NYC pro-life advocate has speaking tour in deep blue northeast, UVM on Monday

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FROM NYC TO VERMONT: Savannah Craven, a young woman and activist for pro-life causes,  has come to Vermont from New York City. She will be at UVM on Monday evening to speak about the negative impacts of abortion.

MONTPELIER — A young NYC woman and activist for pro-life causes, Savannah Craven, is making rounds across New England to speak about the topic of abortion. On Saturday she attended the Right to Life March, and on Monday evening she will speak at UVM.

Savannah Craven of Students for Life in America

“It’s exciting, to be honest — I looked to the Northeast because I wanted the challenge. I wanted to be a pro-life presence in an area of the country that is so pro-abortion,” Craven told TNR before giving a speech to a full banquet room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

“On Monday, if we do receive any opposition and we do get any confusion, I just want to make it clear that we’re doing this to stand up for women and their babies and to support them,” she said. “We’re not trying to control anyone, we’re not trying to tell anyone what to do, we just simply offer a non-violent option to abortion.

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TURNOUT: About 300 Vermonters came out for this year’s annual Vermont Right to Life March.

Abortion is ‘not pro-women’

Craven suggested that the pro-women-themed pro-abortion marches have unfairly taken the moral high ground when it comes to claiming to stand for women’s rights. She said abortion is the opposite of women’s rights.

“Abortion is violence, it is not pro-woman at all,” she added. “It’s basically telling a woman that she can’t.  It’s saying you can’t be a mom and have your dream career and you can’t be a mom and go to school,” she said. “We want to show that women are stronger than their circumstances and that pregnant and parenting students do have rights on college campuses.”

Here in the Northeast for a while

Craven also spoke earlier in the day on the Statehouse steps, discussing her work for Students for Life as a northeast field operations coordinator. She said her work is to “help students to be strong pro-life leaders and to help them feel equipped to go out in the community and defend the preborn.”

Mary Beerworth of Vermont Right to Life

Mary Beerworth, executive director of Vermont Right to Life, also spoke at the march. She reminded those in attendance that Vermont’s House speaker used to work for Planned Parenthood.

“The speaker of the House and former Planned Parenthood employee Jill Krowinski has intended to make abortion their top priority,” Beerworth told the crowd from the Statehouse steps.

She said she has little faith in Gov. Phil Scott when it comes to life issues.

“Sadly, our governor has given the keys of his office to Planned Parenthood as well,” Beerworth said of the governor.

H. 89 to protect “reproductive and gender-affirming services”

As this event took place, lawmakers have crafted a bill, H. 89, that would “make reproductive and gender-affirming services legally protected by the state.”

Initiatives in the bill include to “prohibit a public agency from cooperating in an interstate investigation or proceeding seeking to impose civil or criminal liability upon a person or entity for obtaining or providing legally protected health care.”

Beerworth said the bill would seek to protect out-of-state visitors while they get an abortion in Vermont, where the service is now protected up until the moment of birth.

“Who benefits from that? Planned Parenthood’s abortion business,” Beerworth said.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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4 thoughts on “NYC pro-life advocate has speaking tour in deep blue northeast, UVM on Monday

  1. Pro-life’s big lie: “…we’re doing this to stand up for women and their babies and to support them,” What a crock of delusion!!

    If they care so much about babies, why aren’t they adopting the unwanted ones that end up in foster care hell?
    I once heard adult children born to addicted mothers say that they wish they had never been born. Who speaks for the fetus’s right not to be born? Not to be forced to live in hell?

    How many children from unwanted pregnancies end up in the foster care system where they are shuffled around to strangers on average 5-6 times, have poor development outcomes, poor health, more problems in school, higher rates of depression and increased incarceration and suicide rates.

    Pro-life is anything but compassionate. I’ve seen children born to addicts living in the most horrific and cruel situations taken away from their mothers, and I have concluded that they never should have been born.

    Not being born is the most compassionate thing that could have happened to them.

    I am not pro-abortion. I am pro not forcing any woman to carry an unwanted pregnancy. She did not get that way by herself yet, she will be the one suffer the life-changing consequences. It’s simply too unjust.

    Take religion out of this equation and how many of these sheep would really be pro-life?

    How many rail against welfare while forcing women into it? Such hypocrisy.

    • If ‘Joy’ was truly an interested person, perhaps some research would be cited. For example:

      According to the Adoption Network:

      – About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Of non-stepparent adoptions, about 59% are from the child welfare (or foster) system, 26% are from other countries, and 15% are voluntarily relinquished American babies.

      – 6 in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption, meaning that they themselves, a family member, or a close friend was adopted, had adopted a child, or had placed a child for adoption.

      – There are no national statistics on how many people are waiting to adopt, but experts estimate it is somewhere between one and two million couples. Every year there are about 1.3 million abortions. Only 4% of women with unwanted pregnancies place their children through adoption.

      Frankly, I suspect this ‘Joy’ character is nothing more than an anonymous troll simply trying to aggravate readers on this conservative platform. I recommend taking Joy’s commentary with a grain of salt.

      • Hi Jay,

        Thanks for doing the work that Joy won’t do at all..

        Yes, I do agree that we’ve got a Troll in the house- stinking up the place.

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