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Yuck, I don’t like asking for donations. Didn’t have to do it for the first eight years of this blog’s existence.
But here I am, and the process is admittedly painful! I realize there are a gazillion organizations asking for donations, and this is just one more. All I can say is this blog gets traction. If you are passionate about online pro-life activism, as I am, this is a good investment.
What would really help is ongoing monthly support. How does $5 a month sound? That’s one cup of barista coffee, one McDonalds meal, one magazine.
If 200 people would donate $5 a month, (YOU?), we’d be set. Or 100 at $10. Or 40 at $25. Or 10 at $100. Or one at $1000.
For those donating $5/month I have t-shirts (size L) for the new movie, The Song, just out in theaters on September 26. It is based on the Biblical book Song of Solomon, and it looks good! Here’s the trailer…
“The Race to Save Our Century should be taught in every college in America.” ~ Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Hoeroic Campaign to End Slavery
On sale now, by pro-life activist Jason Jones, producer of Bella, and scholar John Zmirak, is The Race to Save Our Century, a book that reviews the brutalities of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the heroic stories of those who stood against them, and offers five principles to restore at Culture of Life.
For one week, now through September 27, you can receive a FREE copy of this important book, signed by Jason, in return for pledging $10 a month to support JillStanek.com! I’m setting no time limit for this pledge – cancel when you like.
- do original pro-life reporting in my post, “Planned Parenthood captures abortion monopoly in Texas”
- delve much deeper into a story barely covered by the mainstream media in my post, “Judge blocks Kissimmee Planned Parenthood from committing abortions”
- provide the sorely missing pro-life angle in my post, “Pro-life activists wreak havoc on New Orleans’ pro-abortion peace”
Each of these stories took several hours to several days to investigate and pull together. I was only enabled to do this thanks to the generosity of pro-lifers who freed my time to focus on pro-life journalism.
I’ve realized over the course of time I’m basically attracted to write three types of posts, those that 1) uplift pro-lifers, 2) expose the pro-abortion underbelly, or 3) discourage abortion proponents.
I would like to announce some exciting news here at JillStanek.com!
We have reshaped our Mod Squad, which is made up of pro-lifers who have shown themselves to be dedicated, honest, and respectful commenters here.
I’m excited to announce that Del, LibertyBelle, and Sydney have all graciously said YES to accepting the opportunity to moderate this blog! We are excited by their willingness to do this! Carder and Bobby Bambino will carry on as mods as well, and we are very grateful. Many thanks to our outgoing mods Gerard Nadal and Alice.
I will be stepping down as lead mod of this blog. Six years have simply FLOWN by!
Following the tradition we started three years ago, we’re posting all the upcoming summer pro-life teen- and college-aged boot camps we found listed around the country. If we missed any, please let Kelli know.
As I’ve said before, if I had teens in the house I’d not only send them to church camp every summer, I’d send them to at least one pro-life boot camp during their high school years. These provide a great opportunity to build strength and confidence in the sanctity of life and also launch lifelong pro-life friendships.
It’s great to see so many pro-life groups in so many states sponsoring these vital training programs for our young people.
The Life Prizes award I am indebted for receiving from the Gerard Foundation in 2008 kept the blog financially afloat as it grew to attract thousands of visitors a day. It enabled my partner Tim, of ProLifeBlogs.com, and I to incorporate (to legally protect us personally), and to hire administrative assistant Kelli to care for our growing managerial needs.
What interests people always interests me. Some posts that I think are not so amazing spark lots of activity and vice versa. So here were my top 10 most read posts of 2013. Thanks to Kelli for researching these stats. 10. March for Life 2013: A picture is worth 650,000 words (January 26) 9. Most […]
Always fascinating, comments to posts often delve away from the original topic. It may not be the post itself that triggers high reader response but the readers themselves. Here were the most commented posts of 2013. Thanks again to Kelli for researching these stats. 10. ABQ 20-week abortion ban proponents: We’ll be back (November 20; 221 comments) 9. […]
I’ve done “blog light” the past 2-1/2 weeks, away from my desk quite a bit in lieu of family time – visiting Andy and Daena in DC and camping (Starved Rock for Illinoisans) with the grandsons, Rich and my parents. If you’ve been wondering where I was, that’s where. Tomorrow I’ll be back. Thanks to Kelli, […]
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! From the whole team at JillStanek.com
I’ve been in Florida since March 1 (hence the lowered rate of posts – thanks to Kel, Carder, Jivin J, Susie, Hans, and LauraLoo for standing in the gap!).
