CHECK IT OUT: Kristan Hawkins’ free speech op-ed on Fox News

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard. If you haven’t heard about the college blockade taking place even this week, perhaps it is because the students whose voices are being forcibly silenced favor life over abortion. And while they may not get the attention that millionaire athletes can garner, their points of view are no less valid.

Continue reading on www.foxnews.com —>

October Event-in-a-Box: 1 in 5

School is in full swing again, and as all avid pro-lifers know, October is one of the biggest months for pro-life events. Whether your group has already used September to do some awesome events or you’ve waited until October to kick things off, you won’t want to miss the October Event-in-a-Box from Students for Life!

Abortion has claimed the lives of 1/5 of our generation.

What will you do to stop the injustice?

The theme of the 2017 October Event-in-a-Box is “1 in 5” and it includes everything you’ll need to remind peers that this is personal. Abortion is responsible for missing friends, family members, and classmates. We’ll never know how different our lives would be had abortion not wiped out 20% of our generation.

This Event-in-a-Box will provide you with all the training and materials you’ll need to educate your peers about the tragic truth. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much abortion affects us all; use these materials to remind your campus that this is personal.

What’s in the Box?

  • 2 “1 in 5” Themed Flyers (including a yearbook-themed one)
  • List of Sample Sidewalk Phrases
  • 20 “1 in 5” Topic Cards
  • Guide for Using “1 in 5” Topic Cards
  • 10 “Overpopulation” Topic Cards

*You will need to purchase sidewalk chalk

Order the October Event-in-a-Box by contacting your Regional Coordinator TODAY!

If you are a student in Southern CA or AZ, contact Camille Rodriguez.

If you are a student in WA, contact Katie Lodjic.

If you are a student in CO or NM, contact Bethany Janzen.

If you are a student in MI, contact Audrey Nitzel.

If you are a student in MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michele Hendrickson.

If you are a student in KY or TN, contact Brenna Lewis.

If you are a student in NE, SD, or KS, contact Savannah Falter.

If you are a student in TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.

If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.

If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.

If you are a student in VT, ME, RI, NH, CT, or MA, contact Abby Young.

If you are a student in VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.

If you are a student in Northern CA, contact Anna Arend.

If you are a student in OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.

If you are a student in OH, contact Morgan Getts.

If you are a student in IN, contact Anna Allgaier.

If you are a student in IA or IL, contact David Cordaro.

If you are a student in MN, contact Maddie Schulte.

If you are a student in MO, contact Reagan Barklage.

If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Brielle Heraty.

If you don’t have a pro-life group on your campus, but are interested in starting one, please contact us. We’d love to help you get started!

Email info@studentsforlife.org for more information.

Get Educated!

 

You may not be super excited about the end of the summer… but you should be excited about the September Event-in-a-Box from Students for Life!

We are so close to abolishing abortion.

Are you ready to keep up the momentum?

The theme of the 2017 September Event-in-a-Box is “Abortion Procedures” and it includes everything you’ll need to bring the abortion dialogue back its roots. There are too many pro-choice advocates out there supporting a violent procedure they may not even fully understand. Many of them have bought into the false notion that abortion is simply “the removal of a clump of tissue”.

Sometimes, a clean, honest conversation about what abortion really is can make all the difference.

This Event-in-a-Box will provide you with all the training and materials you’ll need to educate your peers about abortion procedures. Above all, we encourage you not to be afraid of this topic. We’ve taken the grim reality and packaged it in a way that is clean and informational.

PLUS- this is a great introductory event to do before you host the 2017 SFLA Fall Tour on your campus (hint hint)!

What’s in the Box?

  • A Step-by-Step Guide
  • D&E Abortion Procedures sheet
  • 20 Plan B drop cards
  • 10 Abortion Pill Reversal drop cards
  • 10 Pregnant on Campus drop cards
  • 20 Is this Alive? topic cards
  • 10 Fetal Pain topic cards
  • 10 Post-Abortive Healing Resources topic cards
  • 5 “I Support Pregnant and Parenting Students” stickers
  • 5 Wristbands

Order the September Event-in-a-Box by contacting your Regional Coordinator TODAY!

