Students for Life https://www.studentsforlife.org Abolish Abortion in our Lifetime Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.studentsforlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/favicon.png Students for Life https://www.studentsforlife.org 32 32 T.A.L.K. is a Wrap! And the Winners Are… https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/07/01/t-a-l-k-is-a-wrap-and-the-winners-are/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:00:51 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055437 Continue reading "T.A.L.K. is a Wrap! And the Winners Are…"

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After 334 days of counting pro-life conversations, the T.A.L.K. Challenge and other Students for Life efforts have inspired 25,738 conversations about abortion. This brought our national Students for Life T.A.L.K. efforts to 209,423 conversations!  

Here’s the breakdown:  

  • We had 122,027 conversations through our TALK Digital efforts, targeting pro-choice and inactive pro-lifers mainly on social media with surveys and chats. 
  • 26,247 conversations came from our Regional Coordinators through mostly on campus outreach. 
  • 35,411 from Students for Life Action’s call campaigns and canvasing. 
  • And 25,738 from students joining our efforts and logging their conversations. 

This year’s T.A.L.K. Challenge brought an estimated 62,800 people further into the pro-life fold and planted seeds for about 146,623 others. 

Although we were just shy of our goal of tracking 250,000 conversations (thank you, COVID…), we still have much to celebrate! We especially want to celebrate our students.  

June T.A.L.K. Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Jeremy from Wyoming for logging the most conversations in the month of June! He takes the top spot for June with 1,436. Angelique from Nevada received second place with 700, and Madelyn ONeil from Illinois took third with 447. These students won gift cards to the SFLA Shop to purchase pro-life merch to spark even more conversations.  

Regional Competition Winners

Congratulations to these groups who lead the way in their region. They will be receiving grand prizes a fall pro-life speaker grant or a trip for three to the March in Washington D.C. and Pro-Life National Summit this January. 

  • WASHINGTON REGION: Western Washington University, 297 
  • PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION: Western Oregon University, 1734 
  • NORTHERN CA & NV REGION: University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2145 
  • PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION: Green Valley High School, 316 
  • SOUTHEAST REGION: Bella Vista Academy, 100 
  • CAPITAL AREA: Liberty University, 3064 
  • OHIO & INDIANA REGION: Toledo University, 753 
  • APPALACHIAN REGION: Franklin High School, 103 
  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION: Skyview Academy, 1827 
  • MISSOURI & ARKSANAS REGION: Rockhurst High School, 161 
  • NORTHEAST REGION: NY Homeschool, 300 
  • MID-ATLANTIC REGION: PA Homeschool, 143 
  • UPPER MIDWEST REGION: McHenry County College, 3323 
  • SOUTHERN REGION: University of Houston, 784 
  • NORTHERN REGION: Winona State University, 345 

And, an additional shout out to our top three TALKers… 

Brooke from Colorado – 1,827 conversations

Brooke had conversations EVERYWHERE. She counseled and spoke with people of different backgrounds at her local Planned Parenthood, set up pro-life tables and wore Students for Life t-shirts to spark conversations with peers at school, and when COVID slowed her in-person outreached, she posed questions like “is abortion proof that society has failed women?” on social media. 

Margarett from Virginia – 3,056 conversations

Margarett goes to a very Christian and pro-life school: Liberty University. While some of her conversations came from on-campus activism, she had to think outside the box to reach pro-choice people. She attended the Capital Area Mission Trip, spoke with peers on Instagram and TikTok, and, when Margarett’s summer internship plans were canceled, she instead took up volunteering with Students for Life Action in Arizona. She’s spoken with people all over the US, especially Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, North Carolina, and in D.C. during the June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo hearing. 

Madelyn ONeill – 3,319 conversations

Outside of the classic Facebook debates, Madelyn found some clever ways to have conversations. On campus she ignited conversations with her “ask me why I’m pro-life” backpack pin. She spoke with Illinois’s governor’s employees about abortion not being essential during COVID, and even randomly called her school to speak on one of her favorite topics: Planned Parenthood. Just like Margarett, she is volunteering in Arizona with Students for Life Action this summer. 

Our biggest takeaway: Conversations matter! 

Conversations don’t always seem like the most glamorous and sellable form of outreach, especially in comparison to our past Time Square ads, large campus tour displaysand rallies. But this is where the rubber meets the road. This is what changes culture and will eventually abolish abortion. We can’t let these little things, like conversations, go unnoticed or unappreciated. Personal encounters are what change minds. 

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Democratic Senator Responsible for Louisiana Abortion Law Denounces Supreme Court Ruling https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/07/01/democratic-senator-responsible-for-louisiana-abortion-law-denounces-supreme-court-ruling/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:31:24 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055434 Continue reading "Democratic Senator Responsible for Louisiana Abortion Law Denounces Supreme Court Ruling"

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Democratic Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson was horrified by the stories of Louisiana abortion facilities subjecting women to deplorable conditions. Sitting on the Louisiana Health and Welfare Committee, Jackson was shocked to learn the state’s primary abortion clinic in Baton Rouge had a decade-long history of subjecting women to substandard care. 

Jackson’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” from 2014 mandated that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Though this act held abortion clinics to the same standard as any ambulatory surgical center, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling against it in the recent June Medical Services v. Russo decision. 

