Students for Life To Host #StandForLife Weekend To Be Held After March for Life

The following is from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.

With the understanding that not everyone will be able to make it to Washington, D.C. this year for the March for Life due to COVID issues, we came up with an alternate plan.

We’re calling it the #Stand4Life Weekend – and it’s happening in 20+ cities across the nation.

This is the largest, united, national activism event ever led by pro-life youth.

The #Stand4Life Weekend will take place January 27th-30th and will include a well-rounded roster of pro-life activism…including participating in the March for Life (either in-person or virtually).

The best part? It’ll all be planned for you!

All you have to do is show up with as many of your pro-life friends as possible.

When you register for only $10, you’ll receive:

  1. A “Pro-Life Generation” Beanie
  2. All materials for activism events
  3. Pro-life events planned by your city’s #Stand4Life Captain

Learn more about it and register to join here!

Login for Life Webinar

The following is from an email blast sent out by Tom McClusky, a representative of the March for Life Foundation.

The March for Life, together with the PA Catholic Conference and PA Family Institute, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, have decided to reschedule the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally planned for May 18th, 2020.

 

However, it is with great excitement that we are instead announcing PA March for Life: Login for Life, an educational webinar on Pennsylvania pro-life advocacy, scheduled for May 18th from 12-1 ET.

 

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn about the principles of effective lobbying, the specific and current issues Pennsylvania is facing, and what you can do right now to champion pro-life policies to your Pennsylvania elected representatives. This webinar will be hosted by a panel of experts who will be able to answer any questions during a concluding Q&A. This webinar is suited for all levels of experience and comfort with advocacy.

 

We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnesses in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and we are hopeful that we can reschedule the event soon. Thank you to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented at the rally and march.

 

 

You can view the video stream on your phone, computer, or tablet, or you can dial in by phone to listen to the presentations. Be sure to RSVP to receive updates and reminders, and forward this email to friends and family who might be interested!

March for Life #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow!
SEND YOUR #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW GIFT
#GivingTuesdayNow is the response of generous people around the world to the financial strains placed on non-profits due to COVID-19.

#GivingTuesdayNow invites you to donate TODAY to your favorite non-profits. Take this opportunity to join the March for Life as we march to make abortion unthinkable.

Give your gift of $20 to defend the unborn during COVID-19.
Your gift today will build a culture of life by:
Uniting the entire pro-life movement at 2021 March for Life.
Educating over +400k people on March for Life’s social media channels.
Building state marches for life across the country, including Connecticut, California, and Pennsylvania.
Send your $20 gift to the March for Life today.

For many, the March for Life is a place for hope and healing: “The March for Life has become an integral part of not only my own healing from my choice to abort 42 years ago but also of my redemption story and that of my precious son. It gives me hope and encouragement as we give these lost lives honor and recognition and become a voice to help women understand what abortion really does to both mother and baby.” – Lynne

If attending the March for Life has impacted your life too, consider supporting our work through a gift today. Together, we can continue to change the hearts and minds of people around the world.
For life,

Jeanne Mancini
President, March for Life

Click here to make a donation

Virtual Pro-Life Events

Here is a list of upcoming pro-life events taking place in the next few days.

 

Tonight, 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Students for Life, National Pro-Life Summit Follow-Up Webcast- register using this link: https://www.studentsforlife.org/summit-webcast/

Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 pm: Sisters of Life Virtual Gala – register using this link: https://sistersoflife.org/virtualgala
Friday, May 1st, Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd – One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies – we are asked to pray one additional rosary each of these days for the following intention: for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons. Register using this link: http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/index.cfm

Abortion Clinics Remain Open During COVID-19, While I Was Arrested for Praying Outside of One

The following is a blogpost on Alliance Defending Freedom from David Benham who is sharing about his arrest outside of an abortion facility in North Carolina.

I still remember the night.

I was 15 years old when Norma McCorvey came walking through our front door with her then-partner, Connie Gonzales. The fact that we were hosting guests for dinner wasn’t unique. We were preacher’s kids, so our door was basically always revolving.

But this night was different. On this night, God was doing something amazing—something only He could do.

Legacy of Life

The woman that my family affectionately knew as “Ms. Norma” is more widely known by her pseudonym, “Jane Roe.” Norma McCorvey was the “Roe” of the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. Through the faithful witness of my dad, Norma met Jesus. Several weeks later Norma was baptized, and Jason and I helped move her stuff out of Connie’s house.

Norma wasn’t the exception. We regularly witnessed the Gospel pervade the darkness of those affected by abortion. My dad committed himself to standing for the unborn as a full-time ministry, and this commitment was a family affair.

