SFLAction Celebrates Passage of Life at Conception Bill in Oklahoma

Kristi Hamrick - 05 Apr 2022

“The pro-life movement has always owned its goal of abolishing abortion in our lifetime,” said Students for Life Action and Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “And by that we don’t just mean stopping late-term abortions, abortions after viability, or the infanticide of children who survive abortion attempts; we mean protecting ALL children from the moment of conception. That is exactly what Oklahoma has done with its Life At Conception Act.”

OKLAHOMA CITY, O.K., and WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-05-22) – Today, Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is celebrating the passage of Senator Nathan Dahm’s Senate Bill 612, sponsored in the Oklahoma House by Rep. Jim Olsen. The bill protects Oklahoma children from abortion violence at the moment of conception

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Students for Life of America and Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins with Rep. Jim Olsen

SFLAction was deeply engaged in support of SB 612. SFLAction worked directly with legislators to introduce, support, and push efforts to make this lifesaving bill a reality and applauds the hard work and dedication of all who worked for its passage.

In addition, SFLAction deployed grassroots teams who lobbied Oklahoma legislators in person multiple times; conducted a literature drop in key districts urging support for the measure; and collected and delivered thousands of petitions from residents of the state who wanted to see their fellow Oklahomans protected from the abortion industry. 

Oklahoma’s Life At Conception bill is the second SFLAction-supported bill of its kind to cross the legislative finish line since last session. In 2021, Arkansas passed a Life At Conception law entitled the “Unborn Child Protection Act,” sponsored by Senator Jason Rapert and signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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Faith Elwonger and SFLA students lobbying for life in Oklahoma

Faith Elwonger, Oklahoma Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, said: 

“I am so proud of Oklahoma for taking this BOLD step and helping to lead the way for the Post-Roe America. Protection From Conception is the new status quo. We’re cheering for you, Oklahoma!”

Senator Dahm’s Life At Conception Act passed the full Senate floor and House committee last year, and today’s vote was the final step in a yearlong effort in which Students for Life Action reached more than 130,000 pro-life advocates in Oklahoma through text messages, phone calls, emails, and mail in order to pass this life-saving bill. 

Learn more about the grassroots work of Students for Life Action HERE

Learn more about why every state needs a Life At Conception Act HERE

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,25groups on middlehigh school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over the last 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.

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