and fully join a march that had any other act of violence in its Unity Principles?

Quick exercise: replace abortion with something else.
“access to safe, legal, human trafficking,”
access to safe, legal, dismemberment of newborns,”
“access to safe, legal, spousal abuse,

Those things are crazy!  I would never risk any possible association with those violent principles, no matter how much I fully support the others.

So I want to make it clear what Students for Life will be doing at the Women’s March:

We will not compromise our pro-life position.

We will not be inconsistent.

We WILL march on behalf of equal rights for all humans, born and preborn.