In November 2018, the Trump Administration met with national pro-life leaders, including our own Kristan Hawkins, to discuss the defunding of Planned Parenthood (among other pro-life objectives). Many policy goals were explored, but one of the most promptly actionable items suggested came in the form of a pro-life movie showing at the White House. To use the powerful bully pulpit of the White House for LIFE.
Promoting pro-life films has been a common thread for Students for Life this year with the release of ‘Gosnell’ in the fall and ‘Unplanned’ last month. We spearheaded the effort to get young people to see ‘Gosnell’ when it premiered in October. We helped pro-life students on over 100 campuses nationwide host screenings of this powerful film, sometimes at the expense of harassment. When the premiere of ‘Unplanned’ rolled around, we initiated the Unplanned Challenge, encouraging Students for Life leaders to bring a pro-choice friend to see the movie.
Former administrations, most recently President Obama’s, also made use of this bully pulpit technique to highlight certain ideals they deemed favorable. With the emphasis the current administration has placed on pro-life legislation, it’s no surprise that they were open to the idea of showing ‘Gosnell’ – and that about 150 people are expected to attend tonight’s showing.
Students for Life team members will be among these attendees. It is exciting to work in partnership with an administration that holds similar values when it comes to abortion. ‘Gosnell’ is a great film to highlight the grisly reality of abortion and keep our politicians invested in the cause.
You can see our reaction after the event on social media!