Through April we did what work we could under shelter-in-place conditions. Kelsey's pre-recorded interview with the EWTN series "Defending Life" aired on April 23 (unfortunately, a replay is not currently available). She also created her Instagram account, so if that's your thing go follow her!
Meanwhile Terrisa has been sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood, and early in April her efforts led to a run-in with the San Francisco Police Department. The City initially warned her that she was in violation of shelter-in-place orders, but later quietly walked back their unlawful enforcement (the local order allows nonprofits to "provide food, shelter, and social services" to the economically disadvantaged). Read media coverage here.
We gained 149 new followers, bringing us to 11,606 total. We sent 86 tweets, which were viewed 217,200 times, including rebutting Planned Parenthood's talking points about COVID-19 and abortion and laying bare the insincerity of most "pro-birth" accusations:
|(We debunk the "pro-birth" myth further in point #7 here.)|
In April we gained 128 followers, bringing us to 32,576 total. Our content was viewed over 267,000 times, including 22,622 views of our meme pointing out that biologists are not confused about when human life begins:
|(For more information on biologists' views, see here.)|
Our three most-read blog posts for April, in increasing order:
- Christopher Hitchens wound up opposing abortion choice. Based on Hitchens' public statements, guest blogger Acyutananda argues that the famous atheist evolved from a pro-choice position to a more pro-life one.
- Coronavirus, Liberty, and Abortion: does the right to life supersede all other rights? Guest blogger Holly Carter notes the inconsistency of pro-choice people who think the government should require others to sacrifice their jobs, financial stability, and even mental health in order to save lives. (We've also noticed this irony from adamantly pro-choice politicians such as Pelosi and Cuomo.)
- Annie's Story: unintended pregnancy threatened her athletic scholarship -- and her pro-choice views. Guest blogger Annie Gasway describes how her own unintended pregnancy revealed to her how legal abortion can be weaponized against vulnerable women.
All three of our most read posts this month were from guest bloggers. Guest posts help us cover a more diverse range of perspectives, topics, and experiences. If you have an idea for a piece you'd like to submit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.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 get through this tumultuous situation than many orgs, so if you do have the ability to donate, we recommend contacting your local pregnancy resource centers. If you're looking for a specific suggestion, we are particularly fond of Abide Women's Health out of Texas. You can check out their Amazon Wish List for in-kind donation ideas or donate to them directly here.
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