Saving Lives in Memory of Baby Emily

When I was a child, my baby sister died just two days before her delivery date when my mom’s uterus ruptured unexpectedly—the result of my Caesarean birth just four years earlier. It was the first real tragedy my parents faced in their marriage, and she just happened to die on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Every subsequent year on January 22nd, my parents remembered my sister Emily by participating in pro-life events, including our state’s annual March for Life. We sent up balloons. We ate birthday cake. We celebrated her life.

Even though my baby sister Emily was not an abortion victim, her death taught my family the value of human life and in a very real way started me on my journey as a pro-life activist.

I was only four years old when she died. Now I am 26 and have more than ten years of pro-life experience as an activist. I have volunteered at crisis pregnancy centers, counseled women outside of several Planned Parenthood clinics, referred several women for help, and witnessed more than one life saved.

I will always be grateful to my parents for their example of valuing human life. When facing the greatest tragedy of their marriage, they saw an opportunity for action in their community. They recognized that they were not the only ones to lose a child. In perhaps the most admirable way possible, they taught me to celebrate life and stand up for life at the same time, even in the face of death. This is what the pro-life movement is all about.

You don’t need to be religious to care about ending abortion. You just need to know the value of a human life.

[Today’s guest post by Mary Flanagan is part of our paid blogging program.]

Saving Lives in Memory of Baby Emily

When I was a child, my baby sister died just two days before her delivery date when my mom’s uterus ruptured unexpectedly—the result of my Caesarean birth just four years earlier. It was the first real tragedy my parents faced in their marriage, and she just happened to die on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Every subsequent year on January 22nd, my parents remembered my sister Emily by participating in pro-life events, including our state’s annual March for Life. We sent up balloons. We ate birthday cake. We celebrated her life.

Even though my baby sister Emily was not an abortion victim, her death taught my family the value of human life and in a very real way started me on my journey as a pro-life activist.

I was only four years old when she died. Now I am 26 and have more than ten years of pro-life experience as an activist. I have volunteered at crisis pregnancy centers, counseled women outside of several Planned Parenthood clinics, referred several women for help, and witnessed more than one life saved.

I will always be grateful to my parents for their example of valuing human life. When facing the greatest tragedy of their marriage, they saw an opportunity for action in their community. They recognized that they were not the only ones to lose a child. In perhaps the most admirable way possible, they taught me to celebrate life and stand up for life at the same time, even in the face of death. This is what the pro-life movement is all about.

You don’t need to be religious to care about ending abortion. You just need to know the value of a human life.

[Today’s guest post by Mary Flanagan is part of our paid blogging program.]

Pro-life advocates call for Title X reform

Yesterday, a coalition of more than 85 anti-abortion organizations, led by the Susan B. Anthony List, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, urging HHS to implement rules that disentangle abortion businesses from the Title X grant program. Secular Pro-Life was among the signatories. The letter was also signed by 41 Senators and 153 Representatives.

As we’ve previously noted, defunding Planned Parenthood is a complicated task in part because Planned Parenthood (and, to a lesser extent, other abortion vendors) takes advantage of multiple taxpayer funding streams. Title X is a family planning grant program that sends $50-60 million to Planned Parenthood each year, which is approximately ten percent of its annual taxpayer funding haul.

That wasn’t always the case. During the Reagan administration, HHS required Title X grantees to comply with regulations that created a strong buffer between abortion and tax dollars. An abortion vendor that wanted a Title X family planning grant had to isolate its abortion activities from its legitimate healthcare activities. Specifically, they were required to “maintain an objective integrity and independence from the prohibited abortion activities by the use of separate facilities, personnel, and accounting records.” The U.S. Supreme Court upheld this rule in Rust v. Sullivan, which remains good law.

Those regulations were rescinded by President Bill Clinton, but can be revived. Doing so is a relatively simple way to remove taxpayer subsidies of the nation’s largest abortion chain.

The Susan B. Anthony List reports that fewer than one eighth of the 4,000+ Title X grantees nationwide are Planned Parenthoods, adding: “The Reagan-era regulations would not decrease funding for Title X by a single penny. Funds would instead be directed to service sites willing to comply.” Already, abortion advocates and their media allies are misrepresenting the proposed regulation as a “cut” to Title X.

