SFLA Files Amicus Brief with Supreme Court to Uphold Texas Abortion Law

Students for Life of America filed an amicus brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the Texas law, HB2, which demands abortion providers be held to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical centers. The theme of the brief revolves around the pro-life views of this generation and how it is influencing the drop in the abortion rate.

“The abortion rate is in decline, as is the number of facilities, and it is partly due to the fact that this generation is more pro-life than their parents and grandparents and therefore are not seeking abortions and are helping friends and family members faced with unplanned pregnancies to choose life for their child,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “While HB2 may have attributed to abortion facilities closing earlier than expected, it is not the driving force. The abortion industry is in a freefall because they realize that they need to push abortion now more than ever and they are pushing it to a generation where the majority find abortion to be morally reprehensible.”

The SFLA brief states, in part:

While the significant reductions in numbers of abortions and thus decline in clinics may be surprising to some, they are precisely what you would expect based on cultural trends. Americans, particularly young Americans, are increasingly pro-life. In 1991, 36 percent of 18 to 29 year-olds believed abortion should be legal in all circumstances. That number has dropped to 24 percent by 2009…And regardless of their views on the legality of abortion, a 2013 study revealed that 49 percent of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong in contrast to 15 percent who believe it is morally acceptable.

See the full brief here: http://studentsforlife.org/files/2016/02/Whole-Womans-Health-amici-CL-CLI-SFL-16-02-02-Final.pdf

This U.S. Supreme Court case will look at the requirements for abortionists to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of the facility and require that abortion facilities meet the standards set for all ambulatory surgical centers.

“As an organization, SFLA is happy to be speaking for this pro-life generation and the fact that they are not only opposed to abortion but are passionate about helping women facing crisis pregnancies,” said Hawkins. “Our Pregnant on Campus Initiative is one of our fastest growing programs and our students look forward to the day when abortion is unthinkable. We hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Texas law.”

LAST CHANCE! AAPLOG CONFERENCE, Houston, Feb. 20-21

Want to learn how to defend your practice of Hippocratic Medicine from an evidence based standpoint? Want to understand the fundamentals of practicing Hippocratic Medicine? The American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYN (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) will jointly host the 2016 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference on Feb. 20-21, 2016. The theme is Hippocratic Medicine: The Means to Health and Human Flourishing. The conference will be held at the Houston, TX Marriott Medical Center, in the heart of the largest medical complex in the U.S., which includes physicians and medical students from Baylor, UT Houston, Texas A&M, and other Texas-based medical schools. (Local student volunteers are needed!) See conference details here.

FEMM 2016 Trainings in NY and Rome

All medical professionals are invited to attend the 2016 FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management) training opportunities in New York City and Rome, Italy. The training provides a more in-depth look into hormonal imbalance and dysfunction in the cycle and establishes FEMM’s testing and treatment protocols. The instructor is Professor Pilar Vigil, BMed, MD, PhD, FACOG.

FEMM Medical Management in Rome, Italy: March 6-8, 2016 (Application deadline was Jan. 31)
FEMM Medical Management in NYC, New York: June 10-12, 2016

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The Spring 2016 Med SFL Tour is Underway!

The only program of its kind, the MedSFLA tour brings pro-life physicians and healthcare professionals to medical school campuses across the country to discuss relevant and hot topics that will help equip future docs for the challenges to life.

Topics range from fertility awareness and public sexual health to physician-assisted suicide and compassionate care, abortion and mental health, perinatal hospice, and conscience protection rights. The doctors listed below will explore these topics from well-reasoned, scientific, and compassionate, ethical perspectives. All students and faculty are welcome to attend these free upcoming events!

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Mon., Feb. 1 Medical Students for Life at Wayne State U School of Medicine (Detroit) hosted Dr. Christopher Stroud to speak about Creighton Model Fertility Care/NaPro Technology.

Mon., Feb., 8 (Noon-12:50p.m.) The Christian Medical Fellowship at the University of Toledo-COM will host Dr. Christine Francis on Making a Persuasive Case for Life.

Mon., March 21 (6-8p.m.) Liberty University-COM and Liberty Law Students for Life (Lynchburg, VA) will host Dr. Bill Lile, to speak about his experience as a pro-life physician.

Fri., April 1 (Noon-1p.m.) Physicians for Life of the UT-Houston Medical School will host Dr. Bill Toffler on Is Physician-Assisted Suicide compassionate end of life Care?

Mon, April 11 (Noon-1) Jayhawks for Life at KU Medical Center (Kansas City, KS) will host Dr. Egnor to speak on Is Physician-Assisted Suicide Ethical?

Wed., May 4  Pacific NW University (PNWU) – (Yakima, WA) CMDA chapter will sponsor Dr. Byron Calhoun on Terminal Illness in the Womb

Fri, May, 6 Students for Life at Ohio State University-COM (Columbus) will host Dr. Bill Toffler

The schedule will be kept updated on our blog. Information about our speakers can be found here: www.med.studentsforlife.org/medsfla-speakers/.

Want to see one of these pro-life physicians visit your campus this spring or next fall? Send us a note (med@studentsforlife.org) to let us know which speaker(s) your pro-life group is interested in and what dates you have available. We will help you plan an event!

Last Chance: Student Scholarships Available to Attend AAPLOG Educational Conference!

