New project launching June 15

In exactly one month, Secular Pro-Life will launch a new project. We are not at liberty to divulge the details yet, but if you join our facebook event, you’ll be the first to know!

Special thanks are owed to the members of the project advisory board (organizational affiliations for identification purposes only):

  • Angel Armstead
  • Andrew Bair of Beltway Right to Life
  • Lauren Enriquez of Human Coalition
  • Beth Fox
  • Austin Johnson
  • Jenna King
  • Juliana Kriner
  • Valeria Lopez, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board
  • Gina Mallica, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board
  • Purity Thomas, pro-life teen activist known for being assaulted while sidewalk counseling
  • Tarquis Thomas, a/k/a Stargift Tarakasha, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board (no relation to Purity Thomas)
  • Nia Robert
  • Albany Saindon
  • Rebecca Stapleford, who you may know from her guest writings on this blog
We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been planning on June 15!

New project launching June 15

In exactly one month, Secular Pro-Life will launch a new project. We are not at liberty to divulge the details yet, but if you join our facebook event, you’ll be the first to know!

Special thanks are owed to the members of the project advisory board (organizational affiliations for identification purposes only):

  • Angel Armstead
  • Andrew Bair of Beltway Right to Life
  • Lauren Enriquez of Human Coalition
  • Beth Fox
  • Austin Johnson
  • Jenna King
  • Juliana Kriner
  • Valeria Lopez, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board
  • Gina Mallica, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board
  • Purity Thomas, pro-life teen activist known for being assaulted while sidewalk counseling
  • Tarquis Thomas, a/k/a Stargift Tarakasha, returning from the #HelloHyde advisory board (no relation to Purity Thomas)
  • Nia Robert
  • Albany Saindon
  • Rebecca Stapleford, who you may know from her guest writings on this blog
We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been planning on June 15!

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Advisory Board

Secular Pro-Life is embarking on a new project to launch this June, and we are looking for volunteers to serve on our project advisory board. You’ll get to hang out with the same awesome folks who were on the #HelloHyde advisory board, gain valuable activism experience, and contribute to a wonderful cause.

We can’t share all the details of the project in a public forum yet, but we can tell you that it has a special appeal to pro-life feminists and people with an interest in the justice system. This volunteer opportunity is open to pro-lifers of every gender, race, creed, and political persuasion. We are particularly in need of people with a background in any of the following areas:

  • Signature-gathering, canvassing, and other campaign experience
  • Public relations and connections to news media
  • Job/internship experience on Capitol Hill
  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing and social media 
  • Webcast production
This is a very flexible volunteer position and you can live anywhere in the United States. The time commitment will vary depending upon the role you adopt on the board.
If you are interested, send an email to info@secularprolife.org with the subject line “Advisory Board.” Include your name, a bit about yourself, and two or three pro-life references. We look forward to working with you!

Volunteer Opportunity: Project Advisory Board

Secular Pro-Life is embarking on a new project to launch this June, and we are looking for volunteers to serve on our project advisory board. You’ll get to hang out with the same awesome folks who were on the #HelloHyde advisory board, gain valuable activism experience, and contribute to a wonderful cause.

We can’t share all the details of the project in a public forum yet, but we can tell you that it has a special appeal to pro-life feminists and people with an interest in the justice system. This volunteer opportunity is open to pro-lifers of every gender, race, creed, and political persuasion. We are particularly in need of people with a background in any of the following areas:

  • Signature-gathering, canvassing, and other campaign experience
  • Public relations and connections to news media
  • Job/internship experience on Capitol Hill
  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Marketing and social media 
  • Webcast production
This is a very flexible volunteer position and you can live anywhere in the United States. The time commitment will vary depending upon the role you adopt on the board.
If you are interested, send an email to info@secularprolife.org with the subject line “Advisory Board.” Include your name, a bit about yourself, and two or three pro-life references. We look forward to working with you!

Illinois Governor kills life-saving ban on abortion funding through Medicaid

#HelloHyde, my name is Stargift.