Pro-life advocates call for Title X reform

Yesterday, a coalition of more than 85 anti-abortion organizations, led by the Susan B. Anthony List, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, urging HHS to implement rules that disentangle abortion businesses from the Title X grant program. Secular Pro-Life was among the signatories. The letter was also signed by 41 Senators and 153 Representatives.

As we’ve previously noted, defunding Planned Parenthood is a complicated task in part because Planned Parenthood (and, to a lesser extent, other abortion vendors) takes advantage of multiple taxpayer funding streams. Title X is a family planning grant program that sends $50-60 million to Planned Parenthood each year, which is approximately ten percent of its annual taxpayer funding haul.

That wasn’t always the case. During the Reagan administration, HHS required Title X grantees to comply with regulations that created a strong buffer between abortion and tax dollars. An abortion vendor that wanted a Title X family planning grant had to isolate its abortion activities from its legitimate healthcare activities. Specifically, they were required to “maintain an objective integrity and independence from the prohibited abortion activities by the use of separate facilities, personnel, and accounting records.” The U.S. Supreme Court upheld this rule in Rust v. Sullivan, which remains good law.

Those regulations were rescinded by President Bill Clinton, but can be revived. Doing so is a relatively simple way to remove taxpayer subsidies of the nation’s largest abortion chain.

The Susan B. Anthony List reports that fewer than one eighth of the 4,000+ Title X grantees nationwide are Planned Parenthoods, adding: “The Reagan-era regulations would not decrease funding for Title X by a single penny. Funds would instead be directed to service sites willing to comply.” Already, abortion advocates and their media allies are misrepresenting the proposed regulation as a “cut” to Title X.

#ProtestPP returns on April 28

“Today, we’re going on the offense.”

That’s what Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens told the media just a few weeks ago. She went on to declare, “We’re pushing for efforts in all 50 states.”

More than ever, we must push back against the nation’s largest abortion chain. There have been positive signs; the abortion rate is at a record low, and just this week, the state of Tennessee turned off its spigot of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. But the organization remains flush with cash, and is investing it to expand abortion. It has its eyes on the midterm elections, where it hopes to use Trump’s unpopularity to oust pro-life politicians at all levels of government.

In light of these challenges, #ProtestPP organizers have announced the third annual event, to take place at Planned Parenthood locations across the country on Saturday, April 28. A full list of locations can be found here. The nature of the event varies by location; some will be religious prayer vigils, while others will be of a secular nature (rallies, pickets, etc.).

We strongly encourage you to participate, and send us pictures of your most creative protest signs! Above all, remember to stay safe and protect those around you.

#ProtestPP returns on April 28

“Today, we’re going on the offense.”

That’s what Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens told the media just a few weeks ago. She went on to declare, “We’re pushing for efforts in all 50 states.”

More than ever, we must push back against the nation’s largest abortion chain. There have been positive signs; the abortion rate is at a record low, and just this week, the state of Tennessee turned off its spigot of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. But the organization remains flush with cash, and is investing it to expand abortion. It has its eyes on the midterm elections, where it hopes to use Trump’s unpopularity to oust pro-life politicians at all levels of government.

In light of these challenges, #ProtestPP organizers have announced the third annual event, to take place at Planned Parenthood locations across the country on Saturday, April 28. A full list of locations can be found here. The nature of the event varies by location; some will be religious prayer vigils, while others will be of a secular nature (rallies, pickets, etc.).

We strongly encourage you to participate, and send us pictures of your most creative protest signs! Above all, remember to stay safe and protect those around you.

Making Trouble on Cecile Richards’ Book Tour

Cecile Richards recently came out with a ghostwritten memoir, Make Trouble, that glamorizes her role at the helm of the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates are peacefully protesting outside every stop on her book tour to ensure that her faux feminist narrative does not go unchallenged.

Students for Life of America volunteers are distributing an excellent pamphlet, “Getting Into Trouble,” that summarizes Planned Parenthood scandals you won’t find in the book—including Medicaid fraud in Texas (“Charging taxpayers for contraceptives for patients who were already sterilized seemed like a good idea at the time”), Planned Parenthood’s support of disability-based and race-based abortions, and the precipitous drop in prenatal care services during Richards’ tenure.

