by Steven Ertelt
June 28, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group for college students has changed it name but renewed its mission to educate students at colleges and universities across the country about how abortion kills unborn children and hurts women. American Collegians for Life has become Students for Life of America.
The pro-life campus group began in 1987 when students from Georgetown University who had a heart for sharing the pro-life message nationwide came together.
Every year, since then, the organization has remained focused on its grassroots mission with an annual conference featuring highly recognized pro-life speakers and elections selecting a new set of student leaders for the year.
"SFL has worked to develop a nationwide network of pro-life students," the group says on its web site. "Students for Life will continue to serve pro-life champions in every college and university in America."
Laura Puckett, a junior at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, appreciates the work of Students for Life because she often feels like she is the only person at her college who is pro-life.
"It’s a pretty liberal school," she told Family News in Focus. "Everybody’s just relativistic, and so everybody just thinks it’s your own choice — it’s the woman’s body, and it’s her right to choose."
Danielle Huntley, president of with Students for Life of America, told FNIF that Puckett’s case isn’t an isolated one and points to the need for her organization.
"We are aggressively looking for funds and looking for students to start pro-life groups because we need the truth to be heard," she said. "If we don’t have the truth heard, then people will lose their lives."
Abortion has always been a hot topic on college campuses and pro-life student groups frequently face issues of vandalism and discrimination.
During the last school year, pro-life displays have been destroyed or vandalized at Harvard University and Baylor University. Meanwhile, a Northern Kentucky University professor and several pro-abortion students faced charges in court when they destroyed a pro-life display there and were caught on camera by the student newspaper.
Students for Life has relationships with more than 300 pro-life college groups and hopes to establish 300 more groups this year.
Related web sites:
Students for Life of America – https://www.studentsforlife.org