CHECK IT OUT: Kristan Hawkins’ free speech op-ed on Fox News

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard. If you haven’t heard about the college blockade taking place even this week, perhaps it is because the students whose voices are being forcibly silenced favor life over abortion. And while they may not get the attention that millionaire athletes can garner, their points of view are no less valid.

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Our time is now.

By Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America

Our time is now.

America has a pro-life majority government. Everything we have been fighting so hard to accomplish these past several years, despite an entrenched abortion lobby and corrupt politicians in Washington — all of this is now possible.

It’s now very easy to imagine a day when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be overturned and when Planned Parenthood, our nation’s abortion Goliath, will be defunded of half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.

This is possible, now. trump1

If

If we, the pro-life generation, hold President-Elect Trump to his promises.

If we hold the Congress and it’s leaders to their numerous pledges.

If we stand united, focused, and motivated.

There is no excuse.

As you know, our mission at Students for Life has never been dependent on what happens in Washington. This victory helps the pro-life movement immensely. This new pro-life majority has it within their reach to pass and enforce the pro-life laws we need until we reach the day our culture fundamentally rejects abortion. We will save more lives.

…but now the real work begins. We have to finish what we started.

We need to ensure that only pro-life Supreme Court justices are appointed, period. We need to fire Planned Parenthood and defund them of our taxpayer dollars, plain and simple.

We need to mobilize like never before and ensure our leaders in Washington will do what they have pledged.

And I’m going to ask you to do some hard things in the next few months and years.

I’m asking you today to trust our team at Students for Life and to believe in our mission to make abortion unthinkable and illegal in our lifetime. For this will be one of my greatest honors to lead you through this fight…the fight of our lives.

While our pro-life generation may be young, we’ve studied under our pro-life predecessors and heroes. We’re organized. We’re united. And we’re prepared. We can do this.

Please, stand with me. There’s so much we need to do.

This is our chance to appoint the justices we need to overturn Roe and Doe. This is our chance to defund and bankrupt the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood. This is our chance, the chance of a lifetime, to abolish abortion.

This is our time.

We Won!

What an incredible day today. I am overwhelmed for having witnessed and been a part of this huge victory for religious freedom, women and all Americans.

I got to stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday morning as the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius decision was handed down to shouts of joy. It was amazing and awe-inspiring. After the Justices upheld Obamacare two years ago, I was incredibly disheartened. It was devastating. And then not long after, the Obama Administration, under Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, issued the HHS abortion pill mandate, which forced every employer to purchase abortion-inducing drugs for their employees, regardless of whether or not the employer had strongly held religious beliefs against such pills.kristan

The Supreme Court ruled today against Sebelius and against the Administration, saying that “HHS’s contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.” This means it goes directly against our first freedoms as Americans, namely the First Amendment and religious liberty.

As soon as the news reached us at the Court steps, a jubilant roar went through the crowd – which was mostly made up of young women by the way. When we knew for sure that the decision was a victory, there was such a huge cry from the crowd that it gave me goosebumps. I got to be right in the middle of our pro-life activists, cheering on Hobby Lobby and the decision that finally went our way.

It felt amazing to stand there with dozens and dozens of pro-life women (and men). Truly, this generation is the Pro-Life generation and, today, we got to show the nation. All the major television networks ran shots of our rally and press conference, many including our “We Are the Pro-Life Generation” and #WomenInControl signs. The visuals were astounding – it was such a great way to witness to the country that it is these young women who are standing up for religious freedom, conscience rights, the right to life and against bossy bureaucrats who want to take away our freedoms.

This was a huge victory for women, both on the political left and right. Thankfully, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t further exacerbate the abortion industry’s lucrative, false notion that pregnancy and fertility is a disease. I find it demeaning that our President and his administration think that I need free $9 birth control to be equal to a man. Both men and women were made by one Creator and he made us equal.

Watch Kristan Hawkins on Huckabee

College students have found themselves on the forefront of the religious freedom fight.  Bowdoin College in Maine will no longer be recognizing the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship as a student group on campus any longer, even though they have been a fixture on campus for over 40 years. Why? Because the Christian group won’t allow anyone who isn’t a professed Christian to run for student leadership of the group or lead a Bible study. The university says that even though anyone can join the group, it is discriminatory that they aren’t allowing non-Christians to lead the group.

