WASHINGTON D.C. (02-05-19) –Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins made the following observations, following President Trump’s State of the Union address: “All you need to know about the radical abortion sentiments of the Democratic Party leadership can be seen in House Speaker Pelosi bringing the president of Planned Parenthood as her special guest to the State of the Union. Should we assume that support for infanticide is the Democratic Party view, as aborting viable babies is something party leaders are willing to fight for and celebrate with their guests? Her fellow party members in New York cheered that babies could be aborted moments from birth, as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed horror into law. Her fellow party members in Virginia tried to follow their example and disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam even coldly discussed ending a baby born alive during an abortion.
“Never before has the contrast between the two parties been more clear, as there seems to be no line that the Democratic Party will draw when it comes to protecting either life in the womb or the health of women in abortion facilities. And as we saw with Pelosi’s guest, Planned Parenthood has friends in government as it draws in more than half-a-billion in taxpayer dollars.
“President Trump’s comments in support of life and for programs like paid family leave are an important call to action for all of us. I applaud him for using the bully pulpit to celebrate life when he said:
“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.
“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.
“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God.”
“Recently, Students for Life of America commissioned a poll,finding that only 7 percent of Millennials supported the extreme policy of the Democratic Party Platform – abortion through all 9 months, for any reason whatsoever (including sex selection), and sometimes with taxpayer funding. In fact, 7 in 10 Millennials supported commonsense limits on abortion.
“Any political leaders fighting for legal infanticide – the abortions of viable babies – should know that Americans nationwide will meet them in the ballot box. This is the pro-life generation, and Students for Life of America with more than 1,220 groups on college and university campuses in all 50 states, is ready for the ground game of protecting life.”
“But while I’m glad the President supports a ban on abortions after children can feel pain, we know that won’t be possible as long as Planned Parenthood controls the agenda of the Democratic Party and their operatives. It’s vital that we defund Planned Parenthood. Pro-lifers must continue our unified demand for the defunding of abortion vendors who are intertwined in federal and state budgets. When we lobby the White House on behalf of the preborn, we must demand that the nation’s number one abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood, be fired and replaced with real healthcare providers. Not tomorrow. Not next year. Not under the next Republican President. NOW. Until we stop funding the kingpin of the abortion industry, we have little hope for legislative successes like the desperately needed Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Students for Life of Americais the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1220 groups on college and high school campuses in all 50 states.