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It’s Gabi’s farewell show! So for something special, Josh and Gabi discuss the 21 most important lessons she’s learned about abortion dialogue while working with Right to Life of Central CA and Justice For All.
Download or watch the episode that Gabi referred to: “Should Pro-Lifers Be Open-Minded Too?”
This is a clip from an episode of Life Report called “Practical Resources for Highschool and College Students.” In this episode I interviewed Casey Vroman, Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America.
In this clip, we asked Casey about Students for Life of America’s long-term goals in the pro-life movement.
Click the embedded video and it will start at the right place in the interview. This particular topic ends at 13:22.
If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the full transcript below.
Casey Vroman: So we are a group that focuses on equipping these students — having them take the movement and what they want it to look like on their campus and just making sure that they’re successful. So it’s really great because I get to go in and say, “What do you want this to look like on your campus and how can I make that happen for you?” And it’s pretty amazing what they come up with.
Gabi Vehrs: That’s really exciting. So where do you think Students for Life is going to take their part of the pro-life movement? What is their long-term goal with campus clubs and what they want to see happen?
Casey Vroman: Well, that’s a big question. I mean, we want to abolish abortion. What we ses is that the younger generation is more pro-life than any generation before. And we understand that as these students move up through high school, through college — that if we understand the pro-life movement as high schoolers, it can only increase as you grow and develop even further in your education.
And so our goal would be to get students across the nation more engaged. We’re currently on over 750 campuses — high school, colleges, junior colleges, medical and law schools. So the long-term goal would be banding together as a pro-life movement and having these students take that grassroots and just increase with that.
Gabi Vehrs: So what are some of the on-campus initiatives and campaigns that you guys are doing, like the Pregnant on Campus and Planned Parenthood Project that you guys have coming out?
Casey Vroman: Yes, we have some really awesome projects that we’re rolling out.
Our Pregnant on Campus is an initiative that we’ve now had for a while and the goal of Pregnant on Campus is to remove the stigma of being a student and a parent.
We see a lot of girls like you mentioned, Josh, that — when it comes down to finishing her education or have a child, she’ll abort to finish her education. I’ll begin talking to students about this and they’re like, “Well, we never see any pregnant girls on campus.” And I said, “Yeah, that’s because they’re aborting their children.”
So how can we make your campus more parent and family-friendly? Simple things. Adding diaper decks in bathrooms. You’ll go onto campus and you don’t see any pregnancy resources anywhere. It’s like the campuses weren’t made for children. So some of our groups have actually fundraised to get diaper decks installed on campus. We have a couple groups who have done a scholarship program so parenting mothers or fathers have to write in and are given a grant the next semester to buy books or whatnot.
We also have a group that started kind of a daycare and so people in the pro-life group take shifts on watching these parents’ children during class schedule because our goal is showing that you can be a parent and a student. That your life doesn’t end just because you’ve had a child. And I think that’s kind of what the secular world is telling them.
And then our Planned Parenthood Project is great. We rolled it out and did a test run in the South. And it went really well. We hit 13 campuses. It’s 915 pink crosses, which is the amount of abortions Planned Parenthood will do every day. And we have four pop-up banners. It’s really simple for us to move from campus to campus. But each banner exposes a different aspect of Planned Parenthood’s business plan, pretty much.
So faulty or low-grade contraceptives, the money aspect, how much money they’re making, how their goal is to sell abortions — later term, more money.
And how women can get real help — so we’ll have a banner that includes Pregnancy Resource Centers and other places they can find help in the community.
And then the third banner talks about their role on college campuses selling abortions. They’re a vendor for abortions.
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Special thanks to Kimberly Carmany for the transcription. Thanks to Gabi Vehrs for helping to edit this post.
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Dr. Michael Buratovich is Professor of Biochemistry at Spring Arbor University and the faculty advisor for the SAU Students for Life club. Josh interviews him on what stem cell research is and how to respond to common arguments for embryonic stem cell research.
- How did this book come along?
- Can you explain for our listeners what a stem cell is, and why they are sought after in research for regenerative medicine?
- Can you talk about the differences between embryonic stem cell research, adult stem cell research and induced pluripotent stem cell research?
- Many people argue that the embryo is just a tiny clump of cells with no nervous system; no heart, no consciousness, no ability to feel pain. They think it’s crazy to call that an intrinsically valuable human being. What do you say to them?
- Some people think we should use cloned embryos to solve the practical issues with embryonic stem cell research? Do you believe that to be an ethical alternative?
- Some people make a utilitarian argument that all those millions of embryos in storage units are going to die anyway. They argue that we should put them to good use instead of wasting them in a cold storage unit or flushing them down the drain. How would you respond to that utilitarian argument?
- What should pro-lifers be doing about stem cell research?
Stay tuned for bonus audio with Dr. Buratovich to be posted later this week.
- Purchase “The Stem Cell Epistles: Letters to my Students about Bioethics, Embryos, Stem Cells, and Fertility Treatments.”
- Read Dr. Buratovich’s blog.
I was asked to give an apologetics speech at the Students for Life of America 2014 West Coast National Conference. I was given a title, “I’m Pro-Life, But…” that I was allowed to do anything I wanted with, so I chose to respond to these four common statements and questions:
- “I’m pro-life, but people tell me I come across like a jerk. What can I do about that?”
- “I’m pro-life, but I don’t know how to convince people that abortion is wrong.”
- “I’m pro-life, but I think it should be legal.”
- “I’m pro-life, but what about rape?”
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Thanks to Secular Pro-Life for providing their video to me.
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