Students for Life https://studentsforlife.org Abolish Abortion in our Lifetime Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:14:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://studentsforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/favicon.png Students for Life https://studentsforlife.org 32 32 Pro-Life Future Campaign Sees Successful Launch in Denver: We’re Eradicating Abortion One City At a Time https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/15/pro-life-future-campaign-sees-successful-launch-in-denver-were-eradicating-abortion-one-city-at-a-time/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:14:30 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060347 Students for Life of America’s new Pro-Life Future Campaign is working to change hearts and minds about abortion, one city at a time. A key feature of the campaign is a monthly community door-knocking mobilization in the nineteen cities where the campaign is currently active. By alerting our neighbors to the dangers of the abortion …

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Students for Life of America’s new Pro-Life Future Campaign is working to change hearts and minds about abortion, one city at a time. A key feature of the campaign is a monthly community door-knocking mobilization in the nineteen cities where the campaign is currently active. By alerting our neighbors to the dangers of the abortion industry and raising awareness about non-violent abortion alternatives, our goal is to reduce the abortion rate in each campaign location directly.

One of the cities where we’re working to build a culture of life is Denver, Colorado – one of the states that allows abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

On March 27, the Pro-Life Generation launched its door-knocking project. Nationwide, our teams knocked on 9,259 doors, which brought the grand total of doors knocked to 22,505! And it gets even better… our students and staff had 540 conversations about abortion on just that one day. 79 of those people were already pro-life and moved to take action on behalf of the preborn. And 21 of them were pro-choice and changed their mind about abortion! THIS is how culture changes.

In Denver, on that first day alone, the Pro-Life Campaign knocked on over 1,000 doors to share information about local pregnancy help organizations (PRCs) and their compassionate services. As a result of our life-saving efforts, a local PRC scheduled 15 appointments during phone calls made via the Students for Life phone numbers provided by door-knockers. News like this galvanizes us to reach every city in the US with the hope and help of the pro-life movement.

And Colorado desperately needs access to information about these hopeful, nonviolent pregnancy resource. As evidence collected by the Denver Pro-Life Future Campaign shows, the predatory nature of the state’s abortion industry runs deep. We believe people deserve to know the dirty secrets they’re trying to hide.

Colorado is home to Warren Hern, a notorious late-term abortionist known for committing abortions for any reason, even on healthy preborn babies. Hern is one of the abortionists that makes Colorado stand out as a late-term abortion hub.

A lawsuit was filed in 2015 against Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains for failing to report the abuse of a 13-year-old girl to authorities. Instead, the abortion facility returned the girl to the man who abused her after committing an abortion on her.

The Center for Medical Progress caught the same facility exploiting women and their preborn children’s bodies for money. Planned Parenthood abortionist Savita Ginde was seen on video advocating for higher profit margins “based off of how many baby livers, kidneys, partial brains, hearts, and legs they can sell at PPRM.”

An undercover investigation of PPRM conducted by Live Action showed Planned Parenthood staff members pushing underage girls to engage in BDSM with their partners. The staff approvingly described activities like “whipping,” “tying up,” and “asphyxiation to undercover investigators, encouraging them to engage in these risky sexual behaviors.

After a horrific 2013 abortion committed by the same Planned Parenthood, a woman sued the abortion giant for forcing her to undergo the killing of her child without anesthesia and after she changed her mind and decided not to go through with the abortion. Not only did the abortionist allegedly proceed against her wishes, but he or she left behind parts of the dead child, which landed the woman in the ER for emergency surgery. The doctor who cared for her in the hospital said the woman was suffering from sepsis with a high fever and heavy bleeding.

Another abortion facility, Planned Parenthood Aurora Health Center, further proved that the abortion industry cares more about profit than helping women. In 2013, it received a celebratory certificate, “For Exceeding Abortion Visits.”

Are Denver residents aware of the dangers the abortion businesses within their communities pose to women and families? Well, if they don’t know, then our door-knocking campaign is making sure they find out and know where women can go for actual pregnancy help.

We’re achieving our goal to reduce the number of abortions nationwide!

Sign up for door knocking in your city here!

