Pro-Life Future of San Francisco is making waves in CA!

Pro-Life Future of San Francisco has been making a name for themselves in the pro-life movement in California. This Pro-Life Future chapter has consistently and boldly taken on the task of defending pro-life activists David Daleidan and Sandra Merritt (who are under attack for their efforts to expose the corruption of the abortion industry), and their chapter is also heavily focused on fighting against a new Planned Parenthood facility in their community.

We love this chapter’s style! They are persistent, sassy, and fearless, and they are setting quite the model for future chapters to strive towards. We asked Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life Future SF’s President, to tell us more about their Pro-Life Future chapter and what they have been working on in their community. Here’s what she had to say.

Interview with Terrisa of Pro-Life Future of San Francisco

Q: Why has your Pro-Life Future chapter focused so heavily on these 2 efforts (i.e. defending David and Sandra and exposing the local PP facility)?

A: Pro-Life Future SF‘s primary goal from our very founding has been giving visibility to our movement. We want to show the city of San Francisco that while they may think San Francisco is a safe place for their pro-choice agenda, there is a robust, diverse, and growing pro-life presence here. David and Sandra’s case is already one of the most publicized pro-life efforts in America. Not only do we think that helping to vindicate both David and Sandra of the allegations against them is crucial to the future of the pro-life cause, it is also a great opportunity to draw visibility to our own grassroots pro-life organization. By making visual photo opportunities with groups, cohesive colors, and messaging, we create a media narrative about what it means to be pro-life in arguably one of the most pro-choice cultures in the US.

Preventing a “flagship” PP from opening was another opportunity that was practical in two ways. It would prevent thousands of abortions from happening in San Francisco every year, but also it is another opportunity to put some real fear in Planned Parenthood in a way they never expected. They took a metaphorical beating at the commission hearing. We outnumbered them with speakers which is unheard of in San Francisco. The hearing was held at City Hall which famously lit up pink for the Planned Parenthood centennial last October. They were in absolute disbelief. A letter that went out to their supporters just two days before the hearing opened with the line “You might think that San Francisco is safe when it comes to outrageous attacks on health care at Planned Parenthood- and you would be wrong.” I’ve literally never felt so validated! It was no surprise, however, that the commission board sided with Planned Parenthood and allowed their request to move forward. We will be appealing their decision, but we still felt like we made waves and are pleased with our efforts.

Q: What’s motivated you to keep pushing on these projects?

A: Need. We cannot win this culture war unless we are able to reach people who are on the “other side”. We have an incredible opportunity here to show that being pro-life is a progressive ideal. San Franciscans love being ultra controversial and in general they appreciate a good protest. We’re here to give them one they perhaps weren’t expecting and to deliver a message they may have not been exposed to before. Our group is extremely diverse with members of many different religious and non-religious backgrounds as well as varying political affiliations. I personally identify as a liberal, atheist, and feminist. Three things that people in San Francisco find fascinating when combined with the pro-life label that I wear proudly. In the last year we have built a coalition of pro-life groups to help us achieve visibility and cohesion. If we don’t do it, no one does. And unfortunately many people dismiss the pro-life position simply because it is affiliated with religiosity. I don’t think that’s fair, but I do use my atheism to our advantage because it prevents most people from dismissing my point of view the way they might do to someone simply because they are religiously affiliated. if we are able reach people in this city then the trend will head east and we can begin to see a cultural shift. I know it’s quite an aggressive goal but we believe this goal is achievable and we see the results of our efforts every time we make an appearance.

Q: What have been your big challenges thus far?

A: Time. There’s so much to be done, and we cannot take up every issue. We are all doing this on a volunteer basis, and for me, it equates to another full-time job. We have some core members that do most of the events, but several others rotate the events they are able to participate in. We also continue to struggle with compelling media outlets to cover us. But our hope is that this will eventually change. We just have to keep trying. There definitely has been some media coverage depending on the event. Our participation in the Women’s March San Francisco was highly publicized in outlets such as Huffington Post, Refinery29 (a liberal publication!), Christian Post, Daily Signal, and more. We also did quite a bit of media for the DefundPP rally in February and were covered and quoted by our local NPR affiliate KQED, The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, and several other local news and radio stations. A few people at my then day job mentioned they saw me on the news or heard me on NPR’s California Report. One of the reasons we were covered so heavily for that event was that the local Socialist group organized a substantial counter protest, outnumbering us many times over. It’s this clashing of ideas that attracts the media, and although the coverage was not entirely fair, it was coverage! And in a city like this, we will take any press we can get.

WAY TO GO, PRo-Life Future of San Francisco!