If you are a student in Southern CA or AZ, contact Camille Rodriguez.

If you are a student in WA, contact Katie Lodjic.

If you are a student in CO or NM, contact Bethany Janzen.

If you are a student in MI, contact Audrey Nitzel.

If you are a student in MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michele Hendrickson.

If you are a student in KY or TN, contact Brenna Lewis.

If you are a student in NE, SD, or KS, contact Savannah Falter.

If you are a student in TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.

If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.

If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.

If you are a student in VT, ME, RI, NH, CT, or MA, contact Abby Young.

If you are a student in VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.

If you are a student in Northern CA, contact Anna Arend.

If you are a student in OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.

If you are a student in OH, contact Morgan Getts.

If you are a student in IN, contact Anna Allgaier.

If you are a student in IA or IL, contact David Cordaro.

If you are a student in MN, contact Maddie Schulte.

If you are a student in MO, contact Reagan Barklage.

If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Brielle Heraty.

If you don’t have a pro-life group on your campus, but are interested in starting one, please contact us. We’d love to help you get started!

Email info@studentsforlife.org for more information.

Lives Changed: National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day

On Saturday, August 5th Students for Life of America organized our 2nd National Pro-Life Gen Sidewalk Day at abortion facilities all across America.  Our goal was simple: train Students for Life leaders to go courageously where abortion is happening and reach out to women in crisis, showing them that they have other options.

In Missouri, our student leaders were able to report at least two “turnarounds.” At least two women were planning on going into the abortion facility but instead chose to go to a pro-life pregnancy resource center’s mobile unit instead! They also passed out hundreds of fliers informing people of their options and help they could receive if they chose life.

Here is what our Missouri Director reported about the two successful turnarounds: “The first car pulled up and when we asked what they were coming in for they said a pregnancy and STI test, so we told them there was free testing across the street at the pregnancy center’s mobile unit. While they pulled out of the driveway to the side of the street, another car pulled up and was seeking pregnancy testing so she parked her car in the street, and we walked her over to the mobile unit too!” Our students convinced these young women to avoid going into the Planned Parenthood where they would likely be counseled to have an abortion if the pregnancy test was indeed positive. Instead, they heard real, life-affirming options.

Sidewalking counseling is an important tactic that Students for Life of America encourages all of our the groups we serve to participate in. Our student leaders can be the last face a mother in need sees before she enters the abortion facility. They can be the last line of defense in protecting life and helping women see they have other, better options. While we know we cannot change every person’s mind, we know we are called to be there to stand and speak for those who have no voice.

To learn more about how to be an effective sidewalk counselor, contact your Students for Life of America Regional Coordinator here or contact our friends at Sidewalk Advocates for Life here.

August Event-in-a-Box is HERE!

Congratulations on starting another school year! We at Students for Life of America are excited for students across the nation to hit the ground running to further impact their middle school, high school, and college campuses with the pro-life message.

We are so close to abolishing abortion.

Now is the time to press harder than ever.

 

Our August Event-in-a-Box includes everything you’ll need to plan your year, recruit new members, and educate your campus about local healthcare resources that will redirect your peers away from Planned Parenthood.

This Event-in-a-Box will provide you with all the training and materials you’ll need to educate your peers about local FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers), and how to join your group. Educate and recruit your campus to the pro-life movement!

Let’s make this year the year we see abortion abolished in America!

What’s in the Box?

  • FQHC Worksheet
  • 2017-2018 Plan Your Year Guide
  • SFLA Recruitment Tips Sheet
  • Sign-Up Sheets
  • Recruitment Flyers
  • Join Us Postcards (Customize them for your group!)
  • Pro-Life Gen Wristbands
  • Pro-Life Gen Stickers
  • Pens

How to Use the Box:

  • Make copies of the 2017-2018 Plan Your Year Guide for your executive board to plan your specific campus events for the Contact your Regional Coordinator to schedule a Planning Your Year training for help!
  • Meet with your group or individually research FQHCs within a 15-mile radius of your campus. Fill-in the FQHC Worksheet with information about women’s health, general practice, dental, and vision clinics. Make as many copies of the worksheet (double-sided) as you think you’ll need to pass out as you table. This will give your peers other places to turn for healthcare, instead of going to Planned Parenthood!
  • Get permission from your school, if needed, to set up a table for recruitment and pass out the FQHC worksheet. Make copies of the SFLA Recruitment Flyers, and post them throughout campus a few days before recruiting.
  • Schedule a Recruitment training with your Regional Coordinator before tabling!
  • Host a Recruitment table on campus! Use the sign-up sheets, pens, Join Us cards, and goodies from SFLA to promote your group. Give students a copy of the FQHC Worksheet, along with a Join Us card, and invite them check out your group!

