2020 Year in Review

Left: Terrisa sings carols outside PP in San Francisco.
Middle: Kelsey marches in DC.
Right: Monica presents at a pro-life conference in Oregon.

I know: OOF. 2020 is not a year most of us are eager to look back upon. But despite unprecedented challenges, Secular Pro-Life continued our vital work in defense of unborn children. 

In January, we Marched for Life in Washington, D.C., were interviewed by multiple news outlets, and connected with pro-life youth activists at the Geaux Forth rally, the National Pro-Life Summit, the O’Connor conference, and (for the first time) a gathering for Ivy League students.

In February, Monica gave her “Deconstructing Three Pro-Choice Myths” presentation at the Together We Advocate Conference in Oregon. On the blog, we debunked the hilarious claim that “big money” is behind the pro-life cause (I wish!), interviewed pro-life Democrats, spread awareness of kinship caregiving, and publicized the scientific consensus that life begins at fertilization. On a more personal note, “Baby J,” whose mother had been living with Kelsey since October 2019, was born! Our friends at New Wave Feminists organized an incredible virtual baby shower for them. 

In early March, Terrisa spoke at a rally outside the Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in June Medical v. Russo. Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Baby J and his mom left Kelsey to join family out of state before the lockdowns hit. Secular Pro-Life pivoted to socially distanced activities and encouraged donations to pregnancy care centers. Kelsey gave a virtual presentation to Students for Life of America’s Florida Leadership Workshop. And finally, after a long while of letting our email list gather dust, Secular Pro-Life began sending monthly e-newsletters (subscribe here). 

In April, Terrisa stood up to San Francisco authorities who tried to use COVID-19 to crack down on socially distant sidewalk counseling (while those same authorities dutifully ignored the elective, PPE-wasting procedures happening inside the abortion centers). Kelsey’s pre-recorded interview with the EWTN series “Defending Life” aired, and she also appeared on an Irish radio program. Three of the year’s top blog posts were published in April. 

In May, Kelsey gave Zoom presentations for the National Campus Life Network and Students for Life at FAU. Secular Pro-Life signed a coalition letter to the FDA, demanding a crackdown on illegal online abortion drug vendors. Terrisa appeared on “Defending Life” to share the secular case against abortion with a Catholic audience. On the blog, Monica interviewed John Bockmann, co-author of the groundbreaking paper “Reconsidering Fetal Pain.”

June was dominated by the tragic news that the Supreme Court struck down Louisiana’s common-sense regulation of abortion facilities in June Medical v. Russo. Chief Justice John Roberts, previously thought to be a pro-life vote, turned out to have no spine. (We can only hope for better results now that Justice Barrett is on the Court.) Meanwhile, Monica published a series of interviews with sidewalk counselors, both secular and religious.

In July, we published our initial exposé of abortion businesses and lobby groups that took taxpayer funds via the Paycheck Protection Program. We also explained the extreme pro-abortion records of Joe Biden’s prospective running mates (including Kamala Harris). After an activist judge suspended the FDA’s safety requirements for the abortion drug Mifeprex—which (among other things) requires that the abortion pill be administered in person, to combat the horrific practice of abusers slipping the drug into unaware women’s drinks—SPL joined Live Action and other organizations in demanding that the FDA pull Mifeprex off the market altogether. Both Kelsey and Terrisa began mentoring pro-life student leaders via Students for Life of America’s fellowship programs.

In August, SPL co-sponsored the Rehumanize Conference, which went virtual for the first time. Kelsey appeared on a Denver radio station and on the YouTube channel Modern-Day Debate. Terrisa rallied pro-life Democrats in an unofficial caucus outside the Democratic National Convention.

In September, we held a virtual rally to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the life-saving Hyde Amendment. The abortion lobby has the Hyde Amendment in its crosshairs, and with a pro-abortion White House administration, we will have to give everything we’ve got to preserve the Hyde Amendment for the next generation. Secular Pro-Life also actively promoted Colorado’s Proposition 115, which would end late-term abortion in that state (sadly, it did not pass). 

In October, we rallied outside the Department of Justice to demand indictment of Planned Parenthood (and its business partners) for fetal organ harvesting and organ trafficking after three years of an open investigation; rallied outside the Supreme Court in support of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination as the first pro-life woman on the Court; and spoke at a virtual conference for pro-life advocates in Ireland.

We all know what happened in November. Although pro-life candidates had a 5-point advantage, it wasn’t enough to overcome the many weaknesses of the GOP, the economy, and the coronavirus response. Pro-life advocates are looking at a very difficult political environment in the short term; just how difficult we can’t say until after the Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Whatever happens, we are united in our support for the right to life and are not going anywhere. In non-election-related November news, Kelsey gave virtual presentations to students from the University of Georgia and Ave Maria School of Law, and Terrisa got arrested while protesting research on abortion victims’ remains.  

In December, in response to updated Small Business Administration data, we expanded our exposé of abortion businesses and lobby groups that took taxpayer funds via the Paycheck Protection Program. We publicized new abortion data from the CDC, new state rankings from Americans United for Life, and the amazing Congressional testimony of Christina Bennett in support of the Hyde Amendment. And of course, we are making plans to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January—subject to COVID-19 precautions.

None of this would have been possible without our donors, volunteers, and supporters. Thank you all so much for your help in this trying year. Here’s to 2021!

So many Zooms…

Top 10 Stories of 2020

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2020 are…

#10: Interview: Pro-life Democrats reflect on the Democratic Party and the pro-life movement—The abortion industry exerts a barbaric influence on the Democratic Party, but left-leaning pro-lifers refuse to be sidelined.

#9: Christopher Hitchens Wound Up Opposing Abortion Choice—Hitchens, like many Americans, had conflicting feelings about abortion which changed over time. Ultimately, he concluded that “[t]he presumption is that the unborn entity has a right on its side, and that every effort should be made to see if it can be preserved.”

#8: Coronavirus, Liberty, and Abortion: Does the Right to Life Supersede All Other Rights?—The era of masks and social distancing has valuable lessons for the abortion debate.  

#7: Instead of abortion or adoption, what about kinship caregiving?—Guest author Virginia Pride brings attention to this under-discussed alternative. 

#6: Annie’s story: unintended pregnancy threatened her athletic scholarship — and her pro-choice views—”I knew there was a tiny human growing within me. Abortion would mean ending my child’s life. I knew this as an objective, undeniable, scientific fact. Another scientific fact: I could not remain competitive at the Division I level much longer. I was in the middle of a moral dilemma, and it quickly dawned on me that I may not really have much of a choice at all.”

#5: A Pro-Life Response to “The unscientific nature of the concept that ‘human life begins at conception,’ and why it matters”—Science is firmly on the side of the pro-life position. Pro-abortion science deniers rely on linguistic trickery.  

#4: How many Democrats are pro-life?—Depending on the poll you cite, somewhere between 11 million and 36 million.

#3: The pro-choice view survives on widespread ignorance of biology—Abortion industry leaders tend to avoid the easily debunked “clump of cells” lie, but rank-and-file pro-choicers have yet to catch on. 

#2: A Supreme Court abortion decision is expected any day. Here’s what you need to know.—Sadly, the Supreme Court granted abortion businesses an undeserved exception from health and safety regulations. In the process, Chief Justice John Roberts revealed himself to be a coward.

#1: Even very pro-choice biologists acknowledge a human life begins at fertilization—The scientific consensus on life’s beginning is abundantly clear. There is no mystery, only obfuscation.

Photo credit: Christin Hume on Unsplash

Top 10 Graphics of 2020

Thank you for liking and sharing our memes! With no further ado, here are the year’s top Secular Pro-Life graphics (click to enlarge).

#10: Don’t like human rights violations?

#9: Wildly off base

2019 Year in Review

What an incredible year 2019 has been! The U.S. abortion rate hit a record low, the Supreme Court is widely believed to have a pro-life majority, and Secular Pro-Life has been hard at work.

Winter: Secular Pro-Life marked its tenth anniversary in January. We took to the streets in Washington, D.C. (March for Life) and San Francisco (Walk for Life West Coast) in support of prenatal rights. The 2019 March for Life theme—Unique From Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science—was just perfect. The New York Times released an explosive report that Planned Parenthood discriminates against its pregnant employees. Late-term abortion took center stage as New York passed, and Virginia attempted to pass, extreme pro-abortion and even pro-infanticide laws. SPL president Kelsey Hazzard had an op-ed in the New York Daily News. On this blog, SPL co-leader Monica Snyder demonstrated that most late-term abortions are not medically necessary and debunked eight pro-choice talking points. Interest in abortion reached a record high, as shown in Google trends.

Spring: “Baby Chris” was conceived in March, taking our blog readers along the nine-month journey from fertilization to birth. Monica gave a presentation to pro-life youth in Oregon on how to debunk three major pro-choice myths. Unplanned hit U.S. theaters on March 29. In April, Monica testified before the California legislature against the horrific bill to turn public college health centers into chemical abortion vendors. She also presented the case against abortion to public health students at UC Berkeley. The “Strange Planet” webcomic briefly became a pro-life issue, because 2019 is a bizarre timeline. In May, we sounded the alarm at pro-choice advocacy for DIY chemical abortions, which will put women at risk of the very “back-alley” problems they claim we need legal abortion to avoid. SPL co-leader Terrisa Bukovinac attended a Senate symposium on sex trafficking and its impact on women’s reproductive health. 
Summer: Kelsey and Terrisa attended the Pro-Life Women’s Conference (where we recruited volunteers for a project you will hear more about in 2020); meanwhile, Monica had to school everybody on what a heartbeat is. We reported again that Google Trends showed a record level of interest in the abortion debate, beating the prior record set only a few months earlier. Kelsey brought the secular pro-life message to youth activists at the Louisiana Right to Life PULSE summer camp. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died at age 99, leaving a tragic abortion legacy. Kelsey challenged the pro-choice contention that we’re out to control women’s bodies with a thought experiment, and participated in a live debate on YouTube. Terrisa spoke at the Democrats for Life of America conference. And Monica gave birth to her son!
Autumn: We took part in the “Let There Be Life” conference at UC Berkeley (which Terrisa led while wearing her other hat: president of Pro-Life San Francisco), and the annual Rehumanize conference. At Rehumanize, Kelsey presented the secular case for life, and for the first time, SPL also organized a workshop on secular resources for healing, which was very well-received. On the blog, we responded to Slate‘s criticism of the phrase “except in the womb” and examined abortion’s perverse effect on families suffering after miscarriage. Our facebook page grew to 30,000 fans—a massive 40% leap from the beginning of the year. And of course, we turned our attention to January 2020, preparing for the next March for Life season! If you like what we’re doing, please donate as you are able
President’s message: Every year, I prepare the year in review and marvel at how much this community has been able to accomplish with a shoestring budget and no paid staff. 2019 was particularly challenging because I have taken on additional pro-life activities outside of SPL; most notably, a mom who chose life under difficult circumstances has been staying at my house, and I am also writing a pro-life novel which I expect to have available for your reading pleasure in 2020. (The title is No Right To Be Here and I promise to keep you posted.) None of this would have been possible without Monica, Terrisa, all our guest authors, and the many other volunteers who have helped SPL in myriad ways over the past year. Thank you all so much!

2019 Year in Review

What an incredible year 2019 has been! The U.S. abortion rate hit a record low, the Supreme Court is widely believed to have a pro-life majority, and Secular Pro-Life has been hard at work.

Winter: Secular Pro-Life marked its tenth anniversary in January. We took to the streets in Washington, D.C. (March for Life) and San Francisco (Walk for Life West Coast) in support of prenatal rights. The 2019 March for Life theme—Unique From Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science—was just perfect. The New York Times released an explosive report that Planned Parenthood discriminates against its pregnant employees. Late-term abortion took center stage as New York passed, and Virginia attempted to pass, extreme pro-abortion and even pro-infanticide laws. SPL president Kelsey Hazzard had an op-ed in the New York Daily News. On this blog, SPL co-leader Monica Snyder demonstrated that most late-term abortions are not medically necessary and debunked eight pro-choice talking points. Interest in abortion reached a record high, as shown in Google trends.

Spring: “Baby Chris” was conceived in March, taking our blog readers along the nine-month journey from fertilization to birth. Monica gave a presentation to pro-life youth in Oregon on how to debunk three major pro-choice myths. Unplanned hit U.S. theaters on March 29. In April, Monica testified before the California legislature against the horrific bill to turn public college health centers into chemical abortion vendors. She also presented the case against abortion to public health students at UC Berkeley. The “Strange Planet” webcomic briefly became a pro-life issue, because 2019 is a bizarre timeline. In May, we sounded the alarm at pro-choice advocacy for DIY chemical abortions, which will put women at risk of the very “back-alley” problems they claim we need legal abortion to avoid. SPL co-leader Terrisa Bukovinac attended a Senate symposium on sex trafficking and its impact on women’s reproductive health. 
Summer: Kelsey and Terrisa attended the Pro-Life Women’s Conference (where we recruited volunteers for a project you will hear more about in 2020); meanwhile, Monica had to school everybody on what a heartbeat is. We reported again that Google Trends showed a record level of interest in the abortion debate, beating the prior record set only a few months earlier. Kelsey brought the secular pro-life message to youth activists at the Louisiana Right to Life PULSE summer camp. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died at age 99, leaving a tragic abortion legacy. Kelsey challenged the pro-choice contention that we’re out to control women’s bodies with a thought experiment, and participated in a live debate on YouTube. Terrisa spoke at the Democrats for Life of America conference. And Monica gave birth to her son!
Autumn: We took part in the “Let There Be Life” conference at UC Berkeley (which Terrisa led while wearing her other hat: president of Pro-Life San Francisco), and the annual Rehumanize conference. At Rehumanize, Kelsey presented the secular case for life, and for the first time, SPL also organized a workshop on secular resources for healing, which was very well-received. On the blog, we responded to Slate‘s criticism of the phrase “except in the womb” and examined abortion’s perverse effect on families suffering after miscarriage. Our facebook page grew to 30,000 fans—a massive 40% leap from the beginning of the year. And of course, we turned our attention to January 2020, preparing for the next March for Life season! If you like what we’re doing, please donate as you are able
President’s message: Every year, I prepare the year in review and marvel at how much this community has been able to accomplish with a shoestring budget and no paid staff. 2019 was particularly challenging because I have taken on additional pro-life activities outside of SPL; most notably, a mom who chose life under difficult circumstances has been staying at my house, and I am also writing a pro-life novel which I expect to have available for your reading pleasure in 2020. (The title is No Right To Be Here and I promise to keep you posted.) None of this would have been possible without Monica, Terrisa, all our guest authors, and the many other volunteers who have helped SPL in myriad ways over the past year. Thank you all so much!

Top 10 Stories of 2019

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2019 are…

10. Are Human Embryos Human From the Beginning?—Spoiler alert: Yes. 
9. I Used to be Religiously Pro-Life—Guest author Laura Vilaro describes her shift from opposing abortion purely because of her Catholic upbringing, to reaching a fuller understanding of abortion as a human rights violation. 
8. The people whose lives you suggest aren’t worth living? They can hear you.The Good Place actress and walking social media disaster Jameela Jamil attempted to exploit children in foster care to justify killing her child in an abortion. People who grew up in foster care weren’t having it. Their responses are amazing.
7. It’s not about bodily autonomy. Here’s how we know.—SPL president Kelsey Hazzard refutes the bodily autonomy argument for abortion, noting that it doesn’t explain pro-choice lawmakers’ opposition to protecting infants who survive attempted abortions. 
6. My visit to Planned Parenthood—Guest author Annaliese Corace shares the story of going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. They misdiagnosed her with an ectopic pregnancy and did not go through with the abortion, which fortunately gave her the chance to see another doctor and reconsider her decision. It turned out that her pregnancy was perfectly healthy, and she chose life for her daughter.
5. Legal Abortion Does Not Save Women’s Lives. Here’s Proof.—Sarah Terzo debunks the myth, peddled by Planned Parenthood’s then-president Leana Wen, that “thousands of women” died each year before Roe v. Wade and will again after it is overturned. (The Washington Post recently named Wen’s statement one of its biggest lies of 2019.)

4. How #ShoutYourAbortion Changed My Mind—Guest author Laura Elkins believed that the pro-choice movement was on the right side of history. Then the callousness of #ShoutYourAbortion prompted her to take a closer look.
3. Master post: 21+ week abortions usually aren’t medically necessary—Late-term abortion was a major topic this year, with unsubstantiated claims that they are only done for medical reasons dominating the pro-abortion narrative. SPL co-leader Monica Snyder summarizes the available data (including pro-abortion sources) and concludes that most late-term abortions are in fact elective. 
2. When we say “heartbeat” we don’t mean “fetal pole cardiac activity.” We mean “heartbeat.”—The weirdest pro-choice talking point to debut in 2019 has to be this new insistence that embryonic and fetal heartbeats aren’t “real” heartbeats. Monica breaks down the nonsense. 
And the most-read blog post of 2019… congratulations, Monica, for writing all three top articles… is:
1. Responding to 8 common pro-choice claims about late-term abortion.—Bookmark this is as a reference, because I guarantee you will see all eight claims resurface in the context of the 2020 elections.

Top 10 Stories of 2019

The most-read articles on the Secular Pro-Life blog in 2019 are…

10. Are Human Embryos Human From the Beginning?—Spoiler alert: Yes. 
9. I Used to be Religiously Pro-Life—Guest author Laura Vilaro describes her shift from opposing abortion purely because of her Catholic upbringing, to reaching a fuller understanding of abortion as a human rights violation. 
8. The people whose lives you suggest aren’t worth living? They can hear you.The Good Place actress and walking social media disaster Jameela Jamil attempted to exploit children in foster care to justify killing her child in an abortion. People who grew up in foster care weren’t having it. Their responses are amazing.
7. It’s not about bodily autonomy. Here’s how we know.—SPL president Kelsey Hazzard refutes the bodily autonomy argument for abortion, noting that it doesn’t explain pro-choice lawmakers’ opposition to protecting infants who survive attempted abortions. 
6. My visit to Planned Parenthood—Guest author Annaliese Corace shares the story of going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. They misdiagnosed her with an ectopic pregnancy and did not go through with the abortion, which fortunately gave her the chance to see another doctor and reconsider her decision. It turned out that her pregnancy was perfectly healthy, and she chose life for her daughter.
5. Legal Abortion Does Not Save Women’s Lives. Here’s Proof.—Sarah Terzo debunks the myth, peddled by Planned Parenthood’s then-president Leana Wen, that “thousands of women” died each year before Roe v. Wade and will again after it is overturned. (The Washington Post recently named Wen’s statement one of its biggest lies of 2019.)

4. How #ShoutYourAbortion Changed My Mind—Guest author Laura Elkins believed that the pro-choice movement was on the right side of history. Then the callousness of #ShoutYourAbortion prompted her to take a closer look.
3. Master post: 21+ week abortions usually aren’t medically necessary—Late-term abortion was a major topic this year, with unsubstantiated claims that they are only done for medical reasons dominating the pro-abortion narrative. SPL co-leader Monica Snyder summarizes the available data (including pro-abortion sources) and concludes that most late-term abortions are in fact elective. 
2. When we say “heartbeat” we don’t mean “fetal pole cardiac activity.” We mean “heartbeat.”—The weirdest pro-choice talking point to debut in 2019 has to be this new insistence that embryonic and fetal heartbeats aren’t “real” heartbeats. Monica breaks down the nonsense. 
And the most-read blog post of 2019… congratulations, Monica, for writing all three top articles… is:
1. Responding to 8 common pro-choice claims about late-term abortion.—Bookmark this is as a reference, because I guarantee you will see all eight claims resurface in the context of the 2020 elections.

Top 10 Graphics of 2019

Here are the most reacted-to, commented-upon, and shared Secular Pro-Life graphics of 2019! You guys sure do like screenshots and corrections to pro-choice nonsense.

10. For every two Catholic pro-lifers, there is one secular pro-lifer! (Check out this blog post for the underlying data.)

9 (Several images tied). Numerous people who grew up in foster care (and with other challenges) came forward to defend their lives in response to Jameela Jamil’s callous tweet suggesting they should have been aborted. It’s appalling that their existence and value were ever questioned, but boy did they rise to the occasion! Check out the full collection of screenshots here.

8. Watch out, pro-choicers: Monica is wielding her red pen!

7. These bad Handmaid’s Tale analogies are really getting out of hand.

Yes, we screenshot our own tweets and post them to Facebook. Don’t judge. 

6. Stop erasing pro-life women!

5. Oh no! Now Monica has a BLUE pen!

4. We will ALWAYS amplify people targeted by the abortion industry.

3. If you don’t like human rights violations, don’t commit human rights violations!

2. Heartbreaking

And for the top graphic of 2019… Monica strikes again!

1. Tapeworms? Seriously?!

Top 10 Graphics of 2019

Here are the most reacted-to, commented-upon, and shared Secular Pro-Life graphics of 2019! You guys sure do like screenshots and corrections to pro-choice nonsense.

10. For every two Catholic pro-lifers, there is one secular pro-lifer! (Check out this blog post for the underlying data.)

9 (Several images tied). Numerous people who grew up in foster care (and with other challenges) came forward to defend their lives in response to Jameela Jamil’s callous tweet suggesting they should have been aborted. It’s appalling that their existence and value were ever questioned, but boy did they rise to the occasion! Check out the full collection of screenshots here.

8. Watch out, pro-choicers: Monica is wielding her red pen!

7. These bad Handmaid’s Tale analogies are really getting out of hand.

Yes, we screenshot our own tweets and post them to Facebook. Don’t judge. 

6. Stop erasing pro-life women!

5. Oh no! Now Monica has a BLUE pen!

4. We will ALWAYS amplify people targeted by the abortion industry.

3. If you don’t like human rights violations, don’t commit human rights violations!

2. Heartbreaking

And for the top graphic of 2019… Monica strikes again!

1. Tapeworms? Seriously?!

2018 Year in Review

Secular Pro-Life had a very busy 2018. Here are the highlights.

In January, we participated in both the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Walk for Life in San Francisco, CA. SPL president Kelsey Hazzard spoke at Georgetown University for a conference with the theme “(Ir)religiously Pro-Life: The Future of the Movement in a Secular World,” and both Kelsey and SPL co-admin Terrisa Bukovinac spoke at the pre-March for Life meetup organized by Rehumanize International. Cecile Richards announced her retirement as the head of Planned Parenthood, and we sang her farewell. On this blog, we covered the flaws of international “unsafe abortion” studies, legal challenges to bans on abortion for Down Syndrome, and the relationship between abortion laws and abortion rates. Our blogging continued apace in February (this one is my favorite) as we recovered from our hectic January schedule. In March, pro-lifers rallied in front of the Supreme Court as it heard arguments in NIFLA vs. Becerra; the Court later ruled that California’s attempt to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion is unconstitutional. Terrisa recorded a video for Illinois Right to Life’s “Heart2Heart” educational program. On the blog, we shared insights from undercover attendance at a NARAL training session and reported on a South Carolina abortion business caught taking human remains to a gas station.

In April, we rallied against SB320, the California bill that would have brought abortion pill vendors to college campuses; the governor ultimately vetoed it, but abortion extremists plan to introduce it again. In other news, a study on abortion pill reversal was published, as was a study proving that contrary to previous propaganda, defunding Planned Parenthood in Texas did not cause a spike in the maternal mortality rate. (The actual culprit? Changes to the death certificate form.) May was dominated by the tragic news that Ireland voted to remove the right to life for unborn children from its constitution. Stateside, SPL joined a coalition urging Title X reforms to prevent abortion businesses from exploiting funds intended for nonviolent family planning. We also got our 501(c)(3) status, and you can make your tax-deductible donation here! In June, we launched the #NextNominee campaign, petitioning the White House to nominate a pro-life woman to the Supreme Court… and boy would the nation have been spared a lot of headache and heartache if our advice had been heeded. That’s all we’ll say about that. Also in June, we exhibited at the Pro-Life Women’s Conference.

In July, Kelsey spoke at the National Right to Life Convention, while Terrisa represented SPL at the Democrats for Life of America conference. July was also a big month for research-related blog posts, particularly on the relationship between pro-life laws and unplanned pregnancy and abortion rates. In August, we announced that the number of non-religious pro-life Americans has grown to 12.8 million, and released an updated version of our “Why Should Non-Christians Care About Abortion?” brochure. September brought the Let There Be Life Conference at UC Berkeley, where co-admin Monica Snyder brilliantly debunked three pro-choice myths. Kelsey spoke at Yale University about the intersection of law and science in the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions. On the blog, we shared the evidence that even in the third trimester, babies are aborted for non-medical reasons.

In October, we presented at the Rehumanize conference in Pittsburgh. Kelsey also won an award in Rehumanize’s Create | Encounter art contest for her piece “Dilation & Evacuation.” In November, Monica was supposed to debate a pro-choice professor, but sadly, the event was cancelled at the last minute due to the California wildfires. We do hope to reschedule for early next year, and in the meantime, you can read the many blog posts arising from her debate preparation. 

And that brings us to now! We are hard at work preparing for January 2019. We hope you will join us at the March for Life and related activities. We also want to hear from you about your priorities for the coming year. What did you like about our work in 2018? What would you have us do differently? We’re all ears. Thank you for your tremendous support, and happy new year!