Our dad’s vigor for life was contagious. From a young age, he instilled in us that defending the defenseless wasn’t just a duty, it was an honor. He told us that if our theology wasn’t our biography, then our theology was worthless—because Jesus cared for the “least of these,” so must we.

Leverage for Life

After retiring from professional baseball, Jason and I moved to Charlotte and immediately noticed two things:

  1. There were three thriving abortion clinics.
  2. There was a desperate need for a network of life-affirming organizations.

As our business continued to grow, the Lord made it clear He wanted us to leverage our influence and resources to mobilize Christians to stand up for life. We didn’t know exactly what this would look like, but we knew that we had been called for such a time as this.

In 2010, we joined hands with business owners and local churches and started a non-profit called Cities4Life. We were driven by the vision that true compassion always leads to action. We didn’t want to just stand against abortion, we wanted to embody the life-giving actions of the Good Samaritan.

Practically, this looks like reaching down into a place of pain, tending to any wounds, taking them to an inn, and providing intentional follow up. Vulnerable women visiting abortion clinics need the warmth and love of Jesus regardless of whether they are walking in or out of that place.

Since 2010, we’ve had the privilege of serving over 5,000 women. But in ten years, we never encountered anything like we experienced earlier this month.

Locked up for Life

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, I was standing on a public sidewalk outside an abortion clinic here in Charlotte when I was unlawfully arrested.

Earlier that morning, I had received a call saying that the police were threatening to arrest our sidewalk counselors from Cities4Life. The police claimed that we were in violation of the “shelter-in-place” ordinance put in place in response to COVID-19.

I knew immediately that the authorities had no grounds for an arrest. Because we’re a federally recognized 501(c)3 that provides life-affirming social services to women in crisis, our services are classified “essential” under the ordinance. So we had a legal and constitutional right to be there. And on top of that, as an “essential” service, we could have been there with more than ten people. Out of concern for our sidewalk counselors and our community, however, we stayed under ten in number, maintaining social distancing the entire time.

I respectfully explained all of this to the officer, but to no avail.

As they cuffed me, I couldn’t help but recall the countless hours that I watched my dad standing on similar sidewalks, proclaiming life in the midst of death. It was a surreal experience, to say the least. Only two hours earlier, I had been sitting on my couch, Bible and coffee in hand, getting ready for a day with the family. Now those same hands were pressed behind my back going numb from the tight grasp of the cuffs.

I am grieved that our local government is employing the coronavirus as an illegitimate excuse to silence the voices of pro-life people. This is nothing less than viewpoint discrimination. Abortion clinics are flooded with people receiving so-called “essential” services, while peaceful counselors are arrested for offering truly essential services.

That’s why, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, we filed a lawsuit against the City of Charlotte. If abortion clinics can stay open during the pandemic, Christians should be allowed to pray outside—particularly those abiding by health and safety guidelines.

Today, we continue to partner with numerous ministries and local churches to help bring mothers to a place of hope and healing. Opposition will not dissuade us in this fight. In fact, we are invigorated all the more to be a voice for the voiceless. We pray you’ll join us!

Translating the Gospel of Life into the culture

The following is from Tom Stevens, CEO and President of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 

The last time I led the monthly Bible Study that I do for the ladies at Guiding Star Ministries Home for Single Pregnant Moms and Children, I made a handout.  It included an artistic graphic I made with a scripture verse on it.   It happened to be Ash Wednesday … so I used a simple translation of Mark 1:15, “He said, “The right time is now here.  God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!”  To make it attractive to the ladies I put flowers, a heart, and a butterfly on the image.  

Why?  Why are we trying to translate the Gospel of Life into something that might be relevant and attractive to residents of a maternity home, or to customers at an abortion center, or anywhere we go?  Because the Good News of the Gospel of Life changes hearts and minds when and if received. Then it changes decisions, actions, and behaviors.  Heart, mind, and behavior change is required to bring an end to abortion, euthanasia, and every attack on the Sanctity of Life. It’s up to us to do our best to bring the Gospel of Life to the culture.

How can we best translate the Gospel of Life to reach the “unreachable”?  To reach an urban culture where sex is without boundaries or covenant and single moms having babies sometimes is worn as a badge of honor, or an avenue to welfare; to a suburban culture where self, convenience, self-help, and pleasure are gods … and all where abortion is seen as a simple and quite acceptable option?  This is THE question often on my mind.  As I stand in front of an abortion center or create a social media post, or sit in a meeting … HOW CAN WE REACH the confused, broken, hardened, untouchable, churchless, and traumatized who are having abortions?  HOW CAN WE BE IN their world/culture/sphere WAY BEFORE pregnancy, abortion clinic appointment, abortion?  Be part of the answer… join a Pro-Life Union team. Complete the volunteer form at https://prolifeunion.org/volunteer/.

