by Kristan Hawkins, SFLA Executive Director
I think many will agree with me that 2011 was a pivotal year for the pro-life movement. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the hits the abortion industry suffered during 2011:
January 2011: Kermit Gosnel and his staff were indicted on murdering 7 almost-born infants and 1 woman in their horrific abortion facility in Philadelphia. The District Attorney even remarked what we commonly say in the pro-life movement, “the real business of Gosnell’s clinic was not health, but profit.” The controversy was enough to cause Americans, many of whom still call themselves pro-choice, to question what the old-Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” really means.
January 2011: A youth organization lead by a former SFLA intern, Lila Rose, took their undercover work exposing Planned Parenthood a step further, releasing 7 videos of Planned Parenthood facilities, some that even receive federal taxpayer funding, aiding actors who were posing as human sex traffickers.
February 2011: The pro-life movement united in the “Expose Planned Parenthood” campaign, calling on Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood of all taxpayer dollars. On Valentines’ Day, we took a stand and prayed and rallied in-front of hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities. Then, for the first time in our nation’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to federally de-fund Planned Parenthood. The vote caused so much turmoil in Washington, that the government almost shut down in March as the Senate refused to allow a vote on the issue.
Instead of waiting for the federal government to act, numerous states like Indiana, New Hampshire, Texas, and Ohio have now gone on to de-fund Planned Parenthood facilities within their borders.
May 2011: The Gallup organization released a poll showing that for the first-time since they began polling on abortion, America is now pro-life.
August 2011: The Guttmacher Institute reported for the first 6 months of 2011, states enacted a record number of pro-life laws, more than 80, more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010. States like Nebraska, Idaho, and Ohio are three who have already enacted fetal pain laws that protect preborn children from abortion after 20 weeks. Arizona and Virginia have enacted a law to regulate abortion facilities, forcing them to comply with the same set of medical standards that other types of medical facilities must follow. And others like South Carolina and Texas passed ultrasound laws that require abortionists to mothers the opportunity to see her preborn child. All of these laws will reduce abortions, and they enjoy broad support with more than 60% of Americans supporting these laws.
September 2011: For the first time in it’s history, the U.S. House of Representatives launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices.
October 2011: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act, a bill voicing the will of the people not to fund any abortions in Obamacare whatsoever.
After reading all of this, I hope you will agree that 2011 will be the year we note in the history books as when legalized abortion began to end in America.
And I hope you will agree that we can’t stop here. There is so much left for our movement to do, and Students for Life of America (SFLA) is needed across the nation, on every college campus and in every community, to help usher the end of abortion.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your support and prayers through 2011. I can’t wait to work with you in 2012.
Executive Director, Students for Life of America
P.S. – Please consider making one final, 100% tax deductible donation to SFLA in 2011, so that we can usher an end to abortion in 2012: https://secure.campaignsolutions.com/studentsforlife/donation1/?initiativekey=UPLKZ8QCKCFY