This was a very busy week in the pro-life movement. Some of the highlights include the following:
Sparked by Brandon Gillespie, a student at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California, pro-life students across the nation took place in a “pro-life walkout” this week. The event was not well reported in any secular news media. According to the Media Research Center, the major television networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—did not mention Wednesday’s pro-life student walkout in their nightly news shows. Last month, those networks’ news programs gave more than 10 minutes of airtime to the anti-gun walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The website for the walkout listed 180 high schools and 80 colleges who were planning to participate. No official number of schools or participants has been released. This was a grassroots activity of young people, and all who participated are to be congratulated. Perhaps this could become an annual event in future years.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced this week that he will not seek reelection in November. While Ryan presided over passage of pro-life bills in the House to defund Planned Parenthood, many Republicans said that, behind the scenes, he worked hard to prevent pro-life House members from voting against budget bills because they continued to fund Planned Parenthood.
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed two bills this week that will prevent any abortion organizations (e.g., Planned Parenthood) from receiving state money. Pro-lifers applauded the move while, predictably, Planned Parenthood spokespeople cried foul and said the bill would unfairly hurt “people of color.” These are the same “people of color” Planned Parenthood targets by placing its abortion clinics in their neighborhoods.
Last week, Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania caused quite a stir when it sent out a message that it wanted to hear from a “Disney Princess who had an abortion.” In a fantastic example of “be careful what you ask for,” this week a former Disney Princess went public with an article entitled “I Was A Disney Princess, I Had an Abortion, and It Almost Ruined My Life.” That article is well worth a read.
Operation Rescue is calling attention to the fact that the criminal trial of abortionist Robert Rho, who in 2016 caused the death of an abortion patient, is underway in the Queens Supreme Court in New York. Few people are aware of this case because the "trial is experiencing a complete media blackout." You can read more about the circumstances in this case here.
SIECUS, Advocates for Youth, Planned Parenthood, and many other organizations continue to push for comprehensive sexuality education in our classrooms. The list of society’s ills that are supposed to be cured by these programs would make a snake-oil salesman of days gone by very proud. These sex programs are nothing less than child abuse in the classroom. To see what some parents are doing about it, please read today’s Action Item section of this newsletter.