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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Students for Life Calls Changes to Healthcare Mandate “a choice that shows respect for all Americans”

“It should surprise no one that the abortion lobby pushed to force Americans to pay for their deadly drugs and services, but it’s un-American for taxpayers to be forced in to court to enjoy their Freedom of Religion,” said SFLA’s Kristan Hawkins.

WASHINGTON D.C. (10-06-17) – Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins praised the Trump Administration for changes to the mandates attached to the Affordable Care Act, calling it “a choice that shows respect for all Americans.”

Hawkins made the following statement: “The Obama Administration wrote the healthcare mandates with the help of the abortion industry, deliberately forcing people of faith to subsidize drugs some find morally objectionable. Even more offensive, they also mislabeled drugs that end life as ‘contraception’ and forced funding for them, too. That fact that nuns had to go to court to fight for their Constitutional right to freedom of religion when it comes to the contraceptive mandate shows just how broken the Obamacare mandates were.

“The Trump Administration also addressed the stealth abortion coverage in some of the qualified health plans by separating abortion, which is not healthcare, from the core list of things covered. Now, Americans will be informed if a plan they choose has abortion coverage in it, and they will need to pay separately for that coverage. Tax dollars will not be spent providing abortion coverage that people may not even know that they have in their plan.

“Students for Life thanks President Trump for following through on his promises to address the injustice created by the mandates in Obamacare. It should surprise no one that the abortion lobby pushed to force Americans to pay for their deadly drugs and services, but it’s un-American for taxpayers to be forced in to court to enjoy their Freedom of Religion. Still, fixing the healthcare law is just step one. No taxpayer dollars should go to abortionists, like those at Planned Parenthood, which is still raking in more than half-a-BILLION dollars a year in taxpayer monies. Planned Parenthood must be defunded – whether through changes in the healthcare law, in the tax proposal, or any other bill that legislators want to introduce.”

Debate on Roe at Harvard

Law Students for Life and the pro-life student group, Harvard Right to Life are sponsoring a debate on the constitutionality of Roe at Harvard on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00pmET.  

Featuring Professor Teresa Collett, University of St. Thomas School of Law and Steve Aden, Alliance Defending Freedom; the debate will center around the question:  Should Roe Survive Another 40 Years?

This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  Event details:

Wednesday, November 14th at 8:00pmET
Harvard University
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Room: Harvard Hall 201

If you cannot attend this event in person, watch the livestream here:


Should Roe Survive another 40 Years?

Law Students for Life is launching a three campus lecture and debate series.

The anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision next January will mark the 40th full year of legalized abortion in our nation. Now is the time to go back and examine the constitutionality of the 1973 Supreme Court decision. Which is why Law Students for Life is launching a three campus lecture and debate series to ask the question, Should Roe Survive another 40 Years?

Joining this lecture and debate series to answer this question are:

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom serving in its Washington, D.C., office, where he heads efforts to defend the sanctity of human life. Aden joined Alliance Defending Freedom in 2008 and is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Hawaii (inactive). He is also a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal circuit and district courts. He has practiced law since 1990 and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Teresa Collett, Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Recently she represented Congressman Ron Paul and various medical groups in the defense of the federal ban of partial-birth abortion, and the Governors of Minnesota and North Dakota defending the N.H. requirement of state parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor before the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2003, Professor Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law where she established the nation’s first annual symposium on legal ethics.

Scheduled Law SFL Lecture Series Locations:

Dartmouth College
Wednesday, October 17th
With Teresa Collet

Duke University
Monday, October 22nd
With Steven Aden

Harvard University
Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm
With Steven Aden, and Teresa Collet
*This event will be livestreamed, more details to follow.

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