National Pro-Life Student Leader Takes Debate on the Truth about Feminism and Abortion to Ivy Leagues, Kicking Off the Tour at Berkeley

“Women’s interests in an integrated, successful life have been reduced to abortion by aging, second-wave feminists who fail to work for an agenda that empowers today’s student leaders,” said Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins.

Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins kicks off a national tour this week when she visits Cal-Berkeley to launch her “Lies Feminists Tell Tour” on Thursday, October 26. A well-known abortion debater and advocate for women’s empowerment, Hawkins served on President Trump’s pro-life advisory council during his campaign. The Thursday event begins at 7 p.m. at Wheeler Hall 130 on campus.

“Those who lead feminist organizations and champion the cause of abortion are not about equal rights for men and women like the first wave of feminists, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul,” said Hawkins. “Instead they are about pushing an extreme pro-abortion agenda and promoting the corrupt business practices of questionable organizations like Planned Parenthood. We know that college campuses tend to lean liberal and promote pro-abortion messages. Too often, students are told that the ‘right’ to abortion on demand and free birth control, provided at the taxpayer expense, is synonymous with feminism. Students today deserve to know the truth about the history of feminism, abortion, and contraception in our nation. And we are taking our message to campuses nationwide because we are not afraid of a conversation in territory considered favorable to modern, failed feminism.”

In her speeches, Hawkins will address several of the common lies feminists tell, including: the lie that most women support abortion, that women need free contraception to succeed, that women need abortion to achieve their career goals, and that abortion is harmless and without consequences.

Cal-Berkeley has been plagued with free speech issues as of late. Speakers such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter have faced violent protests over their scheduled appearance on campus. The group is not anticipating any issues, however.

Hawkins is being hosted by Cal Students for Life. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. There will be a Q & A after the event. To speak to Kristan before or after the event, please contact Kristi Hamrick at khamrick@studentsforlife.org

Dates for the tour continue to be added, but confirmed locations include: October 26th: Cal-Berkeley: November 6: Princeton University; November 7: Dartmouth University; November 8: Harvard University; November 16: University of Kansas; November 17: Benedictine University (Kansas); November 28: University of California- Irvine; November 29; University of Southern California.

CHECK IT OUT: Kristan Hawkins’ free speech op-ed on Fox News

The uproar over Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave the Colts-49ers game after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem again highlights the intense cultural debate over free speech that seems of utmost importance to the media and activists. Yet not all “speech” is treated as equal in coverage and attention.

Over the last few weeks, the free speech rights of students on college campuses have been violated as peaceful chalk messages from students have been destroyed, flyers pulled down and permits for new pro-life groups and speakers slow walked through the approval process to prevent voices from being heard. If you haven’t heard about the college blockade taking place even this week, perhaps it is because the students whose voices are being forcibly silenced favor life over abortion. And while they may not get the attention that millionaire athletes can garner, their points of view are no less valid.

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2016-2017: Saving Lives and Serving Mothers

During the 2016-2017 school year, SFLA groups made a tangible impact on high school and college campuses. Our groups successfully organized scholarship fundraisers, collected necessary items through baby showers, advertised community resources, and worked to increase the number of lactation rooms and diaper decks on campuses.

Some highlights include:

  • Piedra Vista High School (New Mexico): Student leaders helped 5 teen parents choose life, including accompanying several mothers to their ultrasound appointments.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Wilberforce Fellow Alexa Birkel and her group raised over $25,000 for an endowed scholarship to help pregnant students on campus.
  • Montana State University: Wilberforce Fellow Lindsay Langhals has already raised over $5,800 for a scholarship on campus. The scholarship will help pregnant students on campus.

SFLA activists are making a real impact on college campuses. They are helping to change the tide on high school and college campuses by creating a culture that promotes life. They are on the frontlines of promoting a culture that embraces life and gives women real options!

To read more about the great work SFLA is doing please check out the full newsletter here.

To help fund more positive change on college campuses please donate here!

Our time is now.

By Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America

Our time is now.

America has a pro-life majority government. Everything we have been fighting so hard to accomplish these past several years, despite an entrenched abortion lobby and corrupt politicians in Washington — all of this is now possible.

It’s now very easy to imagine a day when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be overturned and when Planned Parenthood, our nation’s abortion Goliath, will be defunded of half a billion dollars in taxpayer money.

This is possible, now. trump1

If

If we, the pro-life generation, hold President-Elect Trump to his promises.

If we hold the Congress and it’s leaders to their numerous pledges.

If we stand united, focused, and motivated.

There is no excuse.

