Students for Life of America Invites Media & Congress to Hear the Other Side of the Kate Cox Story – Life Affirming Choices For the Hard Cases

Kristi Hamrick - 28 Feb 2024

“With the selection of Kate Cox as a special guest to President Biden’s State of the Union address, it’s clear that the leader of the Democratic Party intends to make a push for abortion a big part of his narrative, calling for more death by abortion as the ‘only’ response for stories like hers. But abortion isn’t the only way to respond to Trisomy 18 or any number of conditions, as I know from personal experience,” said SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins, a mother whose three of four children have a genetic condition.


Confronting the narrative that abortion is the only way to address genetic conditions and origin stories.

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Overflow from the event can watch on Facebook: Students for Life of America

Special Guests include Sen. Rick Santorum along with two mothers who faced Trisomy 18, a genetic condition Kate Cox’ child shared.

WASHINGTON D.C. (02-28-2024) – Students for Life of America (SFLA) will feature a WE CHOSE LIFE panel for media and Congressional engagement, sharing stories often untold when it comes to hard cases like the one Kate Cox has shared nationwide, set to be featured during President Biden’s State of the Union address. Though her life was not in danger, Cox sought an abortion in Texas when her child was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and eventually left the state to get an abortion. Since then, Cox’ story has been used to demand expanded abortion policies without any discussion what a life-affirming choice or life-affirming medical care could look like. 

SFLA President Kristan Hawkins observed that confronting the pressure to abort when facing a fetal diagnosis can be overwhelming, as she knows from personal experience as her own family was growing. “Parents like me need to talk about what choosing life looks like,” she said. “The Pro-Life Generation rejects prejudice against people based on age, sex, race, stage of development, parental income, perceptions of abilities, or the events of conception. We reject shaming people for thing out of their control. We reject the assumption that an early death by abortion is the only choice, and to counter that pressure, we need to tell life-affirming stories.”


Special Guests will include:

Students for Life of America/SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins, whose children have cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis that has led to an almost 95% abortion rate. Read more on her story at USA TODAY in a piece title: On Roe v. Wade anniversary, I treasure the lives of my kids and other ‘hard cases’

Dr. Ingrid Skop, M.D., FACOG, Vice President and Director of Medical Affairs for Charlotte Lozier Institute and an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with more than 30 years’ experience. 

Beverly Jacobson, founder of Verity’s Village, a nationwide initiative to support parents who have received a fetal diagnosis including Trisomy 18, and whose daughter Verity, who lives with that condition, continues bring joy to the family. Read more here.

Kathryn Kerr, a registered neonatal (NICU) nurse, whose daughter Indiana was also diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and today serves as a care coordinator at Verity’s Village in her child’s honor. Read more here

Sen. Rick Santorum, former Presidential candidate and well-known advocate for mothers and their children – born and preborn — whose daughter Bella defied the odds as her own Trisomy 18 condition did not stop her. Read more about her story here.

Ryan Bomberger, founder, the Radiance Foundation, whose story began when he was conceived in rape, but didn’t end there. Listen here for more on an episode of Explicitly Pro-Life.

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The Pro-Life Generation (PLG) is an umbrella organization encompassing the most-cutting edge engagement opportunities for a Vote Pro-Life First Community. PLG includes Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), that together make up the nation’s largest, pro-life youth organization, managing a grassroots political and policy operation engaging Americans of all ages but with a special emphasis on the largest segment of voters — the Youth Vote. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, PLG/SFLA/SFLAction serves more than 1,400 groups on middle, high school, college, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. Our team has more conversations with this generation targeted by the abortion lobby than any other pro-life operation in the world, each week reaching more than 4 million across social media platforms and averaging 1.3 million video views. In addition to SFLA/SFLAction, PLG leads multiple initiatives to lead and serve the future of the pro-life movement including the Campaign for Abortion Free CitiesStanding With You, and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement. Over more than 17 years, PLG CEO Kristan Hawkins has grown the operation into a nearly $20M organization, now preparing for an abortion-free America.

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