Hey ASU! The ASU Students For Life October Advocate of the Month Award will be announced just 1 week from today!
Our Advocate of the Month Award officially recognizes a member or a volunteer of ASU Students For Life who is leading the way in helping us advocate for and advance the pro-life movement on the ASU communities that we serve. You can learn more about our Advocates of the Month at asustudentsforlife.com/advocate.
Who do you think has done the most to earn our October Advocate of the Month Award? Feel free to nominate someone in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!
October 21, 2014
For Immediate Release: ASU Students For Life
An important message from our President:
Hello ASU! You may have noticed some chalk outside the Memorial Union today that is inconsistent with our views on the dignity and beauty of all human life. In accordance with our volunteer and club member guidelines, publicly available on our website at www.asustudentsforlife.com, we ask that you respect the rights of other groups to share their message and refrain from engaging in any disrespectful or destructive behavior towards their chalk. Thank you!
From the leadership of ASU Students For Life:
ASU Students For Life only engages in chalking after obtaining full Arizona State University administration authorization. Additionally, ASU Students For Life requires all event participants, including all chalking event participants, to sign and to comply with our ASU Students For Life Volunteer Agreement while chalking. Chalking event participants affiliated with ASU Students For Life may only chalk messages officially approved by Students for Life of America or the leadership of ASU Students For Life.
ASU Students For Life discourages chalking on property of Arizona State University, including all sidewalks, when not formally authorized to chalk by Arizona State University. This, along with the chalking of officially approved messages, is enforced in accordance with our aforementioned ASU Students For Life Volunteer Agreement.
About ASU Students For Life
ASU Students for Life is the non-partisan, non-sectarian, student-led organization leading the growth, expansion, and development of the pro-life movement on the ASU campuses. Our mission is to promote a pro-life culture that protects human life at every stage. We strive to achieve this mission through an active campus presence, and we focus on raising awareness about the physical and mental effects of abortion, as well as other human life issues, through education, outreach, volunteering, and political activism.
ASU Students for Life seeks to provide a comprehensive suite of aid and resources to those members of the ASU community who are facing unplanned pregnancies as well as those who are looking for healing from past abortions, in a compassionate and confidential environment. We aim to ensure that no member of the ASU community will ever feel pressured to choose between their child, and their education, goals, and aspirations.
ASU Students for Life recognizes and advocates for the inherent beauty and value of all human life at all of its various stages. As the leading pro-life organization in the ASU community, ASU Students for Life is unwavering in our core purpose to stand for and defend the right to life for all human beings from the moment of conception until natural death.
As a registered ASU student organization, our weekly semester activities empower members of the ASU community to celebrate and advocate for life by providing training and education sessions, hosting speakers and debates, engaging our community through volunteering, assisting individuals who choose life in any way we can, and encouraging dialogue about abortion and other life-related issues in the ASU community.
More information about ASU Students For Life can be obtained from our official website at www.asustudentsforlife.com. Learn more about ASU Students For Life at www.asustudentsforlife.com/about or contact ASU Students For Life anytime at www.asustudentsforlife.com/contact.
Written by Jennifer Whitton
ASU Students for Life has been busy. And our club is only getting busier. This year has turned out to be a semester of great growth and presence for our club. Our first big event, National Pro-Life Chalk Day, was a huge success and really helped start the conversation about abortion on our campus. In this month alone, we will have over 5 different events to promote our cause and educate our students. We also are excited to announce that our Pregnant on Campus Initiative is preparing to be launched soon, including our separate website which is in its drafting stages. With all this hype and opportunities arising for discussion and advocating, two things become strikingly aware to me…How strong my voice is…and how lucky I am to be able to use it. For in our country, despite the first amendment right of freedom of speech, there is a third of a generation, my generation, whose voices will never be heard. There still continues to be 3500 children a day who will never get the chance to grow up, speak up, or achieve much. They will never have the chance to fulfill their fundamental “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
That is why our cause is so important. However, this post is not a cry to rally up the troops (although if you want to join us please contact us by clicking here) but rather one to take a moment to remind us of the lives that are lost to abortion. While considered small and inferior, these children in the womb are people too. A special event is fast approaching, only two days away, (October 21st) called Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity. Started by a young student named Bryan Kemper in 2004, it is a day of silence, prayer, and reflection. Those who participate normally wear a red piece of duct tape across their mouth that says life and give up talking for the day. When asked what they are doing, they pass out little flyers that explain the reason for their silence. Some individuals also opt out of wearing duct tape on their mouths and wear a red armband. No matter what version they wear, the day is used to reflect on and remind us of those who no longer have life because of the violence of abortion.
Do you want to join me for this silent day? Then visit silentday.org to register and learn more about the event. There are ready-made fliers and more information about how the day goes. If you also want to hear the many children who have been saved by this day of silent solidarity, click here for some stories. One of the girls participating saved her sibling! Click here to read her story.
As passionate pro-life activists gearing up for a series of trainings and the "We Care" event, ASU Students for Life is constantly discussing and debating the issue of abortion in our efforts to better educate our peers and to change their hearts and minds on this topic. Whether you are volunteering at an event sponsored by ASU Students for Life or are researching abortion issues for a class assignment, it is vital that you are prepared to engage your peers in these conversations in an effective manner. While you may be prepared with an arsenal of knowledge (such as the information that we present in the Issues and the Resources sections of our website), you should also be prepared with strategies for responding to the most common pro-abortion approaches to this debate.
