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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Students: 'What the FOCA?!'

Students spread the word about the Freedom of Choice Act.
Students for Life of Illinois (SFLI), a collegiate pro-life organization, has coordinated pro-life students on campuses nationwide to educate the public on the effects of the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) with the "What the FOCA?!" Campaign.
"We want to make sure everyone knows that FOCA poses a real threat to hundreds of commonsense abortion laws on the federal and state levels," said John-Paul Deddens, Director of SFLI. Students will be distributing literature and wearing T-Shirts and buttons that outline several of the laws that FOCA would supersede if it were to be signed into law.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 is the first "What The FOCA?!" Activism Day. Students will be spreading the word on campus in solidarity with pro-life groups from schools including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loyola University Chicago, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Lewis University, Bradley University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Student leaders have utilized (created by SFLI) as a resource to educate themselves. They plan to share the truth about FOCA with their peers on campus using posters, hand-outs and even facebook. Students have already begun sharing videos and changing their 'facebook statuses' to broadcast the "What The FOCA?!" message to their friends.
"The common 'WTF' phrase resonates with college students. 'WTF' is vulgar and offensive, just like abortion. Students are taking this offensive phrase, changing it and using it to convey the offensiveness of unrestricted abortion. This is really catching on. We have campuses nationwide that are planning their own 'What The FOCA?! Activism Day' in the days and weeks to come." Deddens said.

Contact: Alicia V. Torres
Source: Students for Life of Illinois
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Publish Date: January 28, 2009
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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.

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