Without admitting privileges, abortionists can continue to provide women with substandard levels of care. Providers do not have to be cleared as competent professionals, and emergency rooms do not have to be briefed about an injured woman’s condition prior to her arrival at the hospital. Far from protecting women, the actions of the Supreme Court have set the precedent that abortion clinics can neglect women’s health. 

Determined to protect women and their preborn children from dangerous abortion clinics, the pro-life group, Students for Life of America (SFLA), held a virtual rally on June 29 to protest the Court’s decision. Some SFLA members were even physically present at the Supreme Court to advocate against abortionists being exempt from basic safety standards. 

“Once again #SCOTUS used the extremism of Roe v. Wade to be a ‘get out-of-jail’ card for abortionists,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of SFLA. “Today’s ruling ignores the basic tenets of our Constitution that gives states the right to protect the lives of their citizens…” 

The Court’s ruling proves there are only four pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. This means much will be at stake during the 2020 Election when it comes to securing a pro-life majority to overturn Roe.

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Pro-Choice Vandal Attacks Pro-life Bridge Display https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/07/01/pro-choice-vandal-attacks-pro-life-bridge-display/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:28:29 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055430 Continue reading "Pro-Choice Vandal Attacks Pro-life Bridge Display"

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For the second time in two months, a pro-life bridge in the Chicagoland area was attacked by a pro-choice vandal!  The first incident occurred in May 2020.  The second incident happened during the Pro-life Action League’s third annual National Pro-life Bridges Day on June 26, 2020.

Chris Iverson, Vice President of Chicago Pro-Life Future, along with his friends were displaying the pro-life message “Abortion takes a human life” to commuters on I-294 and I-55 in Countryside, IL.  Around 4:00 pm, a young woman drove up in a silver Honda CR-V.  She stopped on the shoulder where Chris was located.  He recounts what happened next:

“I saw her stop the vehicle on the shoulder near me and I could tell we had trouble.  It was the way she looked at me.  She made an aggressive u-turn and parked on the shoulder on the other side of the road.  It seemed obvious to me that she was targeting the sign.  I made my way over there and the video tells the rest of the story.”

 

Thankfully, no one was hurt and nothing was stolen.  A few bungee cords were cut and the sign was unreadable for about seven minutes until Chris was able to get it back up.  The police came soon after the vandal left and they are investigating the matter.

This incident occurred during the National Pro-life Bridges Day which is an annual event that reaches over one million people each year with the message “Abortion takes a human life.” Despite this incident, they reached over 80,000 people that day with this powerful message!

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During the COVID-19 Crisis, Students for Life of America Helped 22 Women Choose Life https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/07/01/during-the-covid-19-crisis-students-for-life-of-america-helped-22-women-choose-life/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:15:25 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055428 Continue reading "During the COVID-19 Crisis, Students for Life of America Helped 22 Women Choose Life"

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Over the course of the school year, Students for Life’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative:

  • Collected over 418,500 diapers as well as other items like clothes, bottles, and much more;
  • Hosted 243 baby drives;
  • Raised more than $100,000 for pregnant and parenting students, including more than $41,940 for student scholarships;
  • Reported 1,812 hours volunteering;
  • Equipped 51 Students for Life groups to work with their school administrators to bring these resources directly to their campus health center;
  • AND, through support, conversation and caring, helped 22 women considering abortion to choose life for their child. 

WASHINGTON D.C. (07-01-2020) – Wrapping up the school year, Students for Life of America’s Pregnant on Campus Coordinator Camille Cisneros noted that students’ commitment to helping their fellow students was so strong, it was a record -breaking year for the program, highlighted by 22 women who chose life for their babies. She observed, “This school year has been full of ups and downs, but one thing that has remained the same is that the Pro-Life Generation is committed to making abortion unthinkable by changing their campuses to be supportive communities for pregnant and parenting moms in need.”

SFLA’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative provides opportunities for students to serve fellow students, to work with school administrators to make a more family-friendly campus, and advocates for students’ Title IX rights, including Students for Life’s authored Pregnant on Campus Bill of Rights.

“Too often, our Students for Life leaders meet students on campus who tell us about problems with housing and childcare as well as difficulties with scholarships and classroom accommodation,” said Cisneros. “An important part of our work is educating school administrators as well as students about what their rights are so that pregnant and parenting students can be accommodated as they deserve.”

Writing at National Review, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins talked about the importance of the POC initiative, noting: “A Pew Charitable Trust study reported that 47 percent of people who do not achieve a college degree stay at the same economic level for life, while almost nine out of ten people who earn a degree achieve upward mobility. Yet few college and universities focus on the needs of those who are pregnant and parenting, which is now about one in five college students.

“With more than 1,200 groups on college and university campuses, SFLA understands the challenges facing these students. SFLA’s Pregnant on Campus team developed a template for evaluating schools looking at five key issues: Title IX compliance, housing access, on-campus resources, financial assistance, and medical attention.”

SFLA is engaged in on-going analysis of college campuses to determine how well they help pregnant and parenting students, working with Student Activities Directors, Title IX Coordinators, Housing Directors, and Financial Aid offices, and other school officials to help pregnant and parenting students succeed at school.

To read one mom’s Pregnant on Campus story, as told on Fox News, click here.