This is only the beginning of a disturbing trend. The New York Times has more:

At Cal State, the nation’s largest university system with nearly 450,000 students on 23 campuses, the chancellor is preparing this summer to withdraw official recognition from evangelical groups that are refusing to pledge not to discriminate on the basis of religion in the selection of their leaders. And at Vanderbilt, more than a dozen groups, most of them evangelical but one of them Catholic, have already lost their official standing over the same issue; one Christian group balked after a university official asked the students to cut the words “personal commitment to Jesus Christ” from their list of qualifications for leadership.

Kristan Hawkins, SFLA president, will be going on Governor Huckabee’sTV show on 4th of July weekend to talk about the story. Tune in to the Fox News Channel at 8pm ET on 4th of July weekend to hear what Kristan has to say about why this kind of case is incredibly important to not only this particular Christian group on campus but to all pro-life groups on campus!

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The “Gosnell of Texas” Gets Shut Down

karpenLast summer Students for Life rallied in Austin, Texas in support of a bill that would force
abortion clinics to provide the same standard of care and meet the same requirements of surgical centers as well to make sure that all abortionists have hospital admitting privileges. It also thankfully banned late-term abortions.

While abortion advocates were in an uproar over this bill that would provide higher standards for women’s health, pro-lifers were fighting to make this bill law and succeeded! Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law and several abortion clinics shut down almost immediately because they couldn’t meet the basic health standards.

Dr. Douglas Karpen, a Texas abortionist, has been referred to as the Kermit Gosnell of Texas because of similar horrific practices of aborting very late-term babies, killing babies after botched abortions, and causing significant harm to women.

Karpen has been shut down and cannot legally perform abortions because he doesn’t have admitting privileges to any hospitals within a 30 mile radius of any of his clinics, according to the Texas Medical Board.

Employees of Dr. Karpen came forward to reveal to the public the heinous practices of Karpen, including delivering live babies and then killing them. Unfortunately, in December a Texas grand jury said it didn’t have enough evidence to convict him. However, he still faces another lawsuit from a “woman who suffered a life-threatening injury to her uterus following an abortion he performed.”

Since the law was passed, 19 clinics in Texas have closed down because they couldn’t meet the health standards and many more are expected to follow!

Abortion and Birth in the Same Facility?

Would you give birth where a woman was having an abortion in the next room? One “full-spectrum” women’s facility in Buffalo, New York, is shepherding patients through that exact scenario, according to the New York Times.

The Buffalo Womenservices facility caters to women who want to have abortions as well as give birth yet all they promote on their homepage is their membership in the National Abortion Federation and NARAL and how they “provide women with safe, legal and confidential abortion services in a compassionate and supportive setting”, not to mention that they perform surgical abortions up to 22 weeks. Babies are born at 22 weeks and with the help of advanced medicine and technology, live long and productive lives.
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It is disturbing to say the least that a preborn baby will have its life taken while a mother gives life to a little child in the same facility. The article points out that since the facility opened in February, 16 babies have been born yet there is no mention of the number of the children killed by abortion in the same facility.

No matter how it is phrased, abortion and birth are not part of “reproductive health”, as abortion-advocates like to say. The killing of an innocent child is not part of healthcare and never should be. Abortion advocates are looking for ways to reduce the stigma of abortion and by putting abortion and birth in the same sentence, they think it will show that abortion is normal and accepted.

There are very few facility like this in the country but it is certain to be a new trend in the pro-abortion movement as they are desperately trying to show the public that they promote all choices in pregnancy, not just abortion. It’s like when pro-lifers don’t want to be accused of being just pro-baby and decide that they want to serve women and mothers as well. Except in our case, the outcome is good.

Abortion is the killing of a human life – even abortion advocates know that. It will never be different than that, which is why we must abolish abortion in our lifetime.

A Life Changed

By Lo Martinez, SFLA Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator

Early last week I received an urgent message from a girl who attends a local university in Colorado who was two months into an unplanned pregnancy. She didn’t know how she was going to finish school while pregnant and parenting. How would she tell her parents, professors, and family? All very valid questions and concerns.

AlcornQuoteAfter speaking with her for almost two hours on the phone, she began to see that she could do it. She was excited, but still in need of something: getting an ultrasound. She knew that she had a baby growing but what did that look like, or sound like? This was the final step in making her pregnancy really real for her and her boyfriend, ensuring that continuing this pregnancy and being firm in that decision in front of her family and friends was possible. But her circumstances were much like most other students. She is under a family insurance plan and didn’t want to go to the doctor under it because she hadn’t told them yet. I referred her to a local Pregnancy Resource Center in Denver, and that next week she went with her boyfriend. It was that moment that her entire attitude changed. She sent me a picture of the ultrasound and told me the heart rate. It was a moment unparalleled by any other that she experienced with her boyfriend who had cried with joy for their baby. Without this pregnancy resource center, this experience might not have been possible.

Although she never contemplated an abortion, she fits into a large category of young women who find themselves pregnant in college, the category pro-lifers need to be supporting better. And that is the mission of SFLA’s Pregnant On Campus Initiative.  Through this initiative, students have brought hope and help to college campuses by identifying, improving, and expanding resources for pregnant and parenting students on their college campuses and in the surrounding community.

Because of my work helping students help their peers, I knew what this young mother needed. I talked with her about how she was going to tell people she is pregnant, of which some would likely advocate abortion. I connected her with her school’s Students for Life group, who were working very hard that week talking with the administration about what is available for pregnant and parenting students. What an amazing job they did because the administration, although they do not advertise these resources, is offering a unique individualized plan that fits the needs and wishes of this pregnant student who will soon be parenting. The resources range from larger desks in her classes, to lactation rooms, individual studies with her professors, maternity leave, family housing, and help with any costs she cannot afford for school. The Students for Life group has played an incredible role in their support for her and continuing to help her throughout her years at the university. After letting her know of the resources available to her, she was beyond excited to continue her pregnancy. I think too often in unplanned pregnancies, young women do not feel the love and support they absolutely need, which is vital. By the simple act of reaching out to someone in need, showing them you will walk that journey with them, getting them the resources they need, that person can change her perspective on her pregnancy.

We know now that we have a mother and a new baby to support and love in our community here in Denver and that gives us the motivation to continue to fight for resources!

Originally posted on www.PregnantOnCampus.org

Discrimination: Bama Students for Life

University of Alabama administration has removed Bama Students for Life’s pro-life display last week without any notification to the group after they claimed that some students found the display “offensive.” Bama Students for Life is working with Alliance Defending Freedom to resolve the issue.Bama Display

The display, which featured several abortion-related facts, pictures of women who have died as a result of having an abortion, and two small pictures of aborted babies, was among numerous other student group displays. Claire Chretien, president of Bama Students for Life, captured a school official on video claiming that university policy allows her to remove displays that have “offensive or graphic material.”

“Students have a right to express the truth about abortion’s harmful effects on the defenseless humans it kills and their mothers. Bama Students for Life will continue to stand against this censorship and we are optimistic that The University of Alabama will help us right this wrong,” stated Chretien.

“Universities are supposed to be the marketplace of ideas, not arenas for censoring particular viewpoints just because someone feels offended,” said Alliance Defending Freedom’s Matt Sharp. “We support Bama Students for Life and look forward to continuing to working with them to ensure that their constitutional freedoms are protected.” See Alliance Defending Freedom’s press release.

On January 17th, Bama Students for Life placed the display in a display case it reserved in a hallway of the Ferguson Student Center. When the club’s president and another member of the club went to check on the display Wednesday morning, they found that the university had removed it. They went to the center’s event coordinator to ask what happened. As recorded on video, the coordinator told the students that she removed the display after receiving complaints that its content was offensive.

“This incident is yet another all-too-common example of university administrations attempting to silence speech with which they or others disagree,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, which honored Bama Students for Life as its 2014 Group of the Year. “Bama Students for Life deserves to have its rights protected, and we look forward to the university righting this wrong.”

Eye Witness Account: What Happened Friday Night in Texas

By the SFLA #Stand4Life Bus Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pictures and Videos from Friday:

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


Pro-Abortion Protesters screaming while Students for Life Prays


Demonic Screaming in Texas Rotunda by pro-aborts


Pro-Abortion Protestors Screaming in the TX Rotunda


A Pro-Abortion Woman Screaming at one of our Students

Our Students Peacefully Witnessing Amid Chaos


Our #Stand4Life Bus Team Cheering After the Bill Finally Passes

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

Prayers Needed in Austin

Today, our team in Austin needs your prayers. Early this morning, I received the following email from our team on the ground in Austin, and I wanted to share it with you to see what we are up against.

