2022, the year we finally threw Roe v. Wade into the ash heap of history, was unforgettable. Already, tens of thousands of lives are being saved from the violence of abortion — and the pro-life movement is just getting started. This is a multi-generational struggle for the fundamental right to life, and we are honored to play a part in it.
In January, we started the year off right by marching for life in Chicago and Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Secular Pro-Life executive director Monica Snyder and her unborn daughter Ruby went undercover at a late-term abortion business.
In February, Secular Pro-Life vice president Terrisa Bukovinac (better known as the founder of PAAU) inspired thousands as the keynote speaker at the Maryland March for Life. We debunked pro-abortion falsehoods about embryonic hearts, responded to the bizarre practice of attempting abortion via telepathy (really), and exposed the extreme provisions of the abortion lobby’s dream bill (which thankfully did not pass).
In March, we explained how ultrasounds detect and present fetal heartbeats, debunked scaremongering about contraception and foster care, sponsored a pro-life march in Missouri, celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by sharing family perspectives, and appeared on the Explicitly Pro-Life podcast.
In April, Monica gave birth to Ruby and went on maternity leave. We discussed a survey finding that physicians are less likely to abort their children than the general population, and exposed pro-abortion celebrity doctor Jen Gunter’s refusal to attend medical ethics classes.
In May, Politico leaked the draft opinion in Dobbs, revealing that Roe would soon be reversed. Secular Pro-Life joined a coalition of groups rejecting punishment for post-abortive mothers, countered pro-abortion sexism smears, and proved statistically that non-religious people can be pro-life.
In June, we celebrated the official end of Roe! The majority opinion in Dobbs cited the amicus brief filed by pro-life feminist groups, including SPL. The abortion lobby kept us very busy fighting their disinformation, calls to violence, and indoctrination of children. We also reported on a secondary victory in a Dobbs footnote, which strongly suggests that the Supreme Court will find censorship in the form of “buffer zones” around abortion centers unconstitutional at the earliest opportunity. And we joined TikTok!
In July, we continued to reflect and educate on Dobbs. Terrisa spent four days in jail for rescuing babies. Secular Pro-Life joined a coalition against an illegal scheme the Biden administration was flirting with to commit abortions on federal lands; the administration ultimately did not pursue it. And we called out an anti-science judge in Kentucky who falsely claimed that life at fertilization is a religious doctrine.
In August, we welcomed guest articles on psychological criteria for personhood, consciousness, artificial wombs, international abortion laws, and even how to debate pro-choicers using cartoons! Monica appeared on the “Life Chat” podcast, and Terrisa went up against a Women’s March representative in an incredible debate.
In September, we highlighted the abortion industry’s hostility toward organized labor, celebrated a pro-life victory in Chile, appeared on two episodes of the “Equipped for Life” podcast, and launched our “Ask a Pro-Life Atheist” series.
In October, Secular Pro-Life president Kelsey Hazzard presented at the Rehumanize Conference. We fact-checked the Guardian‘s viral disinformation on prenatal development. We explored the reasons mothers abort in the third trimester (spoiler alert: it’s not always medically indicated). Monica spoke candidly with the Australian “Ideas Digest” podcast. And we offered resources for secular people in need of culturally competent post-abortion counseling.
In November, we gave thanks for our many volunteers, including those who began translating our most popular content into Spanish! Monica debated philosophy professor Dr. Dustin Crummett and appeared on the “Dear Jane” podcast. We also introduced the Abortion Debate Index, and mourned the four women killed by legal abortionists annually pre-Dobbs.
That brings us to December. We are in the midst of March for Life preparations, end-of-year fundraising, and planning for 2023. Thank you so much for your continued support of Secular Pro-Life’s vision. See you next year!