To learn more about SFLA’s other campus accomplishments during Covid-19, click here.

For media interviews, e-mail Kristi at khamrick@studentsforlife.org.

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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,245 groups on college, universities and high school campuses in all 50 states.

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When All Was Said and Done… Here’s What We Did This School Year! https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/30/when-all-was-said-and-done-heres-what-we-did-this-school-year/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:39:58 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530052870 Continue reading "When All Was Said and Done… Here’s What We Did This School Year!"

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When the school year started last fall, no one could’ve predicted the chaos that would ensue. We went from a regular semester with easy-going chatter about the end of the decade… to full-on pandemonium with a wide-spread infectious disease and riots in the streets. Many businesses and other organizations had to shut down.

But shutting down isn’t really an option for groups fighting the biggest human rights injustice our world has ever known. When the pandemic struck, our team pivoted harder than ever before, halting on-campus programming and going fully digital in order to continue serving the Pro-Life Generation, changing minds about abortion, and helping women in need. So, while this year’s successes weren’t exactly the ones we were expecting… we could not be prouder of pro-life students nonetheless.

Here is a snapshot of how our 2019-2020 school year went!

The 2019 fall semester had its very own wrap-up post. You can click here to read all about how many new Students for Life groups we started, check out the progress in our new region, our efforts to stop a new Planned Parenthood mega-facility, and more! 

2019-2020: Just the Numbers…

  • 131 new Students for Life groups were launched.
  • Our Regional Coordinators visited school campuses nationwide 963 times.
  • We had 2,378 conversations with student leaders about their group.
  • We carried out 76 mobilizations (rallies, protests, etc).
  • Our students held 7,991 pro-life events on their campuses.
  • We hosted 28 Leadership Workshops across the country.
  • We had 26,178 productive conversations about abortion on campuses.
  • There were 4,138 confirmed minds changed about abortion.
  • We trained 24,101 students on pro-life topics.
  • 280 Students for Life groups attended the National Pro-Life Summit in January.
  • We kicked Planned Parenthood out of 14 schools.
  • Our Regional Coordinators traveled a combined 200,454 miles serving students.
  • 22 babies were saved.

The First-Ever National Pro-Life Summit

The inaugural National Pro-Life Summit was a collaboration of numerous national pro-life groups to help pro-lifers of all ages prepare for a post-Roe America. Since it was the first year hosting the event, we weren’t sure what to expect. But the results blew us away! The Summit sold out with over 3,000 attendees, each of whom got to hear from over 70 expert pro-life speakers like Abby Johnson, Kristan Hawkins, David Daleiden, Ryan Bomberger, Charlotte Pence, Scott Walker, Matt Birk, Alveda King, David Bereit, Stephanie Gray, Trent Horn, and more!

Read more about the Summit here.

Click here to see the photo album. 

The 2020 National Pro-Life March

Just so you can get an idea of how BIG this demonstration is, we made sure to capture our traditional time lapse from a nearby rooftop:

  • Based on this time lapse video, we estimate there were about 225,000 participants.
  • Students for Life passed out 15,000 “I Am the Pro-Life Generation” signs.
  • There were about 30 pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court.
  • 1 of those protesters threatened to kill a Students for Life student by ‘slitting her throat.’ She was subsequently arrested.
  •  It’s been 47 years since Roe v. Wade was handed down, but this year was the first March attended by a U.S. President (watch and share it here).
  • Students for Life built and carried 6 large banners that conveyed the mission of the Pro-Life Generation loud and clear.

Read more about our experience at the March here. 

The History Maker Toolkit Launched

This January, history was made in the pro-life movement as national organizations united to host the first-ever 2020 National Pro-Life Summit. Because so many pro-lifers know just how close we are to achieving our mission, the Summit sold out with over 3,000 attendeesBut 3,000 is just a small portion of a nationwide community of pro-life advocates. So, our team at Students for Life of America has been hard at work putting the National Pro-Life Summit online.  Now, pro-life advocates can click here and sign up for the… HISTORY MAKER TOOLKIT: The Complete Pro-Life Virtual Summit With this exclusive kit, you’ll receive access to more than 28 Virtual Sessions given by 70 Pro-Life Experts & Leaders. Register today!

New Video Series Called #Why

Also this year, we created a new video series. Because everyone struggles with the big “why” questions. Why is there suffering in the world? Why me? Why did this happen and not that? The answers lie in first principles—the dignity and value of each human life and the purpose in store for each of us. 

Featuring the pro-life movement’s top legislators, apologists, scientists, and more, this new video series by Students for Life brings probing, thoughtful, and straight-shooting answers to questions we are all asking. #Why goes directly to heart of the issues and provides the answers that matter to the questions that are being asked. Find your answer. Watch the preview below. Subscribe to get notified when new episodes launch: http://www.YouTube.com/StudentsforLife

Pro-Life Neighborhood Chalk Day (& Contest)

During the COVID-19 #SlowtheSpread home quarantine efforts, most retail, restaurants, gyms, playgrounds, and other entertainment establishments closed down. Simply taking a walk around the neighborhood was one of the last things we had left to do until the quarantines lifted. During that time, a fun new trend arose…using the end of driveways and other publicly viewable areas to chalk messages for passersby!

