January Recap

 

 

Projects
With the March for Life moved mostly online due to the continuing pandemic, Secular Pro-Life had a much quieter January than normal. But SPL President Kelsey still made sure to engage and encourage our allies in the pro-life movement. She ran a virtual exhibit booth at the Cardinal O-Connor Conference on Life.  She also ran Family Feud at the virtual Rehumanize Game Night.

Of course, SPL co-lead Terrisa was a part of the small contingent of people physically at the March For Life as well as the Walk for Life on the west coast. As Terrisa takes on new responsibilities as president of Democrats for Life, she remains an important part of our non-partisan group as well.

In personal news, Kelsey has become a foster parent to a middle schooler! They have received tremendous support from the pro-life community. To learn how you can help foster children and families, visit Together We Rise, and check out Students for Life of America’s proposed legislation to improve foster services. 

What is the WORST pro-choice slogan? Survey says ‘my body, my choice,’ with ‘keep your rosaries off my ovaries’ in second place.

Twitter
Following the capitol riots and President Trump’s removal from Twitter, for the first time, Secular Pro-Life lost Twitter followers. We have no specific information about the followers we lost or how they were lost, but we started out 2021 with 520 fewer followers and 12,800 remaining. For January we sent 70 tweets, which were viewed 213,000 times, including our response to a pro-choicer claiming pro-life advocacy is “easy”:

Original tweet here.
Facebook
We are at 33,820 followers on Facebook, up 109 from the start of the year. Our content was viewed 326,331 times, including 26,195 views this, stolen directly from Reddit.

See the original post here.
Blogger

Our three most-read blog posts for January, in increasing order:

  • No, the Mexico City Policy does not drive up international abortion rates: President Biden promised to rescind the policy that withheld US tax dollars from funding international organizations that provide or refer for abortion. Guest blogger Candace Stewart points out the problems of the pro-choice claim that the policy paradoxically leads to more abortions.
  • Remembering the Victims of Roe v. Wade This time every year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, we get an opportunity to reflect on just how devastating the ruling was for the millions of lives ended by abortion. Kelsey shares how she deals with the enormity of it.
  • Our cultural gaslighting of women who miscarry before 20 weeks Monica points to the cultural pressures that tell women the grief they experience in miscarriage is unrealistic or overblown. She then summarizes some research on how the medical community can better support women who miscarry. 

Interested in writing a guest post?  Guest bloggers help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to support SPL. We’re run by dedicated volunteers who would not be able to devote our time and energy without your help. 

If you like our work, please consider donating: 

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If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. 

October Recap

 

Projects
Monica has continued her work promoting social media for Colorado’s Prop 115, which would put an end to the barbaric practice of killing viable pre-born children. If you live in Colorado or know people who do, make sure they remember to vote YES ON 115. Similarly, if you live in Lousiana, make sure to vote YES ON AMENDMENT #1: the Love Life Amendment.  It will ensure your state courts will never have the ability to “find” a right to abortion or taxpayer-funded abortion.

Monica is also starting to put together a comprehensive list of all the ways people can participate in pro-life work. If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to comment here with your thoughts and read about some of the suggestions we’ve already gathered for supporting sidewalk counselors and pregnancy resource centers, and advocating for adoption reform and legislative reform.

Monica also had a little too much fun getting into the spirit of the season with her Halloween pro-life memes (scroll to the end of this email to view a selection of them).

Kelsey was a featured speaker at the National Pro-Life Campaign Conference in Ireland, online of course.  Her talk can be seen here.

Terrisa rallied at the Department of Justice bringing attention to the fact that #PPSellsBabyparts and that the DOJ hasn’t prosecuted these crimes. She also rallied at the Supreme Court to support the confirmation of the first pro-life woman to the Court: Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

Our polar opposite… but a good, civil conversation. See the pic on FB here.

Twitter
We gained 343 new followers, bringing us to 12,973 total. We sent 213 tweets, which were viewed 458,000 times. Over 22,000 people viewed this one that underscores why we care about prenatal children.
 
