Grab a marker, ladies.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, says that what women need for Valentine's Day is "safe + legal abortion."

As romantic as that sounds, I disagree. Do you? 

The wonderful ladies behind Women Speak for Themselves are spearheading a response to Ms. Richards: 

Yesterday, Planned Parenthood tweeted a video of their president Cecile Richards, highlighting what they think #WhatWomenNeed for Valentine's Day. As you can see from the screen shot included here, Planned Parenthood continues to claim to speak for all women. And unsurprisingly, they continue to think women need more abortion and more birth control.
One of our WSFT members emailed me, suggesting that we respond to Cecile with pictures of ourselves saying what women REALLY need. So, let's speak for ourselves....as pro-life, pro-religious liberty women...how about it?! 
Here's the plan:MegWSFT
1) Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says:
#WhatWomenNeed Fill in the blank
Ideas include i.e Love; Commitment; Meaningful relationships, not just empty sex; Better maternity benefits; Less interference with how they raise their children; Religious Freedom, etc.

2) Send us a copy of your picture Helen@chiaroscuroInstitute.org or to our Facebook page
3) We'll post the picture on our Facebook page, and we encourage you to post your picture on your page, too! Also, if you tweet your photo out, please add us to your tweet @womenspeak2012
 Let's show social media the beautiful faces of pro-life women!!



When I think of when I do any of this--"this" being this blog, or the things I post to my personal Facebook page, or the photos on my Instagram or my Twitter account--I know I do it because the year is 2014, and this is where the battle is being fought.

Sure, sharing the pictures and stories of the boys bring no small joy to my heart, as do the outfit and style posts, the ideas for new shows to watch, new makeup to try, recipes to make for dinner...

But when it comes down to it, I know that all these various social media accounts are tools in the workbox of modern evangelization. And they are available to everyone, essentially for free.

So grab a marker. Run over to the printer and get some paper. As a friend on Facebook said, enlist your five year old to take a picture. Upload it and show Cecile that on St. Valentine's Day (and every other day of the year), women deserve a whole lot more than abortion.

UPDATE: Cari's making today's Theme Thursday all about hearts (and grabbing a marker, too!). So though this was Tuesday's post, I'm linking up.


  1. Ha! We had the same thought!

  2. Beautiful! I'm going to have to get my 8 year old photographer to take a picture for me later.

  3. Yes! I love the responses!