With thousands of students and leaders all over the country, Students for Life can respond to situations on the ground at a moment’s notice, with the pro-life generation showing up in force to counter pro-abortion protesters and support pro-life initiatives. We have responded to everything from local Planned Parenthood fundraisers to drawn-out legislative and PR battles.
Despite what Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration would like to think there is pro-life energy and witness in New York State! On April 11th the pro-life generation took to the streets of Times Square, the heart of New York City, with Students for Life of Americas Planned Parenthood Truth tour. Our students and staff engaged with multiple people on the streets of New York City, explaining why we don't trust Planned Parenthood and they shouldn't either! New York state has not had annual inspections of Planned Parenthoods and other abortion facilities since 2012...thats 7 years that the department of health has failed to do its job of protecting the well being of women, who in society today, are told to trust these organizations. We the pro-life generation know, on the heels of the passing of the infamous Reproductive Health Act, that New York state does not care about the health and safety of women but about the abortion agenda and the individuals and organizations that profit off of them.
When there is a story that needs to be told, the red-alert call goes out to our student groups, leaders, and specially trained rapid response volunteers in the area (sometimes from within just a few miles, sometimes from all over the country). We tell the story with our mobilization, forcing the press to cover it, and showing young pro-life people opposing the abortion industry and their agenda. We have dozens, sometimes hundreds, of young people out on campuses, in front of Planned Parenthood facilities, in state houses, and at the Supreme Court, organizing events almost every week.
It’s important to note that these local skirmishes are not only helpful in garnering media attention and honest debate, they’re also testing grounds for our grassroots army.
Once Roe v. Wade is wiped off the books, quick-snap mobilization campaigns like this will be absolutely critical as state legislatures begin to crack down and ban abortions.