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Chalk of Life-Affirming Resources Vandalized on Catholic University’s Campus https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/15/chalk-of-life-affirming-resources-vandalized-on-catholic-universitys-campus/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 14:47:20 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060344 On Wednesday, March 24th, Marian University’s Pro-Life group, Knights for Life, gathered to chalk positive, supporting messages on campus sidewalks as part of Students for Life’s National Pro-Life Chalk Day in Indianapolis, IN. Messages were life-affirming, such as “Life is Precious!” “Mothers are Strong, Mothers are Brave!” “We support Pregnant and Parenting Students!” Knights for …

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On Wednesday, March 24th, Marian University’s Pro-Life group, Knights for Life, gathered to chalk positive, supporting messages on campus sidewalks as part of Students for Life’s National Pro-Life Chalk Day in Indianapolis, IN. Messages were life-affirming, such as “Life is Precious!” “Mothers are Strong, Mothers are Brave!” “We support Pregnant and Parenting Students!” Knights for Life members were excited to flood campus with Pro-Life statements of hope and love, and many students passing by took pictures and smiled as they saw our chalk displays. This event was approved by Student Activities, and group members followed all rules and policies.

Later that evening, a female student posted a Snapchat video of herself on campus washing away our chalk, with a filter that said “My Body My Choice.” Immediately, Knights for Life officers went to the center of campus to see the damage done. Eleven of our chalk messages were intentionally washed away.

Wow, I thought. What benefit is there to washing away supportive messages like “Love them Both” or “Life is Precious”? How are these messages offensive?!? We made sure that all of our chalk artwork was positive and affirming the dignity of human life, and also the roles of motherhood and parents. If pro-choice people really were pro-”choice,” couldn’t they at least agree that mothers are strong? That we should love both mother and child? Or does that statement reflect the hypocrisy that killing an intentional human being is not the loving option?

We took pictures of the damage done, and I texted my SFLA Regional Coordinator, Emily Stumpo, right away. Okay, so they washed away some of our chalk. There’s not really anything I can do about it, I thought. Later that evening, a friend told me that this same student was trying to acquire spray paint to paint pro-choice messages around campus. Now THAT would for sure be vandalism. So I called my RC Emily again to figure out my next steps. Part of me wanted to sit outside and ‘keep watch’ in case anything further happened with the student, but wasn’t sure if she would even do it. Emily suggested calling campus police and explaining the situation so that they were aware. Campus police were really helpful, and they appreciated me letting them know ahead of time. They had someone stationed around campus keeping an eye on any possible activity.

The next day, I spoke with the person in charge of Student Activities to explain everything that happened. She was shocked and really supportive of us. She said she is going to speak with the Dean of Students to talk about conduct steps that need to be taken, and that it was not okay what the student did.

All in all, I’m glad we were able to chalk. The fact that someone tried to wash it away proves just how powerful our messages of hope are, and how necessary our group is for this campus. It also, indicates how much more work we need to do in engaging in activism and dialogue to change hearts and minds on abortion. We ARE the Pro-Life Generation, and we will not stop until abortion is unthinkable.

Mary Carmen Zakrajsek is the Indiana Regional Intern, and the president of Marian University’s Students for Life group, Knights for Life.

 

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Kristan Hawkins to Address Arizona State University of the Future is Anti-Abortion Speaking Tour, Unpacking the Grassroots Trends Changing America https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/15/kristan-hawkins-to-address-arizona-state-university-of-the-future-is-anti-abortion-speaking-tour-unpacking-the-grassroots-trends-changing-america/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:51:13 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060338 “Universities have tried to ‘cancel’ me and the Pro-Life Generation because they know we are effecting change — turning hearts and minds against abortion,” said SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins. “These are cultural shifts you’re not hearing about in a media environment that supports abortion. Come learn about how these changes have convinced me that the Future …

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“Universities have tried to ‘cancel’ me and the Pro-Life Generation because they know we are effecting change — turning hearts and minds against abortion,” said SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins. “These are cultural shifts you’re not hearing about in a media environment that supports abortion. Come learn about how these changes have convinced me that the Future Is Anti-Abortion.” 

TEMPE, A.Z., and WASHINGTON D.C. (04-15-2021) – TONIGHT, Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins will speak at All Saints Catholic Newman Center at Arizona State University. The stop is part of SFLA’s The Future Is Anti-Abortion speaking tour, aimed at educating on how the Millennial and Gen Z generations are spearheading efforts that will reverse Roe v. Wade.

Hawkins, whose anti-abortion presentations have sparked debate during her past campus tours, said that giving students access to the truth about abortion is more important than placating opponents of her message. This highlight from Hawkins’ tour stop at Western Kentucky University has gone viral.

“The pro-life position isn’t something to fear, but my talks nevertheless trigger university students who are convinced it’s good to shut down any expression threatens Leftist orthodoxy. What I want students to know is that the anti-abortion position is increasingly mainstream, and it’s not going away — it won’t be canceled.

“I know what it’s like to feel silenced and written off as “fringe” for being anti-abortion. But the anti-abortion position anything but fringe. Millennials and Gen Z are trending pro-life.