So, Students for Life created The National Pro-Life Neighborhood Chalk Day & Contest! Participants registered, created amazing chalk art on driveways, sidewalks, and even outside of abortion facilities, and Students for Life chose first, second, and third place winners. See the winning entries here.

Special Facebook Live Webcasts with Guests

For the whole first month of quarantine, Students for Life hosted special Facebook Lives with guests every Thursday night. Each session addressed a specific pro-life topic.

We Moved Our Mind-Changing Conversations Online

The Pro-Life Generation moved from campuses to computers during the quarantine, and so did our T.A.L.K. Challenge to have as many mind-changing pro-life conversations this school year as possible!   There are plenty of ways to continue the abortion conversation from home, even while practicing “social distancing.” Calls, texts, emails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, and any other digital platform are all ways to keep the mind-changing discussions about abortion going. Read more about our efforts here. 

Read more: SFLA Talks to 70 Abortion Supporters in Just Two Hours

We Hosted the First-Ever Digital Screening of “Unplanned”

Students for Life of America partnered with the producers of Unplanned to host the first-ever online screening of the hit movie, Unplanned, on Friday, April 17th. Thousands of viewers had the chance to learn the TRUE story of one woman’s journey from Planned Parenthood Director to pro-life advocate.

We Raised $15,418.27 with our National Online Diaper Drive

During the month leading up to Mother’s Day, the Pro-Life Generation raised over $15,000 in baby items to help pregnant moms. In order to meet the needs of women in crisis, Students for Life of America created a National Baby Item Drive! As Planned Parenthoods remained open and continued to commit abortions, we knew we must support women and bring them hope. Pro-lifers donated by registering, selecting their state, and getting access to the Amazon Registry associated with their pregnancy help center of choice.

We Hosted an Online Graduation for Pro-Life Seniors

Because nearly every 2020 graduate across America was robbed of the opportunity to attend their graduation ceremonies, we decided to host a little pro-life graduation for SFLA students who graduated college and high school this year. TV personality Liz Wheeler prepared a commencement address, and the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles sent the graduates a special video message.

Unfortunately, abortion supporters have a bad attitude and unknown assailants hacked the graduation. “During the graduation event, hackers stole another memory from students and seized control of the broadcast, sending pornographic images, which were graphic, upsetting, and used Nazi imagery and other offensive displays,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “We regained control of the programming, and the FBI and police will be contacted, but what is most tragic is that our students were not allowed to enjoy this moment in peace.”

Over 3,300 Pro-Lifers Asked Their Governors to Label Abortion “Non-Essential”

In just one day, over 3,300 pro-life activists joined a nationwide call to urge U.S. governors to tell abortion facilities to donate their personal protective equipment and other important medical resources to local hospitals and medical clinics to help fight the coronavirus. Abortion is not an essential service, and Planned Parenthood is not an essential business.

“While millions of medical professionals across the country are scrambling to find necessary supplies, we urge every governor to order abortion facilities to cease abortions and to donate their taxpayer-funded,  necessary medical supplies to local hospitals and clinics that need it to provide real life-saving care,” SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said.

Students for Life Trained our 100,000th Student!

Students for Life of America has been training pro-life youth to effectively defend their position and change our culture for Life since 2006. Right before coronavirus struck, Kristan Hawkins gave an assembly at a high school in Pennsylvania and trained our 100,000th student!

We Helped 20 Mothers Choose Life This School Year

Most of the time, pro-life advocates will never know the full impact of our efforts. A pro-choice person might change their mind about abortion because of a video we shared, or a pregnant mom might drive right past the abortion facility and never show up to her appointment because she saw a message of hope from someone standing on the sidewalk.

That’s what makes it so special to see the impact of our efforts to make abortion unthinkable and unnecessary. Students for Life team members and students had the honor of standing with about 20 young women this year during their decisions to choose life for their babies. Read more here.

Rallying in Front of the Supreme Court for June Medical v. Russo

March 4th was a historic day for the pro-life movement. The hearing for June Medical Services v. Russo began at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and pro-life advocates rallied together to show support for a Louisiana state law designed to protect women in Louisiana by requiring abortion facilities to be held to the same health & safety standards as any other surgical facility. 

Our students knew the importance of this hearing, and of course, jumped into action to be a voice for vulnerable Louisiana women. Students from Liberty University, Towson University, American University, Catholic University, various local high schools, homeschools, and more joined in. Not only did they have a significant role in the rally, holding up our banner and literally blocking pro-choice activists from forcing their way into our Protect Women, Protect Life rally, but these students also spent the night at the Supreme Court to hold our spot for the rally the next day.

The Supreme Court unfortunately ended up caving to the abortion lobby (read more here), but we couldn’t be more proud of students’ efforts on behalf of Louisiana women.

 

So… What’s the Moral of the Story?

Not even a global pandemic can stop the Pro-Life Generation. This semester, we pivoted hard as an organization, and pro-life students came along on this new journey with all of the enthusiasm, compassion, and dedication they bring to everything they do. This human rights movement cannot be stopped – not by school closures, pro-choice bullying, or political setbacks. We’re in it for the long haul… yet we’ve never been closer.

