February 8, 2023

SFLAction Warns Congress to Confront any Public Health Emergency Declaration on Abortion; “Codifying Roe” Must Not be Forced through Healthcare Policy 


“President Biden and the abortion extremists in Congress led by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer tried repeatedly to ‘Codify Roe’ with legislation, failing repeatedly,” observed SFLAction’s Kristan Hawkins. “Given Biden’s agenda as presented in the State of the Union last night, Congress must be prepared to confront any federal takeover of abortion policy through the thuggish tactics employed in the name of COVID.” 

READ MORE ON THE PROPOSED ABUSE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN HAWKINS’ OPED AT FOX TITLED: “Abortion is an emergency, but dangerous in a different way than what Biden claims”

WASHINGTON D.C. (02-08-2023) – In light of President Joe Biden’s calls to “Codify Roe” in the State of the Union, Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins noted, “Few understand just how radical a statement that is, as current political campaigns with that label go far beyond the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. Pro-life legislators must be prepared to confront a radical abortion power grab threatened by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, who as an attorney brought no real medical expertise to our nation’s healthcare systems, only abortion activism. SFLAction warned the Senate to oppose his nomination for that reason, and proposals for the abuse of power to advance abortion continue today. Congress must act to reign in an out-of-control Biden Administration, as they abuse the Veterans Administration, Postal Service, Department of Justice, HHS, and other parts of our government to advance an agenda they can’t get passed.”



Read Hawkins’ USA Today Op-ed on Becerra’s track record before HHS here. 

Read Hawkins’ FOX Op-ed on Becerra’s current abortion takeover plans here. 

 The Democrats repeatedly attempted to “Codify Roe” through the Women’s Health Protection Act in recent years. And SFLAction has repeatedly opposed the bill when brought up. In light of current policy, “Codifying Roe” would allow for abortion through all nine months, for any reason at all, with taxpayer funding, and without protections for Americans’ conscience rights, should they be opposed to ending innocent life in the womb. Considering that Democrats have also opposed protecting babies born during abortion, thereby supporting infanticide, it’s a radical agenda far beyond what developed in 1973 in court.

Writing for The Hill, Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, explained why this power grab goes far beyond efforts to “codify Roe,” a term used to mean that the current abortion policy evolved through the courts would be made more permanent, federal law.



Turley explains what’s wrong with that phrasing, noting: “The reason is that the WHPA is not a simple codification but a potentially massive expansion of Roe and its successor case, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. CaseyIt seeks to accomplish legislatively what could not be accomplished judicially for decades. Putting aside possible constitutional problems in effectively taking over the entire field of abortion rights from the states, the WHPA’s provisions read like a progressive wish-list based on pages of legislative ‘findings.’ It declares the ‘violent legacy’ of “restrictions on reproductive health, including abortion … [that] perpetuate systems of oppression, lack of bodily autonomy, white supremacy, and anti-Black racism.’ … The calls to ‘codify Roe’ with the WHPA falsely suggest that this law merely preserves the status quo. It does not.”

For more on abortion as a federal issue, click here to read Hawkins’ recent letter to Congress. 

For interviews, contact Kristi Hamrick at [email protected]


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.