Friday, August 16, 2019

In 3 Weeks: Let There Be Life Conference

Terrisa Bukovinac here. In addition to my work with Secular Pro-Life, helping to create an inclusive space for non-religious pro-lifers, many of you know that I also run Pro-Life San Francisco, a Millennial-led grassroots activist organization.

We are hosting a follow-up to last year’s groundbreaking Let There Be Life Conference with the 2019 version on September 6 and 7! It will once again be hosted at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley—home of the free speech movement. This event is intended to unite Californians from across the political, religious, age, and ideological spectrum for pro-life activism in our local communities. You will be inspired and equipped to make an impact! Also, there will be food and chocolate. Vegan options galore.

From my perspective, California is the most important state in America on this issue. We are the late-term abortion training capital of the world, home to Big Tech censorship, Pelosi, Feinstein, Harris, and home to the four Planned Parenthood affiliates selling baby body parts. California culture and politics shape progressive policy and thought across the globe.

California is also a place where revolutions are born, and I don’t think we can end abortion without one. As people who find purpose in pro-life work, we can come together to become activists by confronting the system to bring about justice for the most vulnerable among us. This year’s theme is the Hero’s Journey: Facing our fears, overcoming obstacles and discovering our personal worth to make a new path for California and to build a culture of life for all. Join us! All are welcome!

Friday 9/6 San Francisco 11 am: Secret Action-location TBA!!! This event is FREE

Saturday 9/7 UC Berkeley, Pauley Ballroom 8:30am-5pm: All your favorite speakers and exhibitors!!! Check out this line up!
Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Terrisa Bukovinac, Pro-Life San Francisco
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, New Wave Feminists
Catherine Glenn Foster, Americans United For Life
Walter Hoye, Issues4Life Foundation
Eric Cochran, Pro-Life San Francisco
Albany Rose, Post-Abortive Pro-Life
Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International
Dr. Michael New, Charlotte Lozier Institute
Wynette Sills, Californians for Life
Robert Byrd, Pro-Life San Francisco
Jeff White, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust
 Jazzi Milton, Pro-Life San Francisco
Elijah Thompson, Dank Pro-Life Memes
Bryan Kemper, Stand True/Priests for Life

Tickets: Early Bird Pricing!! Cost goes up $5 after 8/17!!!
$50 - Adults
$30 - Students and those under 18
FREE - 12 and under

Saturday 9/7 Berkeley, CA, Location TBA 7:30-10pm: Film Festival Hosted by Jason Jones. We will be screening Sing a Little Louder and Crescendo! He will also pitch his newest project. It is not to be missed! Free entry with conference ticket

Monday, August 12, 2019

Baby Chris is 20 Weeks Old

[This is part 21 of a multi-part series chronicling a pregnancy through the lens of "Baby Chris." Click here for other parts.]

20 weeks after fertilization (22 weeks LMP), Baby Chris is 11 inches long and weighs 15 ounces; he or she is the size of a spaghetti squash. Baby Chris's cochlea is now fully developed, allowing him or her to hear the mother's heartbeat and other sounds.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 1.3% of abortions in the United States take place at 21 weeks LMP or later. With nearly a million abortions every year (although that number is thankfully declining), we can estimate that approximately 13,000 American children Baby Chris's age or older are killed in abortions annually. For context, 13,000 people would fill a small college football stadium.

For more information on Baby Chris's journey from conception to birth, download the free "See Baby" app.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Students for Life of America Annual Conference Announces Major Changes

Students for Life of America (SFLA) recently announced significant changes to its annual conference, which is held every year in the D.C. area after the March for Life. For starters, it is no longer the Student for Life of America annual conference; it has been rebranded as the National Pro-Life Summit, with SFLA as just one of four host organizations. This partnership will allow the conference to take place at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of our nation's capitol. (For the last several years, it's been held in Maryland as a cost-saving measure). And while the Summit will continue to have student-focused content, it will also be geared toward graduates.

This year's theme is "History Maker: Casting a Vision for a Post-Roe America." Wisely recognizing that the reversal of Roe will not be the end of the fight, the conference offers workshops in five critical tracks: "Leadership," "Changing Minds," "Bioethics and Battles Ahead," "Empowering Women," and "Winning Strategies." Attendees will learn how to achieve a lasting victory and preserve the right to life for generations to come.