January polling commissioned by SFLA found that more than 7 in 10 Millennial and Gen Z voters support limits on abortion. About half are opposed to their tax money being used to pay for abortion. Nearly half support banning abortion as early as 6 weeks, when a child’s heartbeat can be detected. By a margin of 57 % to 30 %, Millennials and Gen Z reject Roe v. Wade when they learn the ruling allows for abortion through all 9 months.

“It’s actually the abortion extremists who propagate the media narrative on abortion who are out of touch and fringe. In fact, our polling found that less than 2 in 10 Millennial and Gen Z voters want what is currently the Roe v. Wade status quo: Abortion through all 9 months, for any reason, funded at times by taxpayers. The other 8 in 10 don’t want what the abortion lobby is selling — and that’s why the Future Is Anti-Abortion.”

Hawkins said she especially hopes to see students who support abortion at her talk: “I hope they come with an open mind to engage in dialogue during the Q&A. They may be surprised by the common ground we share.”

At Newsweek, Kristan Hawkins and Toni McFadden weigh in on why pro-life advocates must have the same free speech protections as everyone else. Read the op-ed HERE.

Follow Kristan Hawkins on Twitter @KristanHawkins.

For interviews, contact Kristi Hamrick at khamrick@studentsforlife.org

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world. 

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life entity.

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Students for Life Action Condemns the FDA’s decision to Allow “Death by mail,” making abortion easier to sell for Corporate Abortion while Risking Women’s Lives https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/13/students-for-life-action-condemns-the-fdas-decision-to-allow-death-by-mail-making-abortion-easier-to-sell-for-corporate-abortion-while-risking-womens-lives/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:04:34 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060313 Reporting on behalf of our sister organization, Students for Life Action. “What is tragic is that more lives will be lost because the Biden Administration wanted to make it easier to deliver death by mail,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “What’s convenient and profitable for Corporate Abortion isn’t best for women and preborn …

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Reporting on behalf of our sister organization, Students for Life Action.

“What is tragic is that more lives will be lost because the Biden Administration wanted to make it easier to deliver death by mail,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “What’s convenient and profitable for Corporate Abortion isn’t best for women and preborn children, who will pay the ultimate price.”

WASHINGTON D.C. (04-13-2021) – In reaction a letter sent by acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock indicating new, weakened health and safety standards will be applied to Chemical Abortion pills and sent to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists about their COVID-oriented lawsuit against the FDA, demanding that health and safety standards for abortion-causing Chemical Abortion pills be dropped, Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins made the following statement:

“The Biden Administration makes catastrophic loss of life by mail its legacy in choosing to weaken the minimal health and safety in place to protect women from the deadly consequences of Chemical Abortion Pills. Sending deadly pills through the mail without any pre-screening or follow up care is convenient and cost effect for Corporate Abortion, but women will pay the price along with countless preborn infants.

“This administration follows in the reckless footsteps of first Bill Clinton who forced a deadly concoction of pills on the market that now ends more than 40 percent of preborn life from abortion and later Barack Obama who permitted the health and safety standards first recommended to be weakened.

“The FDA Acting Commissioner’s letter indicating an end to the in-person dispensing requirement for deadly Chemical Abortion pills callously notes that while there are ‘limitations’ to the studies that have examined the deadly drugs, ‘increases in serious safety concerns’ don’t seem to rise if women are left alone. Such dismissive language doesn’t change the fact that some women will experience dangerous bleeding, infection, loss of future fertility and maybe even their lives.

“As acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock once testified in 2006, women have died and been injured ingesting these chemicals. The parsed language of her letter downplays all the reason for greater medical engagement. We know that‘the chemicals have four times the complications of surgical abortion, can cause dangerous complications later in pregnancy and in ectopic pregnancies, and can harm women’s future fertility if handed out without proper screening and treatment for blood type. They also pose a risk to women if abusers get hold of the drugs to force on women, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.”

“It will not comfort grieving people when women abandoned to the complications and death of Chemical Abortion pills are told that their suffering is as ‘expected’ with such drugs, which is how Woodcock responded to concerns about the complications when she faced questions from Congress in 2006. But what is tragic is that more lives will be lost because the Biden Administration wanted to make it easier to deliver death by mail.”

Students for Life Action has been a leader in the fight against the reckless distribution of Chemical Abortion pills for years, including our opposition to their mandatory sale through California public university and college campus health centers. Since then SFLA and SFLAction have engaged in education at ThisIsChemicalAbortion.com as well as fighting for legislation in more than 10 states and counting. Just yesterday, Hawkins, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and SFLAction Chief Media and Policy Strategist Kristi Hamrick discussed the need to act quickly to address the possibility of a new, reckless distribution plan for Chemical Abortion pills. To view, click here.

