Thursday, July 20, 2017

UPDATE on PLAN2Pray Funder Raiser - Your support is vital!

View this email in your browser
UPDATE on our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser!
We have Reached 20% of Our Goal! THANK YOU!
Seven Donors Have Contributed $470 through WonderWe
and Two Donors Contributed $150 via the USPS
Totaling $620 or 20% of our Goal of $3,000!
We NEED Your Support To Do Our Work!


Please support our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser
with Pro-life Friendly Crowdfunding Platform: WonderWe
By going to:
https://www.wonderwe.com/PLAN2Pray

 
In response to launching our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser last week, I received an email from an apparent Planned Parenthood supporter with the following subject line: "what a waste of time and money." The text of that email simply read: shame! I was not discouraged by receiving that email, in fact, I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED. I know our PLAN2Pray is God's PLAN and that He will bless our efforts. "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 (KJV)

If like me, you believe it is worth the time and money, to SAVE even one baby from death and spare even one Mom and one Dad a lifetime of regret, then please support our outreach!
Our Fund Raising Deadline Friday, August 11th, 2017!

Pro-life Action Network (also referred to as PLAN) &
40 Days For LIFE Ann Arbor Have Seized the Opportunity to
Kick Our Outreach
Up a Notch in
Reaching Out to Abortion Vulnerable Moms & Dads
in Washtenaw County and beyond...
And We Can't Do it Without YOU and God!


If you like our work,
PLEASE support us with a donation of $5, $10 or more...
We are the Ann Arbor Life Chain

and 40 DFL Ann Arbor People!

AND ask your friends to support us too!

With your prayers and financial support, we can make this happen! In order to improve our outreach to abortion minded mothers and hopefully give them the confidence that we will be able to help them, a generous supporter has donated funds which has made it possible for us to purchase a used minivan and to wrap it with beautiful and informative pro-life messages. The PLAN minivan will be parked on Professional Drive near Planned Parenthood throughout our 40 DFL A2 campaigns and most of the year. We could even enter our minivan in some parades and more... There is a minimal amount of rust on our minivan, which must be removed at an estimated cost of $650 to $800. A security (camera) system has been ordered for $339. Also on our wish list is acquiring our own bulk- mailing permit at a cost of $450 for the 1st year, and $225 each year thereafter. PLAN and 40 DFL A2 recurring expenses for postage, printing, email service, 40 DFL application fees, office supplies and 40 DFL supplies have been running close to $2,000 annually. We have therefore set our fundraising goal at $3,000. Your generous donation of $5, $10 or more dollars will help us reach our goal and reach more mothers and help change minds and hearts!

(Coming soon, we will be launching a new website:  PLAN2Pray.org - stay tuned! We are currently under construction!)
 
Please support our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser with WonderWe by going to: https://www.wonderwe.com/PLAN2Pray
  
Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation,
so your donation is Tax Deductible to the full extent of the law!

Tax Deductible Charitable Contributions
can ALSO be made by check, made payable to:
Pro-life Action Network Inc and mailed to: Sandie Weathers

4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Help Us Reach Abortion Vulnerable Moms!
By Helping Us "Wrap" Our Newly Purchased Minivan!





Wrap it with Messages of Hope & Healing:

Wrap it with Vital Life Saving Information:

 
Your Prayers are Making a Difference!
Proof of the Power of Perseverance in Prayer!



 
Members of the 40 DFL Ann Arbor campaigns have been praying and fasting, extending community outreach and holding two 40 day long prayer vigils annually outside of Planned Parenthood on Professional Drive in Ann Arbor. Since our first campaign in the fall of 2007, we have had 33 SAVES, that we know of. In 2016 the number of Washtenaw County mothers who had abortions was at a nineteen year low, using the figures we had available to us through MDCH with the State of Michigan.  As the chart indicates the prayer presence of our campaigns, has proven results, impacting the number of women in Washtenaw County that have obtained abortions. 
 PLAN and 40 DFL A2 Are Deeply Rooted in Prayer 
serving Washtenaw County and beyond...

Thank you for your support of our Annual Prayer Events including: Life Chain in October, Spring 40 DFL A2 Campaign, Fall 40 DFL A2 Campaign, Seven Sunday Interfaith Jericho March (during Spring & Fall Campaigns), Eucharistic Holy Hour & Rose Procession to PP (also during Spring & Fall Campaigns), Good Friday Interfaith Way of the Cross, and in January our participation in the Concert of Prayer, the RLM Porch Candle Displays, and Prayer with Pastor Yuille at Planned Parenthood and more... 
 