As you know, our mission at Students for Life has never been dependent on what happens in Washington. This victory helps the pro-life movement immensely. This new pro-life majority has it within their reach to pass and enforce the pro-life laws we need until we reach the day our culture fundamentally rejects abortion. We will save more lives.

…but now the real work begins. We have to finish what we started.

We need to ensure that only pro-life Supreme Court justices are appointed, period. We need to fire Planned Parenthood and defund them of our taxpayer dollars, plain and simple.

We need to mobilize like never before and ensure our leaders in Washington will do what they have pledged.

And I’m going to ask you to do some hard things in the next few months and years.

I’m asking you today to trust our team at Students for Life and to believe in our mission to make abortion unthinkable and illegal in our lifetime. For this will be one of my greatest honors to lead you through this fight…the fight of our lives.

While our pro-life generation may be young, we’ve studied under our pro-life predecessors and heroes. We’re organized. We’re united. And we’re prepared. We can do this.

Please, stand with me. There’s so much we need to do.

This is our chance to appoint the justices we need to overturn Roe and Doe. This is our chance to defund and bankrupt the abortion Goliath, Planned Parenthood. This is our chance, the chance of a lifetime, to abolish abortion.

This is our time.

Bobcats for Life shows incredible dedication to pro-life activism and education

Bobcats for Life, a new student group at Ohio University, has started off with momentum and will effect change on their campus this coming year.

Kicking off the month of September with an Apologetics 101 training from their SFLA Regional Coordinator, they prepared for their busy month of activism.bobcatsforlife

Just 2 days later, the group put their Apologetics training to use and hit the road to Columbus to participate in “Operation Overpass” and pro-life outreach in downtown.

Following their outreach in Columbus, their focus shifted from activism to education. They gathered together with students to talk about the corrupt leadership of Planned Parenthood and held a “Meet Margaret Sanger” event, in which they educated their peers on the disturbing facts behind the founding of Planned Parenthood.

On September 10, Bobcats for life took to the road once again as they joined SFLA and other organizations in Cleveland Ohio to protest the “All-access” event and Pro-abortion concert led by Sia. These students left at 11am for the Women Betrayed rally in Cleveland, and didn’t get home until 1:30am the next day! Talk about dedication!

Only a few days later, Bobcats for Life invited Created Equal onto their campus to participate in abortion victim image (AVI) outreach, and were met with hostility from their student body. Bobcats for Life stood strong in their defense of the pre-born in the midst of large protests and vicious attacks from one of their peers. Regardless of these attacks, the very next day, group held a resource drive for their pregnancy resource center just outside their local grocery store!

Bobcats for life concluded their month by hosting the SFLA fall tour “The Cycle of Corruption”, educating their peers about the relationship between abortion big business and political corruption. Again, they were met with resistance, but this time from their school administration. Bobcats for Life are determined to spread the pro-life message on their campus, and seem fearless in the face of controversy.

Because of their dedication and passion, we are awarding Bobcats for life at Ohio University SFLA’s September Group of the Month. Keep up the good work!

NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST STUDENTS FOR LIFE CLUB

Can you call the Gretna HS Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Riley, and tell him to approve the Students for Life club so that Bridget can educate her peers on this crucial issue of abortion?

His phone number is 402-332-3265.

School administrators at Gretna High School and the school’s attorneys have received a demand letter from Students for Life of America’s law firm, the Thomas More Society, on behalf of student Bridget Christensen. The letter charges that Gretna High School has unconstitutionally discriminated against Bridget by denying her the right to form a school-sponsored Students for Life club at Gretna High School.

“Pro-life students have every right to form a club as any other student in high school and cannot be discriminated against for their pro-life views,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Bridget’s rights were breached when the high school denied her request to form a Students for Life group in order to educate and inform her peers on the tragedy of abortion and to help those facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies. Just because the school may not agree with the pro-life position, doesn’t give them the right to not allow the club to exist.”

Bridget Christensen, a junior at Gretna High School in Gretna, Nebraska, right outside Omaha, attempted to start a Students for Life club but she met resistance from school administrators. They told her that the club was too “religious”, which is not only untrue of the Students for Life club but also an illegal reason to deny the existence of the group. The school also said the Students for Life club is “controversial,” also an illegal reason to deny the group.

“Instead of dedicating my time to educating my peers about abortion and creating a Bridget Christensonstrong Students for Life group at my high school that could be resource for those students facing unplanned pregnancies, I’ve been forced to argue against my own school administrators and fight for my First Amendment rights,” said Bridget Christensen, a junior at Gretna High School. “My school administration has been treating me and my friends who want to the start the Students for Life club like second class citizens by not allowing us to be a school-sponsored club, even though they allow many other clubs that may be considered controversial. This double standard is discrimination and it’s wrong.”

