Friday, August 7, 2015

Ask your mom: "Were you on Medicaid when you were pregnant with me?"

The Planned Parenthood scandal has kept the pro-life movement very busy, but rest assured we aren't neglecting other projects. Secular Pro-Life has a great one in the pipeline, and we could use your help. If you've been wanting to become more involved with SPL, this is a great opportunity!

Without giving away too many details about this project, it is a campaign supportive of the Hyde Amendment. By prohibiting federal subsidization of abortion through the Medicaid program, the Hyde Amendment has saved the lives of over a million children.

In the spirit of "nothing about us without us," we are putting together an advisory board consisting of young Americans who were conceived by moms on Medicaid after the Hyde Amendment was first passed on September 30, 1976.

You do not have to be an abortion survivor to participate; we understand that "Hey Mom, would you have aborted me if Uncle Sam were paying for it?" is a ridiculously awkward and potentially hurtful question. Instead, all you have to ask is: "Were you on Medicaid when you were pregnant with me?"

If the answer is yes, consider applying! If not, stay tuned for other ways you can get involved, and please pass this post along to friends who might qualify.

In addition to the Medicaid requirement, advisory board members must meet the following criteria:
  • Be pro-life and have references to show it.
  • Be willing to give 2-3 hours a month of your time, possibly more as the campaign launch approaches, for the next year.
  • Have working knowledge of social media. 
We are looking for a diverse group of people. Feel free to apply regardless of your religion or lack thereof, gender, sexual orientation, color, etc. The passage of the Hyde Amendment in 1976 does create an age restriction (sorry, those of you who are older than 39), but don't worry about being too young to apply. We'd love to include some high school students.

To apply, please email and use the subject line "Hyde Advisory Board." Include a summary of any previous pro-life volunteering you've done, names and contact information of pro-life references, and a brief statement about your interest in preserving and expanding the Hyde Amendment.

This project is still in the early stages, so input from advisory board members will count for a lot. We look forward to seeing your application!

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