Thank you again for your kind consideration and for praying with and for us.
Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Tax Deductible Charitable Contributions
can ALSO be made by check, made payable to:
Pro-life Action Network Inc and mailed to: Sandie Weathers
4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197


For more info: Contact Sandie Weathers,
Campaign Director, 40 DFL Ann Arbor

This email is being sent as a courtesy from Pro-Life Action Network Inc

Pro-Life Action Network Inc - The Ann Arbor Life Chain and 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor People

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
 

Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Charitable contributions can be made by check, made payable to: Pro-life Action Network Inc
and mailed to: Pro-life Action Network Inc, 4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Copyright © 2017 Pro-Life Action Network Inc, All rights reserved.
You gave us your email address when you attending one of our pro-life events.

Our mailing address is:
Pro-Life Action Network Inc
4700 Ash Court
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Add us to your address book


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PLAN2Pray Funder Raiser Launched with WonderWe

View this email in your browser
Announcing our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser!
With Pro-life friendly Crowdfunding Platform: WonderWe
https://www.wonderwe.com/PLAN2Pray

PLAN and 40 DFL A2 Have Seized the Opportunity to
Kick Our Outreach
Up a Notch in
Reaching Out to Abortion Vulnerable Moms & Dads
in Washtenaw County and beyond...
And We Can't Do it Without YOU and God!

We are the Ann Arbor Life Chain
and 40 DFL Ann Arbor People!

With your prayers and financial support, we can make this happen! In order to improve our outreach to abortion minded mothers and hopefully give them the confidence that we will be able to help them, a generous supporter has donated funds which has made it possible for us to purchase a used mini van and to wrap it with beautiful and informative pro-life messages. The PLAN minivan will be parked on Professional Drive near Planned Parenthood throughout our 40 DFL A2 campaigns and most of the year. We could even enter our mini van in some parades and more... There is a minimal amount of rust on our mini van, which must be removed at an estimated cost of $650 to $800. A security (camera) system has been ordered for $339. Also on our wish list is acquiring our own bulk- mailing permit at a cost of $450 for the 1st year, and $225 each year thereafter. PLAN and 40 DFL A2 recurring expenses for postage, printing, email service, 40 DFL application fees, office supplies and 40 DFL supplies have been running close to $2,000 annually. We have therefore set our fundraising goal at $3,500. Your generous donation of $5, $10 or more dollars will help us reach our goal and reach more mothers and help change minds and hearts!

(Coming soon, we will be launching a new website:  PLAN2Pray.org - stay tuned! We are currently under construction!)
 
Please support our PLAN2Pray Fund Raiser with WonderWe by going to: https://www.wonderwe.com/PLAN2Pray  
  
Help Us Reach Abortion Vulnerable Moms!
Help Us "Wrap" our newly purchased mini van!





Wrap it with Messages of Hope & Healing:

Wrap it with Vital Life Saving Information:

 
Your Prayers are Making a Difference!
Proof of the Power of Perseverance in Prayer!



 
Members of the 40 DFL Ann Arbor campaigns have been praying and fasting, extending community outreach and holding two 40 day long prayer vigils annually outside of Planned Parenthood on Professional Drive in Ann Arbor. Since our first campaign in the fall of 2007, we have had 33 SAVES, that we know of. In 2016 the number of Washtenaw County mothers who had abortions was at a nineteen year low, using the figures we had available to us through MDCH with the State of Michigan.  As the chart indicates the prayer presence of our campaigns, has proven results, impacting the number of women in Washtenaw County that have obtained abortions. 
 PLAN and 40 DFL A2 Are Deeply Rooted in Prayer 
serving Washtenaw County and beyond...

Thank you for your support of our Annual Prayer Events including: Life Chain in October, Spring 40 DFL A2 Campaign, Fall 40 DFL A2 Campaign, Seven Sunday Interfaith Jericho March (during Spring & Fall Campaigns), Eucharistic Holy Hour & Rose Procession to PP (also during Spring & Fall Campaigns), Good Friday Interfaith Way of the Cross, and in January our participation in the Concert of Prayer, the RLM Porch Candle Displays, and Prayer with Pastor Yuille at Planned Parenthood.
 
