It’s only been 2 weeks since we officially launched Students for Life Action, the lobbying arm of Students for Life, and the amount of legislation we’re tracking and fighting against in states across the nation is already overwhelming.
We launched Students for Life Action immediately after New York State signed their horrific late term abortion bill. But what happened in New York is just the tip of the iceberg. The Abortion Lobby has become more emboldened than ever by pushing for late term abortion, and as Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam revealed, even infanticide!
It was clear to everyone that the pro-life movement must do more . . .
The good news is, as we fight back against the Abortion Lobby across the country, we’re also building the grassroots army that will help us abolish abortion once Roe v. Wade is overturned. The end of Roe means the issue of abortion will go back to the states.
We are laying the groundwork now – building our grassroots, identifying leaders, and fighting pro-abortion legislation – so we’ll be ready when that day comes. In the meantime, below is a summary of just some of what Students for Life Action is working on this week:
Our Regional Coordinators Camille and Anna are both combating the new Campus Abortion Pill Bill (SB24). This bill would require all University of California and California State schools to disperse RU-486, the medical abortion drug, on campus.As you may remember, we defeated this bill this fall but the sponsors have brought it back to the floor and the new Governor has pledged to sign it into law.
In Colorado, we are fighting Planned Parenthood’s takeover of sex-ed curriculum (HB 1032). This bill will require all public school and charter school sex-ed programs to promote abortion. Planned Parenthood is a strong supporter of the bill as it will allow them to take over sex education in Colorado. Four students, along with our Regional Coordinator, Christina Coffman, already testified against the bill last week. Many other students participated in calling legislators to vote against the bill. We will continue to fight this. Jaylem, our Colorado Students for Life Action Captain, and Christina, will be meeting with pro-life political groups next week (the 16th) to discuss proposing a late-term abortion ban in Colorado. We are not leading this effort but plan to be involved, likely gathering signatures for the petition.
NARAL “Pro-Choice” America is pushing HB 7070, which targets Pregnancy Help Centers that do not commit abortions. This bill would essentially force these pro-life clinics to advertise for abortion facilities. If you followed the NIFLA v. Becerra decision last summer, you would think this bill should be dead on arrival. But we’re sending students from Wesleyan and other schools in the area to attend and testify at the hearings. We’ve also been sending in written and electronic statements against this bill.
The Dismemberment Ban Bill (HB 1211), which would prevent abortionists from tearing apart preborn babies limb-from-limb, was filed. Our Regional Coordinator, Lily, led a lobby day in support of this on February 13th along with several students.
HB 399 the “Death with Dignity” act was filed. We are working with schools to host a pro-life documentary two of our supporters created. We’re also organizing a lobby day with other pro-life groups in the state. Speaker Busche’s Amendment Proposal “securing the right to abortion through all 9 months as part of Maryland’s Constitution” has been filed, and our students have been prepped. Local leaders are creating an action plan that will include testifying at committee hearings and letter writing, and if it goes on the ballot in 2020, we will be including specific campus actions/displays, petitioning, door-knocking, etc.
SD109 “An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access” (“Roe Act”) has been filed. This bill being pushed by the Abortion Lobby, so when Roe v. Wade is overturned, Massachusetts will be solidified as a pro-abortion state.
HB 51 passed on the House floor. This bill allows abortion to remain legal up to birth. Furthermore, it forces doctors to participate in abortions against their will. Over the past several weeks, our Regional Coordinator, Christina, has been encouraging her groups to call legislators to oppose it and attend the sessions. We know many of them made the calls! We are continuing to fight this bill every step of the way.
Our Regional Coordinator, Abby, and students have attended hearings for pro-abortion legislation: H5125 “Reproductive Privacy Act”, H5127 “Reproductive Health Care Act,” and pro-life legislation: H5114 “Dismemberment Ban” and H5198 “Right to Life Act.” Testimonies and the hearing ran until 3AM, and all bills were “tabled” for further review. Students are continuing to call and write legislators and have been directed to write letters to the editor in their communities.
H57 and S25 are “Acts Relating to Preserving the Right to an Abortion” which would also allow for abortions up until birth. Our New England Regional Coordinator, Abby, students, and several community members packed the hearing. They allowed an equal number of “opposed” vs “support” to be heard for testimony and did not make a decision and will announce a voting date. Students and community are responding with calls and emails to representatives.
The Equal Rights Amendment has not moved forward, but there is a possibility to bring it back in committee. Our Regional Coordinator, Stephanie, has taken petitions with her on several Virginia campus visits and got 200+ signatures at just one school – Christendom. We’re continuing this effort until the ERA is gone for good.
HB2491, Kathy Tran’s bill allowing abortions through all 9 months did not move forward, but the community is still responding. Last week we attended her Townhall, held a rally last week, and this week we rallied several hundred in Richmond. We’re mobilizing students to attend Richmond’s new March for Life in April and helping students respond by calling, writing, letters to the editor, and discussing on campus.
Our Regional Coordinator, Katie, is planning a rally to protest Senator Patty Murray, since she was the Senator who single-handedly stopped the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. She is also waiting for the hearings for the pro-abortion bills to be scheduled (sex-ed related bills too), so that we can mobilize students to testify at them.
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