Want to learn how to defend your practice of Hippocratic Medicine from an evidence based standpoint?  Want to understand the fundamentals of practicing Hippocratic Medicine? The American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYN (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) will jointly host the 2016 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference on Feb. 20-21, 2016. The theme is Hippocratic Medicine: the Means to Health and Human Flourishing. The conference will be held at the Houston Marriott Medical Center, in the heart of the largest medical complex in the U.S., which includes physicians and medical students from Baylor, UT Houston, Texas A&M, and other Texas-based medical schools. (Local student volunteers are needed!) See conference details here.

Pro-life medical students are encouraged to apply online now for the Joe DeCook Medical Student Scholarship which will cover your transportation, housing and all conference costs to attend!  Applicants should submit a very brief essay about your involvement and interest in pro-life medicine, and also submit one letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your interest or involvement in pro-life issues. Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2016 (deadline extended!)  See: http://aaplog.wildapricot.org/Medical-Student-Sponsorship

Abortion Pill Reversal –new resource and hear from the medical director of APR

Check out our new drop card on the Abortion Pill Reversal process. Help get the hotline number and facts out about this important new life saving development. To order a set of cards (packets of 25), visit the SFL online store.

Group leaders, ask Cathy for a special code to order your materials for FREE!

Dr. George Delgado, Medical Director, Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) program, one of the pioneers of the program, did his first procedure in 2008. APR has a network of over 270 physicians worldwide to assist women that call a 24/7 hotline. See a short video testimony and get more information about the program at www.abortionpillreversal.com

Dr. Delgado will be giving a Skype presentation to the Stony Brook University School of Medicine (NY) students on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Noon. We are working with the Catholic Medical Society student guild on making his presentation available to any others live or for later viewing. We will send more details after Thanksgiving!

Fall Speaker Tour Underway

About 40 University of VA Law students attended a lecture to learn more about “Sex
selection abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade” given by Steven Aden, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).  The September 30th event was sponsored by MEDUVA Law Advocates for Life and is part of the fall Law Students for Life speaker tour.  Lea Patterson, Advocates for Life president, is pictured introducing Steven Aden.  ADF sponsors the prestigious Blackstone Legal Fellowship each year.  (Application deadline is Jan. 4, 2016.)  If you would like a pro-life attorney or professional to come speak on your campus this fall or next spring, let Cathy know.

Medical Students for Life at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, hosted Dr. Freda Bush on October 8, who spoke about social behavior education particularly related to teens. For instance, she explained how STIs can still be transmitted and cause latent infections that go unnoticed until a woman wants to marry and have a family, only to discover she is unable to because the virus has destroyed her internal reproductive organs by then.  Dr. Bush is Medical Director of the Center for Pregnancy Choices Metro Jackson (MS) and the Henry M. Johnson Women’s Resource Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Read a very brief column she wrote in Oct. 2015, STI Risk Taking and Screening: Who’s Responsible?  If you would like to host a pro-life doctor or medical professional on your campus this fall or next spring, let Cathy know.

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Student Scholarships Available to Attend AAPLOG Educational Conference

The American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYN (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) will jointly host the 2016 Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference on aaplogFeb. 20-21, 2016. The theme is Hippocratic Medicine: the Means to Health and Human
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. The conference will be held at the Houston Marriott Medical Center, in the heart of the largest medical complex in the U.S., which includes physicians and medical
students from Baylor, UT Houston, Texas A&M, and other Texas-based medical schools. (Local student volunteers are needed!) See conference details here.

Pro-life medical students are encouraged to apply online now for the Joe DeCook Medical Student Scholarship which will cover your transportation, housing and all conference costs to attend! Applicants should submit a very brief essay about your involvement and interest in pro-life medicine, and also submit one letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your interest or involvement in pro-life issues. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2015. See: www.aaplog.wildapricot.org/Medical-Student-Sponsorship

 

 

Fall 2015 Speaking Tour Underway (updated!)

The only program of its kind, the MedSFLA tour brings pro-life healthcare professionals to medical school campuses to discuss hot topics ranging from fertility awareness and public sexual health to physician assisted suicide, abortion and mental health, perinatal hospice, and conscience rights. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend these free upcoming events. Details/information will be updated on our website blog. Information about our speakers can be found on our website.

We are working with the following schools to help them plan fall events:

  • Medical Students for Life at the Medical College of WI (Milwaukee) hosted Dr. Freda Bush on social behavior education on October 8
  • U of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS) Students for Life will host Dr. Seeds on “Autonomy and conscience in Medical Practice” on Friday, November 6
  • Medical Students for Life at Wayne State University School of Medicine will host Dr. Christina Francis on “Making a Persuasive Case for Life” on Wednesday, Nov. 11
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School hosted Dr. Seeds and will host another speaker
  • Students for Life at SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) will host William Toffler on assisted-suicide and end of life issues, on Thursday, December 3 (We hope to tape this popular speaker!)
  • Dartmouth Medical Students for Life will host Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign on “What’s so bad about Abortion” on Friday, December 4
  • Medical Students for Life at Stony Brook U School of Medicine have arranged a Skype event with Dr. George Delgado, medical director, Abortion Pill Reversal on Thursday, December 10. Others are invited to watch the live lecture at Noon ET by logging in here.

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Law Students for Life groups are planning speaking events as well. We are working with the following law schools to help them plan fall events:

  • University of VA School of Law Advocates for Life hosted Steve Aden (ADF) on “Sex selection abortion and the future of Roe v. Wade” on September 30
    • U of Chicago Law SFL hosted (ret.) Judge Chris Donnelly on “A Case for Life in the Aftermath of Roe v. Wade” on October 22
  • Lex Vitae at the University of St. Thomas Law School (Minneapolis) will host SFL president Kristan Hawkins on “How Roe v. Wade has Harmed Women“ on Monday, Nov. 2