Students for Life of America supports more than 1,100 Students for Life groups in all 50 states. Our 20 full-time Regional Coordinators go out every day to recruit, train, and mobilize pro-lifers. We strive to create effective and well-rounded student groups that are fighting abortion on multiple fronts. Since SFLA started, we have seen the impact our groups have in their efforts to actively engage in all fronts of the pro-life movement. The most successful of these groups are those who find balance in seeking out opportunities to converse, convert, confront, advocate, and support.
There are five areas of engagement that are crucial to abolishing abortion in which effective groups engage. These “5 Pillars” are Effective Education, Industry Impact, Public Policy, Rapid Response, and Supportive Services. All of the activities that our groups do and the trainings and resources that we offer fall into one of those five pillars.
Within this pillar, we want to make students aware of the abortion crisis and recruit them to join our mission in confronting the crisis. This pillar also includes educating the members within Students for Life groups, so that they can successfully go out and educate the student body about abortion.
Examples of Effective Engagement: hosting a local pro-life speaker; organizing an SFLA training or display; attending SFLA’s Leadership Workshops or our National Conference
Over the years, a culture of abortion has been pushed by abortion industry leaders such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW. The abortion industry is not only responsible for committing the abortions in their facilities, but they are working to further its acceptance and normalcy in our communities and schools. Systematically exposing the abortion industry and reducing the supply of abortion is essential to abolishing abortion in our lifetime. It is important that we always remember it is all about the approach. We believe in compassionate, peaceful, and non-violent interactions outside of abortion facilities.
Examples of Industry Impact: joining local 40 Days for Life campaign; exposing Planned Parenthood on campus; sidewalk counseling outside of local abortion facilities; reaching out to abortion workers
We want to ensure that we are doing our best to legally protect women and their preborn children. To do so, we need to secure and enforce pro-life legislation and eliminate pro-abortion legislation. We also want to ensure staunch pro-life people are in office passing life-affirming laws. Lawmakers want to see young people participate in public policy. After all, abortion affects our generation more than any other.
Examples of Public Policy: testifying before legislative committees; door to door campaigns; lobby days; calling campaigns to urge local elected officials to vote yes/no on an upcoming abortion-related bill.
Rapid response is historically very important in social movements. We must always be prepared to respond to those who oppose equality for the preborn. There are many instances on campus and in our community where we need to effectively identify, expose, and counter the abortion agenda. For Rapid Response, Students for Life groups must be quick and constantly keeping an eye on what the abortion industry is up to on their campus and in their community.
Examples of Rapid Response: protesting an abortion advocate (Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Wendy Davis) speaking on campus; counter programming for a “Real Sex Week” on campus; organizing and participating in rallies to support pro-life leaders, clinics, and legislation
The pillar of Supportive Services aims to provide resources directly to those targeted and affected by abortion so that students can choose life for their children and pursue a hopeful future for their families. Projects address both serving the needs of individual pregnant and parenting students and actively supporting local life-affirming organizations (e.g. pregnancy resource centers, adoption agencies, maternity homes).
Examples of Supportive Services: advocating for life-affirming resources in their school; referring students to life-affirming resources and pregnancy resource centers; offering to drive pregnant students to appointments; hosting a baby shower for a pregnant student; starting up a scholarship fund for pregnant and parenting students; advertising on campus for the local pregnancy resource centers; inviting centers onto campus to speak; organizing donation drives