Crescendo to Premiere at Students for Life National Conference

We are pleased to announce that the new short film Crescendo will have it’s DC premiere during the Students for Life National Conference on January 26th.

Brought to you by Jason Jones, Leo Severino, and Eduardo Verastegui, the producers of the pro-life film Bella, this 11 minute film has already won 15 international awards. It is an inspirational, beautifully produced piece with a surprise ending that will touch your heart. We are excited that it will be a part of the conference program.

Watch the Crescendo tease trailer below:

Big News: We’re Releasing Our First Book!

Students for Life is excited to announce that we are releasing our 1st book, Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime, on Monday, January 7th at 9pm!

Written by Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, Courageous tells the heartwarming stories of pro-life students who have answered the call to abolish abortion. Readers will be inspired by the young people whose stories will no doubt resonate in their own lives as they continue their fight against abortion.

Join Jason Jones (the co-executive producer of the pro-life movie Bella) and SFLA President Kristan Hawkins for the Courageous National Book Release Webcast, along with the young people featured in our new book.

Please REGISTER NOW for our special live webcast this Monday, January 7th at 9:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Pacific to:

  • See the momentum the pro-life movement has on high school and college campuses across America
  • Learn the stories of this generation that will help you relate your pro-life beliefs to others
  • Be inspired as you hear the real stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things

AND…

  • Receive a FREE chapter from the book, plus a 20% off discount code for all book copies!

David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life says, “Want to help abolish abortion? Then read Courageous today. This book is a vital tool for every person – young or old – in the pro-life movement. The dynamic stories provide motivation, encouragement, and a life-saving blueprint of exactly what YOU can do to save lives and change the course of history.”

Be the first to get the book that will make Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry shake in their boots! Register for our special, eye-opening webcast TODAY!

“16 and Pregnant” stars attending SFLA’s 2013 National Conference!

At the 2013 Students for Life National Conference, we are going to end with a high note – a pep rally emceed by Jason Jones,  Co-Executive Producer of Bella;  featuring music from Revely; and a special message from Tyler and Catelynn.

At just 16 years of age, Reality TV stars Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell, experienced an unplanned pregnancy.  Overcoming a troubled childhood, unstable home, and opposition from family members, Tyler and Catelynn courageously chose to place their daughter into an adoptive family through Bethany Christian Services.  Currently engaged to be married in the Summer of 2013, Tyler and Catelynn are the leading voices of promoting adoption, having traveled the country for the past four years speaking to dozens of high schools, colleges and universities about teenage pregnancy and adoption being the best option.

This courageous couple will inspire you to make a difference on your campus. To find out more about Tyler and Catelynn and to bring them to your campus to share the adoption message go here.

SFLA’s 2013 Defender of Life: Fr. Frank Pavone

Throughout Fr. Frank’s ministry he has been a leader, a visionary, and a courageously outspoken voice for the preborn.  His ground breaking work exposing the true horrors of abortion through images of the aborted child, his countless hours standing and praying outside of abortion facilities offering women in crisis real help, and his great compassion for the women and men left with the heartache of abortion have inspired a generation to enter into the pro-life movement.

It is for this exceptional work and for his courage to submit his life to the calling of the priesthood and the preborn that Students for Life is proud to honor Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, as our 2013 Defender of Life at this year’s SFLA National Conference.

“I am so honored and so happy to be receiving this award,” Father Pavone said. “We know that youth are not only the future of the pro-life movement, they are vital to its work right now. I have met so many of the Students for Life across America, and they inspire me! Priests for Life and our Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper have been working closely with Students for Life and we expect this partnership to grow and flourish.”

Join us as we honor this hero of the preborn on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  Registration for the conference is now closed but you can watch our Conference and see Fr. Frank speak via livestream, just make sure you go to our Facebook event page to RSVP.

Gov. Mike Huckabee to Join SFLA National Conference

Citizens United Productions, in conjunction with Students for Life of America, will premiere “TheGiftofLife,” a pro-life documentary hosted by Governor Mike Huckabee, at the Students for Life of America National Conference on Sunday, January 22nd at the North Bethesda Marriott.

“I look forward to meeting the 2,000 students who will be attending this important conference and sharing the inspirational pro-life film ‘TheGiftofLife’ with them on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” said Governor Mike Huckabee.

TheGiftofLife,” is an inspirational documentary that explores the sanctity of life as a moral issue and looks at the lives of individuals on the front lines of the pro-life movement in America, including those who were nearly victims of abortion.

