Pro-Life Students Send Letter to President
Obama Over Terrorist Labeling
On Wednesday, the national pro-life student organization, Students for
Life of America, sent the following letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
We write to you today as a collection of over 492 university pro-life
organizations. We are alarmed by your administration's ignorance of who
pro-lifers are and what we strive to accomplish. The recent April 7th
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assessment of "Rightwing
Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in
Radicalization and Recruitment" warned of potential right wing
extremism and named pro-lifers specifically which we found extremely
Further on March 26th, in the DHS Reference Aid "Domestic Extremism
Lexicon", your Administration said that pro-lifers are "A movement of
groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate
violence against providers of abortion-related services, their
employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and
anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities." This
terribly inaccurate definition of who we really are.
We are a collection of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Our
campus groups are made up of people of faith and of no faith. We come
from all races, ethnic groups, social classes, and backgrounds. A May
2009 Pew Research poll has found that 48% of 18 to 29 year-olds believe
abortion should be illegal. Labeling 48% of this generation as violent
extremists is absurd.
Our independent university groups strive to end abortion, help women
who face un-planned pregnancy, and women who are recovering from an
abortion experience. Because we believe that abortion is the murder of
an innocent human child and irrevocably harms the mother of the child,
this does not mean that we are racist, anti-Semitic, violent, or a
threat to the United States of America.
Our university groups work tirelessly every day to fulfill the
following goals on campus: educate the campus body about the procedures
of abortion, the risks and complications of abortion, and fetal
In addition, our groups work with our administrations to provide
reduced-cost daycare, flexible class schedules, and student-parent
housing. None of our mission statements include anything racist,
anti-Semitic, violent, or disrespectful to the United States.
We believe that those individuals that you classify as "pro-life" who
commit acts of violence are, in fact, not pro-life. Pro-lifers are
dedicated to protecting the lives of the unborn, as well as the born.
We request that you promptly address this situation at DHS. We ask that
you speak to your administration officials and educate your employees
about the goals of the pro-life movement seeks and how we seek to
accomplish these goals. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss
our visions and goals and what we would like to see happen to America.
Students for Life of America
Date: May 6, 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.