Students for Life of America (SFLA) was pleased to honor Senator and Mrs. Rick Santorum with the 2013 William Wilberforce Leadership Award at the 6th annual SFLA Summer Social on July 25th.
Sen. Santorum gave a particularly passionate and inspirational speech that can be watched below:
“Karen and I are both deeply committed to life at every stage, and are grateful that Students for Life of America has chosen us for this award,” said Rick Santorum. “The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our Creator ‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ Life is first for a reason. Because without life, no other rights matter. We believe that every life has value and every life must be protected.”
“The lives of Sen. and Mrs. Santorum exemplify what it means to be pro-life, in word and deed. Sen. Santorum was a pro-life leader in Congress for over a decade and, with his wife Karen, set an amazing example of the sanctity of human life with the love they showed their son Gabriel, who was born and passed at 20 weeks, and their daughter Bella, who was born with Trisomy 18 and is now a beautiful 5 year old,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins.
“From the political to the personal, the Santorums are tireless advocates for Life, never wavering from their pro-life commitment to honoring each and every human life. I couldn’t think of a more deserving couple for the 2013 William Wilberforce Leadership Award. It is a joy to recognize such exemplary pro-life leaders who are at the forefront, just like Wilberforce himself, of the modern-day abolitionist movement.”
The Wilberforce Leadership Award is named for the British social justice and human rights activist, William Wilberforce, who led the fight to abolish the slave trade and was successful in helping to end slavery in Great Britain. SFLA awards two pro-life leaders each year who, like Wilberforce, are working to create and uphold laws that will eventually abolish the greatest human rights threat our nation faces, abortion.
A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012. Prior to running for President, Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007. He wrote and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous Partial Birth Abortion procedure as well as the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act” because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.
In June, 2012 Rick and his wife of 23 years, Karen, launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Rick and Karen are the parents of seven wonderful children. Their youngest daughter, Isabella, was born with a condition called Trisomy 18, and wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday. Beating all the odds, Bella celebrated her 5th birthday in May of 2013 and is a joyful and loving little girl. Bella’s miraculous life has only strengthened Rick and Karen’s belief in the dignity of each of every life.