Thank you again for your kind consideration and for praying with and for us.
Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Tax Deductible Charitable Contributions
can ALSO be made by check, made payable to:
Pro-life Action Network Inc and mailed to: Sandie Weathers
4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

This email is being sent as a courtesy from Pro-Life Action Network Inc

Pro-Life Action Network Inc - The Ann Arbor Life Chain and 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor People

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
 

Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Charitable contributions can be made by check, made payable to: Pro-life Action Network Inc
and mailed to: Pro-life Action Network Inc, 4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Copyright © 2017 Pro-Life Action Network Inc, All rights reserved.
You gave us your email address when you attending one of our pro-life events.

Our mailing address is:
Pro-Life Action Network Inc
4700 Ash Court
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Add us to your address book


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Camping in Lawton MI with Chicago Crusaders July 28-30!

View this email in your browser
Camping Opportunity in Lawton Michigan with Chicago Crusaders July 28-30!
Mariel and Ken from the 40 DFL A2 Team are planning on going!
(Lawton is less than 2 hours from Ann Arbor)
See flyers below.

For Event Questions and Transportation Carpooling, please contact Mariel at mdesoleil1@att.net
​​More info and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifeapalooza-2017-tickets-35660181563?aff=eac2

 

 

This email is being sent as a courtesy from Pro-Life Action Network Inc

Pro-Life Action Network Inc - The Ann Arbor Life Chain and 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor People

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
 

Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Charitable contributions can be made by check, made payable to: Pro-life Action Network Inc
and mailed to: Pro-life Action Network Inc, 4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Copyright © 2017 Pro-Life Action Network Inc, All rights reserved.
You gave us your email address when you attending one of our pro-life events.

Our mailing address is:
Pro-Life Action Network Inc
4700 Ash Court
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Add us to your address book


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

Friday, July 7, 2017

UofM Alum Addresses Academic Inhibition of Pro-Life Speech

View this email in your browser
Former U of M SFL President Rachel Crawford Speaks Out!

Abuse of Academic Authority Regularly Inhibits Pro-Life Speech

by 

Sometimes it is tough to be a pro-life college student. Most challenges students face are found on campus during a tabling event or with the administration, but sometimes they are inside the classroom. Far too often when pro-life students dare to speak up in defense of the unborn, professors attempt to humiliate and silence them. [Tweet that!]

I experienced this first hand in a biology class during my freshman year. The class focused on technological advances in the field of biology and the ethical concerns which accompanied the advancements.

My professor, "Dr. Nation," covered each topic with a series of lectures, and then allowed a discussion day with groups of students representing the pro and con side of the issue for the class, followed by a Q&A portion. After the presentation on embryonic stem cell research, I excitedly got in line to ask my question for the pro-embryonic stem cell research team. They had made a case for the research on the basis that we should take advantage of the embryos instead of just letting them go to waste. This was one of the first times I had the opportunity in college to speak up for the pro-life perspective. I had just returned from my first March for Life and was nervous to challenge the students in front of the class.

Each student in front of me stepped up to ask a clarification question about something from either presentation, and a few challenged the con side. I was the first person to make any sort of case for the pro-life side in the entire semester. My turn came, and I began to ask the students if they would use the same argument to advocate for the intentional destruction of human life in other cases if it would mean biological research could progress. I was about to give a thought experiment example when Dr. Nation cut me off. He had not done this a single time with any of the students that day or in any other discussion days in the entire semester.

 

He said, "That question is invalid because this is not a case of human life. The embryo is not human."

I'd like to say that I wasn't intimidated, but that would be a lie. My stomach dropped and my mouth went dry. There is a clear power imbalance in a situation like this between a student and her professor. No way was this a fair fight.

I replied, "What do you mean by that, Professor? This is a biology class and we are discussing human embryos. If you are going to say I can't ask that question then you are probably challenging my philosophy. Why do you think the embryos aren't human?"

He dodged my question by saying, "You need to direct your questions at the other students, not at me."

His response shocked me and I felt like it was really unfair. I just wanted to go back to my seat and hide. I asked the original question I had written down to the the team of students, got an answer I was unsatisfied with, and went back to my seat.

In retrospect, I am blown away by the injustice of this story. Dr. Nation interrupted my question to argue with me because I was implying a pro-life argument with my question. As a biology professor, he knew that the embryo is biologically human. Even if he was right, that wouldn't make my question invalid at all! At worst, it would mean I made an argument with an incorrect premise, and those can be quite useful for identifying the important areas of disagreement. Then, worst of all, he abused his position of power as a professor by using it to avoid defending his indefensible statements and unconscionable behavior. He even used his authority to scold me for daring to respond to his challenge. This disrespect was public and damaging to the academic environment I tried to benefit with my question.

