I’ve mentioned before how much I love hearing from former SFL students and leaders who have made a difference in the lives of others, or from someone directly affected by what a Students for Life group has done for them.
Recently, I was in touch with Kelsey Hazzard, a former Students for Life leader and founder of Secular pro-life, a group she started in 2009 to combat pro-abortion initiative across the spectrum of faith. This is her story:
“I became involved in the pro-life movement while I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami. When I realized that my college had a VOX group (Planned Parenthood’s student chapter), and no pro-life group to counter them, I knew I had to do something. Coincidentally, a Students for Life of America field agent arrived on campus just a couple of weeks later! I served as the first president of University of Miami Respect Life, which quickly became far more active than VOX and is still going strong two years after my graduation.
SFLA has provided crucial support in my growth as an advocate for the rights of unborn children. Shortly before I graduated, I started Secular Pro-Life, in an effort to bridge the divides between pro-life activists of different faiths. It has been a great success, and Secular Pro-Life regularly participates in SFLA’s annual conferences. SFLA has also supported me by having me as part of the inaugural class of Wilberforce fellows, teaching me valuable leadership skills.
Right now, I’m working with Secular Pro-Life and a great team of volunteers to produce a website (AbortionSafety.com) that will warn pregnant mothers about abortion providers in their communities who have injured or killed women. SFLA has endorsed this project.
In my spare time, I attend law school at the University of Virginia. My goal is to become a public interest attorney, possibly with a focus on pro-life and/or free speech litigation.”