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Hurry – The T.A.L.K. Challenge is Almost Over! https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/30/the-talk-challenge-is-almost-over/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:35:05 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055416 Continue reading "Hurry – The T.A.L.K. Challenge is Almost Over!"

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At the beginning of this school year, we set out to have 250,000 conversations about abortion. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a big curveball at us, but we still managed to have tens of thousands of heart-changing conversations as part of this T.A.L.K. Campaign.

The T.A.L.K. Campaign formally ends tonight, June 30th, at midnight… but we couldn’t wait to share some student stories! Here are a few of their experiences, taken directly from the thousands of entries into the T.A.L.K. Campaign. (You can still participate here). 

Some of the places students talked about abortion…

  • “a football game”
  • “anatomy class”
  • “on the ski lift”
  • “at work”
  • “vegan café”
  • “What to Expect App”
  • “social media”
  • Students for Life calling campaigns” 

Some of the people students talked to…

  • “I encouraged the pastor to speak out more on abortion”
  • “on the fence voters”
  • “local abortion facility workers”
  • “my boyfriend’s family”
  • “my boss”
  • “my teacher”
  • “school administrator” 

Some of the topics they talked about… 

  • “the abortion pill and how it can be harmful to women”
  • “vote pro-life first
  • “foster care”
  • “adoption resources”
  • “miscarriage vs abortion”
  • “why Roe v Wade should be reversed and what that means”
  • “the pro-life movement in relation to the BLM movement” 
  • discriminatory (fetal anomaly) and sex-selective abortion
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers

Some CRAZY things they heard…  

  • “forced birth is slavery”
  • “sex is not consent to pregnancy”
  • “pregnancy is an 18-year sentence” 

Some UNTRUE things they heard…   

  • “infanticide does not happen” 
  • “babies are jellybeans”
  • “fetuses are like tapeworms”
  • “the fetus is an invader”
  • “cellular life begins at conception and not human life” 

Some TERRIBLE things they heard…  

  • “free abortions should be offered to black and Mexican people only because they won’t stop having babies”
  • “God wants women to have an abortion” 
  • “no woman feels remorse after seeking an abortion” 

Some FUNNY things they heard…  

  • “One girl is trying to say that because I’m not a doctor, I can’t have an opinion. But she’s a CRN and has an opinion against (former abortionist) Dr. Levatino.” 
  • “Fetuses aren’t a child/alive/etc. because they did not receive a Trump stimulus check. I realized I have an easy response: babies a few months old not claimed on previous taxes don’t receive it either- this does not say anything about what they are/aren’t, or if their life is valuable.” 
  • “It started with them replying to my pro-life comment, explaining how because I was a man, I could not have an opinion. I’m a woman.” 

Some ATTACKS they faced… 

  • “She was dropping F-bombs left and right, I had to hang up on her!”
  • “Mustache Guy called me mean things.”
  • “2 people were attacking my pro-life views.” 

But students kept a POSITIVE attitude…  

  • “I loved being able to describe why I’m so passionate.”
  • “I actually had a conversation with somebody about abortion last night. It was so awesome! We actually talked on the phone! It was very fun!” 

Students were KIND…  

  • “Though I did not change her mind on abortion, she admitted that we were nice and was shocked at our kindness! I look forward to many more conversations like these!” 
  • “This girl attacked my comment that said “pro-woman, pro-life.” I had the opportunity to explain to her kindly that we care about the woman and the baby. She was pretty mean back and I found out through her DMing me that she herself had had an abortion and had suffered from it. I am not sure if I changed her mind but she told me I changed her perspective that all pro-lifers are angry and just want to spit statistics. She really felt heard and seen in our conversation and said I was one of the nicest pro-lifers!” 

We CHANGED minds…  

  • “I converted 10 to be pro-life.”
  • “I had one man change his mind from pro-life with exceptions to fully pro-life after I explained how abortion is never medically necessary.”
  • “I was able to educate one of my friends who remains “neutral” on abortion about the origins of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger’s intent. This was an amazing conversation and her heart changed on the issue! Now I am going to try and get her to come to meetings!” 

We HELPED people…  

  • “I gave a homeless lady resources.
  • “A woman reached out to me on FB who is pregnant and wants to keep her child but isn’t sure what to do because her boyfriend and mom aren’t supporting her (she is 10 weeks along). I was able to get her to first go to a pregnancy resource center.”
  • “… she turned around in frustration saying “Well actually, I’ve had an abortion!” I said to her, “I’m really sorry that you had an abortion. Have you ever gone to a counseling session with Rachel’s vineyard, or project Rachel?” 

And even SAVED lives…  

  • An old friend asked for my advice about being pregnant. Her friends were all pressuring her to have an abortion, but because of my openness, she came to me. Luckily she has chosen life and is in contact with an adoption agency! This is why its worth it to be fearless – because it saves lives!” 
  • “One Monday, our Students for Life group showed up for our usual weekly protest in front of Planned Parenthood. A truck pulled up in front of us with a man sitting in the driver’s seat and a woman sitting next to him in the passenger seat. The man rolled down his window and thanked us over and over again, pouring out his heart in gratitude. He explained that he and his wife had prayed before coming for their appointment for an abortion for a sign from God that getting an abortion would not be right. When they had pulled up, they had seen our friend Stan sitting out there and had seen it as a sign from God that she should not have the abortion.” 

