Kristan Hawkins is the dynamic, under-30 mom of two at the helm of Students for Life of America (SFLA), which gathered over 2,000 high-school and college students last weekend for their annual meeting in the Washington, D.C., area, coinciding with the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America. Hawkins talks about the students, the children, and envisioning a world without abortion in an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Students for Life director Kristan Hawkins shares a vision for the next generation of pro-life leadersJanuary 30th, 2012
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No one has ever seen the full force attack on the sanctity of life that we are experiencing right now in the United States. We’re now funding and promoting abortions worldwide. We’ve declared open season on human embryos. We’ve stripped health care workers of the right to refuse participation in abortions. We’ve stacked federal government bureaucracies with the most stridently pro-abortion policymakers. We’ve even declared that being pro-life is a trait to look for in potential domestic terrorists.
And it’s far from over. In fact, it’s now ramping up at breakneck speed with Washington’s clamor for a government takeover of health care. In many ways you could argue that nationalized health care is the last major domino to fall in ushering in what we commonly call socialism. In the form most desired by its leading supporters, nationalized health care will include universal abortion coverage and health care rationing based on a quality of life criteria established by a government committee using government guidelines to make government decisions on who lives and who dies.
The game plan will be the same used in the disastrous stimulus spending bills (previously known as bailouts until the government PR machine found its sea legs). We won’t know what’s in it. Congress won’t know what’s in it. No one will know what’s in it. But we will be told that this is an emergency and that the country will dissolve into ruins unless we pass it now.
Like General George McClellan before the battle of Antietam, we know what the plan will be. It’s just a matter of whether it can be stopped.
I’ll never see the sun or feel its warmth on my face.
Or look up at night into the vastness of space.
I’ll never see the rain, or the rainbow it brings,
I’ll never see winter, summer, or spring.
Some found me a burden,
Some found me a shame.
Some found me a punishment,
And an end to their game.
So seven people decided in a place far away,
That I have no rights and I have no say.
Others have trials and hearings at least,
But I get no trial and no final plea.
What was I to do in my life?
What was I to be?
You took from me my choice,
Before I could be.
You say I’m just tissue?
Like a heart or a bone?
Well, I also have tissue,
Different from your own.
God formed me in secret,
And He formed me with love.
He gave me a purpose,
And a plan from above.
The choice has been made
The deed has been done,
Guilt covers your heart like a cloud or’ the sun.
But no matter your past or the things you have done,
God’s forgiveness is found when you believe in His Son.
by Emily Gould Used by permission
One of the big things to watch for in the national discussion of health care reform is the whole issue of health care rationing. Let’s face it – no nationalized health care plan can promise everything for everyone. The result is that somewhere along the line, cost control measures will unavoidably turn to making treatment decisions based on some type of “quality of life” criteria. That’s bad news for everyone, but especially for the sick, the disabled, the elderly, and anyone else whose “quality of life” becomes subject to a government committee’s determination. Economists are warning that cost-control measures will be the only way to make nationalized health care possible. The question is: who gets the treatment, and who gets the short end of the stick? Something to think about.
Come What May is a compelling film about Caleb Hogan, a college freshman’s struggle to prepare a legal argument for reversing Roe vs. Wade as part of a national moot court competition. The trouble is, Caleb’s mom will refuse to pay his college tuition unless he wins the competition, and he is convinced that his argument will fail. If that’s not enough of a plot, Caleb begins to fall in love with his partner for the competition, while at the same time his mom’s legal work to represent abortionists in court begins to destroy her relationship with Caleb’s dad. More twists and turns follow, but we’ll decline to give more details at the risk of spoiling the surprises in store. Filmed on a shoestring budget with the assistance of hundreds of home school students and Patrick Henry College, this film is well worth a look. Come What May is now available on DVD nationwide or maybe ordered online.
According to afterabortion.org, between 2 and 3% of all abortion patients may suffer perforation of their uterus, yet most of these injuries will remain undiagnosed and untreated unless laparoscopic visualization is performed. The risk of uterine perforation is increased for women who have previously given birth and for those who receive general anesthesia at the time of the abortion. Uterine damage may result in complications in later pregnancies and may eventually evolve into problems which require a hysterectomy, which itself may result in a number of additional complications and injuries including osteoporosis.