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I’m as tired of asking for donations as you, please help!

2014-09-28_1107Yuck, 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.

I have eight signed copies of The Race to Save Our Century by Jason Jones and John Zmirak left for those donating $10+/month.

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…

Receive FREE signed copy of “The Race to Save Our Century” for monthly pledge!

The Race to Save Our CenturyThe 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.

Help JillStanek.com reach fundraising goal!

2014-07-20_0905This week, due in part to connections I’ve been able to establish across the pro-life spectrum, I was able to:

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.

JillStanek.com needs you!

2014-07-20_0905I’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.

Announcing new JillStanek.com crew members!

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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!

2014 pro-life summer boot camps for students

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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.

Please support JillStanek.com

2014-05-12_0819When I launched my blog in 2005, many didn’t even know what a blog was! I didn’t have to invest much money in the early days due to the low volume of traffic initially.

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.

Top Ten 2013: Stanek’s most read posts

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 […]

Top Ten 2013: Stanek’s most commented posts

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. […]

Back from vacation…

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, […]

Happy birthday, Jill!

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! From the whole team at JillStanek.com

Pro-life activists in the Sunshine State

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…

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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)…

The Jill Stanek Weekly is out!

 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 […]

The Jill Stanek Weekly is out!

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 […]

Post-Christmas break

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 […]

Win trip to DC for you and friend for March for Life

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 […]

Stanek joins Life Talk team

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 […]

Sad news: Inspirational pro-life blogger passes away

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.

New blog team members!

I’m excited to announce several new additions to the JillStanek.com blog team!

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.

Last chance to take Stanek survey on state of pro-life movement

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 […]

Australian pro-life tour recap

Rich and I are at the airport. It’s 12:30p on July 16 here. (Happy 30th birthday to son Tim!) Our plane departs for America soon, thus ending our whirlwind pro-life tour for Right to Life Australia.

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!

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.

Memorial Day, a day to remember

Blog enhancements

We’re always on the lookout to tweak the blog to make it better.

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?

Sabotaged

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, […]

Final Update: Ask Them What They Mean by “Choice” Day

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 […]

Country music star to perform at March for Life events

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 […]

TONIGHT! Televised Presidential Prolife Forum

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.

FRC’s ProLifeCon: January 23

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 […]

Announcing 2nd Annual “Ask Them What They Mean by ‘Choice’” Blog Day, January 22

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 […]

Top 10 2011: Stanek’s most read posts

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

Top 10 2011: Stanek’s most commented posts

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 […]

Going Mac

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 […]

Stanek Weekly back in business!

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 […]

En route to the International Pro-Life Youth Conference!

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.

Jill’s autumn speaking schedule is up!

  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!

JLS MIA?

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.

Busy week!

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 […]

Just eloped, Andy and Daena!

It all started when New Zealand college student Andy Moore began interning on this blog – could it be only 2 short years ago?!

Buggy writer of abortion tale partially blames Jill Stanek for having to move

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 […]

National Pro-Life T-Shirt Weekend: August 5-7

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.

Do you “Like”?

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 […]

Unite for Life Webcast

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.

Summer pro-life teen boot camp opportunities

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 […]

Four Wall Flight

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.

Bethany is safe

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 […]

He is risen!

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 […]

They say it’s your birthday…

From Kelli and the Mod Squad: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JILL!!! Hope you have a great day!

Hi!

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 […]

JillStanek.com makes Top 100 most popular conservative websites

Am tooting my own horn here, but this is also a tip of the hat to the pro-life community and the mods. Death By 1000 Papercuts has listed this site in its Top 100 Most Popular Conservative Websites category for March 2011. I barely eked in at #99, but this was a 1st for me […]

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hyde-anniversary-2013-final_smallby Kelli

Abortions are expensive. A first trimester abortion costs an average of $470. A second trimester abortion at 20 weeks costs an average of $1,500.

So what do you do if you can’t afford an abortion and you definitely can’t afford a baby?

If you happen to be one of the 12 million women who depend on Medicaid and other federal insurance programs, you are pretty screwed, thanks to the Hyde Amendment….

In the name of abortion rights, human rights and reproductive justice, it is time to repeal Hyde. Reproductive rights activists often focus on abortion’s legality and physical accessibility — where women can receive abortion care and how far along into a pregnancy the procedure is legal; but the fight for safe and legal abortion means nothing if it isn’t accessible to everyone.

I shouldn’t have to mention that providing coverage for abortion care leads to better economic outcomes for both the women who have abortions and for the institutions that would otherwise have to provide childcare service.

But, for some readers and most politicians, these nuances are what matter most for their public support of repealing Hyde. Sadly, the value of a woman’s life, autonomy and dignity aren’t always enough to influence policy. Often in a political context we see financial outcomes superseding socially just policy. Hyde is neither a socially just policy nor an economically sound one.

I currently have $342 in my savings account. If I didn’t admit that having less than $470 makes me nervous, I would be lying.

Like I said, abortions are expensive. But so is the cost of injustice.

So, happy anniversary, Hyde. Here’s to another year of classism, sexism, and broad-based discrimination lovingly provided by the United States government.

*This article refers to abortion care patients solely as women, but not all people who have abortions identify as women.

~ Carly Manes, discussing why she believes every woman deserves to have a “free” abortion, The Michigan Daily, September 29

[Graphic via NARAL Pro-Choice America]

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