Order the August Event-in-a-Box by contacting your Regional Coordinator today!

If you are a student in Southern CA or AZ, contact Camille Rodriguez.

If you are a student in WA, contact Katie Lodjic.

If you are a student in CO or NM, contact Bethany Janzen.

If you are a student in MI, contact Audrey Nitzel.

If you are a student in MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michele Hendrickson.

If you are a student in KY or TN, contact Brenna Lewis.

If you are a student in NE, SD, or KS, contact Savannah Falter.

If you are a student in TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.

If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.

If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.

If you are a student in VT, ME, RI, NH, CT, or MA, contact Abby Young.

If you are a student in VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.

If you are a student in Northern CA, contact Anna Arend.

If you are a student in OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.

If you are a student in OH, contact Morgan Getts.

If you are a student in IN, contact Anna Allgaier.

If you are a student in IA or IL, contact David Cordaro.

If you are a student in MN, contact Maddie Schulte.

If you are a student in MO, contact Reagan Barklage.

If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Tiffany Taylor.

If you don’t have a pro-life group on your campus, but are interested in starting one, please contact us. We’d love to help you get started!

Email info@studentsforlife.org for more information.

SFLA’s Wilberforce and Stevens Fellowships have officially begun!

On July 6th-July 9th, seventeen students from across the country joined various top-notch pro-life speakers to grow in their apologetics, activism, and leadership on their campuses. From Kristan Hawkins to Jack Yoest, passion and leadership was contagious from beginning to end. Students arrived excited to learn, and quickly formed friendships that led to growth and encouragement all weekend.

Students in the William Wilberforce Fellowship brainstormed together, and created individual projects to make lasting change on their campuses during the upcoming school year. Our Stevens Fellowship connected with SFLA staff and formed (maybe unknowingly) relationships with their Wilberforce friends who would support and encourage them to take a stand, even in high school, for life.

To be a part of either Fellowship, students underwent a lengthy application process, provided at least two references about their character, and completed a phone interview with SFLA staff. Each student expressed how much they wanted to be a Fellow, and how important it was that they grow and develop in themselves leadership skills to build their Students for Life groups on campus, and ultimately, change the culture to one that supports life in all its stages.

It’s no secret that there’s something special about this group of Wilberforce and Stevens fellows, and SFLA is excited for their journey ahead!

Wilberforce Fellows


Name: Meghan Miller-Brown
School Name: University of Richmond
Location: Virginia
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Education

 

 

 

Name: Mark Schultz
School Name: Lake Superior State University
Location: Michigan
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Criminal Justice

 


Name: Paige Edwards
School Name: University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Location: Nebraska
Graduation Year: 2018
Major: Political Science/ Law

 

 


Name: Luke Ayers
School Name: Trinity University
Location: Texas
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Economics/ Public Policy

 

 


Name: Georgia Gallagher
School Name: University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa
Location: Alabama
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Political Science/ Journalism

 

 


Name: Natalie Baudonnet
School Name: Colorado Christian University
Location: Colorado
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Communications/ Biblical Studies

 

 


Name: Mary Briganti
School Name: University of Nebraska- Omaha
Location: Nebraska
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Communication Studies

 

 


Name: Marko Prizmic
School Name: Carroll College
Location: Montana
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Business Management/ Marketing

 

 


Name: Norvilia Etienne
School Name: CUNY Queens College
Location: New York
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Psychology

 

 


Name: Klara McKee
School Name: Kent State University
Location: Ohio
Graduation Year: 2021
Major: History/ Public Health

 

 