For interviews, contact Kristi Hamrick at khamrick@studentsforlife.org

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world. 

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world. 

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No Matter the Circumstances, Killing Innocent Humans Is Wrong https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/13/no-matter-the-circumstances-killing-innocent-humans-is-wrong/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:42:15 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060314 Blog by Samantha Kamman. Infanticide is always wrong. This statement should not be controversial. Humans in civilized societies recognize the value of others’ lives and understand that the more vulnerable a member of our human family is, the more they need protection. Yet, despite the nation’s foundation on the right to life, many American politicians …

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Blog by Samantha Kamman.

Infanticide is always wrong.

This statement should not be controversial. Humans in civilized societies recognize the value of others’ lives and understand that the more vulnerable a member of our human family is, the more they need protection.

Yet, despite the nation’s foundation on the right to life, many American politicians boast a distinctly uncivilized view of human dignity, championing the violence of abortion and tacitly accepting infanticide.

In March, Texas Special agents saved a six-month-old baby that smugglers had thrown into the Rio Grande, as well as the child’s injured mother. While the rescue is worthy of celebration, it is always sad to hear cases where someone has inflicted deliberate harm on an innocent. In generally, it is not culturally acceptable to celebrate violence and abuse inflicted on innocent people who have been born.

We also mourn the loss of babies left to die in trash cans, like when police found a dead baby in the trash in Coney Island, NY, back in February. Then, in March, an infant was found dead in a wooded area in Lincoln Park, MI.  Most people find these stories distinctly horrifying.

But there is another form of infanticide that is remains unreported by news media and tacitly accepted by many elected representatives: the killing of infants who survive failed abortions.

Born-alive infants are left to die on shelves, in buckets, and trash bags in abortion facilities. From 2003 to 2014, the Centers for Disease Control reported at least 143 babies had died after being born alive during a botched abortion. Footage from the Center for Medical Progress even showed high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials admitting they trafficked abortion survivors’ organs.

But pro-abortion politicians continue to refuse to pass legislation that would legally require born-alive infants to receive basic medical care and subject anyone who intentionally leaves an abortion survivor to die to criminal penalties.

How can the same people who would presumably mourn alongside the rest of us the loss of an infant left to die in a trash can or celebrate a baby rescued from a river ignore the child who is born alive after an abortion and then killed outright or left to die?

Infanticide is always wrong — right?

If you’re not sure, ask the survivors.

Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion. She was believed to be dead until a nurse heard Melissa’s cries and ensured the baby received the proper care – a decision the nurse was not required to make by law. Despite the doctor’s concerns about the long-term health problems associated with surviving an abortion at seven months gestation, Melissa has gone on to thrive as a renowned speaker and writer for the pro-life movement.

Ohden is also the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, an organization that provides individuals born alive after an abortion with a platform to share their stories. The survivors whose stories are uplifted by the organization work to add a name and face to the many children like them left to die after surviving an abortion.

Other survivors who conquered the odds and lived to tell their stories include Gianna Jessen, Claire Culwell, and Josiah Presley.

People are more than a choice. We will continue to be their voice until our elected officials do their jobs and defend the innocent lives of their fellow Americans.

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Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Iowa is Now Iowa’s Democratic Party Executive Director https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/13/director-of-public-affairs-for-planned-parenthood-iowa-is-now-iowas-democratic-party-executive-director/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:34:04 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060309 Blog post by Samantha Kamman. Erin Davison-Rippey, the state Executive Director and former Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Iowa, is now the state of Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director. Yes… you read that correctly. Students for Life Action works to eradicate abortion by encouraging voters to elect candidates committed to abolishing the unjust …

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Blog post by Samantha Kamman.

Erin Davison-Rippey, the state Executive Director and former Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Iowa, is now the state of Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director. Yes… you read that correctly.

Students for Life Action works to eradicate abortion by encouraging voters to elect candidates committed to abolishing the unjust killing of children in the womb. Protecting the preborn is a human rights issue, and there should be bipartisan consensus on protecting our nation’s most innocent persons from the brutal violence of abortion.

While SFL Action is proud to support pro-life politicians from either party, sadly, pro-life Democrats have become an endangered species. Ever since the Democratic party dropped the disingenuous “safe, legal, and rare” mantra from its platform in 2016, championing abortion and abortion vendors like Planned Parenthood has become a central feature of the Party.

Erin Davinson-Rippey commented on her new role at the helm of Iowa’s Democratic Party: “This is an important moment for Iowa Democrats. After the challenges over the past year, our state is desperate for leadership that will finally give families, workers, and small businesses the tools they need to succeed.”

