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Illinois’ Jill Stanek joins Trump’s Pro-Life Coalition leadership


Jill Stanek (center) speaks with reporters

MOKENA – Mokena resident Jill Stanek has signed on as an advisor on the life issue to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the campaign announced late last week. According to the published list of 32 of the national movement's most vocal leaders, Stanek alone hails from Illinois.

"I was happy to be asked to be a national pro-life co-chair for Trump. I am literally sickened by the prospect of Hillary Clinton being elected president," Stanek told Illinois Review Monday. "She would be catastrophic to preborn children."

Stanek said there is no question the former First Lady would push wider access and taxpayer funding of abortions – the main reason why pro-lifers need to support Trump.

"Clinton has promised to to give Planned Parenthood more funding, promote the overturn of the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funding for U.S. abortions. She has also promised to 'reinterpret' the Helms Amendment, which blocks taxpayer funding of International abortions," Stanek said.

Clinton has also promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices that will uphold Roe v. Wade. 

"Of course, there is no way she would sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," Stanek said.

Stanek first became involved in the pro-life issue when in 1999, she was forced to leave her obstetrics nursing position at southwest suburban Oak Lawn Christ Hospital after objecting to the facility's policy concerning babies born alive after abortions. The hospital staff was instructed to leave unwanted babies born alive to die on a soiled utility room shelf.

When confronted with the situation, Stanek instinctively picked up and held a 22-week baby for 45 minutes until he died after being aborted by his mother. 

Stanek became vocal locally about the practice she considered abhorrent, and then testified in Illinois' and D.C. capitols to protect those helpless newborns. Other nurses, horrified by the practice they had witnessed for themselves, came forward and validated Stanek's claims. 

Legislation to protect born alive infants passed at the federal level and was signed into law by President George W. Bush, but Stanek's testimony had opened the eyes of the public unaware as to the radical nature of abortion and its advocates. While the federal protection law passed, in her home state of Illinois, the measure was blocked time and time again - thanks to Illinois' strong abortion lobby, moderate Republicans that sided with abortion supporters as well as the state's Democrats, led by the likes of then-Senator Barack Obama

Stanek has since become a national spokesman for the Life movement, and now serves as Chair of Susan B. Anthony List – a pro-life effort to counter the abortion movement's political action committee called EMILY's List.

Last week, the Trump Campaign announced that she had joined Trump's list of Pro-Life Coalition's National Co-Chairs, knowing that Trump remains controversial among conservatives.

"Trump was not the first choice of many pro-lifers, but now that the race is between him and Hillary Clinton, there is no other choice, in my opinion," Stanek said. "Trump has promised to defund Planned Parenthood, to sign the Pain-Capable Act and to nominate only Supreme Court justices from two lists of names, which are all sterling."

In addition, Trump has recently added another pledge – to promote enacting the Hyde Amendment into permanent law, which would end the need to approve every year as is currently the law.

Pro-Life Coalition’s National Co-Chairs

Representative Robert Aderholt (AL-04)
Ellen Barrosse, Republican National Committeewoman & Chairman of RNC Conservative Steering Committee
Gary Bauer, President of American Values
Representative Diane Black (TN-06)
Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
Honorable Ken Blackwell, Former Ambassador of United Nations Human Rights Commission
Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas
Frank Cannon, President of American Principles Project
Senator Steve Daines of Montana
Bill Dallas, CEO of United in Purpose
Bill Donahue, Treasurer of FAMILY PAC
Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)
Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
Representative Trent Franks (AZ-08)
Day Gardner, President of National Black Pro-Life Union
Representative Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life
Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn
Ed Martin, President of Eagle Forum
Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women of America
Representative Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council
Representative Joe Pitts (PA-16)
Representative Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Senator David Perdue of Georgia
Ralph Reed, Founder and Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition
Austin Ruse, President of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)
Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04)
Jill Stanek, National Campaign Chair of Susan B. Anthony List
Charmaine Yoest, American Values Senior Fellow


  1. Donald Trump has ALWAYS been pro-choice his whole life until this campaign and he praises his sister AppealS Court Judge Maryann Trump Berry who attacked the New Jersey partial birth abortion law in 2000 when all she needed to do was stay silent and let the lower court decision stand. It is hard to believe how the the pro-life movement has been taken in by the pro-choice con artist Donald Trump who will betray the pro-life movement so fast it will make their heads spin. Wishful thinking cannot change a con artist like Trump.

  2. There may be some question about Trump’s prolife stance. However there is no question about Hillary’s position. If you are pro abortion, Hillary is a sure thing. I’m prolife and Trump is my only choice!

  3. Hey Mark, who appointed her to the Appellate Circuit? Which President, Mark? The whole problem with NeverTrump, and I intend for this to be constructive criticism, is that you couldn’t keep it straight whether Trump was the most conservative Republican ever or the most liberal. Before primaries, he was most liberal. After clinching the delegates and the convention nomination, he’s worse than Goldwater (ironic with 50 years of hindsight). If you could have just kept a simple argument straight, then it might have done something, possibly. Another major flaw in NeverTrumpland is that in every other election the NeverTrumpers are always pushing for the “most electable” candidate and trashing actual conservatives, so when the “he’s not conservative” argument came the wheels flew off of the NeverTrump van.

  4. Joe your comment is just as incoherent as Trump. I never claimed he was any kind of authentic conservative. He is a liberal pretending to be conservative and he knows zero about the Constitution or the separation of powers. Trump cannot appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court because even if he wins on Nov. 8 the GOP is losing the Senate because of Trump.

  5. Notice how often the Trump fans resort to personal attacks on a critic instead of arguments on policy. Most Republicans do not agree with Trump on his anti-free trade rants this year or his admiration of Putin this year or on his pro-gun control and pro-choice and pro-liberal donations prior to June 18, 2015 when he became a candidate for the GOP nomination. Your emotions make you wish so much for Trump to be a conservative that you are willing to block out his past before June 18, 2015 and accept on faith that he has changed his positions on all those topics. But an honest person has to examine his political record before June 18, 2915 and question his motives. If you are happy taking a chance on Trump that is fine but most of you understand that Illinois will reject Trump by 15 percent or more on Nov. 8.

  6. Joe do you ever do any honest homework or check any facts before you post? Judge Maryann Trump Barry was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court for New Jersey by President Reagan on Sept.14, 1983 but she was appointed the Appeals Court where she now sits by President Bill Clinton on June 17, 1989. Did you ever know Bill Clinton to be in the habit of appointing any pro-life judges? Of course not. Reagan made bad appointments to the district courts when his staff did a bad job of vetting. Reagan also made a terrible appointment to the Supreme Court when he appointed Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981. Before she retired O’Connor showed her dishonest liberal colors when she advocated following precedents from international courts overseas instead of the United States Constitution that she swore to uphold. Again Trump has never been an authentic conservative no matter how hard you wish he was. I have NEVER said he was too conservative and if you can quote me to that effect then put up or shut up.

  7. I don’t know what world you’re living in but in reality most Republicans do agree with the anti-global trade positions Trump has taken and most Republicans reject America’s role as the world’s policeman. Only the most fire breathing neo-cons still hold to those discredited positions.

  8. It’s hilarious that you cling to the belief that a member party of O’Connor and Souter and Kennedy and Roberts and Miers would otherwise appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court.
    Again, illogical and incoherent.

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