It’s been an amazing year! These one-on-one interactions are what drives culture.  For scale, our team of Regional Coordinators and students (pre-COVID) had 26,178 productive conversations about abortion on campuses. And there were 4,138 confirmed minds changed about abortion.

A few last quotes from our students…  

  • “Abortion is too important of an issue for us to sit back and be idle about, and getting involved in Students for Life would be a great way to continue that.” 
  • “The pro-life community says, “Yes, you can do it and you should do it because there is nothing more beautiful than the gift of life.” 
  • “This is why its worth it to be fearless – because it saves lives!”
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Students for Life Calls on Planned Parenthood to Condemn Chinese Government’s Latest Weaponizing of Abortion https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/30/students-for-life-calls-on-planned-parenthood-to-condemn-chinese-governments-latest-weaponizing-of-abortion/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:43:44 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055414 Continue reading "Students for Life Calls on Planned Parenthood to Condemn Chinese Government’s Latest Weaponizing of Abortion"

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“The Chinese government’s long-standing policy of forcibly ending innocent preborn life and punishing parents who want a larger family is both tragic and well known. I call on Alexis McGill Johnson to stand with me and condemn the use of abortion as a tool of genocide by the Chinese government, to prevent the loss of innocent pre-born life against the wishes of women and to respect people’s pro-life convictions,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins.

WASHINGTON D.C.  (06-30-2020) – Following press reports about the Chinese government’s use of abortion as a tool of genocide against a minority population, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins called on Planned Parenthood President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson to join her in denouncing the human rights atrocity on behalf of women whose choice for life is not being respected or protected. Hawkins made the following statement:

“The Chinese government’s long-standing policy of forcibly ending innocent preborn life and punishing parents who want a larger family is both tragic and well known. And this week we are learning more about abortion as one of Chinese officials’ weapons to destroy the Uighur population in Xinjiang. According to an explosive Associated Press story, ‘[T]he campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of ‘demographic genocide.’ I call on Alexis McGill Johnson to stand with me and condemn the use of abortion as a tool of genocide by the Chinese government, to prevent the loss of innocent pre-born life against the wishes of women and to respect people’s pro-life convictions.

“This would be an important step for Planned Parenthood given their racist record. For example, Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger  justifed the use of infanticide in China to address overpopulation, citing cultural differences. She wrote, ‘The Chinese need our sanitation, our hygiene and our birth control.’

“The arrogance of such statements is shocking. As women, we should work together against such human rights atrocities and for the freedom of women to choose life for their child.”

Abortion policy in the U.S. stems from a legal framework first set in Roe v. Wade, which many people don’t understand. In fact, if you like some limits on abortion, such as opposing infanticide for babies who survive an abortion, you don’t like Roe. To learn more, click here to read Hawkins op-ed at RealClearPolitics.

For media interviews, e-mail Kristi at khamrick@studentsforlife.org.

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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,225 groups on college, universities and high school campuses in all 50 states.

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The Best (and Worst) of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Louisiana’s Abortion Law https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/30/the-best-and-worst-of-the-supreme-courts-decision-on-louisianas-abortion-law/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 03:25:37 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055410 Continue reading "The Best (and Worst) of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Louisiana’s Abortion Law"

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The Supreme Court just handed down a ruling in the June Medical Services v. Gee case that was a degrading loss for women in Louisiana. The case was regarding safety standards and whether or not Louisiana had the right to require their abortion facilities to adhere to some, such as admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

In other words, the case didn’t really even pertain to abortion. It didn’t limit any procedures, impose any restrictions, or require mothers to see an ultrasound first. It was about whether abortion facilities should be held to the same health and safety standard as actual medical facilities. Apparently, they don’t need to.

The “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” was reversed 5-4. The breakdown is as follows:

Concurring (Not in Favor of Safety Standards):

  • Justice Breyer
  • Justice Ginsberg
  • Justice Sotomayor
  • Justice Kagan
  • Justice Roberts

Dissenting (In Favor of Safety Standards):

  • Justice Thomas
  • Justice Alito
  • Justice Gorsuch
  • Justice Kavanaugh

For those unfamiliar with court proceedings – upon reaching a decision, Justices produce an opinion explaining the ruling. Dissenters explain why they disagree.

The entire 100-page opinion can be found here. Anyone interested in pro-life politics should read it. But… we also created a highlight reel below. Read on to see the best (and the worst) from the majority and the dissenters discussing why Louisiana cannot protect women in an abortion vendor’s office.

From the Majority…

To paraphrase Justice Breyer: It was going to be too hard to get admitting privileges for the Louisiana abortionists, and for some reason, we have to support those abortionists as opposed to hiring better one … and if  we had to get rid of the sub-par abortionists, the state would have fewer abortionists… which is an undue burden for abortion in Louisiana. It would be better to have more unsafe ones.

Putting health and safety standards in place would slow abortions and keep some from doing abortions. “And that obstacle, “when viewed in light of the virtual absence of any health benefit,” imposed an “undue burden” on abortion access in violation of the Federal Constitution.”

Breyer asserts that requiring abortion facilities to have an emergency plan for when things go wrong does not constitute a “health benefit.” And Justices Ginsberg, Sotomayor, and Kagan agreed. The thousands of women who have been sent to emergency rooms following botched abortions might beg to differ. 