“That’s exactly what Democrats in the legislature and the Biden-Harris administration are delivering. I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with Chairman Wilburn, party leaders, and partners across the state to grow this organization and help our candidates succeed.”

But Davison-Rippey’s dedication to helping families seems incompatible with her outspoken support for abortion.

Davison-Rippey endorsed then-presidential candidate Joe Biden due to the 100% voting record he received from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund when he left the Senate. The Executive Director also cited Biden’s commitment to “safe, legal abortion” as part of the reason why he had earned her endorsement.

“The choice is clear,” Davison-Rippey said in a statement. “We are thrilled that the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Joe Biden for president.”

Since when is the imposition of radical abortion policies on the American public a reason to elect a candidate? For Planned Parenthood and the Democrats, who are increasingly politically indistinguishable, it’s a dream come true.

The Des Moines Register went so far as to praise Davison-Rippey for being a “voice for women’s reproductive health” — a weak euphemism that really means ‘the violent killing of children in abortion.’ In addition, the outlet cited Iowa’s 2018 Heartbeat Bill as the reason why the state needs a pro-abortion politician like her.

Signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds, the bill would have banned most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. The bill was blocked the following year by a Polk County district judge, but that has not stopped Iowa from continuing to pass pro-life legislation.

In February 2020, the State Senate passed a constitutional amendment clarifying there is no right to abortion in the Iowa constitution. Last month, Republicans continued to move the proposal forward. If passed, then the amendment will appear on Iowa voters’ ballots in 2024.

The abortion debate often comes back to the question of human equality. In a nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, the Democrat party is not progressive; it is regressive and un-American to withhold equality and human rights from an entire group of innocent humans.

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Pro-Life Future Campaign Successes from March! https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/09/pro-life-future-campaign-successes-from-march/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:16:06 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060239 Students for Life of America is assembling pro-life activists of all ages to engage in the multi-faceted Pro-Life Future (PLF) Campaign in 19 select cities across the nation. In each city, our goal is to directly reduce the abortion rate by increasing awareness of non-violent abortion alternatives, decreasing support for the predatory abortion industry, and changing hearts and minds about abortion. A big part of our plan to unify pro-life advocates in these cities is alerting the …

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Students for Life of America is assembling pro-life activists of all ages to engage in the multi-faceted Pro-Life Future (PLF) Campaign in 19 select cities across the nation.

In each city, our goal is to directly reduce the abortion rate by increasing awareness of non-violent abortion alternatives, decreasing support for the predatory abortion industry, and changing hearts and minds about abortion.

A big part of our plan to unify pro-life advocates in these cities is alerting the community about the dangers of the abortion industry by knocking on neighbors’ doors and starting conversations.

We are thrilled to share with you our successes from our first month on the ground this March!

NATIONAL SCORECARD

Doors Knocked: 22,505

Conversations: 1,467

People Activated to Join Us: 242

Minds Changed on Abortion: 80

CITY SUCCESS STORIES

Allentown, PA

We spoke with a former nurse who did not know about pregnancy help organizations and all the free resources they offer locally. She was shocked to learn that there were other, better places than Planned Parenthood that she could refer pregnant women to for care.

Atlanta, GA

We were able to inform many Georgians about abortion laws and even change some minds on the topic. One person we engaged in discussion with was a biologist and, by the end of the conversation, he had decided that abortion is wrong because science proves that life begins at conception.

Chicago, IL

Our group of pro-life activists knocked on 2,313 doors in just one day! We ended up changing the minds of 17 people who were initially leaning toward pro-abortion.

Cincinnati, OH

We knocked on the door of a man who sadly shared that his daughter was considering abortion. We prayed with him and even dropped off our Standing With You literature at his daughter’s home.

Dallas, TX

Many of the people we encountered had no idea that their local Planned Parenthood was riddled with scandals, including not being licensed to commit abortions. After learning about these issues, almost all the residents declared they would stop supporting the abortion facility and offer their support to local pregnancy help organizations instead.

Denver, CO

We were, unfortunately, met with a surprising amount of negativity and hostility while door knocking in Denver. Our students and volunteers were determined to push through and successfully mobilized new recruits to the pro-life cause!

Fairview Heights, IL

One individual we spoke with was not aware of all the resources offered by local pregnancy help organizations. After chatting with us and reviewing our literature, they decided to donate baby items to their local pregnancy center!

Indianapolis, IN

We encountered several women who shared their testimonies of needing healing after abortion even years later and never having someone to talk to about their experience. We were able to stand with these women, be a listening ear, and provide healing resources for them.

