Harvard Right to Life is devoted to the defense of human life in and beyond the Harvard campus. We favor an end to the practices of abortion and euthanasia, and seek to organize political and social action to attain that goal. The group is committed to open dialogue and would like to promote a greater awareness and concern regarding these issues on the Harvard campus through meetings, speakers, flyers, publications, and other appropriate means.
Our largest delegation yet, seventeen students will be attending the annual March for Life this January in Washington, D.C. The march will be held on January 22, 2014 in somber remembrance of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, decided on January 23, 1973. The event begins with a rally on the National Mall, and the peaceful demonstrators follow a route up Constitution Avenue and end in front of the Supreme Court.
Alumni, feel free to join our delegation at the March!
Many thanks to those individuals and organizations that fund HRL and have made this trip possible.
President: Jim McGlone '15
Vice President of Membership and Outreach: Julie Coates '15
Vice President of Communication and Technology: Juliette Mahaffey '16
Vice President of Speakers: David Paiva '16
Vice President of Publicity: Emma Rogge '17
Treasurer: Eileen Macron '17
November 7, 2013
"The Case for Life" with Speaker Jay Watts a Success
A talk co-hosted by Harvard Right to Life, Harvard College Faith and Action, the Harvard Catholic Students Association, and the Harvard Ichthus drew an unprecedented crowd for a Harvard pro-life event. Renowned pro-life speaker Jay Watts gave a lecture on various secular pro-life arguments, followed by a question and answer session.
October 8, 2013
"If you have strong moral objection to sharing the cost of elective abortions, you may request a rebate of the annual cost per individual of this coverage." --www.uhs.harvard.edu, "Sexuality Services: Pregnancy Counseling and Abortion Services"
As an undergraduate or graduate student at Harvard, a portion of your mandatory student health services fee (the fee which everyone pays regardless of whether or not you subscribe to the university health plan) is used to provide funding for elective student abortions. Any student who objects to abortion on moral grounds may receive a refund of that portion of their fee that funds elective student abortions. This rebate usually amounts to less than $1.00 and is deducted from the objecting student's termbill in the Spring. Although the amount is financially negligible, HRL encourages all students who object to abortion to take advantage of this UHS policy in the interests of principle. To obtain a refund, simply send a brief letter to UHS in which you state your moral opposition to abortion and request the return of that portion of your mandatory fee that funds elective abortions. You must sign the letter, date it, and include your eight-digit Harvard ID number. Or you can print out this generic letter, fill it out, and send it. All letters should be sent to:
UHS Member Services
Some students have expressed concern about the design of the UHS policy. In fact, upon review of the policy at other Ivy League schools, Harvard's stance falls somewhere between the extremes. Here are some frequently asked questions about the UHS policy (and some answers):
What does this refund include?
The portion of an individual student's mandatory health services fee that funds elective abortions.
What does this refund exclude?
Any money that funds abortions that UHS may deem to be medically necessary.
Which other elective medical procedures does the UHS plan cover?
None. In fact the Harvard University General Health Plan specifically excludes the following:
HRL at the 2013 March for Life
On Friday, January 25th, after an impressive year of growth and fundraising, Harvard Right to Life flew 12 students to the March for Life in DC. We joined up with the recently revived Ivy League Coalition for Life, which we have been at the forefront of reestablishing. After Marching on Washington, we spent a day with our confreres and stayed the night to participate on Saturday at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference for Life. After meeting some inspiring speakers, we boarded a plane to end our painless and productive journey to DC. Join us next year!
HRL at the 2012 March for Life
On Monday, January 23, Harvard Right to Life Members joined hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. HRL took part in the March for Life on the National Mall, which ended at the steps of the Supreme Court. Also present were pro-life students from around the Ivy League.
April 20, 2012
Cemetery of the Innocents
From 10 in the morning until 5 in the evening on Monday and Tuesday, pro-lifers at Harvard took turns to keep watch over our annual "Cemetery of the Innocents", a display of 137 flags on the lawn outside the Science Center, which represent the number of fetuses aborted on average every hour in the US. Unfortunately, on both days we had protesters steal the signs that explained the display. Nevertheless, many passers-by stopped to take pictures, ask questions, or just voice their support, which was very encouraging. We hope the display prompted positive discussion about how our country can work together to reduce the number of innocent lives lost.
