Our History

Students for Life of America (SFLA) began in the late 1970s as C.A.M.P.U.S. and was later renamed American Collegians for Life (ACL) in 1988. From 1988 to 2006, ACL was a student-run volunteer organization that hosted an annual conference, developed a resource website, and produced a quarterly publication.

Seeing the need for a more permanent organization in 2006, American Collegians for Life changed its name to Students for Life of America (SFLA). In August of that same year, SFLA opened its first national headquarters in Arlington, VA, hired a professional staff, and launched its historic Pro-Life Field Program.

Since 2006, Students for Life has helped start over 550 new student pro-life organizations and trained hundreds of previously existing student pro-life groups. Since 2006, the organization has trained tens of thousands of pro-lifers at its national and regional conferences and one-on-one campus trainings, and saved the lives of countless preborn children.

To testify to the growth of Students for Life of America, one can look no further than the organization’s national conference. In 2007, the Students for Life of America National Conference had 450 registered students. The 2013 conference sold-out for the 5th year in a row, with over 2000 registered attendees.

In addition to starting and training student pro-life groups, SFLA has become a major player in the national pro-life movement through leading and participating in national coalitions such as De-Fund Planned Parenthood and Stop the Abortion Mandate.


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