To top it all off, Pro-Life Future of San Francisco has:

  • Secured engaged supporters at every one of David and Sandra’s court appearances
  • Participated in all DefundPP Rallies
  • Joined up with 40 Days for Life
  • Participated at the Walk for Life, SFLA West Coast Conference, Californians for Life summit, Sockit2PP campaign, The March for Science, and the West Coast SFLA Leadership Summit
  • Hosted a Justice for All workshop
  • Protested Cecile Richards speech at the Herbst Theater and Ilyse Hogue president of NARAL at their “Power of Choice” luncheon

They strive to network with other local and state pro-life organizations and to protest events that will give the pro-life position visibility.

We are so proud to work alongside this crew of courageous pro-life leaders! We hope that you inspired to do more to actively engage your community with your Pro-Life Future chapter.

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pro-Life Future Director, with the help and support of Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life Future of San Francisco’s President. All images were obtained from the chapter’s public Facebook page. If you would like to share what your PLF chapter has accomplished, please contact Beth at brahal@prolifefuture.org 

Where do we go from here?

April 26th marked our first SockIt2PP Rally, an impressive display of over 196,543 baby socks on Capitol Hill. We are now over halfway to our goal of collecting 323,999 baby socks, which is how many abortions Planned Parenthood did last year. As we continue to put pressure on our political representatives to keep their promises and defund Planned Parenthood, we must continue to actively challenge the abortion industry (especially your local Planned Parenthood affiliated) in our communities.

On May 4th, the House of Representatives passed the healthcare reconciliation bill that could potentially defund Planned Parenthood of 80% of their taxpayer funds (over $400 million!) for the next year. While we are still waiting on the Senate to review the bill, there is work to be done!

What You Can Do

Send in your socks! We need about 130,000 more socks to reach our goal of 323,999 socks. These socks will continued to be displayed in events throughout the year, and they will eventually be distributed to student groups for campus displays and to pregnancy resource centers around the country. Socks can be mailed to: Students for Life of America, ATTN: #SockIt2PP Campaign, P.O. Box 96960, Washington, DC 20090-6960.

Expose the truth about Planned Parenthood on your social media platforms. Share videos from Students for Life of America, explaining fungibility, questionable accounting, and more. Share videos from David Daleidan’s organization, the Center for Biomedical Progress, exposing the corruption of the abortion industry. Share graphics and statistics from SFLA’s Facebook page or our We Don’t Need PP website.

Write letters to local abortion clinic workers. We can help bring these men and women to better job opportunities (aka jobs that don’t kill people!). Write encouraging messages to help them have the courage to leave. See ideas at http://abortionworker.com/loveletters/.

Call your representatives. Call your state senators to tell them that you support defunding Planned Parenthood. Find your representative’s office phone number here: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

 

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pro-Life Future Director.

196,543 baby socks on Capitol Hill

We really did it!

With your help, with your sock drives, with your creative ways of collecting baby socks, and with your generosity, we really did it. On April 26th, our Students for Life of America team and supporters brought 196,543 baby socks to Capitol Hill and created an unmistakable visual impact for lawmakers on the destruction that taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood wrecks every day.

We held our massive #Sockit2PP rally on the Capitol Hill Lawn and put pressure on Congressional leaders to keep their promise and defund Planned Parenthood. We carted 196,543 little baby socks to the rally, piling them high as a representation of the number of abortions Planned Parenthood commits. Each baby sock represented one child that was aborted at the hands of Planned Parenthood.

The number is over halfway to our goal of collecting 323,999 baby socks, which is how many abortions Planned Parenthood did last year. If you haven’t sent us in a sock, do it! We are still collecting socks and trying to make it to our goal – www.sockit2pp.com.

Our president, Kristan Hawkins, led the rally. Other speakers included pro-life Senator Ben Sasse (R-N), former PP director Sue Thayer, and representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom, SBA List, Americans United for Life, and American Life League.

Two incredible high school students – Maddi Runkles and Samuel Matthews – and one college student, Purity Thomas of Roanoke Students for Life, also spoke. These students were the highlight of the rally! Their testimonies were amazing.

The Blaze wrote:

Madeline Runkles, 18, a member of Students for Life, brought some of the attendees of the rally to tears when she discussed her decision to choose life when she discovered that she is pregnant earlier this year.

Runkles said that she briefly considered abortion upon making the discovery “because I believed all the lies that Planned Parenthood told a girl like me, that you can’t do it, you can’t accomplish your dreams, your whole life is ruined [if you have a baby].”

She said that, although Planned Parenthood depicts itself as a champion of women’s rights, “I can’t think of anything less empowering than telling a woman she can’t do it.”

“And I look at all these socks, and that could have been my baby,” she said. “But I choose to let my baby wear these socks.”