Last year on September 30, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the life-saving Hyde Amendment with a social media photo campaign, using the hashtag #HelloHyde. Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary, and while 41 may not be as eye-catching, the Hyde Amendment remains a crucial tool to protect low-income children from abortion

Sadly, we mark this anniversary with tragic news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed legislation that will destroy the Hyde Amendment in Illinois.

 #HelloHyde, my name is Gina.

First, some background: the Hyde Amendment is a limitation on taxpayer funding of abortion through the Medicaid program (which serves low-income families). The Hyde Amendment is an annual federal budget rider, first passed in 1976 and renewed every year since. A white paper issued on the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment found that it has prevented over two million abortions. Of all the children born through the Medicaid program over the past 41 years, one in nine would be dead today without the Hyde Amendment.

Last year, our #HelloHyde campaign focused on Medicaid kids, presenting their photos (complete with #HelloHyde name tags) and challenging abortion supporters: who among these people should have died a taxpayer-subsidized death?

  #HelloHyde, my name is Noah. 

Though the Hyde Amendment is great a pro-life success, it isn’t all-encompassing. The Medicaid program is jointly funded by both federal and state revenues; the Hyde Amendment only covers the federal portion. Most states have followed suit and instituted their own Hyde-like protections, but a handful have not.

Naturally, the abortion industrystruggling to stay afloat as the abortion rate plummetswants a government bailout, which means destroying the Hyde Amendment wherever possible. Subsidizing abortion will increase abortions, and therefore increase abortion profits; it’s Econ 101. And they set their sights on preborn children in Illinois.

#HelloHyde, my name is Cateri.

The Illinois legislature recently passed a disastrous bill known as HB40 that would eviscerate Illinois’ Hyde Amendment protections. The Charlotte Lozier Institute reported that the Hyde Amendment has saved the lives of over 144,000 low-income children in Illinois, and Illinois Right to Life projected that HB40 would, if enacted into law, cost the lives of 12,000 preborn babies annually.

A few days ago, HB40 landed on Governor Rauner’s desk for signature. Governor Rauner had given mixed signals. He is a pro-choice Republican who at one point said that taxpayer funding of abortion was too extreme and promised that he would veto HB40. But he started wavering, and the abortion lobby put him under immense pressure to sign the bill.

#HelloHyde, my name is Jackie.

Of course, the pro-life movement pressured him too. I
personally called his office, and so did many of you. But it was
an uphill battle: he never respected preborn children for the human
beings they are.

Yesterday, he signed a death sentence for approximately 24,000 babies.

I say 24,000 because that’s 12,000 times two years; Governor Rauner is up for re-election in 2018, and we will defeat him. We must reverse this horrific decision as soon as possible. Not only Governor Raner, but every legislator who voted in favor of HB40, will face the full electoral wrath of the pro-life movement. These politicians have effectively told 144,000+ constituents that they should be dead! We are not going to let that slide. Let the attack ads begin. And let them feature Illinois residents born through Medicaid.

Illinois Governor kills life-saving ban on abortion funding through Medicaid

#HelloHyde, my name is Stargift.

Last year on September 30, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the life-saving Hyde Amendment with a social media photo campaign, using the hashtag #HelloHyde. Tomorrow is the 41st anniversary, and while 41 may not be as eye-catching, the Hyde Amendment remains a crucial tool to protect low-income children from abortion

Sadly, we mark this anniversary with tragic news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed legislation that will destroy the Hyde Amendment in Illinois.

 #HelloHyde, my name is Gina.

First, some background: the Hyde Amendment is a limitation on taxpayer funding of abortion through the Medicaid program (which serves low-income families). The Hyde Amendment is an annual federal budget rider, first passed in 1976 and renewed every year since. A white paper issued on the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment found that it has prevented over two million abortions. Of all the children born through the Medicaid program over the past 41 years, one in nine would be dead today without the Hyde Amendment.

Last year, our #HelloHyde campaign focused on Medicaid kids, presenting their photos (complete with #HelloHyde name tags) and challenging abortion supporters: who among these people should have died a taxpayer-subsidized death?

  #HelloHyde, my name is Noah. 

