On Thursday, January 17th, the night before the March for Life, Vice President Mike Pence met with leaders of the Pro-Life Generation to discuss their work to abolish abortion in their communities and in society as a whole. He praised the Pro-Life Generation for their work and for showing up every day to make a difference in ending the greatest human rights injustice of our time.
The students in attendance included:
Bernadette Tasy – Fresno State University (Fresno, CA) – Bernadette and Students for Life at Fresno State had completed all their paperwork and received permission from the University to chalk uplifting, pro-life messages on the sidewalk. They were chalking messages such as “Love them both” and “Heartbeat at 21 days”. However, several students were instructed by a university professor to erase the messages. The professor also began to do so himself, telling students that it was “not a free-speech zone” and that it was his First Amendment right to erase their messages. The students captured all of this on camera and took the professor to court for infringing on their free speech rights. The results were a win for the pro-life movement as the professor was required to pay a fine and receive a training on free-speech!
Daniel Larkin – University of Iowa (Sioux City, IA) – Daniel is working on a huge mobilization campaign to expose abortion facilities in Iowa and to ensure that the truths about those abortion facilities are told.
Angelique Clark – College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, NV) – Angelique’s Wilberforce project is creating large murals promoting life in public areas, specifically targeting local Planned Parenthoods by painting on exterior pregnancy center walls that are nearby. Her Life Murals project has spread across the world, with requests coming to her from as far as Hong Kong and New Zealand. She is currently collaborating with Wendy’s franchises to paint murals about the beauty of adoption on restaurants across the country.
Caroline Wilcox-Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) – Caroline is the president of Georgetown Right to Life, intern at SBA List, and has worked for her local pregnancy center. Caroline led her group in rapidly responding to the pro-abortion agenda on campus by responding to a pro-choice club handing out Plan B and working with SFLA to host a counter-protest to abortionist Willie Parker speaking on campus January 16th. Additionally, the group has hosted numerous large events such as the Pregnancy Resource Forum to help pregnant and parenting students.
Joy Adedokun – Wesleyan University (Middleton, CT) – Joy is the leader of the group Wesleyan for Women and Children. The group is very diverse in membership, works closely with both Christina Bennett and ABC Women’s Center, and has faced a lot of adversity. Joy encountered trouble with school administration when attempting to start the pro-life group, confronted vandalism of her flyers on campus when her group advertised a local PRC, and countered emails from campus offices promoting abortion resources.
Marcos Sanchez -Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR) -Marcos was a Stevens Fellow and is now a Wilberforce Fellow. Marcos started the Students for Life group at his high school and now has started one at his college. While in high school, he faced a lot of opposition during his senior year because teachers were taking down his signs and calling him “the Catholic” or “pro-life guy” in class instead of Marcos. He was worried for his grades and about presenting his senior project because his Students for Life group was his senior project. SFLA took action last year to defend his freedom of speech and the school changed their poster and tabling rules.
Megan Strobel – St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO) – Megan is a junior and the Chair for Pregnant and Parenting Students Assistance (PPSA) of SLU Students for Life. SLU SFL has one of the top Pregnant on Campus groups in the country, especially when it comes to their PPSA endowment. This year they had 67 pregnant and parenting students apply for this scholarship. SLU SFL assisted several of them financially and were able to connect the remaining applicants to local supportive life-affirming organizations. Every year, they fundraise for this endowment with their annual 5k and Art Show.
Elizabeth O’Hare-Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, MD) is a senior at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD pursuing majors in biochemistry and biology. She has led her group to grow exponentially over the last year helping them to engage in regular sidewalk counseling at the Baltimore Planned Parenthood and host several educational displays covering topics such as Pregnant on Campus Support, petitioning for the Fetal Pain Ban. Through her leadership, her group will be bringing 75 students to the March for Life.