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Jocelyn Floyd, who serves as lead counsel for Students for Life of America’s high school clubs, noted that the Gretna High School administration response reflects a common misunderstanding of the law.  Thomas More Society attorneys have tackled similar scenarios in California, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia. “Pro-life students are simply asking for equal treatment,” said Floyd, “and this school’s rationale for denying the group is that the club doesn’t tie in with school curriculum—but neither do most of their other clubs. These dismissive bans on pro-life clubs are unlawful and violate the First Amendment.  If the school has a chess club, service club, gay-straight alliance, movie club, or any other extracurricular group, they may not exclude a Students for Life club.”

As Thomas More Society states in their demand letter, the District’s refusal to officially recognize the Students for Life club as a proper student organization constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Students for Life of America and the Thomas More Society request that the school promptly approve the Students for Life club at Gretna High School.

Link to the demand letter here: LINK

Can you call the Gretna HS Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Riley, and tell him to approve the Students for Life club so that Bridget can educate her peers on this crucial issue of abortion?

His phone number is 402-332-3265.

Situation at Ohio University

Our new Cycle of Corruption campus display, which reveals how Planned Parenthood, a taxpayer-funded organization and the nation’s largest abortion provider, also buys off politicians so that they are free to do as many abortions as possible and rake in revenue, is at Ohio University today and students have already encountered a problem.

The University, which is a public university, is demanding our students not hand out postcards which correspond to the display. They define passing out postcards as solicitation. They are telling our students that they need to stand behind their table (and smile) and are threatening to call the university’s police.

Our attorneys are looking into this but here is the conversation between our Regional Coordinator and the campus representative:

 

The Students for Life group at Ohio University got creative in order to get their information out:

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New Faith Foundations Program Seeks to Build Pro-Life Leaders in Catholic & Christian High Schools

We at Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization, are proud to announce a brand new program aimed at developing dynamic, thoughtful and persuasive pro-life leaders in Catholic and Christian high schools, called Faith Foundations.

Close to half of the pro-life groups that work with SFLA are high school clubs and many are religiously-affiliated. However, this is a tiny amount compared to the number of faith-based high schools in existence in the country, many of whom lack a pro-life group or where their administrators are wary of bringing the pro-life message into their schools.

“Perhaps somewhat shockingly, we have encountered resistance to letting a pro-life group exist at Catholic and Christian high schools because administrators fear controversy or believe that abortion is solely a political issue,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA. “While these faith-based schools adhere to the pro-life position, they aren’t teaching the pro-life philosophy and theology in a way that they are able to build pro-life leaders, ones who will be knowledgeable and persuasive in their explanation of why they are pro-life. Faith Foundations is going to change that.”

Faith Foundations is partnering with Healing the Culture to provide faculty advisors and student pro-life groups with a dynamic and structured curriculum that presents the logical and natural law principles of the pro-life message in a way that allows students to understand the why of their beliefs. SFLA has also partnered with the Culture Project to identify pro-life students at their numerous presentations at schools on the dignity of human life and chastity.

“We’re excited that our partnership with SFLA will allow thousands of high school students to receive the deep, philosophical formation that can transform them into powerful pro-life evangelists in this culture,” said Camille Pauley, President and CEO of Healing the Culture. “Healing the Culture’s learning program is anchored to principles of logic, justice, ethics and human rights that have been known for many centuries and even millennia, yet we present this using contemporary methods that work for young people who are growing up in a relativistic, post-Christian culture.”

Faith Foundations will work with both Christian and Catholic high schools but will put particular emphasis on Catholic schools during this initial launch of the program as its seeks to partner with dioceses around the country to complement the work they are already doing, and grow the activity of the youth in that diocese.

“There is a huge misconception that pro-life groups already exist at faith-based schools and that all students at these high schools are pro-life and can speak to the reasons why, but that’s not just the case,” said Lauren Castillo, Director of Faith Foundations. “The reality is that there are many Catholic and Christian high schools without a pro-life group and those that have one will only go to the National or local March for Life and not do any other activities that engage their peers. We want to identify those motivated students and activate them to do more to meaningfully reach their peers with the reality of abortion, it’s life-affirming alternatives, and connect them with local pro-life resources like a pregnancy resource center.”

“As SFLA expands and grows and continues to make abortion unthinkable, creating enthusiastic pro-life leaders at faith-based high schools is a natural next step and we are thrilled to be able to launch Faith Foundations, with its own dedicated staff, to grow the pro-life generation,” said Hawkins.

