Exceptions: What if the woman was raped?

Sometimes when you are speaking to people on campus you only have a small window of
opportunity to answer a very difficult question.  Oftentimes the “exceptions” or hard cases that justify abortion for so many are brought up and you need a quick answer.  Below is a quick answer that you can use in a pinch that summarizes the complexity of this issueSurvivors of Rape when you only have a sound bite moment to give an answer.

Rape and incest are horrible crimes and deeply wound women, they need the appropriate help and care to recover.  But we cannot try to help survivors of sexual assault in ways that harm more innocent people.  Abortion destroys one innocent person in an attempt to help another innocent person. The circumstances of conception do not change the fact that someone has been conceived – a unique, living and whole human person who has value, and an equal right to life.

While that was just a snippet of an answer when you are put on the spot, our friends at Equal Rights Institute offers a fuller explanation of how to answer this question on their blog Responding to the Question of Rape with Wisdom and Compassion. 

 

Congress Finds That Abortion Industry Showed Medical Records to Third Party When Selling Baby Body Parts

Because of the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos released last summer, Congress has designated a special committee to oversee investigations into the fetal tissue and abortion industry. They have been working hard over the past several months trying to sort out what is going on behind closed doors of abortion facilities and if any illegal activity is taking place. After all, the CMP videos showed Planned Parenthood executives and abortionists casually discussing the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts for profits, which is illegal. The videos also showed extensive interviews with a former employee of StemExpress, the company that submits orders for the body parts and buys them.

The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which is led by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, an ardent pro-life supporter, found some disturbing evidence this week that Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities illegally shared confidential medical information, which is identifiable to the patient, with StemExpress of the women coming in for abortions.  The House Committee sent a letter to the US Dept of Health & Human Services which, in part, reads:

“The Panel’s investigation has uncovered information indicating that stemExpress and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (“PPMM”), Planned Parenthood Shasta pacific (“PPSP”), and Family Planning Specialists Medical Group (“FPS”) (hereinafter “the abortion clinics”) committed systematic violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy rule from about 2010 to 2015. These violations occurred when the abortion clinics disclosed patients’ individually identifiable health information to StemExpress to facilitate the TPB’s efforts to procure human fetal tissue for resale.

Shannon Bream at Fox News has the story:

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry’s mantra has been that they “care” about women and their health and that they want to “protect women’s rights” but this investigation has revealed quite the opposite. Again and again, they have betrayed the women that have trusted them for their care. Women are merely vessels to conceive and carry a baby until it is big enough to be aborted and its organs and body parts can be sold for profit.

How callous is that? It is beyond horrific that Planned Parenthood and their friends are violating the privacy of women and the human rights of their children just so they can make money.

This investigation is revealing that the CMP videos merely scratched the surface of what is going on behind the closed doors of the abortion industry.

David Daleiden writes about six key takeaways from this latest news, which are worth a read here. One important thing he notes is this:

Select Panel Chair Marsha Blackburn sums this all up very well: “The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb. The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center. This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”

You’ve Graduated! Now what?

You’ve just graduated from college and are off into the “real world,” maybe even in a brand new city. A lot has changed in a very short amount of time. Your best friends no longer live just down the hall, and you have to navigate this crazy, new world. Your mind is spinning and you may be unsure of what to do next. Throughout all that, there is one thing that doesn’t have to change: your pro-life activism!

Last year, Students for Life launched
AfterGraduationPro-Life Future for young, pro-life adults like you to continue growing in the pro-life movement. Pro-Life Future starts chapters in cities for young adults to gather for fellowship and action, like an extension of your Students for Life group into your post-graduate life. Pro-Life Future chapters give young pro-lifers a home in the pro-life movement, and an avenue for continuing to impact culture and abolish abortion in our communities.

Pro-Life Future has been growing faster
than we could have possibly imagined. There are thousands of young people across the nation who want to do more in the pro-life movement.
Our team has been busy criss-crossing the nation from Boston to San Diego and everywhere in between, launching new chapters, and training and mobilizing pro-lifers. More and more young people are joining our movement every day, becoming part of our community and joining us on the front lines.

This is your opportunity to use your talents, skills, and experience to change culture and make abortion both illegal and unthinkable. To find or start a Pro-Life Future chapter near you, email us at info@prolifefuture.org, and join our communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And sign up for our action alerts on the right side of this page.

You have been trained to be a pro-life leader and advocate. Your candle has been lit. Don’t let that flame go out. Take your light out beyond your campus walls to chase the darkness of abortion out of our communities. Being pro-life is a lifelong commitment that is only just beginning.

Stop the Worry: Your Place in the ProLife Future is NOW

By C.J. Williams, National Programs Coordinator, ProLife Future

Do you ever feel like the future might be pro-life…but how is that part of your life? Do you have a ProLife Future Chapter in your city (maybe even started one!) or want one (and are working on it!), but you just don’t seem to be able to hold onto members, or purpose?
The bad news is…building a prolife future: No one can build your future for you. The good news is…building a pro-life future? You’re already doing it, if you keep these 3 watchwords in mind.Your future belongs to you, and every act you make in the present, every moment you own, builds towards a future without legalized abortion. You got the power.
So how do you own your future, and build your ProLife Future chapter?

Take ownership
You have time, talent, and creativity. You have the resources at your fingertips: peers, other prolife organizations, your talents, trainings from the ProLife Future national office, promotional material –
— and most importantly, passion and enthusiasm.

“Don’t ever lose your enthusiasm, your hope, or your trust!” (Sister Kelai)

Own your community, one your commitment, own your future. Show up, no matter how you feel. Delegate. Don’t do it all alone. Try new things. At least one per month.You can only fail by not doing something. Listen to the needs in your city, and meet them head on. Get to know the questions your city is asking. Are the clinics obviously targeting a certain minority? Is student pregnancy, and lack of campus resources, a big issue in your city? (It is in Boston.) Are your fellow young professionals mainly religious, or are they agnostic? (San Francisco.)

Take leadership.
Leaders aren’t special. Leaders are just people who do something. What are you doing? Look at that and can do – not what you’re thinking or could do.

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”  (Hugh Laurie)

Choosing to stand in front of the clinic 1 hour per week might seem overwhelming. What if you just did it? One hour might seem like a lot of time. Look at it in context: How many hours do you spend on facebook? Choosing to stand might seem scary. But other people will see you – and it will be people who wanted and want to do the same thing. Those who see you will be people who just needed to see another young adult DOING it. Because doing it makes it possible, not thinking it.
You’re building a prolife future: If you’re doing something for preborn lives right now, you’re a leader. If you’re doing something, your actions will spark the actions of others. If you’re doing something, you’ve built a pro-life future for yourself, for your peers, for babies you may never know you saved.

Take FUN

Have fun. Bring your passion, your playfulness, your creativity – in other words, bring LIFE. This might seem like a battle of life and death…mostly because it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s backbreakingly serious. None of us is responsible for the ultimate outcome. The PRESENT is our future. Living life is part of promoting life. Loving life and enjoying it is part of creating a culture that cherishes that life.
And joy gives people hope; joy shows the woman walking into the clinic hope.
Abortion thrives in hopelessness. Assaults on human life in all forms sneak up out of the holes of despair and deception.
Take FUN on your future-tripping. You’re tripping into a future full of life, and these three things can keep you focused, successful, and growing:

Enjoy your fellowships.
Plan events you like, and your group enjoys.
Make time to build relationships, not just business.

Let your fun fuel your outreach, your ideas, your ministry. Human life is a blast. The dark side of it only lasts so long as we let it.
Are you building a strong PLF chapter? Probably. But maybe not? Not sure how?

Take ownership. You own at life. Take leadership. Act like it. Take FUN. Drive this ride – it’s yours. So is your city. So is this nation. It’s time to be the pro-life generation, and take it on full-time.
You don’t have to wait for anything. Leadership is simple, and it’s not dropped on a special few. Leadership is dropped on the willing. And Leadership is summed up in those three watchwords.
And the future has got pro-life stamped all over it.
Want to start a chapter, or interested in more on this subject? Request our 10 Steps to Starting a PLF Chapter or our Recruitment Training! Email CJ, the ProLife Future Programs Coordinator, at cwilliams@prolifefuture.org

#StopTheSham

#StopTheSham: Rhetoric vs Reality in the Abortion Wars

By Laura Peters, Pro-Life Future NYC

The battle over abortion rights once again reached a fever pitch in the showdown at the
Supreme Court last month. At stake is the question of whether Texas has the constitutional authority to require: 1) abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital; 2) abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Pro-life advocates maintain that the law’s intent is to hold the abortion industry to the same standards as the rest of the healthcare field, whereas critics of the law claim that it effectively restricts access to women’s healthcare. Those are the talking points, but what are the actual facts behind this case? Just what, exactly, is fueling the uproar?HB2 rally

The concerns over restricted access stem from the fact that the number of clinics in Texas has decreased from 42 to 19 since the law went into effect. If the law is upheld by the Court, that number could drop to 10 in the future. That being said, it goes without saying that the typical abortion procedure is highly invasive – and therefore surgical – in nature. This begs the question: why are facilities which exist primarily to perform surgical procedures having such a hard time meeting the minimum industry standards? Better yet, why are they crying foul in response to the requirement that they do so?

Better still, how can the owners of these clinics legitimately argue that a substandard environment in their facilities is in the best interest of women’s health? I don’t know about you, but I would have serious reservations about any physician unable to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within a thirty-mile radius of his or her practice.

Enough is enough. No one, on either side of the abortion debate, should view a substandard level of care as acceptable. To insist that “access to a safe and legal abortion” is “a woman’s constitutional right” yet turn a blind eye to the need for safety regulation is to be guilty of the ultimate hypocrisy. Women deserve better.

Get Your 2016 Students For Life Graduation Cord

ARE YOU GRADUATING THIS SPRING?SFLA-GraduatingMeme

Show that you are the pro-life generation by wearing a FREE Students for Life purple graduation cord with your cap and gown! You have worked hard to create enduring change on your campus by recruiting students to the pro-life movement, converting abortion proponents, and providing resources and support for pregnant and parenting students.

The Students for Life graduation cord is also a reminder that your pro-life work isn’t done. As you head out beyond the walls of your campus, stay active in the pro-life movement. Keep fighting for the preborn and their mothers. Use what you’ve learned to end abortion in your community.

The Students for Life graduation cord can be worn with other cords and at any graduation ceremony.

As an extra incentive, the first 100 people to order an SFLA graduation cord get a free SFLA logo pin. Supplies are limited, so order yours here today!

Get your’s here!

 

Host a Conference Watch Party!

Because of #Blizzard2016, aka #Snowzilla, we had to cancel the 2016 SFLA East Coast Conference. Although we livestreamed the 2016 SFLA West Coast Conference on Sunday, January 24th, many students were unable to watch as inspiring speakers like Lila Rose, Stephanie Grey, and David Daleiden graced the stage.

We don’t want such an important event to be missed by any pro-life student. So here is our proposal:

Host an SFLA National Conference Watch Party for your pro-life group!

Here’s what you will get:

  • SFLA will send you the link where you can watch the entire conference.
  • SFLA will send you as many conference bags as you need that are filled to the brim with pro-life literature and other goodies.

Please fill out the form below and we will send the info you need!

 

Pro-Life Future Happy Hour: Abby Johnson!

We’re excited to announce that Abby Johnson will be our special guest speaker at our first ever post-March for Life Happy Hour for young adults! Join Pro-Life Future and young,PLFHappyHourAbbyJohnson pro-life adults from across the country at Barrel Bar, near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. You won’t want to miss this!

This year, Students for Life and Pro-Life Future are celebrating millennials who have been leaders in the pro-life movement. As a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager who left the abortion industry and has exposed the evil practices within, Abby Johnson has been instrumental in showing America the true nature of Planned Parenthood. And her ministry, And Then There Were None, has helped over 200 abortion clinic workers leave the industry.

What you need to know:
Friday, January 22nd
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Barrel Bourbon Bar
613 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC
RSVP here: www.sfla.webconnex.com/PLFhappyhour
Invite your friends: www.facebook.com/events/199994363673372/

If you’re a young adult, newly graduated student, or young professional, come warm up with us after the March! Abby Johnson’s inspiring story speaks especially to young adults, and you’ll get to warm up – and pump up on concrete tools and inspiration – to plough into 2016 as the generation that will abolish abortion!.

SFLA NATIONAL CONFERENCE INFO!

Have you ever wondered what your life’s calling may be, what your purpose is?  We believe that you were born to win – born to win your generation for Life and be a voice for the most vulnerable so that we can see an end to abortion.

Our theme for our 2016 National Conferences is Born to Win:  Abolishing Abortion in Our Lifetime.  The pro-life movement has been working for over 40 years to end abortionBorn to Win - Theme Logos and our generation is now poised to build on the accomplishments of those who came before us, to learn from their strategies, and usher in an age where abortion is unthinkable – and ultimately abolished in our nation.

You will not want to miss this chance to be with hundreds of your pro-life friends as we to come together to network and get ready to effectively impact your peers and your community for Life. Check out our incredible list of speakers here!

Lila Rose in emceeing our East Coast Conference and David Daleiden, who founded the Center for Medical Progress and released the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood last summer, is the keynote speaker for the West Coast Conference.

Whether you are planning to travel to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life or San Francisco for the Walk for Life, there is a SFLA National Conference for you. The SFLA National Conference is the largest pro-life conference in the entire world. Make sure you register NOW so that you can be a part of a life-changing experience!

Register here: www.sflalive.org.

Other events you won’t want to miss:

 Pro-Life Future Happy Hour, Friday, January 22nd (register here)

West Coast Youth Rally & Movie Screening, Saturday, January 23rd (register here)

How to Respond to Colorado Springs: Being Intellectually Consistent Is Not Enough

By R.J. McVeigh, Director of Apologetics

Pro-lifers can spend a lot of time articulating the pro-life case, or “argument”. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people working in the Pro-Life Movement have literally dedicated their entire careers to teaching people on all sides of the abortion issue how to think clearly and use honest reason when assessing the morality of abortion. The central conclusion virtually all pro-lifers propose as justification of the pro-life case is that all biologically living members of the human species have an intrinsic right to life. The whole point of the pro-life case is that accidental properties of humans, such as their variances in size, development, or dependency, do not change their infinite value. So, pro-lifers argue, destroying a human fetus is a tragedy.

Many in the movement stress the importance for pro-lifers to be intellectually consistent. Especially in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, the Pro-Life Movement as a whole has condemned the violence, and any other violence against Planned Parenthood, whether the motive was about abortion or not. As leading pro-life organizations have expressed, their reason for condemning this terrible attack is the same reason they oppose abortion: they oppose violence against all human beings. Pro-lifers are being intellectually consistent by condemning this attack, and rightly so.

But being intellectually consistent is not enough.

We must also be consistent with our compassion. Condemning such attacks must not be merely a “defensive move” of protecting ourselves; it must be an “offensive move” against violence. We mustgenuinely care about the victims of this attack on an emotionally equal level as we care about the pre-born that will be killed by abortion today. This is the only truly appropriate pro-life response. This is because responding with genuine compassion and care is the right thing to do. It is the Christ-like thing to do. And we should be willing to act upon that compassion.

Additionally, and conveniently, this is the strategic response. We must always remember that in order to end abortion we must be winning over people who initially oppose us. As pro-lifers are confronted with this attack in the weeks and months ahead, our first response must be one of compassion for the victims. We must articulate that it is not that we care about these victims “in addition” to our pro-life beliefs and reasoning, but it is that we care about these victims because of our pro-life beliefs and reasoning. We must demonstrate that we apply our beliefs consistently intellectually AND emotionally. No one will care how much you know about the situation or how well you can explain that the Pro-Life Movement is not responsible until they know how much you, personally, care about the situation.

It will also be worth mentioning that no one demonstrates this better in the midst of this terrible tragedy than Officer Garret Swasey. Officer Swasey was a pro-life church Pastor who risked his own life to save the Planned Parenthood workers from this terrible attack. And he ultimately gave his life for them. That is what a consistently compassionate pro-life person looks like.

Pro-lifers will also need to be prepared to discuss the “blame-the-rhetoric” argument that is already emerging from the Planned Parenthood side. When we are accused, as a movement, of inciting this violence via rhetoric, we ought to first calmly ask for specifics. If there are actual examples of anyone calling for violence against abortion supporters, we ought to immediate condemn those calls for violence. Surprising to some, we have common ground on this point – we can all agree to condemn calls to violence. However, pro-lifers strongly expressing their belief that abortion is wrong is not a call to violence. You should not use the crimes of one person to pressure another person to stop peacefully sharing sincere beliefs. And we need to be prepared to explain that.

In summary, it is okay for pro-lifers to prioritize their time and effort towards ending violence towards one particular demographic (the pre-born). This does not indicate that they do not care about other demographics (For example, society typically doesn’t accuse sexual assault prevention activists of “only caring about women” or “only caring about sexual assault”.). But pro-lifers DO need to be consistent in their compassion. When faced with tragedies with loss of human life, such as this attack in Colorado Springs, we need to care for and mourn the victims of these tragedies the same as we mourn the loss of life to abortion. It is the right thing to do, and it is the strategic pro-life thing to do.