Last week I so happy to get to meet up with Carder, who has been a moderator on the blog for several years and also posts our Quote of the Day on M-W-F…
I also got to connect with pro-life heroines Michele Herzog (below right) and Allura Lightfoot (below left) where they do sidewalk counseling several times a week at All Women’s Health Center abortion clinic in Altamonte Springs. I’ve written about Michele’s work a couple of times (here and here)…
What were my 5 top read posts last week? Find out by subscribing to the Jill Stanek Weekly, a short and snappy e-newsletter that lists those along with another tidbit or two. If you’re not already a Stanek subscriber, you can catch up by reading yesterday’s JS Weekly here. Want to make sure you don’t […]
Want to make sure you don’t miss any of my news and commentary? Subscribe now to receive my weekend e-newsletter! The Jill Stanek Weekly lists the top five most read posts for the past seven days, along with another tidbit or two. If you’re not already a Stanek subscriber, you can catch up by reading […]
Good day, blog friends! With all the holiday festivities, outings, and travels, there will be no writer or moderator at the blog inn to post until January 2. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and ponder New Year’s resolutions that will make you more holy and the world a better place, especially for the […]
Live Action launched an exciting pro-life contest today. Live Action will be giving away two round-trip tickets to the March for Life and a 2-night hotel stay in Washington, D.C. This will be an opportunity for one person and a friend to be a part of the 2013 March for Life, an historic event this […]
Click photo to enlarge… I’m honored to have been asked to join Life Dynamics’ Life Talk team! Life Talk is a video program produced once monthly at LD’s (newly redesigned) studio in Denton, Texas. The show features “hidden heroes of the pro-life movement and… latest news from the front lines of the abortion controversy,” quoting […]
I’m so sad to report one of the bloggers we feature in our top blogs section (right side of home page) has passed away.
Hans Johnson is now sharing duties with Laura Loo preparing our “Pro-life video of the day” segment, and has been for several weeks now. Hans and LL are both very diligent, working hard to post the latest videos on our topic, sometimes having to switch gears at the last minute for a time-sensitive entry. I so appreciate how seriously they take this important daily post.
We also have two new moderators: Alice and Tyler! Both are well known to post sage, measured comments and came highly recommended by our other wonderful moderators, Bobby Bambino, Carla, Gerard, and Suki.
For the past couple weeks I’ve featured an ad asking you to take a survey on the state of the pro-life movement, this to learn how this blog and I can better support and inspire you. The response has been great. Almost 400 of you have shared your thoughts, which is phenomenal. But if you […]
No matter what state or country I visit, I find pro-lifers amazingly similar. We are our own unique culture, like our own ideological country. No matter where I travel, I meet instant best friends. There’s no time or need for small talk. We jump right to the topic at the front of all our minds, the sanctity of innocent human life. So it was in Australia. I will miss my new friends.
G’Day from Australia, pro-life mates! Rich and I arrived in Melbourne 15 hours ago after just as long a flight from Los Angeles.
FYI, here were a few enhancements made in the past several days:
- Comments will now be open on all older posts. We originally had to close them after two weeks due to spam, but that is now under control.
- Added a new and better print plugin.
- Added some features to comments, including buttons for copy, paste, and blockquotes. You can now also drag the comment box to make it bigger if you need more space when you’re typing.
I have a question for you on comments. We have the ability to nest comments, which would let you respond to a comment after the comment. Would you like that feature added, or no?
Most of you are aware my site was compromised Friday. Our web person got rid of the infection, but there was a hidden trigger that set it off again Saturday. Now that, too, has been found and dealt with. We will likely never know whether this was a malicious or random attack. But objectively speaking, […]
UPDATE 1/30, 7:12a: We blindsided and overwhelmed NARAL last year with our “Ask Them What They Mean by ‘Choice’” Day, but this year the group was more prepared. They signed up 1/3 more blogs to participate and tried to keep up with our counter-tweets. But we forced them to think about what “choice” really stands […]
Named spokesperson of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network only four months ago, country music star Collin Raye is diving right in to pro-life activism. Raye is scheduled to perform at five pro-life events in Washington, D.C., leading up to and during the March for Life. Raye will perform for over 2,000 college students […]
UPDATE, 7:52p: Personhood USA Life-stream choppy. CNN has great live-streaming here. UPDATE, 7:15p: @thomas_hall tweets that over 40 media outlets are present… UPDATE, 7:03p: The live-stream can be enlarged to full screen, if you didn’t notice. Sound isn’t great. I can hear better with earbuds. Tweet at hashtag #ProLifeForum.