At her Washington, D.C. stop, Richards was also greeted with tongue-in-cheek references to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

This Wednesday, Richards’ book tour takes her to San Francisco, where Pro-Life San Francisco (led by SPL’s own Terrisa Bukovinac) will rally in opposition outside the Norse Theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.

The remaining stops on the book tour are:

  • Tonight, April 9: University of Washington bookstore, 1415 NE 43rd, Seattle, WA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 10: Powell’s Books, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 11: San Francisco, described above
  • April 12: Dominican University Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Way, San Rafael, CA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 13: First Congregational Church, 540 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 14: Nicholas Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL at 4:00 p.m.
  • April 15: McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC at 2:00 p.m.
  • April 21: Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY at 3:00 p.m. 
  • April 22: Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, 177 College St., New Haven, CT at 2:00 p.m.
  • April 23: Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 10 East 66th St., New York City, NY at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 9: Parnassus Books, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, TN at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 22: Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, NY at 7:00 p.m. 

We encourage pro-life advocates in each of those regions to peacefully protest those locations in memory of the more than 3.5 million lives snuffed out by Planned Parenthood during Richards’ term as its CEO.

Richards announced her resignation from Planned Parenthood in January, but her replacement has not yet been named. Former Texas legislator Wendy Davis, infamous for her unsuccessful filibuster of abortion safety regulations, is rumored to be in the running.

Making Trouble on Cecile Richards’ Book Tour

Cecile Richards recently came out with a ghostwritten memoir, Make Trouble, that glamorizes her role at the helm of the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates are peacefully protesting outside every stop on her book tour to ensure that her faux feminist narrative does not go unchallenged.

Students for Life of America volunteers are distributing an excellent pamphlet, “Getting Into Trouble,” that summarizes Planned Parenthood scandals you won’t find in the book—including Medicaid fraud in Texas (“Charging taxpayers for contraceptives for patients who were already sterilized seemed like a good idea at the time”), Planned Parenthood’s support of disability-based and race-based abortions, and the precipitous drop in prenatal care services during Richards’ tenure.

At her Washington, D.C. stop, Richards was also greeted with tongue-in-cheek references to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

This Wednesday, Richards’ book tour takes her to San Francisco, where Pro-Life San Francisco (led by SPL’s own Terrisa Bukovinac) will rally in opposition outside the Norse Theater beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.

The remaining stops on the book tour are:

  • Tonight, April 9: University of Washington bookstore, 1415 NE 43rd, Seattle, WA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 10: Powell’s Books, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 11: San Francisco, described above
  • April 12: Dominican University Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Way, San Rafael, CA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 13: First Congregational Church, 540 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 14: Nicholas Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL at 4:00 p.m.
  • April 15: McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC at 2:00 p.m.
  • April 21: Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY at 3:00 p.m. 
  • April 22: Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, 177 College St., New Haven, CT at 2:00 p.m.
  • April 23: Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 10 East 66th St., New York City, NY at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 9: Parnassus Books, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, TN at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 22: Chappaqua Public Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, NY at 7:00 p.m. 

We encourage pro-life advocates in each of those regions to peacefully protest those locations in memory of the more than 3.5 million lives snuffed out by Planned Parenthood during Richards’ term as its CEO.

Richards announced her resignation from Planned Parenthood in January, but her replacement has not yet been named. Former Texas legislator Wendy Davis, infamous for her unsuccessful filibuster of abortion safety regulations, is rumored to be in the running.

TODAY: Rally against California SB320

At 11:00 a.m. Pacific time, pro-life advocates will rally outside the Office of the President at UC Berkeley (1111 Franklin St., Oakland, CA) in opposition to California SB 320. This disastrous bill would turn campus health centers into chemical abortion facilities. You can read more about SB 320 here.

Our very own Terrisa Bukovinac (right), who is also the head of Pro-Life San Francisco, will speak at the rally. Come join us! You can also follow the rally on twitter using the hashtag #StopSB320.

TODAY: Rally against California SB320

At 11:00 a.m. Pacific time, pro-life advocates will rally outside the Office of the President at UC Berkeley (1111 Franklin St., Oakland, CA) in opposition to California SB 320. This disastrous bill would turn campus health centers into chemical abortion facilities. You can read more about SB 320 here.

Our very own Terrisa Bukovinac (right), who is also the head of Pro-Life San Francisco, will speak at the rally. Come join us! You can also follow the rally on twitter using the hashtag #StopSB320.