Tell Gov. Wolf to Shut Down All Abortion Facilities in PA

The following is a statement from Mike McGonagle, President of Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition. This is being shared to the blog with his permission

Our organization urges Gov. Wolf to act consistently with his directive for Pa. health facilities to cease all elective surgeries by directing the closure of all of Pa.’s free-standing abortion facilities.

Our organization’s President, Michael J. McMonagle, explained the reason for this action.

“Pregnancy is not a disease and therefore, abortion is not required surgery.  Even abortion facility operators admit that most surgical abortions are elective.

“A non-elective abortion would be one of the exceptions authorized by Pa.’s ban on post-24-week gestation abortions.  Hospitals would remain available for non-elective abortions.”

Upcoming Events from Students for Life

Coronavirus cancellations have you stuck inside?

While we can’t ship you milk or toilet paper, we CAN provide you with FIVE weeks of virtual training courses! You’ll be joined by your Regional Coordinator along with 50+ other pro-life students.

Your virtual pro-life training is happening over video calls every week all the way through April 20th. Remaining sessions include:

  • Week of 3/30: “How to Dialogue Online
  • Week of 4/6: “Countering Abortion Culture
  • Week of 4/13: “Non-Violent Patient Care
  • Week of 4/20: “Preparing for 2020 Elections

Click here to find out what time & date yours are and to register!

Are You a Pro-Life Artist?
Students for Life has added a brand-new program to our family of fellowships: The Hildegard Art Fellowship. And this one’s just for pro-life artists! The Hildegard Art Fellowship is about engaging young artists to use their artistry to change hearts and minds on abortion by becoming artist-activists. Click here (or the button below) to apply by May 1st!

Here’s who can apply:

  • Any incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and med students.
  • Artists of all kinds: visual, word, and performing.
  • Must be a current leader or member of a campus pro-life organization.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a full-time career in the pro-life movement.
  • Must be able to attend the kick-off weekend, Friday, June 26th– Tuesday, June 30th.*
    *pending the safety of travel at that time due to COVID-19.

BUY PRO-LIFE GEAR

It’s spring cleaning time at the Students for Life warehouse! All merch & apparel are on sale through March 31st or until supplies last.

Some of our most popular items are up to 40% off! It is the BEST time to stock up on our trendy, thought-provoking gear.

Shop to find discounts on our pro-life hoodies, crew neck sweaters, tees, cropped tops, tanks, stickers, and pins with some of our favorite designs.

Don’t miss out – it won’t last long!

Top 8 Pro-Life Things To Do During COVID-19
While we’re all in virtual quarantine, Students for Life decided to go ahead and create a plan for the Pro-Life Generation to go 100% digital. Check out how you can take advantage of all that time you’ll now be spending at home and continue to be a voice for Life!

The Top 8 List:

  • Sign up for the Regional Pro-Life Trainings.
  • Tune in to the SFLA Facebook Lives with special guests.
  • Subscribe to and catch up on the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast.
  • Check out our re-vamped Students for Life HQ.
  • Log conversations and earn prizes with the T.A.L.K. Challenge. Read more here.
  • Write thank you’s to your pro-life legislators (check their track records here).
  • Update your group’s materials so you’re ready to go next fall.
  • Promote an online diaper bank to support families in need at this time.

 

Bonus Training: Should Women be Jailed for Aborting?

As you saw, Students for Life is hosting our own pro-life trainings for the next 5 weeks.

But there’s also a Bonus Training by Equal Rights Institute this Tuesday at 9pm EST!

The topic is a question that comes up often in conversations about abortion: “Do you think women should go to jail for having an abortion when it becomes illegal?”

In this webinar, Josh Brahm (the president of the Equal Rights Institute) will discuss that difficult question and offer several practical suggestions for how to respond to it. Afterward, Josh will take YOUR questions!

Make sure to REGISTER HERE or you won’t be able to join us live. Plus, the replay of the webinar will only be available for 48-hours. If you can’t join us live but you want to receive the replay link afterward, click HERE to register now.

Doctors Without Borders and WHO prey on women worldwide

The following is from Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life

In response to Doctors Without Borders’ promotion of do-it-yourself abortion, we asked for input from Dr. Ingrid Skop. In our exclusive interview, she explains what is going on internationally and the implications for women’s health in areas around the world in greatest need — and the World Health Organization’s own complicity.