I am not the only pro-life college student to get challenged by a professor. I was reminded of this story because, recently, we had a student thank ERI on Twitter. Ellen was able to use the Equal Rights Argument in class. Here is her story:

———

This spring, I signed up for an honors philosophy course in ethics. I don't consider myself much of a philosophy nerd. I'm an art major, but I needed the general education and honors credits, and as a pro-life apologetics dork I figured parts of it would be relevant to my interests.

There were a few things that happened as we progressed through the course that made me realize that this would be more difficult to sit through than I'd anticipated. First, our textbook and the majority of our other readings were written by Peter Singer, who is pretty open about some opinions that are at best rather concerning. Second, our professor was pretty happy to hold up the stereotypical crazy "lifer" to make fun of, make some flip comments about how you'd have to be crazy to believe that a non-thinking collection of cells deserves moral consideration, and even told a story about how he was a huge jerk in college to a pro-life girl on campus. (To be fair, he admitted to being a jerk and the girl wasn't defending her position very well, but he still had some fun poking at the worst pro-life arguments instead of addressing some of the more well-thought-out points.)

I had initially been looking forward to trying out some of the dialogue tips talking points I learned from Equal Rights Institute, but after a couple of weeks in class I was seriously considering just keeping my head down.

We waited until the next to last class before finals week to discuss the issue. The first thing my professor did was throw out a joke about how silly "abortion stops a beating heart" bumper stickers are and gave some other examples of faulty pro-life arguments. I think this put me in a really great position to respond, because I could first establish some credibility by critiquing a couple of pro-life arguments before going on to propose an alternative argument and critique the pro-choice view.

I started by asking if he knew about ERI, and he responded "somewhat," which I took to mean he had heard of you guys but maybe wasn't super familiar with the organization. I explained that ERI's goal was to basically help pro-life people, such as myself, make better philosophical arguments and be more consistent in their position so that we can have better discussions. I don't usually bring you guys up by name in regular dialogues, but it felt appropriate considering the setting and audience, and I wanted to show that as a movement we're actively working to get better in this area.

I wasn't planning to go step by step through the Equal Rights Argument like I normally do, because I wasn't sure I was going to get the opportunity to present it properly.

I started by moving the focus away from the unborn, which seems to be one of the major strengths of the Equal Rights Argument. I said something to the effect of "It seems like the first question to ask is whether people, like human adults, are intrinsically valuable or instrumentally valuable." We spent a few minutes discussing what those terms mean. Before we could really come to a conclusion on that issue, class ended, but I felt better about how the dialogue would go during the following class meeting because I could tell I had gotten him interested in the idea.

Today, which was the last day of class, he opened the floor for discussion on the issue again. I reminded him of where we had left off and tried to narrate the debate to begin with because I was concerned that another student would get us off track when we had started so well.

I argued that obvious cases of personhood, like human adults, must be intrinsically valuable, because it seems that murder is wrong because of what it does to the victim. Otherwise, it would be okay to kill someone like a homeless person with no close relationships to others and no instrumental value to society. He responded with some examples of how we don't seem to view people as intrinsically valuable as a society, but said that this didn't necessarily make the view incorrect, especially given the desert island/homeless man murder scenario that we would say is wrong.

From there, I explained that because pro-lifers consider human life intrinsically valuable, we want to base rights or moral consideration on the kind of thing you are as opposed to what abilities you have, which would mean even human embryos would get moral consideration.

He argued that the unborn in very early stages of life are not a rational kind of thing. When I made the argument that it is not the immediate ability but rather being a member of a rational kind that gives you a right to moral consideration, he said he didn't agree with all of the outcomes of that worldview, such as making even very early abortions and euthanasia wrong, but he could see how it could explain things such as giving moral consideration to newborns even though they aren't necessarily rational yet.

