National Pro-Life Student Group Hosts Second Annual Banquet

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 21, 2011   |   5:09PM   |   Washington, DC

Students for Life of America will host its second-annual Spring banquet Thursday night to raise funds for promoting campus pro-life groups at colleges and universities nationwide.

The event, at Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia comes the same week as the anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, the national legislation the group opposed because of its loopholes allowing taxpayer funding of abortions and rationing concerns. Congressman Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican, and David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life, will be the featured speakers.

At the event, SFLA will honor a pro-life student leader who has made a significant impact on campus with the 2011 Sophie and Hans Scholl Award.

“I am excited for the 2011 SFLA Spring Banquet where we will celebrate the successes of the youth pro-life movement and introduce our strategy moving forward,” SFLA president Kristan Hawkins told today. “This year, we are honored to recognize a pro-life student leader who has made a significant difference in her community by saving preborn lives.”

“We are pleased to unveil SFLA’s newest outreach, Medical Students for Life, and will be saddened to give a report about the grim realities that today’s pro-life medical students face,” she said of the sold out event.

The group is fresh off of its 2011 Medical Students for Life National Bioethics Tour and its director will be speaking at the banquet about the importance of the pro-life movement on medical campuses and the obstacles that today’s pro-life medical students face. Congressman Harris will also be speaking about the importance of pro-life medical professionals from his experience as a pro-life doctor.

Meanwhile, the Sophie and Hans Scholl Award is given in honor of Sophie and Hans Scholl who were student leaders during the Holocaust, who spoke out about the injustice on their campus and were eventually arrested and executed by the Nazis for their outspoken opposition to their regime. SFLA will be giving the award to students who, like Sophie and Hans School, speak out every day in defense of the preborn and against the injustice of abortion on their campus.

SFLA also recently issued a report on the status of campus health care policies at America’s leading universities and found half of all colleges require students to enroll in health care plans they pay for at their own expense, and half of those pay for abortions.