Original tweet here.
Facebook
In October we gained 1,449 followers, bringing us to 34,756 total. Our content was viewed over 385,000 times, including 41,400 views of this post emphasizing the number of women who aren’t about to vote for a pro-choice candidate. Pretending pro-life women don’t exist is probably not a great election strategy.

See the original post here.
Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for October in increasing order:

If you have something to say about abortion from a secular perspective, we want to hear it!  Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have a piece you’d like to be considered for posting, please email us at info@secularprolife.org.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work.  SPL is run by a number of dedicated volunteers and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you. 

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating: 
Paypal

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. 

Finally, some of Monica’s most popular October memes. Happy (late) Halloween!

September Recap – An Exciting Month!

Projects
This month was all about highlighting policies that protect the most vulnerable. Since the Democratic Party has disavowed the popular Hyde Amendment, Secular Pro-Life is reminding folks just how many children the amendment has saved: about 2.4 million people are alive today thanks to Hyde. Kelsey organized a virtual rally (“Out of Hyding“) emceed by Terrisa which gave attendees a picture of how important it is for us to protect Hyde.

This month Terrisa and Monica also spent time working with Colorado pro-life groups to promote Prop 115, which would ban elective late-term abortions in the state (donate here to help). Terrisa flew to Colorado this last week to lead a rally at the state capitol in support of this basic common ground legislation.

Terrisa at the rally for Prop 115.

Twitter
We gained 333 new followers, bringing us to 12,630 total. We sent 111 tweets, which were viewed 314,000 times, including our outing of the infamous abortionist Leah Torres, who lost her medical license in the state of Alabama.
 
Original tweet here
Facebook
In September we gained 170 followers bringing us to 33,307 total.  Our content was viewed over 305,182 times, including 6,500 views of our Geordi LaForge accidentally pro-life Star Trek meme demonstrating how disability is no way to judge the value of a life.

See the original post here
Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for September, in increasing order:

If you have something to say about abortion from a secular perspective, we want to hear it!  Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work.  SPL is run by a number of dedicated volunteers and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you. 

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating: 
Paypal

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media!

Secular Pro-Life July Recap!

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July Recap

Projects
To prepare for Joe Biden’s selection of his running mate in early August, we published a series of articles on the top twelve contenders and their positions on abortion. Spoiler alert: They all hold extremist positions.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

In response to an activist judge’s decision to suspend the FDA’s safety regulations on abortion drugs – including the crucial in-person dispensing requirement, which helps keep abortion pills out of the hands of abusive men – we joined a coalition of pro-life organizations calling upon the FDA to remove abortion pills from the market altogether.

We exposed multiple private abortion businesses and industry lobby groups that received taxpayer subsidies through the Paycheck Protection Program, despite the fact that the program was intended for smaller businesses that are having trouble surviving during the pandemic.

We are excited to participate in Students for Life of America’s fellowship programs this year! Kelsey will mentor a pro-life college student through the Wilberforce Fellowship and Terrisa will mentor a pro-life high school student through the Stevens Fellowship.

Secular Pro-Life is proud to co-sponsor the Rehumanize Conference, which will take place on Saturday, August 29. This year it is all virtual, so consider signing up

This year will include our very own Terrisa Bukovinac as a speaker

Twitter
We gained 140 new followers, bringing us to 11,913 total. We posted 65 tweets, which were viewed 127,700 times. 11,075 of those views went to our response to Created Equal’s question “If your pro-choice friend asked you why you are pro-life, what would you say?” Another top viewed tweet was our reaction to the pro-choice slogan “Fund Abortion, Build Power”.



“All cruelty springs from weakness”, as Roman Philosopher Seneca observed centuries ago.


Facebook
In June we gained 204 followers, bringing us to 33,022 total. Our content was viewed over 252,950 times, including 21,518 views for our “hard to swallow pills” meme on embryology.