“I know it’s going to be hard to accomplish my dreams, but I get to have a little guy next to me, and we get to do it together,” Runkles said.

It was a massive undertaking from beginning to end. We had to rent a UHaul to get all the socks to the Capitol and then it was all hands on-deck to unload them and pile them high on the lawn.

Every opportunity was used to explain what these baby socks represented: a life took by Planned Parenthood, who gets over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers:

[Kristan Hawkins] said the socks were changing minds even as they were unloaded from the truck.

“I was changing kids’ minds on the street,” Hawkins said. “People were just walking by, and I would say, ‘Every sock represents one baby Planned Parenthood aborts,’ and people’s mouths were dropping. … One kid came back and said, ‘Can you say that again?’ So it’s a huge reminder that these are babies, and that’s not even all of them.”

Watch the Livestream Video

Want to watch the rally? We hosted a Facebook livestream to record the event:

Heading to the Speaker’s Office

Not content to keep the socks on the Capitol Hill Lawn, we led an envoy of pro-life students to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office, where we presented 100 baskets full of 88,000 baby socks, which represents the number of babies whose lives were ended by Planned Parenthood since President Trump’s inauguration.

We want action from Congress, and we want it now. No more infighting and petty disagreements, we said. Keep your promises and defund Planned Parenthood!

LifeSiteNews followed us all the way from the Capitol Lawn to the Speaker’s office:

Briefing Congress

While most of our team and students were heading to Speaker Ryan’s office, other team members set up the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood campus display in a Congressional briefing room, where they discussed with over a dozen staffers on how to persuasively talk about why we need to defund Planned Parenthood.

Thank You

Thank you for your support and excitement over #Sockit2PP. We are the Pro-Life Generation, and we will never stop defending the preborn and their mothers betrayed by Planned Parenthood and the abortion.

We will abolish abortion in our lifetime.

 

 

Planned Parenthood: Whistles, Bandanas, and Stalking

We dont need PP- Banner

Whistles blasting our ears. Planned Parenthood supporters in sunglasses and bandanas. Stalking. These were just a few of the things that Denver Pro-Life Future experienced on Saturday, April 8th, during our “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” outreach.

It was 2:45pm. As I looked around to find our group, a middle-aged lady came up and asked if I was meeting people here.

“Yes, I’m meeting a group here. Are you?” I responded.

“Yes, but what group are you with?” she asked.

“Is it something about Planned Parenthood?”

“Yes, but which side are you on?”

“I’m with the Denver Pro-Life Future group, and we’re informing people about community health centers.”

“Well, I’m on the other side,” she said backing away from me.

I attempted to build a bridge by introducing myself. She told me that her name was Robin and that she wanted to let people know that Planned Parenthood did cancer screenings and helped women who would die from having their babies.

“Community health centers offer breast exams and mammograms, and if a woman’s life is in danger, an early delivery can be done,” I responded. However, Robin wasn’t receptive to this information.

Shortly after meeting Robin, the rest of the Denver Pro-Life Future group arrived. We decided to hold the “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” banners to engage passersby on the downtown Denver 16th Street Mall, which is famous for shops and foot traffic.

On the way to pick up the banners from my car, a young photographer stopped us, asking what petition we were having people sign. “We’re with Denver Pro-Life Future, and we are letting people know why we don’t need Planned Parenthood.” “Oh,” he said stepping back. “I’m pro-life. I don’t support Planned Parenthood,” as if he thought we did. “We are too! Want to join us and help with our event?!”

Our newest Pro-Life Future member, Leon became our event photographer and stuck by us for the whole event. He even held one of our “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” banners.

Back at the appointed corner of Arapahoe and 16th Street, we revealed our banners and began to engage people in conversation. One man in sunglasses standing by Robin came up, and I introduced myself. “What’s your name?” I asked. “I’m your biggest fan,” he responded with a smirk.

Denver- My Body My ChoiceIn a minute, a car drove by and dropped off several more Planned Parenthood supporters. Most wore dark sunglasses, bright yellow safety vests. Two of the new arrivals covered their faces with navy blue bandanas.

Soon the Planned Parenthood supporters turned up their portable stereo, blasting music in an attempt to drown out our conversations. The group began jumping and dancing. They chanted loudly, “Anti-Planned Parenthood, Anti-Choice, Anti-Woman.”

Needless to say, their efforts to intimidate us didn’t work. We stayed and continued to outreach to passersby.

Helping a homeless father, Informing a student

Towards the beginning of the event, I met a young man who told me that he just found out that his wife was three weeks pregnant. This was an unplanned pregnancy, and he was homeless and struggling to find a place to live. I gave him info on a local family shelter, the community health center info card, and a drop card for Alternatives Pregnancy Center where he and his wife could receive material support.

Next, a man on his bike stopped and began dialoguing with the Planned Parenthood supporters. I approached him and informed him of the community health centers. He was surprised and left mentioning that they were “pretty lit.” One of the Planned Parenthood supporters turned to me and said, “You really prepped for this.” “Yes, of course, I did!” I responded.

After this interaction, the Planned Parenthood crew must have realized that when we [the Pro-Life Future group] engaged in honest, respectful dialogue with passersby, we changed hearts. So, from here on out, they got vicious. They began shouting in our ears, whistling when we were talking to pedestrians, and tearing up any postcards that people dropped after they yelled at them to throw away our postcards which were “lies.” They shouted, “Agent Orange kills. Don’t take the orange pill” (referring to our orange banners and flyers).

At one point, the Planned Parenthood supporter who had previously introduced himself as “Your Biggest Fan” shouted, “That [flyer] is anti-woman…!” A few minutes later, I mentioned to him, “You notice that I’m a woman, right?” He scoffed, “Yes, and that’s what really perturbs me!”

I smiled inside. If only he knew that the Pro-Life Movement is largely comprised of women!

Another notable moment was when a high school guy took our card and wanted to hear what I had to say. During the conversation, one of the protestors came up and literally touched my arm with her arm. I could feel our arm hairs touching. As I tried to explain to the high school student about community health centers, the Planned Parenthood girl shouted in his ear. Finally, he heard me tell him to take the card and read it. A few steps away, he looked back and me and smiled. I returned his smile with a smile and a thumbs up. We both knew that we were on the same side.

What happened next

Many of the pedestrians were turned off by the Planned Parenthood supporters’ abrasive, rude, and uncivilized behavior. However, what I’ve just described wasn’t what made this the most intense pro-life activism I’ve ever experienced. It was what happened next.

Around 5pm, we rolled up our banners and split ways with five of us heading towards my car. Three of the Planned Parenthood supporters (i.e. the two with bandanas and their main ringleader) followed us only a few feet behind. At first, it was humorous, and we joked with them.Denver PLF- Stalking

They didn’t stop following us. When we stood across the street from my car – two blocks away from our event location – I decided to walk past where my car was parked. Then the five of us slit up. The Planned Parenthood supporters didn’t follow my group of three girls; so we breathed a sigh of relief and decided to walk around the block just to make sure that we had lost them. I called the other Pro-Life Future members and asked them to meet me at my car.

When we walked around the block and came to my car, the masked Planned Parenthood supporters were somehow across the street and started yelling, “My Body, My Choice!” We again continued walking past my car as they crossed to our side of the street.

We quickly walked down the block and ducked behind a building. At this point, I was ready to call the police if they continued to follow us. Fortunately, they didn’t.

We will not be intimidated

Saturday was intense. It was the most intense pro-life outreach I have ever done, but I am proud to have worked alongside Denver Pro-Life Future to share accurate, life-affirming information and resources through our We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood display. Despite the aggressive efforts of these Planned Parenthood supporters, we will continue to respectfully and truthfully engage the public. We are not alone in this. We are the Pro-Life Generation, and yes, we will abolish abortion in our lifetime.

Denver PLF- Group

 

This post is contributed by Bethany Janzen, Students for Life of America Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator. For more information on SFLA’s “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” display, please see our website: www.wedontneedpp.com. 

We need your baby socks!

SockIt2PP DemonstrationIt’s now April, and our #SockIt2PP campaign is well underway. There are literally thousands of baby socks pouring into the Students for Life of America headquarters. As the April 18th campaign deadline approaches, we need all hands on deck to reach our goal of 323,999 socks (representing the children killed by Planned Parenthood).

Is your Pro-Life Future group involved? Have you started brainstorming event ideas and collecting socks? It’s not too late to get involved as an individual or as a group. Here is what you need to do…

#1: LET US KNOW THAT YOU ARE PARTICIPATING

Email Students for Life at info@studentsforlife.org to let us know if your group is coordinating a collection and how many socks you are pledging to collect.

#2: GET CREATIVE

Not sure how to collect 100’s or 1,000’s of socks?! You can collect the socks and/or collect monetary donations (to buy the socks or donate to the campaign). Here are three ideas:

  1. Go to church: Ask your local churches if they would allow you to host a table outside of their church services. Have a jar or box to collect monetary donations, and provide a basket or box for sock donations. Decorate your table with a table covering, balloons, or other cute items. See Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future’s church collection table for ideas.
  2. Enlist the help of your mom friends and relatives: Make a Facebook announcement and/or personal requests for any stray baby socks! Ask your mom friends, or even consider reaching out to local women’s and moms’ groups (e.g. church groups, MOPS).
  3. Host a social: Invite your friends to a social night at your house. It could be a wine and beer night, themed party, or even a Murder Mystery party. Ask all guests to bring along a baby sock (or set of socks!) as their ticket into the party.