This guide, which was originally published by Students for Life of America, will provide the training needed to highlight the 5 most common fallacies, which lie behind the most common ways that are most commonly argued for abortion. Learn the strategies to respond to these fallacies, and you will be able to effectively argue the case for LIFE!
Let us know if you have any questions below, we will be happy to discuss them!
Thanks to committed, pro-life campus activists like you, ASU Students for Life is thrilled to be rolling out more exciting events than ever before this month! On top of playing an active role in the ongoing 40 Days for Life campaign here in Tempe, we are rolling out a series of additional dialogue training events (and a FREE pizza party for all of our members since we believe in celebrating life no matter what the circumstance) in preparation for bringing Students for Life of America's new "We Care" Project to ASU and hosting the prominent pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger from the Radiance Foundation on November 4. Additionally, we are joining Arizona Right to Life to co-host a seminar called "The Abortion Battle: Tactics for Defending Human Life With Understanding, Love, and Truth" at the Newman Center on October 29. You are truly helping ASU Students for Life make a HUGE impact for life on our campus, and we appreciate all of you!
Additionally, ASU Students for Life is seeking to be present at three amazing pro-life events on Saturday, October 25. One team will be working with Changemaker Central on the St. Vincent de Paul cleanup and volunteering project. Another team will represent ASU Students for Life at the 2014 SFLA Arizona Regional Leadership Conference, which will be held at Grand Canyon University. We are also hoping to find additional students to volunteer at the CPC Walk for Life fundraiser event, which will be on the Gammage Lawn.
Tuesday, October 21
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
Wednesday, October 22
We Care Training #1, MU Navajo Room
Thursday, October 23
40 Days For Life Tempe, 9:00-10:00AM, Apache and Dorsey
Saturday, October 25
Changemaker Central: St. Vincent de Paul Volunteering, 8:30AM-1:00PM
SFLA Arizona Regional Leadership Conference, 8:30AM-3:00PM, Grand Canyon University
CPC Walk for Life, 9:00AM-12:00PM, ASU Gammage Lawn
Wednesday, October 29
We Care Training #2 and Pizza Party, 5:00PM-6:30PM, MU Yuma Room (Attend the training, hang out with your pro-life friends, get volunteer credit and membership points, and eat FREE pizza. Seriously.)
The Abortion Battle, 7:00PM-9:00PM, All Saints Catholic Newman Center
Thursday, October 30
40 Days For Life Tempe, 9:00-10:00AM, Apache and Dorsey
Saturday, November 1
Aid To Women Center Cleanup, 9:00AM-11:00AM
Sunday, November 2
We Care Training #3, 3:00PM-5:00PM, MU Santa Cruz Room
Monday, November 3: We Care Final Preparations
We Care Project: Final Preparations, Flyering, and whatever else may be necessary
Tuesday, November 4: We Care Project Day
"We Care" Campus Dialogue Event: 11:00AM-2:00PM, MU Stage
"We Care" Talk with Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation: 7:00PM-9:00PM, MU Cochise Room
Wednesday, November 5
General Meeting and "We Care" Project Followup: 5:00PM-6:00PM, MVHAL A121
Thursday, November 6
Hope Mobile on campus for free pregnancy and STI testing, 8:00AM-5:00PM, location TBA
Are you planning to attend?
ASU Students For Life is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting "The Abortion Battle: Tactics for Defending Human Life With Understanding, Love, and Truth" in partnership with our friends at Arizona Right to Life. This FREE event will be held on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center next to campus on the northwest corner of College Ave and University Drive. Parking is available in the back.
This event will provide an opportunity to network with other members and the leadership of ASU Students for Life, Arizona Right to Life activists, pregnancy care leaders, and other members of the pro-life community. Most importantly, it will feature training on how to become a winsome ambassador for the culture of life!
The presentation will feature multiple video components for practical application when encountering all types of questions and situations. Think of it as a time for not only training, but also for fellowship and encouragement. Our good friend, Ben McDonald, will be lead presenter. He has been trained by Justice For All and brings to this talk keen observation and analysis. The event page for this event is available at www.facebook.com/events/551981784932571. We would love to see you come out and join us!
Also, since we are co-hosting this training event, we would like to tailor it to the needs and the questions that you may have regarding how to become a better pro-life advocate. Is there a topic related to the abortion dialogue that you would like clarification on? If so, which one? Would you like us to cover information on effective engagement strategies? Are you worried about being a pro-life weirdo?
Please let us know what you would like to see covered during this event. ASU Students for Life and Arizona Right to Life are working to tailor this event to your needs, so please let us know what questions you would like us to answer!
Hey ASU! We are hosting our first pro-life dialogue training event tonight. Check it out and invite a friend!
On the evening of Wednesday, October 1, 2014, ASU Students for Life and members of ASU's vibrant pro-life community chalked hundreds of pro-life messages across high-traffic sidewalks across campus. Throughout the next day (National Pro-Life Chalk Day), tens of thousands of ASU students were touched by these messages on their way around campus. Thank you all so much for the fantastic art and inspirational pro-life messages!
Despite some vandalization of our chalk art, ASU Students For Life continues to thrive on the ASU campus. On National Pro-Life Chalk Day, our chalk generated a massive amount of interest in our organization and brought thousands of hits and new members to our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Our life-affirming message was spread far and wide to touch the nearly 100,000 students at the ASU Tempe campus. Join the pro-life movement at ASU as we celebrate life on Chalk Day!
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