*Side effects may include cognitive dissonance towards claims of supporting abortion and valuing human lives

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for July, in increasing order:

  • Pro-Life Messages in Fantasy and Science FictionGuest blogger Sophie Trist isn’t saying these quotes are from pro-life authors, but it is kind of hard not to see how they directly relate to the movement.
  • Don’t Define me by my DiseaseWe’ve said it before, but guest blogger Deb Jones gives her personal account on how harmful the message is from pro-choice advocates when they promote abortion for fetal anomalies. Abortion and ableism go hand-in-hand.
  • Amy’s Journey from Pro-Choice to Pro-LifeWe all love a change-of-heart story. Guest blogger Amy McDonough goes through what changed her mind and made defending pre-born lives a priority in hers.

We love guest bloggers! Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by a scant number of dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating:  Paypal

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions. Just a reminder, if you see a post from us you really like on Facebook, you can also donate specifically to advertise it to a wider audience.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media!

Secular Pro-Life July Recap!

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July Recap

Projects
To prepare for Joe Biden’s selection of his running mate in early August, we published a series of articles on the top twelve contenders and their positions on abortion. Spoiler alert: They all hold extremist positions.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

In response to an activist judge’s decision to suspend the FDA’s safety regulations on abortion drugs – including the crucial in-person dispensing requirement, which helps keep abortion pills out of the hands of abusive men – we joined a coalition of pro-life organizations calling upon the FDA to remove abortion pills from the market altogether.

We exposed multiple private abortion businesses and industry lobby groups that received taxpayer subsidies through the Paycheck Protection Program, despite the fact that the program was intended for smaller businesses that are having trouble surviving during the pandemic.

We are excited to participate in Students for Life of America’s fellowship programs this year! Kelsey will mentor a pro-life college student through the Wilberforce Fellowship and Terrisa will mentor a pro-life high school student through the Stevens Fellowship.

Secular Pro-Life is proud to co-sponsor the Rehumanize Conference, which will take place on Saturday, August 29. This year it is all virtual, so consider signing up

This year will include our very own Terrisa Bukovinac as a speaker

Twitter
We gained 140 new followers, bringing us to 11,913 total. We posted 65 tweets, which were viewed 127,700 times. 11,075 of those views went to our response to Created Equal’s question “If your pro-choice friend asked you why you are pro-life, what would you say?” Another top viewed tweet was our reaction to the pro-choice slogan “Fund Abortion, Build Power”.



“All cruelty springs from weakness”, as Roman Philosopher Seneca observed centuries ago.


Facebook
In June we gained 204 followers, bringing us to 33,022 total. Our content was viewed over 252,950 times, including 21,518 views for our “hard to swallow pills” meme on embryology.

*Side effects may include cognitive dissonance towards claims of supporting abortion and valuing human lives

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for July, in increasing order:

  • Pro-Life Messages in Fantasy and Science FictionGuest blogger Sophie Trist isn’t saying these quotes are from pro-life authors, but it is kind of hard not to see how they directly relate to the movement.
  • Don’t Define me by my DiseaseWe’ve said it before, but guest blogger Deb Jones gives her personal account on how harmful the message is from pro-choice advocates when they promote abortion for fetal anomalies. Abortion and ableism go hand-in-hand.
  • Amy’s Journey from Pro-Choice to Pro-LifeWe all love a change-of-heart story. Guest blogger Amy McDonough goes through what changed her mind and made defending pre-born lives a priority in hers.

We love guest bloggers! Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by a scant number of dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating:  Paypal

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions. Just a reminder, if you see a post from us you really like on Facebook, you can also donate specifically to advertise it to a wider audience.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media!

Secular Pro-Life June Recap

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June Recap

Projects
Monica has finished her series of interviews with sidewalk counselors.  This June three of them were published on the Secular Pro-Life Perspectives blog.  You can find them here, here and here.