Jackson, MS

At one home, we had a very long conversation with a woman about the lack of resources for the Black community in Mississippi. Even though she was pro-choice, she put up one of our yard signs and offered some suggestions for other resources we could create to better help the local community.

Manchester, NH

One woman we talked with shared her personal experience of choosing life for her child and receiving assistance from a pro-life pregnancy help organization. Her story was inspiring, and she thanked us for our efforts to build a culture of life in Manchester.

Omaha, NE

Our group engaged in nearly 200 conversations and passed out yard signs to many households. There was a general excitement in the community as residents were extremely pro-life, but there was now a more tangible possibility of closing down Leroy Carhart’s dangerous, late-term abortion facility and helping women in Omaha.

Phoenix, AZ

We spoke with one woman who shared with us that her niece recently chose life for her child after facing many difficulties. After our conversation, she proudly put up one of our yard signs advertising the Standing With You resource website.

Port St. Lucie, FL

We engaged in a very productive discussion with a pro-abortion couple who even thanked us for our efforts, saying, “We are very pro-choice, but it’s good to know about these local resources. Thank you very much for this. Wow, you really are right, we do need to find common ground!”

Portland, OR

Our team of door knockers faced a very liberal city but was met with some positive responses, including a woman who cried tears of joy when she heard the message we were spreading in the community. It was also encouraging to see one of our older volunteers be able to connect with an older audience. This just goes to show that you don’t have to be young to make a difference!

Richmond, VA

We had a wonderful conversation with a pro-choice man. Despite his opinion on abortion, he was extremely excited about what we were doing and the fatherhood resources available at the local pregnancy help organization. He was so inspired and said he wasn’t sure how he felt about the legality of abortion now but wanted to provide women with pro-life resources and encourage fathers to step up!

Rochester, NY

After reviewing the campaign literature with one of our student volunteers, a community member interrupted and said, “Oh wait! I know someone who thinks they may be pregnant!” He took the information and walked over to his car where his girlfriend was waiting. She initially seemed uncomfortable that he mentioned pro-life support but became more receptive as he shared the free resources with her.

Sacramento, CA

Most of the residents we talked to were, sadly, supportive of abortions up to birth. Toward the end of these conversations, however, many ended up changing their minds and deciding abortion should be illegal in the third trimester. This was a huge success, especially considering the culture and mindset of the area we were in.

Tacoma, WA

Our Tacoma door-knocking team had an amazing turnout and was able to knock on over 2,400 doors! All of the students and community volunteers were positively impacted by the weekend and signed up to join again in April.

If you are interested in becoming involved with this national (and local) effort, email [yourstate]@studentsforlife.org or sign up here.

Together, we will abolish abortion and build a pro-life future!

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Free Speech Suppressed at Colorado State University https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/09/free-speech-suppressed-at-colorado-state-university/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:08:56 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060269 Blog by Maggie Sayers, President of Colorado State University Students for Life. Wednesday morning, April 7th, I woke up the news that a resolution was being presented to Colorado State University’s student government threatening to ban the Alpha Center —our local pregnancy help organization — from advertising their free resources on campus. The legislation falsely …

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Blog by Maggie Sayers, President of Colorado State University Students for Life.

Wednesday morning, April 7th, I woke up the news that a resolution was being presented to Colorado State University’s student government threatening to ban the Alpha Center —our local pregnancy help organization — from advertising their free resources on campus. The legislation falsely accused the Alpha Center of “providing misleading information” and contributing to “students experiencing coercive trauma,” while failing to provide a single example of either. CSU Students for Life attended the ASCSU Senate hearing that evening to testify against the proposed resolution. 

The resolution was promoted by the Brazen Project, a Colorado pro-abortion group who describes their mission as “working to create a CO where anyone who wants or needs an abortion can access one.” This radical group carries out a disinformation campaign, actively targeting pregnancy resource centers across Colorado and labeling them “anti-abortion counseling centers” and “fake women’s health centers.” The Brazen Project, an arm of New Era Colorado that works to take life-affirming options away from pregnant students in Colorado, spearheaded similar legislation at Metro State University, banning pregnancy help organizations from the campus. They plan on introducing the same legislation at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  

Tell the Colorado State University Student Senate to uphold our First Amendment right and allow pregnancy centers to promote resources on campus HERE.

