Pro-Life Student Censored at HS in Las Vegas

STUDENTS FOR LIFE CLUB AT VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL CENSORED; SCHOOL GETS DEMAND LETTER

Amy Dockter-Rozar, Principal of West Career and Technical Academy, and the Clark County School District have received a demand letter from the Thomas More Society, on behalf of sophomore Angelique Clark and Students for Life of America. The letter charges that school administrators have unconstitutionally discriminated against Angelique by denying her the right to form a Students for Life club at West Career and Technical Academy.

This is the third demand letter that Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society have sent this semester in support of high school students who were censored by their school administers.

“No high school administrator has the right to deny pro-life students their free speech rights,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Brave students like Angelique set amazing examples for their peers both in their own communities and on a national level by standing up not only for the preborn and their mothers facing unplanned pregnancies, but for their own First Amendment rights as well. We are so proud of Angelique, who reached out to Students for Life of America for assistance, and for our attorneys at the Thomas More Society for their help to make Angelique’s Students for Life group an official, school-based club, with the same rights as her peers.”

Angelique Clark, a sophomore at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, submitted her application to start a Students for Life club in December 2014. After months of no response from the school administration, she was finally told by her advisor in February 2015 that Vice Principal Mr. Allan Yee had denied the club. Angelique met with Mr. Yee and was given a variety of reasons why the club could not be approved, including that abortion was “controversial,” that a pro-life club would make pro-choice people feel left out, and that there were others “more qualified” to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.

“I am not asking the administration to agree with my pro-life position,” said Angelique Angelique ClarkClark, sophomore at West Career and Technical Academy. “I am simply asking the school to give pro-life students at West Career and Technical Academy the opportunity to make our voices heard. We want to discuss our view on an important topic – why choosing life is important. This may be a controversial issue, but that doesn’t mean we should lose our right to free speech.”

“Denying students their right to form a pro-life club on the grounds that it’s ‘too controversial’ and ‘not inclusive’ is an affront to the First Amendment,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel of Thomas More Society. “High school administrators should encourage their students to engage in dialogue on important societal issues, not censor the message simply because there are differing viewpoints.”

As Thomas More Society states in their demand letter, the school’s refusal to allow the Students for Life club constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. All students who wish to form non-curricular clubs must be treated equally, even if the clubs they wish to form are religious or political.

Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society request that the principal promptly approve the Students for Life club at West Career and Technical Academy.

Link to the demand letter here: https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/150521-SFLA-WCTA-Letter-to-Principal-and-Superintendent-Jocelyn-and-Mark-Signature-redacted_Redacted.pdf.

ANOTHER High School Censors Students for Life Club

IOWA HIGH SCHOOL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST STUDENTS FOR LIFE CLUB

Principal Steve Madson of Hampton-Dumont High School has received a demand letter Isabell Akersfrom Students for Life of America’s law firm, the Thomas More Society, on behalf of student Isabell Akers and Students for Life of America. The letter charges that Principal Madson has unconstitutionally discriminated against Isabell by denying her the right to form a Students for Life club at Hampton-Dumont High School.

“High school administrators have no right to discriminate against pro-life students,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “On the contrary, high school students have the right to form Students for Life clubs to educate and inform their peers on the tragedy of abortion and to help those facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies. We are thankful for brave students like Isabell, who reached out to Students for Life of America and for our attorneys at the Thomas More Society for their help to make Isabell’s Students for Life group an official, school-based club, with the same rights as her peers.”

Isabell Akers, a senior at Hampton-Dumont High School, attempted to start a Students for Life club when she was a sophomore, but she met resistance from school administrators. After a series of delays and denials, the school eventually allowed Isabell’s club to meet periodically in the spring and fall of 2014, but not to advertise or host events. As Isabell will soon graduate, she tried once again in February to acquire school club status for her Students for Life club, to leave an established club in place for future high school leaders. However, the principal once again denied Isabell’s application, claiming that the Students for Life club is too “controversial.”

“I wanted to spend my high school career educating my fellow students on the beauty of human life and providing resources to girls at my school, but instead I have been fighting for my First Amendment rights,” said Isabell Akers, senior at Hampton-Dumont High School. “By forbidding our Students for Life club from putting up posters and not letting us be included in the yearbook with other clubs, the school administration has been treating us like second-class citizens.”