Though the Hyde Amendment is great a pro-life success, it isn’t all-encompassing. The Medicaid program is jointly funded by both federal and state revenues; the Hyde Amendment only covers the federal portion. Most states have followed suit and instituted their own Hyde-like protections, but a handful have not.

Naturally, the abortion industrystruggling to stay afloat as the abortion rate plummetswants a government bailout, which means destroying the Hyde Amendment wherever possible. Subsidizing abortion will increase abortions, and therefore increase abortion profits; it’s Econ 101. And they set their sights on preborn children in Illinois.

#HelloHyde, my name is Cateri.

The Illinois legislature recently passed a disastrous bill known as HB40 that would eviscerate Illinois’ Hyde Amendment protections. The Charlotte Lozier Institute reported that the Hyde Amendment has saved the lives of over 144,000 low-income children in Illinois, and Illinois Right to Life projected that HB40 would, if enacted into law, cost the lives of 12,000 preborn babies annually.

A few days ago, HB40 landed on Governor Rauner’s desk for signature. Governor Rauner had given mixed signals. He is a pro-choice Republican who at one point said that taxpayer funding of abortion was too extreme and promised that he would veto HB40. But he started wavering, and the abortion lobby put him under immense pressure to sign the bill.

#HelloHyde, my name is Jackie.

Of course, the pro-life movement pressured him too. I
personally called his office, and so did many of you. But it was
an uphill battle: he never respected preborn children for the human
beings they are.

Yesterday, he signed a death sentence for approximately 24,000 babies.

I say 24,000 because that’s 12,000 times two years; Governor Rauner is up for re-election in 2018, and we will defeat him. We must reverse this horrific decision as soon as possible. Not only Governor Raner, but every legislator who voted in favor of HB40, will face the full electoral wrath of the pro-life movement. These politicians have effectively told 144,000+ constituents that they should be dead! We are not going to let that slide. Let the attack ads begin. And let them feature Illinois residents born through Medicaid.

Big plans

Secular Pro-Life is riding high.

On September 30, our #HelloHyde campaign celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which has saved the lives of over 2 million children born through the Medicaid program. We educated tens of thousands of people about the life-saving power of the Hyde Amendment and highlighted the faces and stories of Medicaid kids. We built an alliance of pro-life organizations that will continue to put Medicaid kids first as the Hyde Amendment comes under attack by the radical abortion lobby.

Last week, we caught the attention of the left-leaning news outlet Slate, which featured Secular Pro-Life in a fantastic article about the Millennial generation of pro-life advocates. We are building on the work of pro-life pioneers, incorporating new ideas, and busting stereotypes. Young people are increasingly liberal on “social issues” like marriage, but we aren’t budging on abortion. We recognize that the right to life for all ages is a fundamental human rights issue, and we’re not going anywhere.

And this weekend, we’re off to Austin for the Life/Peace/Justice conference, where pro-life advocates focused on abortion, the death penalty, suicide prevention, etc. will network and learn from one another.

Our busy schedule doesn’t end there. January’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade is just around the corner. As always, we will be at the March for Life in D.C., the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, and speak at the west coast and east coast Students for Life of America conferences corresponding to each. And in 2017, for the first time, we will be at the March for Life expo, which is attended by pro-lifers of all ages, from all over the country. We’re so excited to help them make the secular case for life in their communities!

All of this costs money. The #HelloHyde campaign in particular was expensive, as we used paid advertising to reach people with our campaign videos. That was 100% worth it, but our bank account needs to be replenished as we gear up for January.

If you’re able, please donate to Secular Pro-Life. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thank you for your continued support of our life-saving mission. Together, we will change hearts and minds until the day abortion is unthinkable for all.

Big plans

Secular Pro-Life is riding high.

On September 30, our #HelloHyde campaign celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which has saved the lives of over 2 million children born through the Medicaid program. We educated tens of thousands of people about the life-saving power of the Hyde Amendment and highlighted the faces and stories of Medicaid kids. We built an alliance of pro-life organizations that will continue to put Medicaid kids first as the Hyde Amendment comes under attack by the radical abortion lobby.

