November 10, 2022

Promising Signs of Support for Preborn Life at the State Level, but More Work Ahead for Pro-Life Generation

Every state legislator who championed SFLAction-inspired pro-life bills was reelected

 “As the pro-abortion, Democratic party gaslights Americans into believing they need abortion as they dehumanize the preborn, it’s clear our mission at SFLAction is far from over,” said Kristan Hawkins, SFLAction President. “If you like any limits on abortion, you don’t like President Biden’s agenda. We look forward to working with new Pro-Life Champions on introducing life-saving legislation in more states next year.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-09-2022) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) President Kristan Hawkins called the mid-term election “the beginning of a reset following more than 50 years of assumptions about abortion.” She continued, “In the coming sessions, we look forward to working with strong leaders and introducing pro-life legislation in states like Florida, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Thanks to last night’s results, new pro-life supreme courts and filibuster-proof majorities make our investment in key states span to new horizons with exciting opportunities to protect life in law.”

Students for Life Action also released today the Post-Roe Blueprint, a strategic agenda for protecting life in law and in service. 

“The #ProLifeGen looks forward to working alongside new champions for women and their children, born and preborn,” said Hawkins.

This election cycle, Students for Life Action (SFLAction) has closely monitored the outcome of 230 State House races and 66 State Senate seats, prioritizing races in locations where a few votes either way will be key in passing pro-life legislation in Spring 2023. Identifying key states to deploy local student canvassers and launch digital campaigns in, SFLAction fully leveraged its fierce influence and outreach to see more Pro-Life Champions find a seat in their State Legislature.

With multiple campaigns spanning across key regions, SFLAction exposed pro-abortion radicals by personally texting nearly 3,110,252 youth voters, making 2,051,680 phone calls, launching digital ads that received over 8,988,106 views, and even debated candidates face-to-face. Before the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade, SFLAction was already active in all 50 states and when the Dobbs decision came down it was further confirmation that our focus on the local level stood in the balance of life-saving laws and pro-abortion leaders.

SFLAction is celebrating wins in:

  • Alabama: Congratulations to Andrew Sorrell for being elected state auditor. Rep. Andrew Sorrel was a Pro-Life Champion in Alabama’s State House with his introduction of SFLAction-inspired Chemical Abortion Ban, House Bill 261, that he lobbied his colleagues for support on. SFLAction also congratulates Ernie Yarbrough for winning Alabama State House seat for District 7.
  • Florida: We have more state legislators headed into Florida’s State House next session pledging to support strong pro-life legislation, like a heartbeat bills and Life at Conception Act, than before. We will hold them accountable to these promises.
  • Indiana: We’re thrilled to see 100% Pro-Life Champion and SFLAction alumni Becky Cash elected to serve District 25 by just 1,277 votes. Our student activists were glad to reign in her victory last night with Cash, and we look forward to working with her next year.
  • Iowa: Pro-life Champion, Rep. Jeff Shipley, won a tough primary this summer and is headed back to champion our Chemical Abortion bill in Iowa.
  • Michigan: Pro-life Champion, Rep. Steve Carra, won a tough primary this summer and is headed back to keep fighting to protect the preborn in Michigan.
  • Nebraska: In Nebraska, we will finally have a filibuster-proof pro-life majority (by just over 122 votes). State Senator Megan Hunt, a friend of the local Planned Parenthood, will no longer be able to use a filibuster to defeat life-saving laws from going into effect. We will now have the opportunity to pass pro-life legislation in Nebraska. We launched our #VoteProLifeFirst microtargeted digital ads reaching 75,776 voters in addition to our grassroots game that included 6,696 doors, 26,612 personal text messages, and 5,164 calls, in 11 targeted races, proving small numbers make a big difference. Next, we aim to put late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart out of business.
  • North Carolina: The state Supreme Court flipped from a 4-2 liberal majority to a 5-2 conservative majority. The state Senate will now have a veto-proof majority and we just need to pick up one more state House seat and go on the offensive this Spring. We initiated over 477,097 voter contacts through our Vote Pro-Life First Digital Campaign, personal texts, calls, and doors in North Carolina.
  • Ohio: With a newly elected state supreme court judge in Ohio, the likelihood of our Heartbeat bill, championed by our Board Member and former State Rep. Christina Hagan, to be upheld is strengthened.
  • Pennsylvania: When SFLAction raised the red flag on the University of Pittsburgh barbaric fetal research on aborted babies, we were glad to have Pro-Life Champions in the State Legislature to slow down funding. Now, we’ve added to that group of pro-life leaders including Marla Brown, SFLA alum, for State House District 9. SFLAction students knocked almost 4,000 doors for Brown and celebrated with the candidate last night who noted the preborn as her top issue.
  • Wyoming: Another SFLAction alum, Rep. Ocean Andrew (House District 46) is headed back to the state legislature to champion pro-life legislation for us along with pro-life champions Scott Smith (House District 5), Sara Penn (House District 33), Tony Locke (House District 35), Tamara Trujillo (House District 44), Jeanette Ward (House District 46), and Dan Larsen (Senate District 19). Meanwhile, Rep. Chuck Gray, who championed SFLAction’s Chemical Abortion bill won his bid for statewide office in the Secretary of State race. CLICK HERE to watch SFLAction’s primary recap video.

As noted by The Washington Post, SFLAction is “one of the largest antiabortion organizations in the country,” and has long been preparing legislatively for a Post-Roe America. Fox News recognizes SFLAction “has already been pushing state legislatures” and our growing influence has even reached pro-abortion leading researcher Mary Ziegler who noted the power of our mobilization in The Atlantic. Read more about SFLAction’s Post-Roe Blueprint HERE or read Hawkins’ latest op-ed at The Daily Wire titled “My Fear of Who’s Running the Country Dwarfs My Deep Concern Over Abortion.”

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,300 groups on middle, high school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America.