“The pro-life students are simply asking for equal treatment,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel of Thomas More Society. “Here the school is trying to claim that its lesser treatment is justified because Isabell’s club doesn’t tie in with the school’s curriculum—but neither do most of the school’s other clubs, such as the book club, mock trial, or SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving). By law, Hampton-Dumont High School administrators must give their pro-life students the same opportunities as they give all these other school clubs.”

As Thomas More Society states in their demand letter, the District’s refusal to officially recognize the Students for Life club as a proper student organization constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. All students who wish to form non-curricular clubs must be treated equally, even if the clubs they wish to form are religious or political.

Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society request that the principal promptly approve the Students for Life club at Hampton-Dumont High School.

Link to the demand letter here.

SCHOOL DISTRICT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PRO-LIFE CLUBS

SCHOOL DISTRICT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PRO-LIFE CLUBS
Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society call on Fargo School District No. 1 to respect students’ First Amendment rights

 (April 8, 2015 – Fargo, ND) – Fargo School District No. 1 Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schatz has received a demand letter from Students for Life of America’s law firm, the Thomas More Society, on behalf of students Brigid O’Keefe of Fargo North High School, Katie McPherson of Davies High School, and Students for Life of America. The letter charges that the District has unconstitutionally discriminated against pro-life students at Fargo North and Davies High Schools by denying the students’ right to form Students for Life groups at their schools.

“Denying high school students the opportunity to start a club because it promotes the pro-life message is outright discrimination,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Since administrators have refused to allow students at Fargo North or Davies to start their Students for Life clubs and educate their peers on the tragedy of abortion, Brigid, Katie, and their pro-life classmates had to seek assistance from Students for Life of America and our attorneys at Thomas More Society to get their clubs off the ground.”

At Davies High School, sophomore Katie McPherson has been trying to start a Students for Life club since September 2014. For months, the school administration would not approve the application or assign the club a room for meetings.

At Fargo North, sophomore Brigid O’Keefe found an advisor and submitted her application to start a Students for Life club in February 2015. School administrators put Brigid and other prospective club members through extensive questioning, including questions about their religious affiliations, before denying the club.  After the students asked for reconsideration, the administrators turned the matter over to the District.

“I started a book club last fall and had no problem getting approved. But when my friends and I applied to start a Students for Life club, the administrators wouldn’t approve our application as a student organization,” said Brigid O’Keefe, sophomore at Fargo North. “We want to share with our peers the pro-life message of respect for all people at any stage, and make a positive impact on our community. But because the school won’t allow us to be an official school club, we can’t.”

At that point, the District consolidated the two applications and made a decision binding on both schools.

The District decided to classify the pro-life clubs as “outside agencies” rather than approving them as official school clubs, meaning that the pro-life clubs cannot use the school name in their clubs’ names, cannot host events, and cannot put up posters at school to advertise or spread their message.

“Public schools are required by law to treat all student groups equally,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel of Thomas More Society.  “However, the School District and administrators at Fargo North and Davies High Schools are treating pro-life students as second class citizens, forcing them to abide by a policy that was designed to protect students from exploitation by businesses, not to censor the students’ own free speech.”

The District based its “outside agencies” classification on a District Solicitation Policy intended to regulate advertising by private businesses. “This is a clear misapplication of a policy that was never intended to limit students’ speech on significant human rights issues facing their generation,” added Attorney Jocelyn Floyd.

Furthermore, despite the administrators’ refusal to allow school pro-life clubs, many other non-curricular clubs exist at both high schools, including debate teams, a chess club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and gay/straight alliances.

As Thomas More Society states in their demand letter, the District’s refusal to officially recognize the Students for Life clubs as proper student organizations constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. All students who wish to form non-curricular clubs must be treated equally, even if the clubs they wish to form are religious or political.

Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society requests that the District reverse its decision and promptly approve the Students for Life clubs.

Letter from Thomas More Society is available here.

The Original #ProLifeGen

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is so excited to release our new graphics series entitled The Original #ProLifeGen, which features pro-life heroes who have formed this movement and paved the way for the current generation of pro-lifers to rise up and ultimately abolish abortion.

