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.

Newly Released Details Regarding Inaugural State March in Pennsylvania

The following is from Dan Bartkowiak, Communication Director of Pennsylvania Family Institute and Council, regarding the inaugural state march in Pennsylvania.

We are excited to announce that joining us for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18th is Abby Johnson! The former Planned Parenthood director now travels the globe sharing her pro-life story, one that was put to the big screen in the movie Unplanned released last year.

“I left [Planned Parenthood] after I assisted in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus and realized humanity in the womb existed.” – Abby Johnson

As we work to build Pennsylvania as a state where life is protected from conception to natural death, we are so excited to be getting closer to this first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. People from across the Commonwealth are planning to march with us in this historic event. Here are some details to help you plan your trip to Harrisburg.

“We will bring abortion to an end through the March for Life and other pro-life initiatives, we will build a culture of life in the United States.” – Jeanne Mancini, President – March for Life
Bus Captains
The official drop-off location for any bus or vehicle joining us for the Pennsylvania March for Life will be on 7th Street between North Drive and South Drive. Capitol Police will be closing the lane closest to the sidewalk to allow for safe drop off.

If you have a bus coming which you would like to be listed, please fill out this form to share that information with us.

More details can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions portion of the website: PaMarchForLife.org

Schedule – Monday, May 18
11:00AM – Rally at the PA State Capitol

12 noon – March begins

RSVP to Attend (optional)

Free Parking and Shuttle Available
The Pennsylvania March for Life is able to offer free off-site parking and a free shuttle service. The parking is available at the Elmerton Parking Lot, located at 116 Azalea Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110. The free shuttle service is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus.

There are additional parking and transportation options to consider:

Parking: City Island ($10 per day), Various parking garages. Options: parkharrisburg.com
Train: The Harrisburg Amtrak Train Station is four blocks away from the Capitol Complex.
Bus: The Harrisburg Greyhound Bus Station and the Transfer Center for CAT Bus Services are 4-5 blocks from the Capitol Complex.

Confirmed Speakers

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Ryan Bomberger

Founder, The Radiance Foundation

Abby Johnson
Abby Johnson

Pro-Life Activist, Former Planned Parenthood director

 

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Jeanne Mancini

President, March for Life
Donate to the PA March for Life
Become an official Participating Group
There are so many individuals and groups already participating with us to help this first-ever PA March for Life have a significant impact. We want to connect with pro-life groups around the state who are coordinating support for the PA March for Life and we want to show appreciation to so many who are helping to make this all possible. That’s what becomes an official participating group is all about.

There are already over a dozen participating groups! For details on how to become an official participating group, contact Dan Bartkowiak at dbart@pafamily.org or 717-545-0600.

More details to come!
For future alerts, sign-up at PaMarchForLife.org or text PAMARCH to 73075.
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Sean Maguire – Event Coordinator
ourseanmaguire@gmail.com | 717-222-8588

March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

March is done. Now what?

Trenton Rally for Life

 

By now, many of us finished marching for life in either DC, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, or even anywhere in our state.

The question now is, “Are we finished?”

No, you have just begun. In fact, you should be pro-life 24/7/365. Yes, being pro-life is not reserved once a year like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Instead, it must be a daily thing.

We are called to be pro-life every day. That will mean taking part in prayer vigils.

I even outlined 10 things you can do that do not have to apply as a yearly thing but a daily routine.

If you are one of those people that think being pro-life is once a year, it is time to start taking a leap of faith.

The Pro-life Counter-Witness to Roe v. Wade

The following is a column from the National Right to Life that was published yesterday. Originally it was written by Archbishop Charles J Chaput a week prior to the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade. 

Charles J. Chaput is the Archbishop of Philadelphia, and (as anyone who reads NRL News Today already knows) someone from whom I have learned a great deal and quote frequently. The following is excerpted from his weekly column and was written just prior to the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.


January 22 marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand. Thanks to Roe, abortion has killed more than 57 million unborn children [now over 61 million] over the past four decades – the equivalent of roughly one in six living Americans; an entire generation extinguished. But alongside the killing spree, and despite the contempt of abortion activists and unfriendly media, the pro-life counter-witness of millions of Americans has also continued.

The “March for Life” this January, like every January over the past several decades, reminds the nation that killing an unborn child is never a private matter. Abortion is a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences. Catholics eagerly join the March for Life each year because we believe in the God of life and joy; a God who creates every human being with innate dignity and rights, including above all the right to life.