About five minutes before class ended, another student brought up apparent hypocrisy in the pro-life movement, which I was able to address. One thing I wasn't able to address was bodily rights arguments, which one student brought up at the very, very end of class. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to get into that. I plan to write my final paper on it.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for what you do. I honestly think ERI is one of the best things to happen to the pro-life movement in a long time, and I hope I get the chance to meet you guys in person some day. :)

Thanks,

Ellen Campbell

————

Ellen's professor tried to set up the pro-life position to fail before the abortion discussion could even begin. Using his authority, he explicitly discriminated against the pro-life view in three ways. He openly stated that to hold the pro-life position you must be crazy, and he only focused on outlining bad characterics he has seen in the common stereotypes of pro-life people. Then he proudly braggedabout bullying pro-lifers in the past. If I were in the class and my professor told that story about what he did to a peer, then I would assume as an inferior to him I may receive worse. Even if it wasn't his intention, I would perceive the story as a warning to any pro-lifers thinking of speaking up, as if he was implying, "I am not afraid to bully you or be a jerk to you."

Another more subtle way he tried to undermine the pro-life stance was by using the term "non-thinking collection of cells." This really isn't language that falls into "neutral ground." It would be fair to use scientific terms like "embryo" or "fetus," but by describing the unborn in this way, he purposefully set up an argument that favors the pro-choice side. He went on to openly admit to attacking weak arguments in his story from college and then did the same in the classroom. I think that this is more of an intellectual injustice than anything else, but also a sign of a weak character. Being afraid to face the toughest arguments against your worldview is a sign of cowardice.

Ellen told me that he was much more respectful during the discussion with her than he had been throughout the semester. His responses in her story were pretty reasonable, and I'll give him credit for that, but he didn't set up the environment for positive dialogue.

One of the comments Ellen made that hit home the most was when she said, "I wasn't planning to go step by step through the Equal Rights Argument like I normally do, because I wasn't sure I was going to get the opportunity to present it properly."

This point of reflection in her story is indicative of the fear I had when speaking up in my biology class. There is a fear that the professor won't allow you to finish your thought, and so only half of your argument is represented and you look stupid because of power imbalances. My professor cut me off and ridiculed me without allowing me to respond or defend myself. While writing this piece, I asked Ellen if she shared my concern when she spoke up in class or if I had read too much into her statement. She confirmed my suspicion and told me she had been afraid that her professor or another student would talk over her and cut her off in the middle of her argument.

When abortion is a topic of discussion for class, the professor has a responsibility to encourage critical thinking and protect diversity of thought. In these stories, both professors tried to inhibit pro-life ideas because they disagreed with them. If they had a respectful regard for alternative viewpoints, then they would try to protect them, making sure they would be addressed, rather than making it difficult for students to advocate for the position. In the interest of academic progress, we need to protect the exchange of opposing ideas to allow the best argument to win. [Tweet that!]

Ellen and I are not the only students who have stories like this, and we want to hear yours. Please email me your stories to Rachel@EqualRightsInstitute.com and we might share them, too!

Please tweet this article!

  • Tweet: Abuse of Academic Authority Regularly Inhibits Pro-Life Speech
  • Tweet: Far too often when pro-life students dare to defend the unborn, professors attempt to humiliate and silence them.
  • Tweet: In the interest of academic progress, we need to protect the exchange of opposing ideas for the best argument to win.

The post "Abuse of Academic Authority Regularly Inhibits Pro-Life Speech" originally appeared at the Equal Rights Institute blog. Subscribe to our email list with the form below and get a FREE gift. Click here to learn more about our pro-life apologetics course, "Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations About Abortion."

The preceding post is the property of Rachel Crawford (apart from quotations, which are the property of their respective owners, and works of art as credited; images are often freely available to the public,) and should not be reproduced in part or in whole without the expressed consent of the author. All content on this site is the property of Josh Brahm unless the post was written by a co-blogger or guest, and the content is made available for individual and personal usage. If you cite from these documents, whether for personal or professional purposes, please give appropriate citation with both the name of the author (Rachel Crawford) and a link to the original URL. If you'd like to repost a post, you may do so, provided you show only the first three paragraphs on your own site and link to the original post for the rest. You must also appropriately cite the post as noted above. This blog is protected by Creative Commons licensing. By viewing any part of this site, you are agreeing to this usage policy.

This email is being sent as a courtesy from Pro-Life Action Network Inc

Pro-Life Action Network Inc - The Ann Arbor Life Chain and 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor People

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
 

Pro-Life Action Network Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Charitable contributions can be made by check, made payable to: Pro-life Action Network Inc
and mailed to: Pro-life Action Network Inc, 4700 Ash Court, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Copyright © 2017 Pro-Life Action Network Inc, All rights reserved.
You gave us your email address when you attending one of our pro-life events.

Our mailing address is:
Pro-Life Action Network Inc
4700 Ash Court
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Add us to your address book


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp