The Facts on Late-Term Abortions

In yesterday’s debate, an important question was brought up: should late-term abortions be legal? Mr. Trump answered the question, “no” with a somewhat inaccurate description of the  procedure, and Mrs. Clinton responded by noting the inaccuracy. We venture to guess, however, that there was good reason that Mrs. Clinton did not respond with a fuller description of actual late-term abortion procedures. Such abortions generally kill mostly-formed, viable humans. Mrs. Clinton further cited her empathy for women with medical complications to justify her support of late-term abortions. Unfortunately, for Mrs. Clinton, unbiased academic research shows that most late-term abortions do not take place as the result of medical complications. She claimed that abortion is an issue in which only a woman and a doctor had a say. But our question is, why should we restrict our advocacy to the mother? Doesn’t the viable human life she carries also deserve protection? In fact, a vast majority agree with our concerns: according to the most recent Gallup polling, 69% of Americans think abortion should be illegal in some circumstances! Whoever wins the presidency has the responsibility to advocate for all human lives, not just those who they can get to vote for them.

.Also, many media sites are mentioning that Late Term abortions are only 1.3% of abortions in America. What they’re often not telling you is that that 1.3% is out of around 1.2 million abortions!!

Let’s Fact Check Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood, in a recent video claimed that Mike Pence “tried to defund Planned Parenthood and make it so that patients couldn’t get cancer screenings, and STD screenings and birth control.” At Hoos for Life, we recognize that the issue of de-funding Planned Parenthood is more important than who wins the upcoming election, so we’d like to offer a fact check of Planned Parenthood’s claim. (Read: we’re not making an endorsement!!!)

Will defunding Planned Parenthood really deny American women essential healthcare? Well, Planned Parenthood only provides services to about 2.8% percent of women and does not, contrary to popular perception, provide mammograms: it can only offer referrals to Mammography centers.

The video is correct that Title X funds legally cannot be used for abortion, but what it ignores is that these funds are fungible and can serve as overhead for abortion clinics and advocacy (indirect, yes, but still integral.) And, if Planned Parenthood is given the choice between Title X funds and abortion profits, we’re willing to guess they would choose abortion profits since these funds are estimated account for somewhere between 22% to 40% of their revenues! Further, the video ignores that legislation to defund Planned Parenthood could have Title X funding directed to other women’s health care providers which will provide the same services (besides abortion)!

Planned Parenthood is constructing a deceptively self-serving straw-man with this video, unfairly conflating opposition to abortion with opposition to real women’s healthcare. It’s time to realize there are better options.

Feminists for Life Speaker!

Ms. Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life will present her landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” at the University of Virginia on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm in Maury Hall, room 209. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to participate in our biggest event of the year! This event is free and open to the public.

You can also view the event on Feminist’s for Life’s website:http://www.feministsforlife.org/…/ffl-president-serrin-fos…/

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The Drop Box Film Screening

Join us at 6pm on Tuesday, March 22 in Newcomb Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. But The Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.

For more information and to RSVP to our Facebook event, please click here.

Pro-Life Training Series

Two-part training session series on Sunday 1/31 and 2/7, both 4:30-6:30pm at the Center for Christian Study in the Main Meeting Room (128 Chancellor St, just behind the Bank of America on the Corner).

Join Ratio Christi with the Center for Bioethical Reform’s Maggie Egger as she represents the pro-life cause through a two-part Pro-Life Training Academy. The Pro Life Training Academy (PLTA) teaches college and high-school students how to articulate and respectfully defend the pro-life position using science and philosophy. Role-playing prepares students for real encounters. In addition to the training pro-life advocates, the PLTA seeks to unite pro-lifers behind common goals of education, training, and outreach. For more information, visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProLifeTraining?__mref=message_bubble

March for Life Bus Sign-Ups

Friday, January 22, 2016
Witness to the dignity of life with hundreds of thousands of other pro-life advocates in our Nations Capitol in the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Hoos for Life will be renting a bus! Please sign up through this form to reserve your place. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

DETAILS:
Cost: not yet determined, but will be less than $10 (and might be free!). Lunch will be included.
Timing: Bus will leave Charlottesville on Friday morning and return Friday night.
Please fill out the form even if you are not positive that you will be coming with us. We will send out a confirmation email later.