The Event Formerly Known as the SFLA Conference will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. For the eleventh consecutive year, Secular Pro-Life will have an exhibit booth. Interacting with college-age activists is so important; today's young adults are the least religious generation in American history, and they must be equipped to make the secular case against abortion if the pro-life movement is to have any chance of success. The connections we make at these conferences reverberate, leading to campus speaking engagements, media coverage, and other opportunities to spread the message.

The cost of an exhibit booth is $2500. If you are able to contribute toward this expense, your generosity would be greatly appreciated. You can donate online here. Thank you!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Recap: SPL at the Democrats for Life of America Conference

Many of our followers know by now that SPL is run by three atheist women: Monica the conservative, Kelsey the independent, and me (Terrisa), the flaming liberal. Naturally, when Democrats for Life of America cleverly sought out a secular speaker for their national conference in Lansing, Michigan, I was happy to fulfill the role!

I work full-time in the pro-life movement and have been to countless pro-life conferences. The first thing that is noticeably different about the DFLA National Conference is just how much resistance it inspires from pro-choice groups. This year, a local groups took out three (yes three!) expensive billboards with the MSU specific message “Go Green, Go White, Go Home Dems for Life!'' Little did they know that DFLA Executive Director, Kristen Day, is MSU alumna! In addition, they dropped off flyers at the conference venue in the days leading up to the event. Similarly, last year at the 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado, a billboard was taken out exalting that “Abortion access is a Progressive Value” and NARAL hosted a press conference outside the venue to address the event!

I find these efforts kind of shocking considering what a relatively small pro-life effort we are. I’ve rarely if ever encountered anything similar at a more traditionally conservative event. Pro-life Dems are often referred to as unicorns, like we’re so rare were a myth. But it’s this effort to counter us that reminds me: Democrats who want to see abortion more restricted than it is today-contrary to the party platform-are actually in the majority. The abortion industry almost exclusively maintains political power through the financial relationship they have with our party. Pro-life Dems pose a unique threat to the future of that relationship.

The conference was lively, fun, diverse, and welcoming. Sure, it skewed a little older and more religious, but the topics and speakers were timely and engaged with topics relevant to us left-leaning types like protecting the life and dignity of immigrants, those who are incarcerated, death row inmates, the LGBT community, enemy combatants, and so much more. It’s pretty cool to be in a room full of people who align so closely in ideology to your own. Especially since being a pro-life activist alone can be so isolating. I presented a talk that Kelsey, Monica, and I developed together earlier this year, discussing the relationship between millennials, secularists, and leftists, why it matters, and what we can do about it to effectively win hearts and minds for life! Due to the nature of the conference it has a bit more of a left take on the concept but be assured, SPL is nonpartisan and welcome to all! Check it out here.

Then on Tuesday, DFLA hosted a press conference outside the Democratic Presidential debate in nearby Detroit, Michigan. They have created a political action committee to compel a qualified pro-life Democratic candidate to come forward and run for President of the United States in 2020! I spoke about the need for someone to represent the majority of Democrats and even Millennials by supporting abortion restrictions. Kristen Day urged the party not to ignore the 1 in 3 Democrats who are pro-life.

It’s an interesting time for being a pro-life Dem. Our party platform is as extreme as it gets, even calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment, which has saved more than 2 million lives. If you’re left-leaning and pro-life, now’s the time to be heard! Pro-life Dems are uniquely equipped to reach the next generation and replace the abortion influence with a culture of life. And together with our right leaning pro-life fam, we can end the abortion regime in America forever.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Baby Chris is 19 Weeks Old

[This is part 20 of a multi-part series chronicling a pregnancy through the lens of "Baby Chris." Click here for other parts.] 

19 weeks after fertilization (21 weeks LMP), Baby Chris is 10.5 inches long and weighs just under 13 ounces; roughly the size of a large carrot. His or her movements are clearly felt by the mother, as "initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges."

If Baby Chris is biologically female, this week marks a significant reproductive milestone. According to the Endowment for Human Development:
By about 19 weeks, the number of oogonia within the ovaries of a female fetus peaks at approximately 7 million. From this point, not only does oogonia production end forever, but their numbers decrease to about 2 million by birth. These oogonia give rise to several thousand primary oocytes.
Learn more about how children grow in the womb by downloading the free "See Baby" app on your device!