Legislative attacks by New Era Colorado are deeply harmful to the communities and patients who rely on the Alpha Center and other pregnancy help organizations across Colorado for free STD testing, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and confidential counseling, among a multitude of other life-saving services. These resources are provided at nocost to clients, in contrast to the Planned Parenthood across from campus which charges for STD testing and charges $120 for ultrasounds — costs which can render healthcare inaccessible to students facing financial insecurity. Resource centers like the Alpha Center serve all people equally and do not discriminate against anyone based on personal identity, religious affiliation, or background. Barring these centers from advertising or being promoted on campus is damaging, as students deserve access to the resources available to them so they can make informed decisions relating to their sexual and mental health.  

The resolution proposed on Wednesday would infringe on the first amendment rights of pregnancy help organizations and CSU Students for Life’s ability to share life-affirming resources with our peers. To our knowledge, Colorado State University has not banned other groups or organizations from advertising their services on our campus. In fact, the Planned Parenthood abortion behemoth is a fixture at our University. As a public university, we call on Colorado State University administration to uphold for us the same equal rights and representation enjoyed by all other campus groups and organizations. 

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House Republicans to Launch Discharge Petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/09/house-republicans-to-launch-discharge-petition-for-the-born-alive-abortion-survivors-act/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 20:16:09 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060265 Reporting on behalf of our sister organization, Students for Life Action. Blog by Samantha Kamman. During the first vote series on April 14, House Republicans Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Ann Wager, and Rep. Kat Cammack will launch a discharge petition for The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. “Last Congress, Speaker Pelosi directed her radical caucus …

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Reporting on behalf of our sister organization, Students for Life Action.

Blog by Samantha Kamman.

During the first vote series on April 14, House Republicans Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Ann Wager, and Rep. Kat Cammack will launch a discharge petition for The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

“Last Congress, Speaker Pelosi directed her radical caucus to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act more than 75 times. Representative Wagner’s legislation states that a baby who survives an abortion deserves the same degree of medical care as any other newborn,” said Whip Scalise

Whip Scalise said their goal is “to make it clear that all life is sacred and must be protected,” and asked, “Why are House Democrats refusing to allow a vote on this commonsense legislation that will save lives? The Born-Alive Act deserves a vote on the House Floor. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on taking steps to end infanticide.”

Students for Life Action is hosting a Facebook Live Stream on April 14 with SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins, and Jill Stanek. The event will be streamed at 11 a.m. ET. SFLAction will urge 5 specific Democratic Offices to sign the discharge petition on Tuesday, April 13.

The Born-Alive bill is a measure that should have bipartisan support as it would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive after a botched abortion. The bill would not only penalize the intentional killing of an abortion survivor through fines or up to five years of imprisonment, but it would also bring transparency to the number of born-alive abortions and infanticides that occur by requiring health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violators of the law to the authorities.

Recognizing women as secondary abortion victims, the bill does not subject the mothers of abortion survivors to criminal penalties. Instead, women who give birth to a born-alive infant would be awarded protection from prosecution and the ability to sue their abortionist.

Both Scalise and Wagner previously drew attention to the issue of born-alive infants when they hosted a Sept. 10, 2019 hearing alongside Rep. Christ Smith called, “END INFANTICIDE MINORITY HEARING.”

When it was introduced during the 116th Congress, the Born-Alive Act discharge petition set a record for the most signatures within 24 hours of a discharge petition being introduced. Every House Republican and three Democrats signed on to it.

Previous Democratic support for born-alive protections includes a roll call amendment containing the language of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, back in June 29, 2001. It passed with a Senate vote of 98-0, and 10 of those Democrats still hold their seats today: Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (R-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR).

At the time, even Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) voted in support of BAIPA.

When the House passed the Born Alive bill (HR 3504) by a vote of 248-177-1, five Democrats voted in support of it: Matt Cartwright-PA, Henry Cuellar-TX, James Langevin-RI, Dan Lipinski-IL, Collin Peterson-MN. One Democrat, Garamendi-CA, however, voted present.

Then, on January 19, 2018, the Born Alive Bill (HR 4712) passed in the House by a vote of 241-183. While six members did not vote, every Republican voted in favor of it. Six Democrats followed suit.

On July 14, 2020, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) offered a Born-Alive Amendment to a DOD Appropriations bill. Both Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

Protecting infants that survive abortions from the violence of infanticide should be an issue that transcends party lines.

Help SFLAction protect abortion survivors by going to bornaliveact.com to sign our petition today!