As abortion advocates across the country continue to push to keep abortions available as an “essential” health care service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the promotion of unsafe, often illegal abortion by those who are supposed to be tasked with protecting patients’ health could not be more timely.
—Serrin
Dr. Skop, as an OB-GYN, what are your thoughts about Doctors Without Borders instructing women to use the abortion pill, even where it is illegal?

I am sorry to hear that Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an organization that I have supported financially in the past due to their brave humanitarian work in some of the world’s most difficult areas, has compromised its medical integrity due to its leadership’s pro-abortion ideology.

This organization has recently begun recommending the use of medical abortion pills (illegally) in countries with restrictions on abortion. They may be unaware that the World Heath Organization statistics reporting 65,000 to 70,000 abortion-related maternal deaths and 7 million long-term complications yearly are inaccurate and dramatically inflated because they are largely drawn from subjective opinion surveys, rather than standard epidemiologic techniques.

What are the most common causes of maternal mortality and medical abortions?
The most common cause of maternal mortality worldwide is hemorrhage, and that is also the most common complication of medical abortion. International studies and meta-analyses show that up to 8 percent of medical abortions performed using mifepristone and misoprostol in the first trimester fail, requiring surgical completion. Misoprostol alone is even more ineffective but is often recommended because it is more readily available. Misoprostol in the first trimester fails in one out of five women and in the second trimester fails in two out of five women.
When incomplete abortions happen, deaths may occur in women who live remote from emergency medical care and blood transfusion, particularly if these women are already anemic due to malnutrition, parasitic infections, or inherited diseases such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Retained pregnancy tissue may increase a woman’s risk of infection or sepsis, particularly in women who are immunocompromised due to HIV, tuberculosis, or other chronic illnesses. In addition, deaths may occur due to ruptured ectopic pregnancies if the medication is taken when the pregnancy is implanted in a location other than the uterus. There is also a potential that medical abortion will be provided unknowingly to a woman by someone else who may benefit from the loss of her pregnancy, such as sex traffickers, incestuous abusers, and men who do not want to become fathers.
What is the World Health Organization’s role here?
WHO acknowledges that women are already accessing information via word of mouth and the internet to obtain illegal abortions performed in medically standard ways by health care professionals, but WHO continues to promote the narrative that these abortions are dangerous in order to pressure countries to change their laws.
Now MSF has joined them in this ideologic quest, despite the clear evidence that promoting medical abortions with their high failure rates in countries with poor health care systems will cause injury and possibly death to many women.
I hope that MSF can recognize and backtrack from this error. They are respected for their work in caring for humans most in need around the world. We do not need them to become yet another organization pushing population control and eugenics by promoting the killing of unborn humans.
Thank you, Dr. Skop.
Ingrid Pfanstiel Skop, M.D. attended Oklahoma State University and the Washington University School of Medicine, and she trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has been caring for women and delivering babies for 25 years in San Antonio. Dr. Skop is married to Brian, a psychiatrist, and has three children: Ian, Eli, and Sophie.

BREAKING: PENNSYLVANIA INAUGURAL MARCH POSTPONED

The following is from Tom Stevens, the Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. 

The sponsors of the Pennsylvania March for Life, out of concern for the health of those planning to attend, and in line with the guidance of public health officials and Capitol authorities, are today announcing the postponement of the Pennsylvania March for Life, originally set for Monday, May 18, 2020.

We greatly appreciate the wonderful excitement we’ve witnessed in planning for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life, and for the desire of many thousands to join together in making a public stand in support of the sanctity of life. Thank you as well to those who are working hard to make sure Pennsylvanians from every corner and county of our state will be represented in big numbers at the rally and march.

Even now we are looking to confirm a date for this fall. With you, we are committed to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s pro-life voice will be heard by the Governor, our General Assembly, and other elected officials.

Continue to check the website at pamarchforlife.org for regular updates, the announcement of a new date, and ways you can help spread the word and plan to attend.

We look forward to joining with you as we stand for the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death – towards our goal of making abortion unthinkable.


We will keep you updated as we obtain more information. Stay safe and keep praying for the babies and moms!

PS—Help us continue the fight:

1.) Support pro-life efforts by donating to our work.

2.) Watch the Pro-Life Union’s Sidewalk Servant Video Series, become trained, and contact us today to become a prayerful, peaceful presence in front of an abortion clinic. You can impact someone’s life forever!

3.) Pregnancy Hotline: call 610-626-4006 or text 484-451-8104.