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Monday, April 6, 2020

Secular Pro-Life March Recap

[Editor's note: After a long while of letting our email list gather dust, we've finally gotten in the good habit of sending a monthly recap. If you'd like to subscribe, click here.]



Projects 
Each of our co-leaders had in-person events scheduled this month, but not all of us made it before social distancing became the norm.
  • Monica's 3/23 presentation was (temporarily) cancelled. She was going to deconstruct three pro-choice myths at Oregon Right to Life's pro-life youth training camp, but the camp has been postponed until further notice. 
  • Kelsey's 3/28 talk went from in-person to online. She was scheduled to discuss effective education to reach nonreligious people at SFLA's 2020 Florida Leadership Workshop; when SFLA converted the workshop to an online event, Kelsey was still able to speak to student leaders virtually. Watch here
  • Terrisa's 3/4 speech still happened, and it was fantastic. She made her voice heard (like she does) on the steps of the Supreme Court in defense of pro-life Democrat Katrina Jackson's Lousiana bill requiring abortion providers to be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgical centers. Transcript here, video here.
Photo of Terrisa Bukovinac speaking at rally
"The abortion industry cannot police itself! Every time they try, they put profits first and women last!" - Terrisa Bukovinac, Secular Pro-Life

Twitter
We gained 190 Twitter followers, bringing us to 11,457 total. We sent 119 tweets which were viewed 311,700 times, including thoughts about why pro-choice people seem to know so little about us and how the media blatantly promotes pro-choice narratives. One of our most popular tweets was this quote from Lord Shinkwin regarding abortion and disability:

I utterly reject this medical mindset that clings to the idea that a disabled baby is a medical failure to be eradicated through abortion. I beg no one for my equality. I know I have as much right as anyone to be alive.

Facebook
In March we gained 235 followers, bringing us to 32,448 total. Our content was viewed over 325,000 times, including nearly 33,000 views of our "They can hear you" photo series. This is an album where we collect testimonials from people who have disabilities, have grown up in foster care, or have otherwise endured particular hardships and reject the suggestion that they would have been better off aborted. For example:

(See Dee's full thread here)

Last year we had a collection of similar testimonials that went viral.

Blogger
Our three most-read blog posts for March, in increasing order:
  • Progressive polling firm tries, and fails, to conduct neutral survey on abortion policy Polling outfit Data for Progress had questions regarding abortion clinic regulations. The firm's questions neglected to mention the major concern of providers having admitting privileges at local hospitals, but did suggest there's concern about the air temperature of patient areas. Even with this biased content, far more poll respondents supported regulation than opposed it.
  • We asked, you answered: wishing you hadn't had the "choice" A polite Twitter user asked whether post-abortive pro-life women wish they hadn't even had the legal option to get an abortion. We posed the question to our FB followers and collected their responses in this blog post. In addition to post-abortive women, women who chose to carry their pregnancies also spoke up about how the legal option of abortion made their pregnancies much more difficult.
  • Pregnancy resource centers need your support now more than ever If you have the ability, now is the time to donate to pregnancy resource centers. Nearly 3 out of 4 women who have abortions say financial strain contributed to their decision, and social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines push centers to postpone their fundraising events.
If you don't have the financial ability to donate during these uncertain economic times, there are other ways you can continue pro-life work while staying home. Check out our list of book and movie recommendations to increase your knowledge or expand your view. And consider sending us guest blog posts! Guest bloggers help us get a more diverse range of perspectives, opinions and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you'd like to submit, please email us at info@secularprolife.org to discuss.

Thank you to our supporters
Thank you to those of you who donate to help support our work. SPL is run by dedicated volunteers, and we would not be able to devote the time and energy without the help of donors like you.

That said, we are in a better position to weather this storm than many orgs, so if you do have the ability to donate, we recommend contacting your local pregnancy resource centers. We are particularly fond of Abide Women's Health, which had its grand brick-and-mortar opening just before coronavirus really hit. You can check out their Amazon Wish List for in-kind donation ideas, or donate to them directly here.

If you do want to donate to us anyway, here is our PayPal. If you don't use PayPal, you can also go to our Facebook page and click the blue "Donate" button under our cover photo on the right. 

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