Last week, we caught the attention of the left-leaning news outlet Slate, which featured Secular Pro-Life in a fantastic article about the Millennial generation of pro-life advocates. We are building on the work of pro-life pioneers, incorporating new ideas, and busting stereotypes. Young people are increasingly liberal on “social issues” like marriage, but we aren’t budging on abortion. We recognize that the right to life for all ages is a fundamental human rights issue, and we’re not going anywhere.

And this weekend, we’re off to Austin for the Life/Peace/Justice conference, where pro-life advocates focused on abortion, the death penalty, suicide prevention, etc. will network and learn from one another.

Our busy schedule doesn’t end there. January’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade is just around the corner. As always, we will be at the March for Life in D.C., the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, and speak at the west coast and east coast Students for Life of America conferences corresponding to each. And in 2017, for the first time, we will be at the March for Life expo, which is attended by pro-lifers of all ages, from all over the country. We’re so excited to help them make the secular case for life in their communities!

All of this costs money. The #HelloHyde campaign in particular was expensive, as we used paid advertising to reach people with our campaign videos. That was 100% worth it, but our bank account needs to be replenished as we gear up for January.

If you’re able, please donate to Secular Pro-Life. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Thank you for your continued support of our life-saving mission. Together, we will change hearts and minds until the day abortion is unthinkable for all.

What’s next for #HelloHyde

[Cross-posted from the #HelloHyde campaign]

The #HelloHyde campaign has a three-part mission: to celebrate, preserve, and expand the Hyde Amendment. Part one, celebrate, was implemented last Friday, September 30: the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment.

We’re pleased to say that the celebration was successful! You’ll be scrolling quite a while to get through all the #HelloHyde tweets. Many of you made use of our automated platform to tweet the photos and stories of Medicaid kids, plus state-by-state statistics of the lives saved by the Hyde Amendment. We’re glad that was helpful and will definitely keep that feature.

We had hoped to get #HelloHyde trending; unfortunately, that did not happen. But the opposing hashtag, #BeBoldEndHyde, didn’t trend either. We expected that at the very least, the two hashtags combined would at least cause “Hyde Amendment” to trend. That didn’t happen. What that tells us is that the narrative is still very much up for grabs. Most people aren’t engaged on the Hyde Amendment either way. Seeing as it’s been in place with bipartisan consensus for 40 years, the abortion lobby has a tough road ahead if they’re going to convince the American public that they should subsidize the deaths of low-income children. We’re going to make that road even tougher.

Which brings us to what we think is our biggest victory so far: our influence on messaging. In the past, the pro-life movement has talked about the Hyde Amendment primarily in terms of taxpayer conscience; somehow, all the human beings alive today because of the Hyde Amendment got lost in the shuffle. Not anymore. Numerous pro-life organizations have gotten on board with our Medicaid-kids-first message. The taxpayer conscience message is still part of the equation (as it should be) but is now secondary (as it should be).

In particular, we worked in close partnership with the Charlotte Lozier Institute to center the focus on Medicaid kids. Their report that the Hyde Amendment has saved the lives of over 2 million people got a huge amount of attention, both from pro-life organizations and from media outlets. A Google News search for “Hyde Amendment 2 million” brings up over 58,000 results!

So what comes next?

The “celebrate” portion of our mission continues at the March for Life, which announced that the theme for this year’s march will be “The Power of One.” In making the announcement, March for Life president Jeanne Mancini specifically pointed to Henry Hyde as an example of one person making a tremendous difference in the lives of others. #HelloHyde will definitely have a presence at the March for Life, which will take place on January 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned.

Then there’s parts 2 and 3: preserving and expanding the Hyde Amendment. The pro-life movement’s next steps in this area will largely depend of the outcome of the November elections. As you might remember from high school civics, spending bills must originate in the House, and the House is expected to retain its pro-life majority. But if the Senate is overtaken by pro-abortion radicals, they could attempt to pick a fight on the Hyde Amendment and even cause a government shutdown. Conversely, if November goes well for the pro-life movement, making the Hyde Amendment permanent law rather than an annual budget rider will be a top priority. Either way, #HelloHyde will be involved to ensure that the faces of Medicaid kids are seen and that the voices of Medicaid kids are heard.