The four go to great lengths saying that the abortionists tried very hard to get admitting privileges, but hospitals didn’t let them have it because some don’t like people who do abortions.

Roberts Concurring: I had to flip flop. The law is making me do it. 

“I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”

“The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike. The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Roberts writes that the “Undue” burden standard from Casey was the “appropriate framework” to decide this case … but how is taking precautions for an emergency a burden to women? It asks something of the abortionists … women are not out there rallying for more risk.

Thomas Dissenting: This is NOT Constitutional.

Some crucial lines from Thomas’s dissent:

“Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction.

On the issue of standing (who can sue/can abortionists sue for women), “a majority of the Court all but ignores the question.”

“The plurality and THE CHIEF JUSTICE ultimately cast aside this jurisdictional barrier to conclude that Louisiana’s law is unconstitutional under our precedents. But those decisions created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution’s text. Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled. Because we have neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana’s duly enacted law unconstitutional, I respectfully dissent.”

He talks a lot about standing: “For most of its history, this Court maintained that private parties could not bring suit to vindicate the constitutional rights of individuals who are not before the Court.”

But today’s decision is wrong for a far simpler reason: The Constitution does not constrain the States’ ability to regulate or even prohibit abortion.

Alito Dissenting: Louisiana Abortionists Didn’t Even Try to Protect Women with Admitting Privileges and Have a Terrible Track Record of Health Violations.

Today’s decision claims new victims. The divided majority cannot agree on what the abortion right requires, but it nevertheless strikes down a Louisiana law, Act 620, that the legislature enacted for the asserted purpose of protecting women’s health. To achieve this end, the majority misuses the doctrine of stare decisis, invokes an inapplicable standard of appellate review, and distorts the record.

And the idea that a regulated party can invoke the right of a third party for the purpose of attacking legislation enacted to protect the third party is stunning. Given the apparent conflict of interest, that concept would be rejected out of hand in a case not involving abortion. 

But unless an abortion law has an adverse effect on women, there is no reason why the law should face greater constitutional scrutiny than any other measure that burdens a regulated entity in the name of health or safety.

Admitting privileges  are “the primary way of determining competency.”

This case features a blatant conflict of interest between an abortion provider and its patients. Like any other regulated entity, an abortion provider has a financial interest in avoiding burdensome regulations such as Act 620’s admitting privileges requirement. Applying for privileges takes time and energy,  and maintaining privileges may impose additional burdens. Women seeking abortions, on the other hand, have an interest in the preservation of regulations that protect their health. The conflict inherent in such a situation is glaring. 

Like any other party unhappy with burdensome regulation, the provider should be limited to its own rights. For third party standing, you need relationship … and abortionists form no such relationship. The decision in this case, like that in Whole Woman’s Health, twists the law, and I therefore respectfully dissent.

Gorsuch Dissenting:  The Law is Not Followed Here, and It’s a Mess.

Gorsuch goes through the horrific record of the Louisiana vendors from the trial court testimony.

“A different physician explained that she routinely treats abortion complications in the emergency room when the physician who performed the abortion lacks admitting privileges. In her experience, that situation “puts a woman’s health at an unnecessary, unacceptable risk that results from a delay of care . . . and a lack of continuity of care.’”

After overlooking so many facts and the deference owed to the legislative process, today’s decision misapplies many of the rules that normally constrain the judicial process. Start with the question who can sue. To establish standing in federal court, a plaintiff typically must assert an injury to her own legally protected interests—not the rights of someone else.

No one even attempts to suggest this usual prerequisite is satisfied here. The plaintiffs before us are abortion providers. They do not claim a constitutional right to perform that procedure, and no one on the Court contends they hold such a right. Instead, the abortion providers before us seek only to assert the constitutional rights of an undefined, unnamed, indeed unknown, group of women who they hope will be their patients in the future.

Separately and additionally, the abortion providers cannot claim a “close relationship” with the women whose rights they assert. Normally, the fact that the plaintiffs do not even know who those women are would be enough to preclude third-party standing.

He notes that according to testimony the abortionists did not try very hard to get admitting privileges. “Maybe these physicians didn’t feel it was worth putting in much effort to obtain admitting privileges given their chances of prevailing in this lawsuit. But it “taxes the credulity of the credulous” to think they would have treated the process so lightly if their livelihood depended on securing admitting privileges.”

Not only does today’s decision treat factual questions as if they were legal ones, it treats legal questions as if they were facts.

He says that today’s ruling is basically a legal mess of thrown together principles. “Really, it’s little more than the judicial version of a hunter’s stew: Throw in anything that looks interesting, stir, and season to taste.”

To arrive at today’s result, rules must be brushed aside and shortcuts taken.

Kavanaugh Dissenting: I’m with Alito.

A different five Members of the Court conclude that Louisiana’s admitting- privileges law is unconstitutional because it “would restrict women’s access to abortion to the same degree as” the Texas law in Whole Woman’s Health.

As JUSTICE ALITO thoroughly and carefully explains, the factual record at this stage of plaintiffs’ facial, pre-enforcement challenge does not adequately demonstrate that the three relevant doctors (Does 2, 5, and 6) cannot obtain admitting privileges or, therefore, that any of the three Louisiana abortion clinics would close as a result of the admitting-privileges law.