Family Research Council is once again hosting ProLifeCon the morning of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 23, from 8:30 – 11:30a EST. As always, FRC has arranged a great line-up of speakers, including Michael Clancy, who in 1999 took the photograph seen round the world of preborn Samuel Armas reaching out of […]
Our response last year to NARAL’s “Blog for Choice Day” was frankly spectacular. The plan was simple. Every year NARAL uses the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision to try to talk up “choice.” But last year pro-lifers banded together on our blogs, their blogs, Facebook, and Twitter to cut through their ambiguous […]
These are always interesting. Thanks to web administrator Andy for researching these stats. 10. Ask Them What They Mean by ‘Choice’” Blog Day, January 24 9. Kermit Gosnell’s “bizarre” collection of baby feet, January 20 8. Abortion as birth control: Porn star kills 4th baby; may have been Sheen’s, February 24
Thanks to web administrator Andy for compiling these stats. Always interesting to look back at hot button topics. All of these comments are now closed, sorry! 10. Stanek weekend question I: Would Jesus carry graphic signs of aborted babies, June 18 – 262 comments 9. Stanek Sunday extra: Eucharist flash mob, June 27 – 272 […]
It has been a week of traumatic but good change for this old PC user. I had been planning to make the move to Mac during Christmas vacation, when son-in-law and Mac user Andy would be home to help. I intended to get a laptop, but receiving an iPad from hubby Rich for Christmas prompted […]
Back from an 11 month hiatus is the Jill Stanek Weekly Newsletter! Relaunched last weekend, it highlights the top four or so stories of the past seven days. So if because of the distractions of life you can’t drop in here every day, sign up to join my email list, which is super easy, and […]
Exciting weekend ahead. Am at Chicago’s Midway Airport at the moment, waiting to board a plane to Los Angeles. I’ll be speaking today and tomorrow at the International Pro-Life Youth Conference.
Check out my autumn speaking schedule. If you live in the vicinity of one of the events, join us! You and I can meet, and you’ll also be supporting a great pro-life organization!
Many of you have noticed my posts began dwindling 2-3 weeks ago – finally down to nothing last week. What’s going on? Nothing dramatic, just good old-fashioned housecleaning and sprucing up for a bridal shower we held at our home for daughter Daena and new son-in-law Andy this past Saturday.
It has been Vacation Bible School week at my church, meaning we’ve had 4 of our 6-1/2 grandsons visiting the past several days! This should explain my absence without my having to say another word! Wow, I don’t know how I raised 3 kids of my own and got anything other than caring for them […]
It all started when New Zealand college student Andy Moore began interning on this blog – could it be only 2 short years ago?!
This apartment is making me crazy. My bug phobia… I thought I was managing okay… I’m not…. This place needs 15 exterminators, a fire, & a possibly to be nuked from orbit…. I am not sleeping much or well and I am afraid to go in my kitchen and I really really need everything to […]
American Life League’s annual National Pro-life T-Shirt Week has proven so successful it is expanding to host a National Pro-Life T-Shirt Weekend on August 5-7.
I’ve been making use of the “Like” feature on Facebook comments more and more. It’s a quick way to affirm what someone else has said. I like Facebook “Like” so much, I’ve begun wishing I could “Like” comments I read here. So many of you write such good stuff! So today we installed a new […]
We’ve been running the ad about this event for weeks, and tomorrow night is the big night. If you haven’t already, register now to participate in the Unite for Life webcast on May 17 at 8p (in each time zone), hosted by Focus on the Family and featuring Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director.
UPDATE 6/29, 9:25a: And here’s one more, Pro-Life Boot Camp for high school and college students, hosted by Allen County Right to Life in Indiana. UPDATE 5/19, 12:35p: Just spotted another one, the REveAL Summer Camp, hosted by Texas Right to Life. 5/12, 4:40p: When I was a teen I went to church youth camp […]
Last week, contemporary Christian band Four Wall Flight released their self-titled, debut album. Why is this significant? Because Kelli, our own administrative assistant, is a founding member, songwriter, and vocalist with the group! Not only that, the band’s drummer (and WordPress programmer) Gretchen has been doing upgrades and tweaks here for a while now.
by moderator Carla Jill and The Mod Squad are so grateful that our beloved Bethany and her family are safe and sound after last week’s tornadoes ripped through the South. Although the city where Bethany lives was devastated, her family’s home was undamaged, thank God. But they are still without power at this time and […]
Happy Easter! By popular demand (from myself :)) I’m reposting my 2 favorite Easter songs, both by Keith Green. As I mentioned last year, Keith died in a small plane accident in 1982 at age 28, along with 2 of his 4 children. Keith’s inspiring words and music burst with the promise Jesus brought when […]
From Kelli and the Mod Squad: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILL!!! Hope you have a great day!
Hola! Sorry I’ve been out-of-pocket these past 2 days. Didn’t plan on it or I would have given fair warning. We’ve been rushing to finish our basement in time for Easter. We’d been slowly working on this project since last fall, having decided we needed to expand what with the grandson count continually going up […]