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#3: SIGN THE MESSAGE TO CONGRESS

Don’t forget to offer participants to sign the “Message to Congress”! These can be printed, distributed, and collected at your events.

Message to Congress

#4: ADVERTISE YOUR AWESOMENESS

Post pictures and videos of your #SockIt2PP events and sock collections on social media using the hashtag #SockIt2PP . The more creative, the more awesome. Don’t forget to tag @ProLifeFuture and @StudentsForLife.

#5: mail your socks

Get your socks in the mail by Tuesday, April 18th. Use the following mailing address to submit your socks and signed copies of the “Message to Congress”:

Students for Life of America
Attn: #SockIt2PP Campaign
P.O. Box 96960
Washington, DC 20090-6960

#SOCKIT2PP COMPETITION

The winning group will win a trip for 5 to the Students for Life of America National Conference, next January!! Other prizes will include a Cemetery of the Innocents display and speakers for your group.

 

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pro-Life Future Director, on April 6, 2017.

March Event-in-a-Box: Expose Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood- 150 million profitAbortion has never been about compassion for women or even about choice. Since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973, nearly 400 women (like Tonya Reaves) have died from this supposedly “safe” procedure, and over 56 million children have died at the hands of abortionists.

Despite the evidence at hand, Planned Parenthood continues to hail the safety and practicality of this procedure (ignoring the physical and mental risks involved). Why? Because abortion is profit. It is a profit gained from vulnerable women who are deceived into believing that killing their child is the only choice in a desperate situation.

In 2011, the average price paid for an abortion was $451. That year, over 1.08 million abortions were committed of which almost 334,000 were committed by Planned Parenthood, the Goliath of the Abortion industry. In that year, Planned Parenthood made an estimated 154 million dollars from the deaths of children and the exploitation of vulnerable women. Hundreds of thousands of women walked through the doors of Planned Parenthood, and they were deceived into believing that abortion was the only “choice” for them. Planned Parenthood needed to meet their abortion quota, and these women were just another number.

Moreover, Planned Parenthood cares so little for the health and well-being of their patients that they actively lobby against legislative measure that would demand that abortion mills meet basic health department regulations. As a result of the lack of such regulation, abortionists like Kermit Gosnell, Douglas Karpen, and Steven Brigham enter the scene– hurting and even killing women with their degrading practices.

The bottomline: Abortion equals profit. Abortion providers do not profit when a woman chooses life for her child. On Planned Parenthood’s 2011-2012 annual report, the records show that there is only 1 adoption referral for every 145 abortions*. Even more frightening, 92% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services (i.e. prenatal services, abortion procedures, and adoption referrals) documented were abortions.  The abortion Goliath has mastered the art of creating a customer that leads to their greatest profit. (See full explanation here.)

Nevertheless, many Planned Parenthood advocates will attempt to justify support of organizations with statements like, “But Planned Parenthood offers so many other valuable services to women and to the community! You shouldn’t reject or defund an organization just because they do one bad service!” Unfortunately, these individuals deny the truth of the matter– namely, that abortion kills children and exploits women. No other service, low-cost procedure, or supposedly “good deed” performed by such an organization can justify the blood money being made in abortions. 

This month, we challenge you to help us expose the true nature of Planned Parenthood as a business built on greed, not compassion. Help us expose Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry on your campus and in your community, and join us in actively promoting life-affirming pregnancy resource centers.

Find Real Help and Support

True compassion is providing services that protect the patients’ health (emotionally and physically). True compassion often does not yield a financial profit, but its reward is found in the best possible outcome for the individuals involved (i.e. the family and the preborn child). True compassion for women is guiding them to support and resources that they need.

There are over 3,000 life-affirming pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) in the United States prepared to offer resources and support for women in unplanned pregnancy situations. To find the PRC closest to you, use the search found here: www.optionline.org.

FREE EVENT-IN-A-BOX

This month’s box includes the following materials: 50 SFLA “Planned Parenthood Project” cards, 50 SFLA “What Does Planned Parenthood Have Planned for You?” cards, 25 HLA “The Truth Behind Planned Parenthood” pamphlets, 25 copies of LiveAction’s The Advocate, and 20 SFLA “Planned Parenthood Project” flyers.

Please submit your request via our new online form found here. *Boxes are sent to active students or student groups only, while supplies last.*

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • 40 Days for Life kick-off is on March 5th! Join the thousands of pro-lifers around the world in a 40 day presence to end abortion. Find out more about your local 40 Days for Life campaign, and sign-up for a time here. This campaign runs from March 5th until April 13th.
  • SFLA Regional Conferences are coming! This is your opportunity to network with local pro-life students and to learn from pro-life leaders and activist! Find a regional conference near you, and register to attend here. Conferences will run from March 15th until April 26th. Contact Beth for more information.

