Students for Life of America

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Students for Life of America
Reorganized 2006
Type501(c)(3) non-profit
Registration no.EIN 521576352
FocusAnti-abortion activism on college and high school campuses
Area served
United States
Key people
Kristan Hawkins (President)
Formerly called
American Collegians for Life

Students for Life of America (SFLA), also known as simply Students for Life (SFL), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit anti-abortion organization that has formed groups of high school and college students across the country. Currently, there are over 2,000 SFL student groups across the nation.

SFLA spokesperson Kristi Hamrick is cited as opposing prosecution of women who self-abort, but president Kristan Hawkins is on record as opposing exceptions for rape and incest when criminalizing abortion.[1]


SFLA was founded in 1988 as American Collegians for Life by students at Georgetown University. They run an event called "sockit2PP", targeting Planned Parenthood.[2]

In the Fall Semester of 1976, prior to the inception of Students for Life, 77 California State University, Sacramento anti-abortion students formed United Students for Life. The faculty sponsor of the group was a Catholic Priest who was also a Criminal Justice Professor at that University, Father Edward MacKinnon. The group was about 50% Mormon with the remaining members of the group Catholics, Protestants and one self-described atheist. Existing from 1976 until 1980, they held numerous rallies, instigated a statewide initiative campaign, helped form other anti-abortion student groups, worked on the Morton Downey, Jr. Presidential Campaign, and hosted the January 22, 1980 California State Rally for Life at the California State Capital.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

In 2015, Boise State University paid SFLA $20,000 to settle a freedom of speech lawsuit.[11]


  1. ^ Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents, Washington Post
  2. ^ Brown, Lauretta (Sep 19, 2017). "Students for Life Launch 'Sock It to Planned Parenthood' Campaign". Townhall. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  3. ^ "CSUS Students balk at abortion policy", Catholic Herald, Sacramento, California, September 29, 1977.
  4. ^ " 'Pro-Life' fights funded abortions: Voter initiative campaign greets campus with library rally", by: Brian Blomster, State Hornet, California State University, Sacrament, October 14, 1977, Pages 1 and 12
  5. ^ " Petition Drive will Seek Ban of Public Abortion Funding", by: United Press International, The Sacramento Bee, December 21, 1977, Page 11.
  6. ^ "Abortion foe declares March of Dimes boycott", by: Scott Reeves, The Sacramento Union, March 30, 1978, Page E3
  7. ^ "Abortion initiative nears deadline", by: Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, The Catholic Herald, Sacramento, California, April 20, 1978
  8. ^ "Pro-life Representatives Picket", by: Greg Welsh and Victoria Vierk, The Davis Enterprise, Davis California, February 15, 1979, Page 1
  9. ^ "Planned Parenthood draws protest", by: Mark Aulman, The Daily Democrat, Woodland Davis California, February 15, 1979, Page 1
  10. ^ "Rally for Life held in Capital", by: Times Herald, Vallejo, January 22, 1980, Page 16.
  11. ^ University pays pro-life student group $20,000 to settle free speech lawsuit, Washington Post

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