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Abortion Facilities Losing Business in Arizona https://studentsforlife.org/2021/04/09/abortion-facilities-losing-business-in-arizona/ Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:02:37 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530060237 I’ve been the regional coordinator for Students for Life of America for only a few months in my home state of Arizona. In that short time, I’ve been simply blown away by the dedication and support of the pro-life movement here. I’ve made friends and become an ally of many of the Pregnancy Resource Centers …

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I’ve been the regional coordinator for Students for Life of America for only a few months in my home state of Arizona. In that short time, I’ve been simply blown away by the dedication and support of the pro-life movement here. I’ve made friends and become an ally of many of the Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) in the area, including Aid to Women Center, Life Choices Women’s Clinic, and Pregnancy Care of Chandler. Due to the hard work of pro-life students and friends, I was able to have a very successful first day of Door Knocking for our new Pro-Life Future Campaign last March. In addition, pro-life Arizona Legislators have presented numerous anti-abortion bills — including H. B. 1457, which will protect babies prenatally diagnosed with fetal anomalies. A “Heartbeat Bill,” added as an amendment to a bill related to license plates, failed after being presented.

Still, we are moving closer in Arizona to banning abortions once the baby’s heartbeat is detectable in the womb. Finally, but most important to me, our prayers and dedication to sidewalk advocacy have significantly decreased abortion services at both the Tempe and Glendale Planned Parenthoods, the two largest facilities in the state! It is this last thing that is the primary focus of my post today.

When the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign began in February, I joined every Saturday at the abortion facility in Glendale. On my first day, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge crowd of people, both young and old, praying, holding life-affirming signs, and counseling.

But I was also struck by the opposition I found there. A team of five or six escorts had gathered at each entrance to the facility, blaring music from portable radios, dancing provocatively, wearing masks with obscene messages, and shouting words and strange sounds whenever we tried to call out to the women entering and exiting the facility. I also noticed workers and escorts had lined their cars around the premises. Each of them had rolled down their windows to blast music and make it harder for anyone to hear our words of help and hope.

Whenever we chalked the sidewalks, workers would come out with large hoses and wash the messages away. During my second week there, while we prayed for her, one worker held a stick in her hand to wave at us as she made guttural, inhuman sounds, danced to strange music, and spoke in sign language. This woman most struck me because she seemed to be demon-possessed. She uttered such horrific noises that I knew they could not have come from a human voice alone. A sidewalk counselor that knew the girl’s name prayed for God to remove her oppression.

I found out that this girl started the escort team at this Planned Parenthood; she lives directly across the street and spends much of her time there, and has gathered her friends to do the same. I am told several of them attend the Satanist Temple in Mesa, but I have not witnessed it.

A week or two after this seemingly demonic incident, Fr. Lankeit of the Diocese of Phoenix came to exorcise the premises. He blessed the sidewalks with holy salt and prayed for demons and all forces of evil to leave that place. He then led a rosary with the congregation. Each week during lent, a priest came to the clinic to lead Stations of the Cross and pray a pro-life Rosary.

Then, on Holy Saturday morning, while on my way to the Glendale facility to pray, I received news of a worker who’d recently quit. Upon leaving the facility, this worker told one of the prayer warriors there that the ultrasound technicians weren’t trained as technician professionals, and the facility is very poorly operated.

The facility has been unsuccessful in consistently finding abortionists to commit abortions, forcing them to keep rotating through physicians and close their doors when they are supposed to be open. (In fact, while they used to be open six days a week, for months, they’ve only been open three days a week, and now it appears that number has decreased even further to only two days.) The worker said he believes the clinic will be out of business within two months, and I hope and pray this is true, and the facility in Tempe, which has also decreased to only three days a week of operation, will follow close behind them.

Aside from this very encouraging news, I also wanted to thank a remarkable prayer warrior and the woman who started the charge of praying at the Glendale facility when it opened almost 15 years ago, Lynne Dyer. Lynne has been a faithful, weekly, sidewalk-advocate at the facility for as long as it has been there. Though I am sure she has many, many stories of babies saved through her prayers and kind assistance, last weekend, I was able to hear news of one myself! When I arrived on Holy Saturday, the same day, it was confirmed for me a worker had recently quit the facility. I was also told by my friends praying there Lynne had successfully convinced a family to leave their abortion appointment and follow her to the PRC nearby that morning!

It’s stories like this that make our prayers and perseverance worthwhile, bringing the balm of joy to those who are eager to fight for this most worthy cause yet do not always feel inspired or like they are making a difference. I am so grateful to Lynne and to all our faithful pro-life prayer warriors who dedicate themselves to saving babies and their mothers from the pain of abortion. I feel truly blessed to work alongside all of you in the fight for LIFE in Arizona and across the United States. Keep up the great work, keep leading by example, and always remember: even though you may not see the fruits of your labors, your prayers and sacrifices are planting seeds and bearing fruit that will last for many years to come.

Thank you all for your prayers and support, and may God bless you and your families this Easter season and throughout the year.

Post by Jordan Brittain, Pacific Southwest Regional Coordinator.

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