TALKING POINTS

Are you ready to be challenged about Planned Parenthood?! Take time to review these posts to brush up on your Planned Parenthood talking points. Contact Students for Life of America (SFLA) for more talking points created by SFLA, Alliance Defending Freedom, and SBA List. (Watch the recommended videos below for more help!)

Help! I don’t feel prepared to explain Planned Parenthood to my peers. Invite the SFLA Team to train you on the Planned Parenthood Project talking points! We have toured over 50 campuses with this project. Contact SFLA to set up a training for your group (in person, via video chat, or on a conference call). **Active pro-life student groups only**

GET ACTIVE

Expose Planned Parenthood. While our Planned Parenthood tour may not be coming to your campus, we still encourage you to use our talking points and flyers to expose Planned Parenthood on your campus. Use the cards and brochures provided for you in this month’s Box to distribute to your peers. Create tabling displays and posters to highlight your main points. Cover your campus in flyers. Chalk. Your ability to spread the truth is unlimited. Here are some tools for this project:

Request a free SFLA training. Trainings can be completed in person or over video chat (e.g. Skype, Google Hangout). Recommended training: “History of Planned Parenthood and Strategies for Defeating Them” or  “Sidewalk Counseling.”

Join your local 40 Days for Life campaign! Starting March 5th, 40 Days for Life will organize a 40-day continuous campaign in front of abortion facilities around the world. Commit your group to at least 1 hour each week. If you are trained in sidewalk counseling, reach out to the women (and their company) entering the clinics. If you are not trained in sidewalk counseling, stand in respectful silence or prayer. You can also hold signs such as:

  • Your story matters. You matter. Let’s talk.
  • There is love and support for you and your baby.
  • Pregnant? Call ____ for confidential support.
  • You are not alone. Call _____ to talk about your pregnancy options.

* When at the clinic, please refrain from words like murder, murderer, sin, evil, etc., and please do not hold graphic image signs. Do not accuse or attack  the women or the staff. Consider that the women entering are already desperate, confused, and even scared. We want to be a loving presence. Negativity and anger will scare women rather than encourage loving conversations. Please contact SFLA for sidewalk counseling training for your group.

Sidewalk counsel with a focus on the abortion clinic workers. In an effort to bring down the abortion industry, we must convert the hearts of the workers. Get your group together to get to the clinic at opening hours, and focus your outreach on the workers. Find more help and resources on the And Then There Were None website.

Host a speaker with previous experience in the abortion industry. Many abortion industry workers have left the industry (and even converted to Pro-Life efforts) thanks to such ministries as 40 Days for Life and And Then There Were None. See our list of recommended “Former Abortion Industry Workers” speakers here.

Hold a discussion session using the recommended videos below. Use the videos to guide the discussion. Play the video, and then pose questions for the student participants to respond to. Questions may include:

  • What part of this video stood out the most to you, and why?
  • What actions of the participants could be consider immoral or even illegal?
  • Does this make you view the abortion industry differently?

RECOMMENDED GRAPHICS

Social media graphics are an easy, quick way to grab your friends’ attention. Ask your group members to share these images over the month of March. Share them on your group Facebook page and tweet them from your group Twitter accounts. For more tips on effective social media outreach, see our graphics page here.

 

 

WATCH THIS

Sure, the majority of your peers know Planned Parenthood, but do they know the truth behind the pink? Share these videos on your social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and at your next group meeting.

Abortion. No Matter What (SFLA): Planned Parenthood claims to be about women– about our health, bodies, and rights. However, we know that Planned Parenthood is really about one thing– abortion. This video explains how Planned Parenthood grooms their customers to lead them to their most profitable service (abortion).

Pretty Ugly (ADF): Alliance Defending Freedom explains the truth behind the deceptive pretty pink of Planned Parenthood’s clever marketing. Learn how Planned Parenthood markets their services and discover the business practices that will leave you thinking that “it’s pretty ugly.”

Planned Parenthood endorses post-birth abortion: What happens if a child is born after an unsuccessful abortion? In this clip, a Florida Planned Parenthood representative explains that that decision should remain between the patient and the healthcare provider.

Investigation (Live Action): This video details a Live Action investigation of the lies and manipulation of Planned Parenthood.

 

*All figures cited in the Planned Parenthood Project were taken from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2011-2012 Annual Report.

What did you think of this month’s Event-in-a-Box? Send comments to Beth at bomalley@studentsforlife.org!