For a Q&A with Lauren Castillo about Faith Foundations, see this link.

Q&A with new Faith Foundations Director

Faith Foundations is a brand new program at Students for Life of America aimed at developing dynamic, thoughtful and persuasive pro-life leaders in Catholic and Christian high schools. Lauren Castillo is heading it up and here is a Q&A with her so she can tell you in her own words about the program, its goals, and why it is needed.

 SFLA: Lauren, can you tell us about yourself a little and why you are heading up Faith Foundations?
Lauren Castillo: I am a wife and mom of two and our family lives in Denver. I went to a Jesuit Catholic High School and Regis University another Catholic school. I believe in the mission of Faith Foundations to help Catholic high schools across the nation build their students into pro-life leaders and grow the number of Students for Life groups at those schools. Having received a Catholic education, I know that being pro-life is at the heart of who we are as Christians. By educating students about the philosophical foundations behind the why of their pro-life beliefs and training them to articulate that message both compassionately and effectively, we are helping put their faFaith Foundationsith into action. That action enables them to tangibly bring needed resources and education to their peers, who are the generation most target by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. I know that be reaching these students in high school we are helping them not only know why they are pro-life from a human rights perspective that is aligned with Catholic teaching, but they are growing as pro-life activists for life who will instrumentally impact the movement and their communities.

SFLA: What is Faith Foundations? Who are the organizations you are partnering with and what do they do?
LC: We are partnering with Healing the Culture and the Culture Project. Healing the Culture is partnering with us to bring their unique curriculum to these high schools around the country. They have a curriculum that has been translated into a kit that our field team members give to students and train them on so they are able to learn more about their pro-life beliefs from a philosophical perspective and put their learning into events that educate their school community. The Culture Project does dynamic presentations at schools to help students see their sexuality in a healthy, life affirming integrated way. Faith Foundations aims to start and grow the activity level of groups at faith-based high schools, therefore increasing the members of the pro-life generation and future college Students for Life leaders. It meets the need for solid Christian theological teaching and helps young people understand the richness of living a life of sexual integrity and virtue.

SFLA: What are the goals of Faith Foundations?
LC: We want to increase the number of Students for Life groups at Catholic high schools across the country. The vision is to have a strong, active, and vibrant pro-life presence at every Catholic high school across our nation.

SFLA: Will Faith Foundations be primarily for Catholic schools or will you be reaching out to Christians schools as well?
LC: Right now we are placing an emphasis on Catholic schools. But we are certainly working with Christian schools as well.

SFLA: Why is Faith Foundations a unique endeavor? What was the inspiration behind founding Faith Foundations? Why is it needed?
LC: Students for Life of America has over the years identified a struggle of building strong pro-life groups at Catholic schools and are answering that with Faith Foundations. Sometimes the struggle is because there is a lack of time teachers are able to talk to their students about abortion. Other times it is a lack of resources or knowledge for presenting in a way that reaches and activates students to do something about it. And honestly sometimes the administration feels this issue is only political.

Almost half of the 1,043 groups we have across the country are high school groups. And the majority of those are religiously affiliated. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We could be reaching so many more students if we had a presence at every Catholic high school. Can you image how much faster abortion will be not only abolished but unthinkable if we are able to educate and mobilize young Catholic students in every state to engage their schools and communities? It is a powerful and yet daunting vision, but we are working towards it. By partnering with Healing the Culture and the Culture Project we are able to reach even more young people who are committed to saving lives and helping others.

 

SFLA: How do you think Faith Foundations will positively impact students?
LC: By reaching these students in high school, we are working with them at a crucial part of their lives. Many are starting to question why they are pro-life or how they will defend their view once they go to college and are asked to defend it by someone who is as pro-choice as they are pro-life. They will receive high caliber education through this program on the philosophical and tangible human rights perspective of the pro-life belief. And this is all aligned with Catholic doctrine. I have no doubt that once these groups are trained, they will educate their peers what they have learned, promote resources, get connected with local pro-life organizations, and many will become pro-life missionaries in their future.

By satiating their craving for truth about this crucial social issue, we are building them up as leaders who not only recognize the largest human rights injustice in our country, are not only bothered by it, but are putting their faith into action to stop it. These young leaders are who will continue to build the important infrastructure that help those in need facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies. Once these students join the pro-life generation, they are in it for life.