What we really believe, we conform our lives to. And if we don’t at least try to conform our lives to what we claim to believe, then we’re fooling only ourselves, because God cannot be fooled. When we claim to be “Catholic” but then don’t advance our beliefs about the sanctity of the human person as the basis of law, it means one of two things.

We’re either very confused, or we’re very evasive.

All law involves the imposition of somebody’s beliefs about the nature of truth, charity, and justice on everyone else. That’s the reason we have marches, debates, elections, and Congress–to peacefully turn the struggle of ideas and moral convictions into laws that guide our common life. …

There’s a very old Christian expression that goes like this: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

Are we troubled enough about what’s wrong with the world — the killing of millions of unborn children through abortion; the neglect of the poor, the disabled and the elderly? Do we really have the courage of our convictions to change those things?

The opposite of hope is cynicism, and cynicism also has two daughters. Their names are indifference and cowardice. In renewing ourselves in our faith, what Catholics need to change most urgently is the lack of courage we find in our own personal lives, in our national political life, and sometimes even within the Church herself.

Every year in these weeks between the end of Christmas and the beginning of Lent, I reflect on what the Church means when she talks about the season of “ordinary time.” Ordinary time is where we spend most of our lives — raising families, doing our jobs, helping others, making the daily choices that shape the world around us. Ordinary time is the space God gives us to make a difference with our lives. What we do with that ordinary time — in our personal choices and in our public actions — matters eternally.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote [in “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956”], “the line separating good and evil runs not through states, nor between classes, nor even between political parties, but right through the center of each human heart, and every human heart.” That includes you and me.

Next week hundreds of thousands of good people will march for life in Washington. It’s an opportunity to prove the strength of our convictions; to show to the world what we really believe about the sanctity of human life. I’ll be there. And I ask you to join me.

Blogger’s Note: If you are planning to be in DC next week and decide to stay for the weekend, here is a post that breaks down a few worthwhile events and additional ones hosted by Priest for Life that are in DC and West Coast. 

Additional Events Hosted by Priests for Life in DC and West Coast

The following is from an email blast sent out by Fr. Frank Pavone. Accommodate these events if you’re attending the March for Life or Walk of Life.

Here are the main events – for more details and exact event locations see www.PriestsForLife.org/MarchForLife.

Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 22: 7:00-8:00 pm: Pro-life Candle Light Prayer Vigil at the steps of the Supreme Court

Thursday, January 23: 9:00-11:00 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

Friday, January 24: 8:30-10:30 am: National Prayer Service at DAR Constitution Hall

Friday, January 24: 2:30 pm (approx.): Once the marchers begin to reach the Supreme Court, Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies begin

Priests for Life will have our exhibit booth at the March for Life Exhibit Hall at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel on Thursday, January 23. We will be booth numbers 118, 120 and 122.

 

San Francisco: Saturday, January 25

8:00-9:30 am: Prayerful protest at Planned Parenthood killing center

8:30-9:30 am: Fr. Frank on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral greeting people before the 9:30 am Mass

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Silent No More Awareness Campaign testimonies

12:30 – 1:30 pm- Walk for Life Rally. Fr. Frank Pavone will deliver a keynote address during the rally regarding the political responsibility of the pro-life movement.

Once again this year Priests for Life is offering pro-life products free of charge for buses traveling to the March for Life in DC. Our 2020 bus kit includes two videos we’ve made especially for the buses – one for the ride to DC and one for the ride going back. The kit also includes prayer cards and books. The bus kit can be requested by the bus captain or a designated representative at www.PriestsForLife.org/BusKit. Please place your order no later than January 10.

Two Major Pro-Life Events from StandUp4Life Foundation to Take Place this January

 

Pastor Hoye

 

Below are links to two pro-life events  sponsored by Pastor Walter Hoye and  Issues4Life Foundation that will take place this month. 

The first is a webcast on January 15th at 9:00 pm (EST), commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Featured Speakers:

– Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco
– Dr. Alveda King, Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
– Dr. La Verne Tolbert, Former Planned Parenthood Board Member
– Father Joseph D. Fessio, S.J., Founder and Editor of Ignatius Press
– Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests For Life
– Tegra Little, CEO, No Longer Bound Abortion|Miscarriage Recovery Ministry

 David Bereit, Former C.E.O. of 40 Days for Life is the moderator for this webcast.  Addition information  can be found here.  

The second is a Stand Up For Life Rally/Walk taking place in Oakland, CA on January 24th.  This event begins at 12:00 noon at Oakland City Hall.  For more information, please use this link. 

 We encourage everyone from the Oakland area to participate in the Rally/Walk, and hope pro-lifers from across the county will join and promote the Webcast.