Eye Witness Account: What Happened Friday Night in Texas

By the SFLA #Stand4Life Bus Team

When the Texas State Senate passed HB2 on Friday night, banning abortions after 20 weeks (when pre-born children have been scientifically proven to feel pain) and instituting regulations on abortion facilities that will bring them up to par with other surgical centers across the state, the scene outside the Senate chamber was chaotic. Abortion rights activists had descended upon the state capitol for a protest that became about much more than just one bill. Even Occupy Austin had joined the fray for demonstrations that, as our team witnessed, went far beyond the control of Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

The crowds started gathering very early in the morning, with some people lining up for access to the Senate gallery before 5 AM. The building became a sea of orange shirts (abortion activists) and blue shirts (pro-lifers). The abortion activists had come to the capitol ready for a fight. Throughout the day, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) confiscated jars of urine, feces and paint, as well as bricks from the pro-aborts. Like small children, they were going to throw their waste at people who disagreed with them and at law makers who were planning to vote to protect the preborn. They passed around sharpies so they could write a lawyer’s phone number on their bodies for when they were arrested. The rotunda in the middle of the building became the focal point of protests and filled up with orange shirts as the final vote came closer.

The sound in the rotunda was like nothing we have had ever heard before. It was inhuman, almost demonic. They chanted slogans like, “Whose choice? My choice” and “Pray, You’ll Need It, Your Cause will be Defeated” while periodically breaking into primal screams that echoed around us. As we watched from the top floor with a group of pro-life students, surrounded by a deluge of orange shirts, we could see DPS officers move into the crowd below to remove the blue shirts that had been peacefully praying amongst the crush of angry protesters.

DPS had determined that the rotunda was no longer safe for pro-lifers. The capitol was on lock down. No one else was allowed in. Officers blocked entrances to the rotunda on the first and second floors. News from outside was that a large mob of pro-aborts was gathering. Reports were coming in that they were planning demonstrations on all four sides of the capitol. Rumors swirled about disturbances and weapons outside. At one point, one of the students on the Students for Life #Stand4Life Bus Tour was shoved hard by pro-aborts as he was trying to film what was going on. Chaos Reigned.

As the situation grew uglier, DPS directed all pro-lifers to leave the rotunda for their own safety. The mob did not care for or respect the well-being of anyone wearing blue. Pro-life senators and representatives were offering their offices as safe places for us. Most of the Students for Life of America students and staff had already left the rotunda. And as our team directed the retreat, some of our staff found themselves stranded on the top floor with a few students, looking for a way out. They took the elevator to the bottom two floors, but found their paths blocked both times and had to ascend back up to the top of the building. They then found a side staircase that brought them down to the ground floor. But, as they rounded the final curve to the landing, they stopped dead in their tracks; they were again confronted by a sea of orange shirts.

Confident in the presence of news cameras to keep them safe, our team managed to slide along the railing, cut through the swarm of angry pro-aborts and escape behind them. Texas Representative Bryan Hughes offered our team and students safe haven in his office (guarded by DPS officers), where we gathered to watch the end of the debate and anxiously awaited the final, victorious vote on the Senate floor shortly after midnight.

The pro-aborts did not win this day. Not only did they lose the vote, but their antics cost them dearly in the court of public opinion. America has seen that the only way for abortion activists to get their way for the “right” to kill babies is to throw a giant temper tantrum.

Terror and mob rule will not intimidate the pro-life movement and will not change the minds of Americans that abortion is a human rights tradegy. The momentum from the victory in Texas will carry us into other states, marching forward until abortion is abolished. We fight for something greater than anger and hate. We fight for love and truth. And we will win.

See below some of the photos and videos our Students for Life #Stand4Life Bus Team took on Friday:

Pictures and Videos from Friday:

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The #Stand4Life Team sings Amazing Grace while Pro-Aborts Yell


Pro-Abortion Protesters screaming while Students for Life Prays


Demonic Screaming in Texas Rotunda by pro-aborts


Pro-Abortion Protestors Screaming in the TX Rotunda


A Pro-Abortion Woman Screaming at one of our Students

Our Students Peacefully Witnessing Amid Chaos


Our #Stand4Life Bus Team Cheering After the Bill Finally Passes

After Not Being Allowed to Shower at the YMCA All Week, Here’s our Students’ Reactions

Texas: A Glimpse into the Future

What happens when you have fiercely passionate pro-abortion activists gathered together in Austin, Texas when one of the most hotly debated pieces of pro-life legislation is up before the House and Senate?

First off, the hatred and vitriol coming from pro-abortion activists at the Texas State House is unbelievable. Coming off their ill-gotten victory two weeks ago when Planned Parenthood and their allies resorted to mob-like tactics to stop the passage of a commonsense pro-life bill that would have protected Texan women from future Kermit Gosnells and end painful abortions for those babies 20 weeks and older — now they are more desperate than ever.