As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do! In addition to spreading this message, you can help us in our next phase by making a monetary donation to Secular Pro-Life (our parent organization). The abortion lobby is very well-funded, but our cause is greater and with your help we can go head-to-head with them. Every contribution makes a difference. The anniversary may have passed, but Medicaid kids are still being conceived every day.
The Hyde Amendment has been protecting the most vulnerable members of the human family for 40 years. Now, more than ever, we must protect the Hyde Amendment.

Click here to give

For Life,

Stargift, Gina, Valerie, and Kelsey
Your #HelloHyde organizers

What’s next for #HelloHyde

[Cross-posted from the #HelloHyde campaign]

The #HelloHyde campaign has a three-part mission: to celebrate, preserve, and expand the Hyde Amendment. Part one, celebrate, was implemented last Friday, September 30: the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment.

We’re pleased to say that the celebration was successful! You’ll be scrolling quite a while to get through all the #HelloHyde tweets. Many of you made use of our automated platform to tweet the photos and stories of Medicaid kids, plus state-by-state statistics of the lives saved by the Hyde Amendment. We’re glad that was helpful and will definitely keep that feature.

We had hoped to get #HelloHyde trending; unfortunately, that did not happen. But the opposing hashtag, #BeBoldEndHyde, didn’t trend either. We expected that at the very least, the two hashtags combined would at least cause “Hyde Amendment” to trend. That didn’t happen. What that tells us is that the narrative is still very much up for grabs. Most people aren’t engaged on the Hyde Amendment either way. Seeing as it’s been in place with bipartisan consensus for 40 years, the abortion lobby has a tough road ahead if they’re going to convince the American public that they should subsidize the deaths of low-income children. We’re going to make that road even tougher.

Which brings us to what we think is our biggest victory so far: our influence on messaging. In the past, the pro-life movement has talked about the Hyde Amendment primarily in terms of taxpayer conscience; somehow, all the human beings alive today because of the Hyde Amendment got lost in the shuffle. Not anymore. Numerous pro-life organizations have gotten on board with our Medicaid-kids-first message. The taxpayer conscience message is still part of the equation (as it should be) but is now secondary (as it should be).

In particular, we worked in close partnership with the Charlotte Lozier Institute to center the focus on Medicaid kids. Their report that the Hyde Amendment has saved the lives of over 2 million people got a huge amount of attention, both from pro-life organizations and from media outlets. A Google News search for “Hyde Amendment 2 million” brings up over 58,000 results!

So what comes next?

The “celebrate” portion of our mission continues at the March for Life, which announced that the theme for this year’s march will be “The Power of One.” In making the announcement, March for Life president Jeanne Mancini specifically pointed to Henry Hyde as an example of one person making a tremendous difference in the lives of others. #HelloHyde will definitely have a presence at the March for Life, which will take place on January 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned.

Then there’s parts 2 and 3: preserving and expanding the Hyde Amendment. The pro-life movement’s next steps in this area will largely depend of the outcome of the November elections. As you might remember from high school civics, spending bills must originate in the House, and the House is expected to retain its pro-life majority. But if the Senate is overtaken by pro-abortion radicals, they could attempt to pick a fight on the Hyde Amendment and even cause a government shutdown. Conversely, if November goes well for the pro-life movement, making the Hyde Amendment permanent law rather than an annual budget rider will be a top priority. Either way, #HelloHyde will be involved to ensure that the faces of Medicaid kids are seen and that the voices of Medicaid kids are heard.

As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do! In addition to spreading this message, you can help us in our next phase by making a monetary donation to Secular Pro-Life (our parent organization). The abortion lobby is very well-funded, but our cause is greater and with your help we can go head-to-head with them. Every contribution makes a difference. The anniversary may have passed, but Medicaid kids are still being conceived every day.
The Hyde Amendment has been protecting the most vulnerable members of the human family for 40 years. Now, more than ever, we must protect the Hyde Amendment.

Click here to give

For Life,

Stargift, Gina, Valerie, and Kelsey
Your #HelloHyde organizers