SFLA: Is there a large educational aspect to Faith Foundations? How will that be implemented?
LC: Yes, there is. Healing the Culture’s curriculum is a huge foundational element of the program and kit. The students will receive a great informative background of the pro-life view not only from philosophy, theology, but also from the human rights perspective. This enables the students to talk to their peers in a tangible way that makes sense to them. Each week or month at their meetings they will have different ways to learning through this program. It ranges from informative videos, in person trainings from apologetics to leadership, flash cards, and tangible challenges to put together events that ties in all that they have learned to reach their peers.

SFLA: What kind of resources will Faith Foundations offer schools/groups?
LC: In our partnership with Healing the Culture, we have built a kit that the students will receive. Through the kit, our Regional Coordinators are able to give the faculty advisors and students the structure, knowledge, and ideas for events that will last the entire school year. They won’t have to re-create the wheel. It’s all there. Our Regional Coordinators are even available to travel and meet with the students to train them in person at the convenience of the teachers and administration.

Being a resource organization, Students for Life of America is really able to equip these groups with endless resources ranging from education to support and resources.

SFLA: What’s a common misconception people have about pro-life groups in Catholic schools?
LC: Either that they exist or are really active. The reality is that there are many Catholic schools without a pro-life group and many that have one, will go to the National or local March for Life and not do any other activities that engage their peers. We want to identify those motivated students and activate them to do more to meaningfully reach their peers with the reality of abortion, it’s life-affirming alternatives, and connect them with local pro-life resources like a pregnancy resource center.

Another misconception is that these students don’t have to do any education with their peers, because there is a widespread assumption that every student attending a Catholic school is pro-life. That is not a reality. There are students who are not pro-life or who grew up pro-life and start to question why they are pro-life. That is why these students must reach their peers. Every Catholic student at these schools should learn to articulate effectively why they are pro-life and be able to defend their view point compassionately.

SFLA: Will you be working with Catholic dioceses to organize Faith Foundations in schools?
LC: Definitely. Catholic dioceses are already doing amazing work to help educate and gather their pro-life students together for events, most notable local and national Marches for Life. We will be working closely with Dioceses in each region to reach their pro-life students, compliment the work they are already doing, and grow the activity of the youth in that diocese. We have already been able to work with numerous dioceses to meet with the Catholic school’s superintendents and theology teachers to present the Faith Foundations program.

SFLA:  How can people get involved in helping bring Faith Foundations into their schools?
LC: They can contact me! By email at LCastillo@studentsforlife.org. We can get them information about the program, connect them with a local SFLA regional Coordinator and get the kit in their hands to start the program. Once they have a teacher willing to sponsor the students as a pro-life group advisor, everything really flows from there. If you know a teacher or student who might be interested, have them contact us to get started.

 

CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY OFFERS SCHOOL CREDIT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD INTERNSHIP

A Lifeway Research study published late last year revealed close to 70% of women who have had abortion claimed to be of the Christian faith. Gallup polling showed the number to be just over half. Where is the Christian community going so wrong that a substantial majority of their own are feeling they have to have an abortion? Are Christians not talking about other options besides abortion, are they shaming women who have gotten pregnant outside of wedlock, are they ignorant of resources for women facing unplanned pregnancies?

Where would Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry be if Christian women rose up and said, ‘no more, we deserve better than abortion’? The abortion industry would be in crisis mode if that happened.

But they aren’t because of schools like Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, a school obviously upfront about their Christian identity.

TCU is offering an internship program at Planned Parenthood in return for school credit. Interestingly enough, it came through an email from the History department and involves “a project highlighting [Planned Parenthood’s] history in Fort Worth since it was established here in 1935.”

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This may be cheating but let’s give the student a head start. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) was a part of the undercover project from the Center for Medical Progress, which exposed the abortion giant of haggling over the prices of body parts of babies they aborted.

Dr. Amna Dermish is an abortionist for Planned Parenthood in Austin, which is part of PPGT, and she was thrilled to be trained by Dr. Deb Nucatola, the abortionist featured in the first CMP video talking about where she would crush parts of the baby during an abortion to ensure an intact baby body part to sell.

When Dr. Dermish was asked about harvesting a fetal brain, she notes, “I haven’t been able to do that yet,” but exclaims with laughter, “This will give me something to strive for!” Watch the full footage here.

“It is a disgrace for a large Christian university to offer credit for an internship at the largest abortion provider in the nation,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Instead of educating and equipping students on how to persuasively discuss the pro-life viewpoint and help women in crisis, they instead reward students for spending valuable time volunteering for an organization that ends the lives of over 325,000 innocent human beings a year.  And just think of the parents who thought their child would be receiving a valuable Christian-focused education at a private school. They are paying over $53,500 a year to be swindled.”