August 29, 2022

Students for Life Action Calls on Congress to Use the Tools of the Federal Government to Defend Life in Law because Abortion IS a Federal Issue Too


“The Biden Administration delivers death by abortion as a policy fully metastasized throughout the federal government,” SFLAction President Kristan Hawkins writes in a new letter to Congress. “Given the already extensive engagement of the federal government on the issue of abortion, national leaders must act to right a terrible wrong in our law, policy, and spending.” 

WASHINGTON D.C. (08-29-2022) —  In an environment in which Corporate Abortion and its political allies attempt to scare pro-life leaders and politicians into silence on the human rights issue of the day – abortion —  Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins sent a letter to Congress calling for a strong defense of preborn life in law and policy, given the extraordinary bias in favor of abortion infiltrating budgets and programming throughout the federal government. She writes: “We can’t delegate ending the injustice of abortion to states alone. All of us at every level of society, and especially legislators, need to reverse almost 50 years of public policy that allowed the life-ending harms of abortion to continue with taxpayer support.”



Hawkins noted that recent commentary on a few political losses ignores the fact that it’s when a strong defense of life is missing or blocked that misinformation from an active, abortion-loving coalition takes center stage. “Politicians who try and hide from this important public debate risk being defined by their adversaries, and as we’ve seen in recent political conflicts, staying silent allows others to speak for you,” said Hawkins. “This debate is not limited to a single race or a single vote but will require a principled response from each of us in our sphere of influence.”

Hawkins’ letter to Congress notes that those saying a federal presence is not needed are ignoring the massive federal presence on the issue.  


She writes: “Our federal government is far from abortion neutral. Pro-abortion policy and funding are intertwined throughout our federal government like a cancer, siphoning taxpayer resources for policies that end in the death of the preborn. As the New York Times reported recently, The Federal Government Subsidizes Abortions. Will That Last? 



As President Biden notes, abortion funding, policy, and goals can be found in the Office of the Vice President, the Office of White House Counsel, the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the National Security Council, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management.

While ineffective on many fronts, the Biden Administration delivers death by abortion as a policy fully metastasized throughout the federal government, with horrifying, new efforts in a push at HHS and the DOE to change the language of sex and discrimination creating “a stealth plan to reestablish Roe.”

Abortion funding can be found in the budgets of the Department of Health and Human Services where healthcare policy and mandates of all kinds dictate spending, in Department of Defense and Education spending through school based and international aid, proposed in the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act. It’s found in funding to Planned Parenthood through Title X funds as well in grants from HHS as the U.S. Government Accountability Act notes. Abortion funding was even placed in the fine print of COVID relief, as though ending lives was part of saving lives. And this list is hardly definitive.



Such wide spread funding has led to introduction of the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, in which it’s noted, “Historically, language has been included in annual appropriations bills for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions—such language is commonly referred to as the Hyde Amendment. Similar language is also frequently included in appropriations bills for other federal agencies and the District of Columbia. The bill makes these restrictions permanent and extends the restrictions to all federal funds (rather than specific agencies).”

At the federal level, Students for Life Action is engaged in advancing legislation including: 

  • Heartbeat Legislation
  • Chemical Abortion Regulation/Limits
  • The Protecting Life on College Campus Act
  • The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act
  • The Life at Conception discharge petition
  • Defunding Abortion Vendors infiltrated in programs
  • Defending protective measure such as the Hyde Amendment.
  • Fighting the myriad of abortion extremism bills that Democrats have introduced




In a previous letter Hawkins sent to Congress, coincidentally on the day that the Dobbs decision was leaked, SFLAction urged Congress to prioritize legislation that limits early abortion as more than 9 in 10 abortions take place by 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read that letter HERE and some analysis of it, here on the blog and here at the Washington Post.

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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 1,250 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 15 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a post-Roe America.