While public opinion data can be looked at in a variety of ways, especially depending upon how the questions are asked, it is undeniable that the percentage of people who identify as “pro-life” has increased over the past several decades. In the mid-1990s only about 33 percent of Americans identified as pro-life according to Gallup. However, in 2009 for the first time, a majority of respondents in a Gallup poll identified as “pro-life”. Also the General Social Survey which has been asking the same battery of questions on abortion since the early 1970s also finds an increase in pro-life sentiment.

In addition, abortions are going down, from a high of 1.6 million in 1990 to 1.06 million in 2011. These original pro-life generation heroes can certainly be credited for the shift in public opinion and in the reduction of abortions. They worked day and night to help women facing unplanned pregnancies and to save little babies.

SFLA will continue to add to this incredible list of the original #prolifegen but those featured in our first release are:

Dr. John Willke, Founder, Life Issues Institute and author of Handbook on Abortion.

John WillkeAfter founding Cincinnati and Ohio Right to Life, Dr. Willke went on to serve as president of the national Life Issues Institute, which is headquartered in Cincinnati. He served 10 years as president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee and helped found the International Right to Life Federation. Along with his wife Barbara, Dr. Willke wrote the Handbook on Abortion, which was published in 20 languages. Dr. Willke’s views against abortion brought him international recognition. He hosted a five-minute radio program that was broadcasted on almost 400 radio stations for 18 years and created one-minute pro-life messages called Life Jewels that were broadcasted in English and Spanish in the U.S., Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Dr. Willke sadly passed away on February 20, 2015.

 

In the 1970s, Phyllis Schlafly successfully stopped the Equal Rights Amendment from ratification, which would have made abortion a constitutional right.Phyllis Schlafly FINAL ERAMrs. Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses frequently. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.

 

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and director of the Silent Scream.

Bernard NathansonA former abortionist who presided over 60,000 abortions and took the life of his own son or daughter when he performed an abortion on a girlfriend that he impregnated, Dr. Nathanson founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), which is today NARAL Pro-Choice America. But within a year of Roe v. Wade, he began to have moral doubts about abortion. By 1980, with the influence of seeing ultrasounds, Dr. Nathanson decided not to perform any more abortions and started working for the pro-life position. He produced the movie The Silent Scream in 1985, which showed an abortion of a 12-week-old preborn baby, and was touted by Ronald Reagan himself after he saw it in the White House. In addition, in his book Aborting America, Dr. Nathanson admitted that the myth that tens of thousands of women died from illegal abortions before Roe, was just that as he and a partner had helped propagate the lie in order to call for legal abortion. In 1996, after years of atheism, Dr. Nathanson became a Catholic and died on February 21, 2011.

 

Dr. Mildred Jefferson, co-founder, National Right to Life.

Mildred JeffersonDr. Jefferson grew up in the South and knew the oppression of racism and eugenics. In 1947, she was admitted to Harvard Medical School and, in 1951, became the first black woman to graduate from the school. Dr. Jefferson went on to help bring Ronald Reagan into the pro-life movement and co-founded the National Right to Life Committee.  Unapologetically pro-life, Dr. Jefferson was awarded 28 honorary degrees from various prestigious institutions and was dedicated to exposing Planned Parenthood and the abortion agenda. She died on October 10, 2010.

 

Br. Paul O’Donnell, co-founder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries; founding board member of the Human Life Alliance; and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network.Br Paul O'Donnell

Brother Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. Brother Paul’s whole life was an offering of self for those on the fringes of society and suffering from profound neglect or in peril of death. He passed away this year on February 20, 2015.

 

Nellie Gray, Founder, March for Life

Nellie Gray FINALFollowing the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, Nellie Gray retired from her federal career and dedicated the remainder of her life to the protection of pre-born babies. With the help of others, Nellie founded the March for Life and coordinated the nation’s largest annual peaceful protest right out of her Capitol Hill townhouse for the next 39 years. Until her death on August 13, 2012, Nellie never stopped advocating for the preborn. She was described by Cardinal Sean O’Malley as the “Joan of Arc of the pro-life movement.” Today, the March for Life is the largest Civil Rights event in the world. The number of people who have traveled to Washington over the past 40 years to participate is in the millions. There have been countless stories of the young pro-life activists who were “born” out of the March for Life and are now changing the face of the pro-life debate.

