March for Life Shows Next Generation Solidly Pro-Life

Opinion   Kristan Hawkins   Jan 26, 2012   |   5:21PM    Washington, DC

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. I think this photo says it all:

This screen shot comes from FOX News’ coverage of the March for Life on Monday night. And here, prominently displayed for the entire nation to see, are Students for Life of America’s new signs. This was just the icing on cake for what was an AMAZING weekend for us!

On Sunday, we hosted our National Conference, where over 2,000 students from around the country joined us to learn how to be better pro-life leaders on their campuses and in their communities. They got to hear from the nation’s top pro-life leaders, including Lila Rose, David Bereit and Former Governor Mike Huckabee – all of whom were excited to be a part of the day.

I can’t even begin to express the emotion I felt standing on stage looking out at the sea of excited young faces. They truly are the pro-life generation. And the hope they have for abolishing abortion in their lifetimes is nothing short of inspiring, even for those of us who organized the event! It was an incredible day! (And if you weren’t able to join us in person or via webcast on Sunday, you can still be a part of the National Conference by watching our replays of our Morning and Evening General Session speakers at www.sflalive.org/live)

And even though the weather on Monday for the March for Life altered some of our plans, we still made a tremendous impact – handing out 11,000 of the signs scattered all over FOX News’ coverage of the March.

I can proudly say that SFLA was one of the busiest pro-life organizations out at the March: handing out signs, registering pro-lifers to vote, and holding 2 rallies!

I kept receiving texts from our team, who were scattered throughout Washington, saying that they saw a sea of our student leaders and other groups from across the country holding our signs every time they turned around.

But the best moment of the day was when I was standing by the Capitol building with my bullhorn, rallying students and registering voters. A group of students approached me and said, “We heard your voice 2 blocks away and had to come thank you.” The realization that the thousands of students and supporters we communicate with every week through our emails, Facebook pages, and phone calls were marching alongside us that day, that they appreciate our work, and that they wanted to come thank us made me understand exactly how much of an impact we are having across the United States.

Those moments made every minute of standing out in sleet and cold absolutely worth it.

Make no mistake: Students for Life of America is gaining incredible national momentum! And I have a feeling that this past weekend was just the tip of the iceberg of what we are going to accomplish this year.