May 15, 2024

Students for Life Action Applauds Election of Key Pro-Life Leaders in Nebraska Primary Races


The pro-life voices elected tonight will turn tables on pro-abortion officials like Sen. Merv Riepe,” said SFLAction’s Chanel Prunier. “The fight is far from over in Nebraska, and Students for Life Action is gearing up support these candidates in the general election.”

Contact [email protected] to set up interviews.

OMAHA, N.E. (05-14-2024) Students for Life Action (SFLAction) celebrates the primary wins of TWO new pro-life leaders in Nebraska after tonight’s State Senate primary races. SFLAction Vice President of Political Affairs Chanel Prunier said, “Nebraska is a major battleground for Students for Life Action in our fight on behalf of the preborn lives, and in this race we are working to defeat weak, pro-abortion Republicans like Senator Merv Riepe. We’re grateful to see these Students for Life Action supported pro-life champions advance to the general election.  Nebraska voters made it clear that they will not tolerate candidates who turn their backs on the preborn and ignore the human rights issue of our day.”

Numerous successful candidates returned the survey and pledged to vote pro-life, including in the following races where SFLAction engaged:  

  • Lana Peister – District 37
  • Ethan Clark – District 41


SFLAction has been involved in Nebraska for the last several years, engaging and educating lawmakers and voters on numerous key legislative initiatives:

  • In February 2024, SFLAction students testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Nebraska Statehouse, calling on committee members to vote against, introduced by Republican Senator Merv Riepe (one of “Biden’s Favorite Republicans”). The law would’ve allowed abortions beyond the state’s 12-week limits in cases of fatal fetal anomalies and remove criminal penalties for doctors who perform an abortion outside of “the exceptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.”

READ: Testimony Recap: Students in Nebraska Demand Stronger Pro-Life Protections

  • In January 2024, SFLAction engaged with lawmakers during a lobby day at the State capital, meeting with numerous lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss stronger and more comprehensive pro-life laws.

READ: Lobby Days Recap: Nebraska

  • SFLAction ran a billboard campaign in November 2023 against Nebraska Senator Merv Riepe for his vote that derailed the Heartbeat law, after a busy legislative battle in the spring of 2023 to pass the bill.

READ: Students for Life Action Returns to Nebraska to Raise Awareness of Senator Merv Riepe’s Broken Promises to Protect Innocent Life in New Billboard Campaign  


Leading up to the election, SFLAction sent over 11,500 text messages, made over 11,300 phone calls, sent over 11,300 pieces of direct mail, and knocked on 626 doors.

“We are ready to hit the ground running to engage further in Nebraska’s general elections, and to support and advocate for pro-life legislation taken up by the lawmakers in Nebraska,” said Prunier.


Testimony Recap: Students in Nebraska Demand Stronger Pro-Life Protections


For interviews, contact  [email protected]


The Pro-Life Generation (PLG) is an umbrella organization encompassing the most-cutting edge engagement opportunities for a Vote Pro-Life First Community. PLG includes Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), that together make up the nation’s largest, pro-life youth organization, managing a grassroots political and policy operation engaging Americans of all ages but with a special emphasis on the largest segment of voters — the Youth Vote. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, PLG/SFLA/SFLAction serves more than 1,400 groups on middle, high school, college, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. Our team has more conversations with this generation targeted by the abortion lobby than any other pro-life operation in the world, each week reaching more than 4 million across social media platforms and averaging 1.3 million video views. In addition to SFLA/SFLAction, PLG leads multiple initiatives to lead and serve the future of the pro-life movement including the Campaign for Abortion Free Cities, Standing With You, and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement . Over more than 17 years, PLG CEO Kristan Hawkins has grown the operation into a nearly $20M organization, now preparing for an abortion-free America.