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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New High School Pro-Life Initiative Launched

Students for Life of America is proud to announce the launch of our newest initiative for high school and homeschool students.  For the first time ever, pro-life teenage students will have specialized training, programming, guide books, and a website dedicated to meet the unique issues and challenges the comes with being pro-life in high school. With a new full-time SFLA team member, Missy Martinez, coordinating these efforts, quick growth of this program is expected.

Students for Life High School and Homeschool new outreach program includes trainings on topics such as: Abortion Apologetics, Leadership, Sidewalk Counseling, and Sexual Risk Avoidance. SFLA has created step-by-step guides on how to start pro-life group sat high schools and in home school communities. Public or private, big or small, every high school can be reached with the pro-life message.  The new website for high school and homeschool students is live now at http://highschool.studentsforlife.org.

“With the wild success of our college Students for Life program in starting and growing over 700 pro-life groups across the country, we saw a great opportunity to extend our focus to high school age students, too. High School is where Planned Parenthood first targets young girls to build, what they hope, will be a life-long financial relationship,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “This new website, as well as the addition of a full-time staff member in Missy Martinez, will enable us to offer dedicated resources that fit the lives of high schoolers and homeschoolers. We are now developing programming catering to high school aged students, including a Sexual Risk Avoidance Program, that are specific to them.”

“We want to engage students as soon as possible and help them establish a solid pro-life worldview before they go to college,” said Missy Martinez, SFLA National High School and Home School Coordinator.  “Abortion isn’t just a college student issue, unfortunately, it’s happening in our high schools as well. We want high school students to be equipped to stand for Life, in their schools, youth groups, and communities, reaching out to their peers, and helping those peers facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies.”

This initiative is the first of its kind in the nation for homeschool students.  To find out more go to http://highschool.studentsforlife.org or email Missy to start or train a high school pro-life group at mmartinez@studentsforlife.org