This June we were all keeping our sights on the court with the recent June Medical vs. Russo decision, a case on a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

Secular Pro-Life admin Terrisa Bukovniac was on the front lines this month, joining others like our friends at Rehumanize International in protesting the lax regulations surrounding abortion that lead to women maimed and killed.

Terrisa with her iconic bullhorn

Twitter
We gained 137 new followers, bringing us to 11,910 total. We sent 96 tweets, which were viewed 204,900 times.  One of the most viewed tweets was on our initial reaction to the June Medical vs. Russo ruling:

On to the next fight…

Facebook
In June we gained 164 followers, bringing us to 32,982 total. Our content was viewed over 295,666 times, including 10,132 views of one of our SPL volunteers, Gina, and her son 9 months from conception and 9 months from birth.  

Still a human being throughout!

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for June, in increasing order:

We already have several guest blog posts scheduled for July!  Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by a scant number of dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating:  Paypal

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions. Just a reminder, if you see a post from us you really like on Facebook, you can also donate specifically to advertise it to a wider audience.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media!

Secular Pro-Life June Recap

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June Recap

Projects
Monica has finished her series of interviews with sidewalk counselors.  This June three of them were published on the Secular Pro-Life Perspectives blog.  You can find them here, here and here.

This June we were all keeping our sights on the court with the recent June Medical vs. Russo decision, a case on a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

Secular Pro-Life admin Terrisa Bukovniac was on the front lines this month, joining others like our friends at Rehumanize International in protesting the lax regulations surrounding abortion that lead to women maimed and killed.

Terrisa with her iconic bullhorn

Twitter
We gained 137 new followers, bringing us to 11,910 total. We sent 96 tweets, which were viewed 204,900 times.  One of the most viewed tweets was on our initial reaction to the June Medical vs. Russo ruling:

On to the next fight…

Facebook
In June we gained 164 followers, bringing us to 32,982 total. Our content was viewed over 295,666 times, including 10,132 views of one of our SPL volunteers, Gina, and her son 9 months from conception and 9 months from birth.  

Still a human being throughout!

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for June, in increasing order:

We already have several guest blog posts scheduled for July!  Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by a scant number of dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you like what we do and you want to see more, please consider donating:  Paypal

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions. Just a reminder, if you see a post from us you really like on Facebook, you can also donate specifically to advertise it to a wider audience.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media!

Secular Pro-life May Recap

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Projects
Another month of lockdown and Secular Pro-Life hasn’t been slowing down at all, even if Covid-19 has changed the ways we can interact with people. Kelsey has been busy with virtual outreach, speaking to the National Campus Life Network (the Canadian version of Students for Life), and a pro-life student group at Florida Atlantic University. You can watch her talk with the National Campus Life Network here and Florida Atlantic University here.

In May, SPL enthusiastically joined a coalition of pro-life organizations led by the Susan B. Anthony List in an open letter to the FDA demanding immediate action against illegal online abortion drug vendorLearn more about it from our blog post here.

Bringing home the point that SPL is a place for people of every faith and no faith at all, Terrisa was interviewed by the Catholic EWTN channel on how Secular Pro-Life got her into pro-life activism and eventually went on to found Pro-Life San Francisco. She helps explain the secular position against abortion to a religious audience. You can watch her interview here.

Monica is working on a series of interviews on sidewalk counselors and people who work at pregnancy resource centers. If you are a sidewalk counselor or work at a pregnancy resource center and you would like to share the important work you do, contact Monica at monica@secularprolife.org.

Conversation with the National Campus Life Network

Twitter
We gained 167 new followers, bringing us to 11,773 total. We sent 138 tweets, which were viewed 314,700 times, including our reaction to this NARAL tweet that lacks self-awareness and drawing attention to this article by the National Review, debunking a Washington Post article on late-term abortions. The gruesome reality is that even though late-term abortions are rare as a percentage, they are more common than gun homicides.