October 12 - 13, 2010
The Feminist Cast Against Abortion
Serrin Foster, the President of Feminists for Life, thinks that every true feminist should be pro-life, and brought that message to Harvard on April 27, 2010. Planned Parenthood’s Insider magazine has called FFL’s college outreach program “the newest and most challenging concept in anti-choice organizing” and they say it “could have a profound impact” on college campuses. Addressing an audience in Emerson Hall, Ms. Foster demonstrated that Planned Parenthood is right to be scared, arguing why abortion is counterproductive to true feminism.
April 27th, 2010
Baby Items Drive
During the holiday season of 2009, HRL looked to make a difference by helping A Woman's Concern in Boston, an organization that assists new mothers with their baby's material needs. Having put out a collection bin in Pforzheimer House for ten days, HRL was able to collect a wide variety of childcare items and donate them to A Woman's Concern. HRl would like to thank all those who contributed for their support of the newborn children of Boston and their mothers!
December 7 - December 17, 2009
Sister Kathryn: A Faith Perspective in a Blurry World: A Pro-Life/Pro-Choice Talk
Sr. Kathryn DSMP, came to Harvard with 25 years of experience caring for persons with developmental disabilities living in both the Midwest and New England. With this work in mind and coming from a religious background, she spoke to the Harvard community about the pro-life message, pointing out the inherent value of every life regardless of abilities or so-called "quality of life". Those in attendance found the talk thought-provoking, and stayed for a while to ask questions and discuss.
November 17, 2009
Cemetery of the Innocents
From 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening on Monday and Tuesday, pro-lifers at Harvard organized a display of 140 flags on the lawn outside the Science Center, letting people know that in the US, 140 fetuses are aborted every hour. Many passers-by stopped to take pictures, ask questions, argue, or just voice their support, which was very encouraging. We hope the display prompted positive discussion about how our country can work together to reduce the number of innocent lives lost.
October 5-6, 2009
Chris Bell: Giving Women Real Choice
On a rainy Tuesday night, HRL hosted speaker Chris Bell who spoke to members of the Harvard community about his work with homeless women in crisis pregnancy situations. Bell is the founder of Good Counsel Homes, a private Catholic agency that provides pregnant women in need with a place to stay and a safe, loving environment while they are carrying their child. Since its beginning in 1985, Good Counsel Homes has established five homes around the New York greater metropolitan area.
April 21, 2009
Joanne McDuffy- Hope Rising, Abortion Recovery
Founder of Hope Rising, Abortion Recovery, which provides counseling services to women who have undergone abortions, Joanne McDuffy discussed the psychological trauma that many experience as a result of their abortions. McDuffy shared advice as to how to help friends and provide the appropriate support to such women.
April 7, 2009
Sister Joseph Andrew: Miscarriage and Abortion: the Chemical, the Physical, the Maternal
In Boylston's Ticknor Lounge, Sister Joseph Andrew addressed the Harvard community on the physical and psychological effects of elective abortion, taking as a point of reference spontaneous abortion (miscarriage). The speaker drew from her personal experience of counseling young women and mothers, and also provided information from the most recent studies surrounding the psychological backlash of abortion.
February 17, 2009
HRL Participates in Athena Conference on Campus
HRL members ran a workshop as part of Harvard's Athena Conference for High School girls of the Boston Area. The presentation, called "Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities", educated attendees on abortion's impact on women's health, the legal status of abortion, and embryology, as well as the processes of abortion, adoption, and parenting.
December 6, 2008
Ericka Bachiochi: "Pro-life Feminist VP Nominee - An Advance for Women?"
Pro-life feminist Ericka Bachiochi spoke to students and the public in Emerson on Tuesday. She presented a strong defense of Republican VP-Nominee Sarah Palin, noting the candidate's pro-life views as a main soure of the negative publicity of this campaign. She described how she came to the pro-life side in college after being an avid abortion-rights activist. An enlightening discussion followed the talk.
October 28, 2008
HRL holds general meetings every other week, on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 in Quincy House in the Shinagel Seminar Room (off of the Junior Common Room). All Harvard undergrads are welcome to attend.
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