 

Joe Scheidler, national director and founder, Pro-Life Action League.
Joe Scheidler FINAL

Joe left a career in public relations to become a full-time pro-life activist shortly after the U. S. Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade opinion in 1973. He and his wife, Ann, founded the Pro-Life Action League in 1980. It has been said that Joseph Scheidler defined pro-life direct action. Joe Scheidler was called the Green Beret of the pro-life movement by syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan. He wrote the book on fighting abortion, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, in 1985 and updated it in 1993. Joe produced the videos Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: The Inside Story, featuring former abortionists who testify to what really goes on in the abortion clinics. Joe also produced the definitive video on sidewalk counseling, No Greater Joy and Face the Truth.

 C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General under President Ronald Reagan.
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From 1946 to 1981, C. Everett Koop was the surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It was there in 1956 that he was able to establish the nation’s first neonatal surgical intensive care unit. During his time there, he invented techniques which today are commonly used for infant surgery and saved the lives of countless children who otherwise might have been allowed to die. In 1976, Koop wrote The Right to Live, The Right to Die, setting down his concerns about abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Koop continued to speak out on abortion as recently as 2009, when he wrote and hand-delivered a letter to Congress to voice his opposition to proposed federal funding for the procedure. He died on February 25, 2013.

LAW STUDENTS FOR LIFE – SPRING TOURS

The following Spring 2015 speaker tours are now scheduled.  A few more are in process.

Mon., March 30 (11:45a.m.) Advocates for Life at UVA Law School (Charlottesville, VA) will host Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Life (ADF) who will speak on The Current State of Abortion Law

Tues, April 14 (Noon) Law Students for Life at U of Chicago Law School will host Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL) on Abuse of Discretion, The Inside Story of Roe v. Wadeth

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Hobby Lobby Arguments Heard

By: Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America

Question: What do Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), a wood company owned by Mennonites, and Hobby Lobby have in common? Answer: The HHS mandate. For months, the conscientious owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, respectively, have been fighting for their constitutional right to religious liberty which has been squashed by the ACA’s contraception mandate. The mandate requires that all companies, regardless of their religious or ethical beliefs, be forced unrelentingly to provide abortion-causing drugs as part of their healthcare plans. If the companies refuse, even on grounds of conscience, they will face crippling fines that will shut them down in turn. To make matters worse, these companies cannot simply stop providing healthcare coverage, or – you guessed it – more crippling fines will ensue and effectively shut them down.

Today, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue their long-fought case before the Supreme Court. The companies are fighting for the integrity of their right to religious liberty, and they are doing so to ensure an even more fundamental right: the right to life.

Major media outlets and rabidly pro-abortion websites like Mother Jones have mocked Hobby Lobby’s reason for fighting the mandate, that is, that contraceptives like the Pill and Plan B are abortifacients. They cite claims that these drugs do not have the ability to cause an abortion, but these conclusions have only been reached because they rely on modified definitions of “pregnancy” that claim a woman is not pregnant until her newly-conceived child has implanted in her womb.

This is shoddy science at best, and embryology universally recognizes the existence of a unique human being from the moment of fertilization, not implantation. Nevertheless, the definition of pregnancy-as-implantation that has been adopted by some prominent medical organizations erroneously suggests that, when an embryo is destroyed or expelled by drugs such as Plan B and the Pill, an abortion does not occur since the woman was not – they claim – “pregnant” in the first place. This is semantics at its finest and a shoddy excuse for denying scientific reality.

In addition to serving as class one carcinogens to the women who ingest them, the drugs that are being mandated by healthcare plans within the ACA are proven threats to the lives of innumerable pre-born children. Regardless of the delusional semantics that have been employed by abortion zealots to argue otherwise, drugs like the birth control pill and the morning after pill are proven abortifacients that can end human life by making the womb inhospitable to embryos that have already been conceived in the woman’s body. As a result, these children can die and be expelled from a woman’s body without her ever knowing that she had conceived.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood have courageously taken a stand against the antic of an administration that would force them to be party to unconscionable acts. In the face of being fined out of business, these companies and their owners have chosen to put the right to life before the fecundity of their coffers. We stand with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and every business that believes in doing what is right for the most vulnerable among us.

What Has Roe Done for Us?

helpStudents for Life of America launched the historic “What Has Roe Done For Us?” tour today at Oregon State University, the first of 25 schools in a dozen states that the tour will visit this spring. The graphic display takes aim at the myths from the abortion industry that legal abortion is good for women.

Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have left more than 40 years of devastation in their wake. Legalizing abortion did not help women. The pro-abortion scare tactics that thousands of women will die when abortion is made illegal are false. The majority of pre-Roe abortions were not committed in back-alleys and the abortion industry has admitted that it made up the myth that tens of thousands of women died every year from illegal abortion. When abortion is illegal again, there will not be an epidemic of women dying from abortion.

There is nothing safe about legal abortion. Abortion will always be dangerous for women and bad for their health. Roe has done nothing to change that. Legal abortion has not made abortion clean or safe. Abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Douglas Karpen are butchering women in dirty facilities. They are the norm for the abortion industry, not the exceptions. Legal abortion enables men to cover up abuse of women and coerce them into having abortions. We need to be offering real support and options for women experiencing crisis pregnancies.
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If you would like the “What Has Roe Done For Us?” project to visit your school, contact SFLA to get on the waiting list for the next tour. You can also get the “What Has Roe Done For Us?” literature at your school now. Download the flyers and social media graphics for use at any time. And to request the post cards, send your name, school and mailing address to info@studentsforlife.org.

Learn more about the project at www.whathasroedone.com.

Pro-Woman Legislation

warwomen-01One year ago, 40-year-old Ayanna Byer was admitted to the emergency room after suffering for two days with sepsis and a high fever caused by an “incomplete abortion,” which occurs when an abortionist fails to remove the entire baby from its mother’s uterus during an abortion. The body parts left inside her cause a septic infection and this can be fatal within a day or two if not treated. Ayanna’s “physician” (abortionist), however, abandoned her following what she claims was a coerced and forced procedure in the first place. Ayanna had changed her mind about the abortion after learning that she was further along than she initially thought. Staff coerced Ayanna into consenting to a surgical abortion, but Ayanna only agreed to go through with it if she would receive anesthesia.

When the abortionist attempted to begin Ayanna’s surgical abortion without the agreed-upon anesthetic, Ayanna told him to stop. The abortionist did not stop, and Ayanna not only lost her child against her will, but also experienced the excruciating pain of a botched suction abortion. To wrap up the horrific experience, Ayanna’s abortionist was MIA when the woman began experiencing symptoms of septic shock shortly thereafter. Hence, Ayanna’s only hope was an ER visit, where she waited four hours for the facility to procure a gynecologist who could perform emergency surgery to remove the body parts left inside of Ayanna by the shoddy work of her abortionist.

Pro-abortion activists argue that abortion is pro-woman while turning a blind eye to the kind of abuses that Ayanna suffered at the hands of a Planned Parenthood facility (whose ironic motto is “Care. No matter what.”). Furthermore, the horrific, anti-woman crimes of Kermit Gosnell (including the preventable death of Karnamaya Mongar, a woman who went to him for abortion) were consistently overlooked by the so-called “pro-woman” National Abortion Federation for years before the Philadelphia District Attorney was apprised of the situation and conducted his own investigation. Abortion advocates are “pro-woman”? Think again.

Americans United for Life (AUL), disconcerted by the anti-woman state of affairs rampant within the abortion industry, has taken a proactive approach in favor of women’s rights in legislation. AUL asks, “In an increasingly health-conscious society, why does abortion lack a warning label?” AUL’s report lists the proven negative effects of abortion on women, as well as the myths surrounding the procedure which are propagated by the liberal media’s love affair with abortion.

Truly pro-woman solutions –not the farce of “pro-woman” propelled by the abortion rights movement – are needed in state and federal legislation, and in the media’s discussion of abortion.

Students for Life of America has joined the crusade for pro-woman legislation, asking “what has Roe done for us?” The Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion – a procedure that has done inestimable physical and psychological harm to generations of women ever since – must be questioned by today’s women, who are suffering from the effects of living in the fifth decade in US history wherein abortion is legal and commonplace. The effects that abortion has on women’s health include skyrocketing suicide rates, a greatly increased risk for breast cancer, and dangerous pre-term deliveries of future children.

SFLA’s “What has Roe done for us?” project will be visiting twenty-five college campuses this year to raise awareness of the women’s health issues that are overlooked by the so-called feminists who falsely propagate abortion as a pro-woman cause.

The Pro-Life Attorney Part Two: what can you do with your JD?