Justin Timberlake disapproves

Facebook
In May we gained 242 followers, bringing us to 32,818 total. Our content was viewed over 375,224 times, including 30,900 views of our collection of tweets from people who were born in less than perfect circumstances but are tired of being told their lives aren’t worth living by abortion supporters.

See more examples here.

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for May, in increasing order:
1) Destiny’s Destiny: Pro-Life Lessons from a Horse Farm: A look by guest blogger Crystal Kupper at the all too common practice of horse abortions and the comparisons that can be made with the pressure put on human women to abort.
2) A former late-term abortion nurse speaks out: Julie Wilkinson, a former nurse at the abortion clinic of the infamous late-term abortionist Warren Hern, has since left to work at a NICU. SPL analyzes a recent interview with her in the New American.
3) The problem with “If you don’t like abortion, don’t get one”: Guest blogger “J” breaks down this unfortunately common and frustrating misconception that pro-choice activists have about the pro-life position.  Two out of three of our top viewed posts were written by guest bloggers. Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you would like to donate to Secular Pro-Life, here is our PayPal. If you don’t use PayPal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media! (Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)

Secular Pro-life May Recap

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Projects
Another month of lockdown and Secular Pro-Life hasn’t been slowing down at all, even if Covid-19 has changed the ways we can interact with people. Kelsey has been busy with virtual outreach, speaking to the National Campus Life Network (the Canadian version of Students for Life), and a pro-life student group at Florida Atlantic University. You can watch her talk with the National Campus Life Network here and Florida Atlantic University here.

In May, SPL enthusiastically joined a coalition of pro-life organizations led by the Susan B. Anthony List in an open letter to the FDA demanding immediate action against illegal online abortion drug vendorLearn more about it from our blog post here.

Bringing home the point that SPL is a place for people of every faith and no faith at all, Terrisa was interviewed by the Catholic EWTN channel on how Secular Pro-Life got her into pro-life activism and eventually went on to found Pro-Life San Francisco. She helps explain the secular position against abortion to a religious audience. You can watch her interview here.

Monica is working on a series of interviews on sidewalk counselors and people who work at pregnancy resource centers. If you are a sidewalk counselor or work at a pregnancy resource center and you would like to share the important work you do, contact Monica at monica@secularprolife.org.

Conversation with the National Campus Life Network

Twitter
We gained 167 new followers, bringing us to 11,773 total. We sent 138 tweets, which were viewed 314,700 times, including our reaction to this NARAL tweet that lacks self-awareness and drawing attention to this article by the National Review, debunking a Washington Post article on late-term abortions. The gruesome reality is that even though late-term abortions are rare as a percentage, they are more common than gun homicides.

Justin Timberlake disapproves

Facebook
In May we gained 242 followers, bringing us to 32,818 total. Our content was viewed over 375,224 times, including 30,900 views of our collection of tweets from people who were born in less than perfect circumstances but are tired of being told their lives aren’t worth living by abortion supporters.

See more examples here.

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for May, in increasing order:
1) Destiny’s Destiny: Pro-Life Lessons from a Horse Farm: A look by guest blogger Crystal Kupper at the all too common practice of horse abortions and the comparisons that can be made with the pressure put on human women to abort.
2) A former late-term abortion nurse speaks out: Julie Wilkinson, a former nurse at the abortion clinic of the infamous late-term abortionist Warren Hern, has since left to work at a NICU. SPL analyzes a recent interview with her in the New American.
3) The problem with “If you don’t like abortion, don’t get one”: Guest blogger “J” breaks down this unfortunately common and frustrating misconception that pro-choice activists have about the pro-life position.  Two out of three of our top viewed posts were written by guest bloggers. Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you’d like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

If you would like to donate to Secular Pro-Life, here is our PayPal. If you don’t use PayPal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue “Donate” button under our cover photo on the right. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific need (e.g. travel costs, conference sponsorships, social media advertising, etc.) please email us (info@secularprolife.org) with your instructions.

And if you haven’t already, come find us on social media! (Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)