Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cemetery of the Innocents

Hey lovely lifers! As you all know, today we held our display in the Diag for Cemetery of the Innocents. (For those of you don't know, we put up tombstones to represent the number of babies aborted each day in the United States.) And let me tell you, what a day it was! It certainly had its ups and downs. The day began with some of our very dedicated, extremely awesome club members getting up very early to set up the display (THANKS!). And throughout the morning, the wind knocked down our tombstones. And putting them back up did nothing. Nothing at all. But did we give up?! No! And that's what I realized today- that the Pro-Life movement, the cause we all hold so dear to our hearts, the hardest fight to fight on this UM campus, is full of ups and downs for all of us. Sometimes you win people over, and sometimes you don't. Sometimes, they are complete polar opposites of you and think you're crazy.
I had that experience today. I talked with an old couple who, at first, I believed to agree with me. They said they were Catholic and pro-life. But then they went on to say that they were proud supporters of Planned Parenthood. Then they went on to say they were pro-abortion because they "value all human life."
Uhh. Wait. What?
Yeah. So that was interesting. They denied the truth of the footage of Live Action, and refused to even accept the challenge I gave them of reading pro life literature. So, I talked in circles for 45 minutes. And got nowhere. But hey, it happens!
My point is- for every person we think we have lost- someone, somewhere, finds another one. I know that this happened today. Carmen said she talked to a woman who had been impacted by abortion. They talked about babies being conceived in rape- and the woman's experience with this. Carmen got her in touch with Silent No More, an organization of brave men and women who share their stories of abortion and healing. The woman walked away smiling, knowing that Students for Life at UM  is a resource for her, as well as other women who have been impacted by abortion.
So, my point is, I lost one today. Well, two. But, hooray! Carmen had a great conversation with someone- and who knows how many babies will be saved because of it.
In sum, I want to reiterate the importance of dialoging with those people who don't agree with us at all, those who are on the fence about abortion, and those who agree with us completely. Dialoging is crucial; to get our message out there, it's something we must do.
So, keep fighting the good fight! As much as we may want to give up when we're stuck facing people like the two I talked to today, just remember that someone, somewhere, is being saved.

For Life,
Taylor Modrowski

Monday, April 9, 2012

In honor of the end of the year...

That is, if you can call it the end of the year when you still have four events left...

Congratulations New SFL Officers!

Following tonight's elections, we proudly present next fall's University of Michigan Students for Life officer board!

President: Tori Criswell
Vice President: Joe Lipa
Treasurer: Michael Puskar
Secretary: Aileen Fullen
Events Chair: Hannah Fuentes
Publicity Chair: Taylor Modrowski
Historian: Taylor Crookston
Fundraising Chair: Asad Hasnain

Monday, April 2, 2012

We're listed as one of Jill Stanek's top Blogs!

I am so pleased to announce that THIS blog, brought to you by The Students for Life at the University of Michigan, has been added to Jill Stanek's list of Top Blogs! It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a well-acclaimed Pro Life activist!
Susie and Kelli write about UM SFL...

"Welcome to our newest blog by University of Michigan Students for Life, which is celebrating the group’s first known baby saved in their Pregnant on Campus Campaign. The students used flyers, chalkings, and signage to acquaint students with resources available for them to choose life. Congratulations to them!"(more here.)

As publicity chair, I could not be more proud of all the members who helped us raise awareness for our Pregnant on Campus Initiative. The hours you dedicate each week to flyering for our campaign and events, and the early hours in the morning you spend chalking "Pregnant? Scared? pregnantinfo@umich.edu" on classroom chalkboards have TRULY paid off for a mother-and especially for her child.

If you are vistiting our blog from the post on Jill Stanek, welcome! We hope you enjoy reading about our activism on campus and our insights into the Pro Life movement and issues. We would love to keep you updated on our campaigns and initiatives, so keep reading and don't forget to follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/UMichSFLife

For more information about our initiatives and how you can donate and directly contribute to our efforts, please visit our website http://www.umich.edu/~umsfl/. Click "Support Us" for information on how to donate!

Thank you again to all those visiting this page, and all of the faithful SFLers!

For Life!