Just in case you need to see what is at stake here, here is some raw footage of pro-lifers singing “Amazing Grace” while pro-aborts in orange scream “Hail Satan” and “God is dead.”

Students for Life organized the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour immediately following State Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster of SB 5 to offer support to pro-life Texas.

On Tuesday the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour faced discrimination from the Town Lake YMCA when they were denied access to showers because of their pro-life position. They were told that while our students were respectful some of their pro-abortion members were upset the “Y” was accommodating our team. These pro-abortion members intimidated the staff at the YMCA and then the students were asked not to come back. Apparently abortion supporters at the “Y” went so far in expressing their outrage that YMCA staffers reported feeling “threatened” by them.

After the “Hail Satan” video went viral, someone on the inside told the abortion activists to tone it down. However, we’re not sure if all the “If my vagina were a gun” type protesters got that message as there were many vulgar signs that really had zero to do with the debate at hand. One other group that missed the memo was Rise Up, which caused such a huge disturbance that 5 members of their group were arrested on Wednesday in the House gallery as legislators voted on final passage of the bill.

While things are looking grim for the other side, pro-abortion men have also stepped up to make their voices heard in the debate. Ben Sherman, a pro-abortion boy, took to his blog to explain the #brochoice movement. He wrote that if abortion isn’t readily accessible, especially in his state of Texas, men’s sex lives are at stake. It was the ultimate form of male-chauvinism, yet NARAL and other pro-abortion women’s groups took to Twitter in support of the campaign.

Can you believe this actually happened? Here’s what Sherman wrote to other men as to why they should be #brochoice:

· “Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men’s lives and lifestyles.”
· “Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”

Interestingly, Jill Stanek released an article this week of her very candid conversation with abortion advocate and senior political reporter for RH Reality Check, Robin Marty. When asked what it will take to win, Marty said that their side wins when they take the focus off of the baby and talk about pro-lifers threatening access to contraception.

Something is going on in Texas and it’s a glimpse into where the pro-abortion movement is headed – and it’s not pretty!

· Red herring tactics – Trying to take away the focus from abortion and the humanity of the pre-born to make the issue about contraception and freedom to have sex.
· Anti-Christian bigotry – “F*** the church, F*** the state, women will decide our fate” and “Hail Satan” being chanted at the Capitol.
· Intimidation & Discrimination – Students kicked out of the YMCA for their pro-life position, and even worse, lawmakers receiving threats from abortion advocates.

But I don’t want to paint it as all orange (the color the pro-aborts are wearing) in Texas! There is a strong pro-life “blue-shirt” presence that is making their voices known. The Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour crew has been on the ground all week assisting pro-life Texans with their rallies, meetings with lawmakers, and by making some waves of their own.

Everywhere Planned Parenthood showed up in and around Austin, Students #Stand4Life brought their bus, and our Planned Parenthood Project to shed light on the fact that they are the nation’s largest abortion provider and that money received from performing abortions drives their mission. The Planned Parenthood Project consists of postcards and banners that expose Planned Parenthood’s true agenda by highlighting statistics from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report along with a display of 915 pink crosses that represent the number of babies who are aborted every day by this abortion Goliath.

Our students also met with Lt. Governor of Texas David Dewhurst, participated in a news conference with Senator Rick Santorum, and led outreach outside of South Austin Planned Parenthood’s late term abortion facility.

Showers or no showers, the passion and energy of young people will help turn the abortion tide by focusing the debate and by not bowing to intimidation and discrimination. They are poised to hit every ball abortion activists throw at them and here’s to hoping that in Texas they hit it out of the ballpark. This victory on the horizon in Texas, where Roe v. Wade was first heard, could spell the beginning of the end of Roe and legal abortion in our nation.

Top 9 Memes that Expose #BroChoice for What it Really Is

This week, Ben Sherman, a pro-abortion boy, took to his blog to explain the #brochoice movement. He wrote that if abortion isn’t readily accessible, especially in his state of Texas, men’s sex lives are at stake. It was the ultimate form of male-chauvinism, yet NARAL and other pro-abortion women’s groups took to Twitter in support of the campaign.

Can’t believe this actually happened? Here’s what Sherman wrote to other men as to why they should be #brochoice:

  • “Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men’s lives and lifestyles.”
  • “Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”

If the Texas pro-life omnibus bill passes the Texas legislature this week, less babies will die and less women will be victimized by abortionists in the lone-star state, but poor Ben  doesn’t care about that! Oh, no, he is too worried that he will have less one night stands if there are actually consequences to sex. Imagine that!

Expose #brochoice for what it really means. Post these memes on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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