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Supreme Court Decides That Abortion Facilities Don’t Have to Follow Rules https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/29/supreme-court-decides-abortion-facilities-dont-have-to-follow-rules/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 23:56:04 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055401 Continue reading "Supreme Court Decides That Abortion Facilities Don’t Have to Follow Rules"

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Earlier today, the Supreme Court finally handed down a ruling on a case we’ve been following very closely: the Louisiana abortion law that requires abortion facilities to follow basic health and safety rules. The case is June Medical Services LLC v. Russo.

It’s disappointing to share that they decided to cave in to the abortion lobby and set a precedent to allow abortion facilities to go rogue. You can read the full decision here. This June v. Russo case is a really big deal.

Here are a few important points about it: 

  • We know children don’t survive a visit to the abortionist, but the purpose of health and safety standards is ensuring that mothers survive a visit to an abortion vendor, which should concern everyone.
     
  • Pro-life advocates don’t create the medical standards. We simply ask that they apply to abortion vendors as they apply to real medical professionals.
     
  • Health and Safety Standards don’t close abortion vendors – VENDORS close when they decide not to follow the laws or invest in patient care.

Read more about the case here.

This March, we rallied in support of Louisiana’s law this past March (right before coronavirus struck). 20 bold pro-life students camped out overnight on the steps of the Supreme Court to help save our spot for the rally, and they proceeded to endure harsh treatment from pro-choice attendees the next morning. Read more about the “Protect Women, Protect Life” Rally here.

Real medical facilities obviously have to adhere to certain health and safety standards. But with this decision, a precedent has been set that abortionists are exempt from basic safety rules. It doesn’t take a medical or a legal expert to tell you why that is a terrible idea.

Here’s an analogy…

Imagine, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, that Walmart was required to clean their restrooms twice as often to help keep their customers from getting the virus. It would, of course, cost the company a lot of extra money in labor and materials to do so. Imagine, then, if Walmart went to court to fight this safety standard because it was inconvenient to them.

Only their customers stand to be harmed. And the company’s complete disregard for their customers would be blatant. And it’s the same with this abortion facility case.

In protest, we held a (mostly) virtual rally this morning immediately following the news of the terrible decision the Court handed down. But some of us were physically at the Supreme Court, too!

Click here to watch the replay of the rally! 

 

We WILL keep fighting to protect women from both the horror of abortion and dangerous facilities. Today’s ruling shows us that we only have 4 pro-life justices on the Supreme Court.

Thankfully, both of President Trump’s nominees to the Court, Justice Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, landed firmly in the pro-life camp. So this means, the 2020 Election will be more important than ever before to ensure we can get to a 5-4 or 6-3 pro-life majority on the Supreme Court that will reserve Roe and Doe.

Click here to watch further commentary from Kristan Hawkins about the ruling.

Reach out to your Students for Life Regional Coordinator or our sister organization, Students for Life Action, to sign up to help in Students for Life’s #VoteProLifeFirst 2020 Campaign.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Roe v. Wade https://www.studentsforlife.org/2020/06/29/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-roe-v-wade/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 18:15:10 +0000 https://studentsforlife.org/?p=530055395 Continue reading "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Roe v. Wade"

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The 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade is cheered by the abortion industry and pro-choice population and viewed with rose-colored glasses.  But many people, pro-life and pro-choice alike, don’t know what Roe actually did. It struck down all previous state laws outlawing abortion and made it legal at any point and for any reason. Euthanizing a baby on their due date? Roe says that’s fine. Read on to learn more you may not have known about this landmark abortion decision.  

Did You Know…

 

1. Roe never had an abortion & became pro-life.

 

Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, did not have an abortion but placed her baby with an adoptive family. She might have initially wanted to abort her child, but the case wasn’t decided by the time she gave birth. Some years later, she would devote much of her life to becoming one of the most outspoken pro-life advocates.

 

2. Roe is for unrestricted abortions.

 

Roe v. Wade equals unlimited abortion access with no regulations and no exceptions. As Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins said, “If you like some limits on abortion, you don’t like Roe.”

 

3. It had a companion case — Doe v. Bolton.

 

Doe v. Bolton was issued the same day as Roe. The case legalized abortion on demand for the full nine months of pregnancy by expanding the definition of a woman’s health to include, “all factors–physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age–relevant to the well-being of the patient.”

 

4. In January 2020, over 200 members of Congress requested Roe v. Wade be reconsidered.

 

The lawmakers said the right to an abortion was “unworkable” and that Roe. v. Wade should be reconsidered or overruled by the Supreme Court. 

They mentioned that abortion facilities were unsafe and, “It is impossible for abortion clinics and doctors to share or represent the interests of their patients when they seek to eliminate the very regulations designed to protect their patients’ health and safety.”  

 

5. A 2020 Marist poll says most Americans want Roe v. Wade restricted or overturned. 

 

The poll reports that 62% of Americans would want abortion either restricted by individual states or made illegal. This includes four in 10 of those who identify as Democrats (39%) or as “pro-choice” (40%). Students for Life polling has found that millennials tend to support Roe v. Wade – but not after they find out how extreme it is. 

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