Part two in a series of posts profiling pro-life attorneys who use their JDs to promote a culture of life in a variety of different ways.  Click here to read the first installment profiling Amy Pedagno.

Michael Acquilano

michaelheadshot2Michael Acquilano is a 25 year old currently living in South Carolina.  He studied Corporate Finance and Accounting at Bentley University, International Finance at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen in Paris, and law at Ave Maria School of Law.

From a young age, Acquilano’s parents taught him what it means to be pro-life.  When Acquilano was two years old, his 28-year-old parents opened their first Birthright pregnancy center in Victor, New York.  Some of Acquilano’s earliest memories include protesting outside of Planned Parenthood with his siblings.  During college, Acquilano organized buses to go to the March for Life.  He went on to become a Wilberforce Fellow with Students for Life of America and to serve as President of the pro-life Lex Vitae Society at Ave Maria School of Law.

Acquilano became even more on fire for the pro-life cause when he spent time in sub Saharan Africa.  While in Ghana, Acquilano traveled from village to village to help poor farmers start their own businesses.   There he discovered Planned Parenthood was already in these villages, spreading a very different message which applied the principles of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics movement.  Acquilano returned to the United States with a mission and purpose; to end abortion in America and in so doing eliminate the American perpetuation of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics movement among our international community

Acquilano’s advice to those in law school is to be sure to look for God’s will.  He originally intended to study tax law, however, God had other plans.  Acquilano is happier in his current job than he thought was humanely possible.  He feels a great sense of purpose and fulfillment in his current position, and is able to effectuate change in his daily job.  So he advises students to let God direct their actions.  Once you let God in the driver’s seats, without complaints, wonderful things will happen.

Editor’s Note: Michael Acquilano serves as a volunteer advisor to Law Students for Life of America, and will be a featured speaker at the 2014 National Bioethics Summit in January, just before the March for Life.  To hear Michael, other successful pro-life student leaders and renowned medical and legal experts at the Summit, email Law@studentsforlife.org to register. Click here for more details.  Seating is very limited, so contact us to reserve your seat immediately! 

 

About the Author

Erin S-MErin Stoyell-Mulholland is a junior at the University of Notre Dame, where she is president of Notre Dame’s Right to Life group. She hopes to pursue a full time career in the pro-life movement. Follow Erin on twitter @erin_sto_mo and read her blog at thenewprolife.blogspot.com

NOW OPEN: 2014 National Bioethics Summit Registration

Students for Life of America is excited to announce their 2014 National Conference (which last year was the largest pro-life youth conference in the world) will feature a special joint summit for future medical and legal professionals.

On January 21st, 2014, the National Bioethics Summit will bring law, pre-law, med, and pre-med students together with top pro-life physicians and attorneys to discuss the current state of the pro-life movement in these pivotal professional communities.

Contact James Christophersen [ jChristophersen@studentsforlife.org ] to reserve your seat immediately!

Attendees will be part of an historic opportunity to network with peers across the national pro-life medical and legal communities to foster an exchange of ideas to advance the culture of life on their campus and in their fields of practice.

Lectures from renowned experts will include topics such as “respectfully challenging the academy: how to be pro-life in med and law school,” as well as lectures with all the pro-life medical facts and legal history which your professors don’t want you to know!

Clarke-Forsythe-sConfirmed speakers already include top pro-life attorneys like Clarke Forsythe (pictured at left), Senior Counsel for Americans United for Life, author of Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square,” and, most recently, “Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade.

Medical experts include influential pro-life OB/GYN’s such as Dr. Donna Harrison, M.D. (pictured below), who has testified before congressional and professional committees as well as lecturing nationally and internationally on the dangers abortion poses to the women and currently serves as Executive Director and Director of Research and Public Policy for the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG).

Dr. Donna Harrison

Additional speakers to be announced soon!

The Summit will take place on January 21st, the day before the national March for Life in Washington, DC Attendees of the Bioethics Summit from 1:45-5:00pm are encouraged, to also attend the full Students for Life of America National Conference events from 9:30-9:00pm.  Click here to register now.

Seating is very limited for this exclusive event – contact James Christophersen, Director of Med Students and Law Students for Life for more info, or to reserve your spot today (email: jChristophersen@studentsforlife.org).

Pre-med and pre-law students are welcome, as well as other majors who are seriously pursuing acceptance to med or law school!