The SFLA National Conference is a day full of education, training, and networking with fellow students and national pro-life leaders who know that campuses are where the pro-life movement must be. “The Students for Life of America conference is the largest pro-life student conference in the world, and our 2012 National Conference will be the first that we are aware of that focuses on a post-Roe v. Wade nation,” said Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America.

WHO:  Governor Mike Huckabee; Citizens United President David N. Bossie; Students for Life of America Executive Director Kristan Hawkins

WHAT:  The Citizens United Productions Washington, DC Premiere of “TheGiftofLife,” a pro-life documentary hosted by Governor Mike Huckabee.

WHEN:  Sunday, January 22nd at 6:00pm

WHERE:  North Bethesda Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD 20852

Watch Gov. Huckabee speak by signing up to watch our National Conference LIVE at www.sflalive.org!

Students for Life Clinches Impressive Numbers during the Fall 2011 Semester

In just the fall 2011 semester alone, our team at Students for Life of America has managed to make a significant dent in pro-abortion culture on campuses across the nation – and we have the numbers to prove it.

In just four short months, our Field Team, along with members of our Pregnant on Campus Initiative and Medical Students for Life division, have traveled from coast to coast, organizing, building, and revitalizing student groups to nourish pro-life culture among college-aged students and to provide necessary resources, trainings and workshops to foster a supportive environment for pro-lifers.

Students for Life ended the Fall semester with a total tally of 678 active student groups that work with us, including 52 new groups we have helped start. We currently serve groups in 49 states and equipped pro-life students with leadership skills at 42 trainings in 16 states last fall.

In addition, our team visited 118 campuses in 21 states last semester, and our Medical Students for Life division founded 3 new campus groups to round out our total of 27 Med SFL groups in 17 states.

Our Pregnant on Campus Initiative that begun in July of 2011 was revitalized after the death of our dear friend and former PonC Coordinator, Jon Scharfenberger, and we were able to successfully welcome 19 pro-life campus groups into the initiative. We were also successful in establishing 28 high school and homeschool pro-life student groups last fall.

We look forward to continuing our successful efforts in the latter half of the academic year and working to abolishing abortion with this generation!

SFLA Planned Parenthood Event Protest at VCU – Sept. 14, 2011

On September 14th, Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health held an event at The Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA to speak out against the VA Board of Health’s proposed regulations for Virginia’s abortion clinics. This event fell before the September 15th vote to accept or reject regulations that would hold facilities that perform abortions in the state to specific safety standards.

In order to counter their event with the message of life, Students for Life of America organized a pro-life flash mob. We garnered the support of about 50 pro-lifers from various statewide organizations, including Virginia Coalition for Life and Life, Inc. – as well as on-campus support from VCU Students for Life and VCU CCM.

See what happened when we came face-to-face with pro-abortionists, Planned Parenthood representatives, and students on both sides of the issue!

New Article on SFLA: The rise of future anti-abortion-rights OB-GYNs

By: Sofia Resnick
Originally posted on The American Independent

In April, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that makes it illegal for state colleges to fund medical residency programs that offer abortion training with state or federal money, including money paid by students as part of tuition or fees.

But what began as a rare seed in a nationwide garden of abortion-defunding measures has blossomed into a national movement to reduce the number of medical professionals who are trained to provide abortions. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would ban health centers from using federal funds for comprehensive medical training that includes instruction of abortion procedures. Continue reading

Obama’s Grave Assault on Medical Conscience Rights

By: Kristan Hawkins

During the past two years, Americans have seen the expansion of the federal government into sectors of their economy and personal life as never before.  And earlier this year, the Obama administration quietly moved into a new area of American life, one of its most intimate, the patient-doctor relationship.

Like the Obama takeovers of the automobile industry, the banking industry and then the health care industry, the new conscience-rights assault is the administration’s latest attempt to fundamentally change our nation as we know it.

In February, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the rescission of most of the Bush administration’s 2008 conscience protections, removing the rights of doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals to object to prescribing or dispensing known abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and ella. Continue reading

SFLA and Cardinal Newman Society Send Letter to President of Villanova University

Arlington, VA- Students for Life and the Cardinal Newman Society sent a letter to Father Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University, asking him to reconsider the University’s decision to host and honor Senator Bob Casey because of his public opposition to Church teaching and his pro-abortion record in the U.S. Senate.

As announced yesterday, Villanova University will be hosting and honoring Senator Bob Casey at the 2011 Commencement Ceremony this Sunday. Senator Casey has a record of supporting pro-abortion legislation such as Obamacare and federal funding of international pro-abortion organizations, while also voting to place Justice Kagan on the Supreme Court. Continue reading