Name: Esther Edwards
School Name: Toccoa Falls College
Location: Georgia
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Business Management/ Family Counseling

 

 


Name: Mikayla Simpson
School Name: Union University
Location: Tennessee
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: History/ Sociology

Stevens Fellows

 

Name: Faith
School Name: Home Life Academy
Location: Maine
Graduation Year: 2020

Name: Carson
School Name: Reicher Catholic High School
Location: Texas
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Anneliese
School Name: Vermillion High School
Location: South Dakota
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Marcos
School Name: John F. Kennedy High School
Location: Oregon
Graduation Year: 2018

Name: Michelle
School Name: Central Catholic High School
Location: Oregon
Graduation Year: 2018

Sign-Up Now for The National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day!

This summer, on August 5th, Students for Life of America is organizing their 2nd annual National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day. We are calling the Pro-Life Generation to be on the front lines reaching out to women and even saving lives. If you would like to be a Sidewalk Captain and facilitate your city’s participation, please email info@studentsforlife.org.

Sidewalk Counseling is such an important and practical way to affirm life in your community, and The National Pro-Life Generation Sidewalk Day will do just that. This is a unique opportunity to come together with students and community members across the nation and be an advocate for women and their children.

As a witness on the sidewalks of abortion facilities, you are the last face that these women see before they enter. You are their final hope, the last opportunity to turn around. Many have already made up their minds, but you can impact them in such a way that they may reconsider.

Moreover, abortion victimizes all those involved—moms, dads, workers, and babies. It is our duty to love them and reach out to them with the truth. We must make it our responsibility to provide love, compassion, truth, and support.

Before having a presence on sidewalks outside of abortion facilities, we must equip ourselves with the knowledge and information we need in order to  confidently and compassionately approach women entering abortion facilities. To that end, we are hosting a National Sidewalk Counseling Video Webinar training with Sidewalk Advocates for Life on August 1st. If you’re interested, please follow this link to RSVP to the video webinar: https://goo.gl/forms/aex0uUbNzVUMubR63

On the call, you will be trained on the importance of sidewalk counseling, dialogue tips, effective practices, and much more. To help get you started, here is a list of the helpful do’s and don’ts of sidewalk counseling:

Do’s:
• PRAY for guidance
• Be peaceful, helpful, goal-oriented
• Smile and be joyful and pleasant
• Stay vigilant
• Have compassion
• Know the literature you have in your hand
• Back up what you say
• Show each woman that you care about her not just the child
• Project your voice

Don’ts:
• Yell
• Cross your arms/appear grumpy
• Block
• Wear a pro-life t-shirt
• Be aggressive
• Evangelize – save the preaching for later!
• Socialize / laugh
• Touch the person – be respectful of personal space
• Break the law (e.g. don’t touch the front door)
• Carry signs. If you’re counseling, stick to literature.

Will you join us on Saturday, August 5th, on sidewalks across the Nation?

Sign up now: https://goo.gl/forms/KeCmS5V8jmE6SP8p1

Christian Leadership Summit Registration is Open!

Students for Life of America is hosting our 4th annual Christian Leadership Summit for leaders of pro-life student groups at Christian colleges. We will meet to devise strategies, share experiences, and network with leaders from across the country to help you improve outreach on your college campus.

This summit is a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with leaders to solve the problems you face that may be different than those faced on public college campuses.

Leading a pro-life group at a Christian college comes with its own unique challenges. From unreceptive administrators to distinct campus cultures, leaders of pro-life clubs at religious schools are regularly obstructed in their pro-life work. We’ve seen this trend across the country and understand that the hardest place to start a pro-life club is on a Christian campus, not to mention the amount of unforeseen hostility received from administrators.

Most schools would rather ignore the controversy than prepare their students for confronting it. They would rather pretend that everyone on their campus is pro-life and that students are not getting pregnant. However, we know that students at Christian schools are not just getting pregnant, but are having abortions, partly because their schools do not support them in choosing Life for their children.

The summit is invite-only, so contact your Regional Coordinator for application details. If your application is accepted, your travel, food, and lodging costs will be covered! Applications are due by June 2nd.

