‘What Roe v. Wade Means to me,’ Kristan Hawkins
WASHINGTON D.C. and FREDERICKSBURG, VA (01-22-18) – Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins in a column at USA Today, said that whether in meetings at the White House last week or as she contemplates Roe v. Wade’s anniversary today, she represents mothers who understand that a pro-life commitment sometimes means dealing with the hard cases. With two of her four children suffering with cystic fibrosis, Hawkins has experienced prejudice for embracing life for her children.
She wrote, “Some would argue that my children should never have been born and that once diagnosed with the conditions the kindest act would have been to end their life. In our culture today we see a number of people eliminated because of perceptions of their abilities, cold-eyed assessments of another’s ‘quality of life.’ … Eliminating lives deemed complicated or costly permeates our cultural conversations about how we value pre-born life as an accountant-like attitude presumes that a life well lived should be trouble free, pain free, conflict free, and profitable on a balance sheet. But nobody’s life is perfect. …
“In isolating ourselves from people who deal with difficulties we lose the chance to learn from them, and we fool ourselves that perfection is a realistic goal. My life is complicated, stressful, and exhausting, and my children sometimes struggle to catch their breath, but they contribute to this world by their very existence.
“This year for the Roe v. Wade anniversary, I will march for life in solidarity with all who find that life is worth living, especially when living it requires more of someone. I march for those who work harder to do things others find effortless and with respect for the unique contribution of every life. I reject a mindset that offers conditional acceptance to people based on perceptions of what they can or cannot do.
“Everyone, at some point, will be vulnerable and hurting, and in those moments we all must rely on a culture of life in which others understand that our worth is infinitely greater that what we cost.”
Over the holidays, Hawkins spent much of the time in the hospital with her son Gunner. But her family celebrated each day together, as you can see here. And yet this week, Students for Life, headed tirelessly by Hawkins, took on a number of issues in the headlines as hundreds of thousands March for life.
In the News leading up to the anniversary of Roe: Go to Students for Life.org to get information on SFLA’s national conference and to read SFLA reaction to the Women’s March rejecting pro-life women, to new HHS conscience rights protections, to a call to Sen. Mitch McConnell to set a vote for the 20-week abortion limit, and to reaction to the House Pain Capable vote.
To read more on how life-ending drugs are used by abusers against women, check out Hawkins’ piece at The Daily Caller.
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Students for Life of America is the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, Students for Life has more than 1,200 groups on college and high school campuses located in all fifty states.