Make no mistake about it: I believe what is happening right now in Austin is spiritual warfare. Our students and staff have endured it all this week: discrimination by the YMCA, bus breakdowns, a hit-and-run on one of our rental vehicles, threats from pro-abortion supporters at the capitol, technology failures, and illness.

And despite the fact that our team has only been getting about 3 hours of sleep a night and is exhausted from being outside in the 100 degree heat for 12+ hours a day, today is the most important day of our week as the pro-life omnibus bill has passed the House and is going to the Senate for a final vote. Because they are so desperate, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other pro-abortion forces are preparing for a war at the Texas state capitol today.

Our supporters have been simply amazing this week. The outpouring for support, prayers, and help in Austin can never be repaid. We’ve had some of our friends come by and donate cots for our team to sleep on and others come to the capitol to feed us. And in Austin, our team has been prayed over by some of the authors of this pro-life bill, we’ve met with the Lt. Governor of Texas and former Senator Rick Santorum, and have had pro-lifers drive our team places when our bus broke down and give us keys to their hotel rooms to help some of us shower.

But right now, I need you to pray:

• Pray for the safety of our team and of our students.

• Pray for the hurt people on the other side who are preparing to do all they can to stop this bill, which will save babies’ lives and women from the hurt of abortion, from passing.

• And pray that we can get out the story of what is happening in Austin out to the nation. Sadly, our team has seen this type of behavior before but not when national cameras have been present. Now is our time to not only pass life-saving legislation that could have a domino effect across the nation but to show the world just what those advocating for abortion really are about.

Of course, even with our bus breaking down in Austin and the YMCA bullies forcing us to scramble for showers, the unexpected roadblocks haven’t kept our spirit down. If you have the opportunity, join our friends in Austin and let them know you support their work with a quick donation today: https://sfla.webconnex.com/txmatching. I know they’ll appreciate the encouragement.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers over the week! I can’t wait to send you our final victory report!

For Life,
Kristan

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Kristan Hawkins
President
Students for Life of America

(sent from my iPhone)
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From: Brendan O’Morchoe
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 02:55:57 -0500
To: SFLA Austin Team (Beth, Alexa, Missy)
Subject: Schedule, Plan and Reminders

Earlier tonight, I met with a couple of people from folks who have been doing recon all day. This has moved beyond just the typical pro-aborts and has become more of an Occupy movement. This is what I know so far: There are at least 40 paid “chaos leaders” throughout the capitol and grounds, split into quadrants. There are rumors that the pro-aborts will be throwing paint at pro-lifers. In the gallery, they will be unfurling large banners and planning a march around the capitol. They are planning for lots of arrests and making arrangements to get people out of jail quickly and back into the fray. The police here have been conducting riot drills tonight and are preparing for the worst. Our number 1 priority is the safety of the students for whom we are responsible.

It was suggested to me (and I agreed) that we have a rendezvous point in case we have to retreat out of the capitol. That point for SFLA will be (removed for safety purposes). If Beth sends out the text alert to meet at (removed location), everyone leaves. No questions asked and no delays. At that point, Beth and Alexa will go directly to the (removed location) to meet the students. Missy and I will make sure we get all of the students safely out of the capitol.

Here’s what Abby Johnson just posted to Facebook to warn as well:

I just wanted to post something in preparation for tomorrow. I have had a couple of legitimately concerned abortion clinic workers (from Austin clinics) contact me to let me know what is being planned for tomorrow. Both Planned Parenthood and NARAL are no longer encouraging their supporters to be civil and courteous. These workers are telling me that many are planning on getting arrested and being aggressive with prolifers (including physical contact because they don’t think we will press charges).

I am writing this to you guys because I used to be one of the abortion supporters. They are very angry, hurting people. At this time, they feel like they have nothing to lose. I am not posting this to frighten any of you…rather, I am posting this so you are aware of what we are dealing with. AND, I want all of you to go in armed with the power of prayer.

St. Michael, pray for us.

Brendan O’Morchoe
National Director of Field Operations
Students for Life of America

(sent from my iPhone)