Contact your Regional Coordinator today to learn more about applying!
• If you are a student in CA or AZ, contact Camille Rodriguez.
• If you are a student in OR, WA, ID, HI, or AK, contact Katie Lodjic.
• If you are a student in CO or NM, contact Bethany Janzen.
• If you are a student in MI, contact Audrey Nitzel.
• If you are students in IN or OH, contact Anna Allgaier.
• If you are a student in MD, DC, or DE, contact Michelle Hendrickson.
• If you are student in VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.
• If you are a student in PA, contact Angelica Corridoni.
• If you are a student in KY or TN, contact Brenna Lewis.
• If you are a student in NE, KS, IA, IL, or MO, contact Reagan Barklage.
• If you are a student in TX contact Jillian Ferguson.
• If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.
• If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.
• If you are a student in MN or WI, contact Maddie Schulte.
• If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Tiffany Taylor.

Now is the time to take a stand on your campus! Christian schools have a mission to protect the innocent and vulnerable, and to prepare their students to confront and defeat the evils of this world. Christian schools should be the pro-life movement’s strongest base of support. As a student leader, you can make that happen at your school. Join us at the Christian Leadership Summit August 7th – 9th to be part of the revolution!

BIG things happening at Clark College SFL!

Congratulations to Clark College Students for Life as April’s Group of the Month!

This month, Clark College SFL demonstrated their dedication to exposing the reality of abortion, both for the child and mother, by equipping themselves with the knowledge they needed to peacefully confront the opposition.

The group participated in a 40 Days for Life vigil, attended the Northwest Leadership Summit and Oregon Right to Life Conference, and prepared themselves for the confrontation that lay before them on their own campus.

Clark College Students for Life hosted Josh Brahm from the Equal Rights Institute for an apologetics training about how to respond to the argument, “My Body, My Choice”. This group understands their campus, and took the necessary steps towards equipping themselves for future pro-life activism!

 

The group held a unique Cemetery of the Innocents display for a week, where they added 50 crosses a day to represent the number of abortions that happen each day in Washington State. The event was protested and the local Planned Parenthood Director came out to talk with the group.

Shortly after they chatted, crosses from the display were stomped on by abortion advocates. This didn’t discourage the group from continuing with their plans for their next event though. That same week, the group hosted a Students for Life “Human Rights” display and tabled at their school’s Involvement Fair.

The following week, they hosted a campus-wide screening of HUSH and educated their peers about the correlations between abortion and breast cancer, pre-term birth, and mental health issues. Clark College Student’s for Life isn’t afraid of creating controversy on their campus and bringing awareness to the pain that abortion causes for everyone.

It is for this reason that we proudly name Clark College Students for Life as
April’s Group of the Month!

SFLA Graduation Cords are HERE!

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Graduation is just around the corner for many of our college group leaders. Amidst the stress of taking final exams, making decisions about what to do next in life, and planning an awesome summer to just chill, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come in such a short amount of time. All those nights of studying, group projects, and tests prepared you for the next chapter in life. You made it.

Congratulations!

Beyond how much you’ve learned in school, we want to encourage you look back at how much you’ve accomplished in the pro-life movement alone. Whether you’ve been a forerunner by starting a pro-life group on your campus or just recently joined, we are proud of you.

You have worked hard to create enduring change on your campus by recruiting students to the pro-life movement, converting abortion proponents, and providing resources and support for pregnant and parenting students.

You’ve made a difference.

Students for Life believes that this is such a pivotal moment in your life and would like to offer a gift to show how proud we are of our student leaders and to honor your commitment to finishing strong.

Wearing the Students for Life graduation cords will give you one more chance to share your vision for a pro-life campus with friends, family, and fellow students when they ask what it means. Share the pro-life message. Tell them all that you have accomplished. Be a voice for the voiceless.

Once you submit the form, SFLA will also connect you with a pro-life leader for whatever path you’ve chosen to take.

Your activism doesn’t need to stop after graduation. From college to pro-life future groups, Students for Life is here to support you with transitioning into the next chapter of your life.

Together, we will continue to fight to abolish abortion in your lifetime!

Below you will find a form that you can complete and submit to receive your free purple SFLA graduation cords to wear on your special day.