The following below are the opening remarks made by Kristan Hawkins during the 2022 Pro-Life Summit held on Saturday, January 22nd in Washington, DC.
In 1776, British citizens gathered in Philadelphia to rebel against the most powerful empire our world had ever known…for their time had come to demand their freedom, their very right to self-govern….. And their Declaration changed the course of human history…”that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”
But after we won our independence as nation, our Founders failed to ensure everyone was free. And nearly 90 years later, our fight for freedom continued on through the abolition movement, a bloody Civil War, and then decades of marching in streets to ensure full citizenship for Black Americans. This was our second fight for freedom.
Friends, I believe it was no mistake as to why our founding fathers listed LIFE as the very first of those God-given rights in the Declaration of Independence…for without life, none of our other rights matter. Abortion advocates want to claim that they are defending the freedom of choice—what we call violence, they call a “woman’s right to choose.” But no one has a right to choose death for another innocent human being. The Founders understood that freedom can only survive within the constraints of justice. If a king, slaveholder, or even an abortion facility …. can take away a person’s life at will, then no one’s rights are truly secure.
And when the protection of these rights become disordered, with one’s pursuit of happiness or liberty preceding another’s right to life – the result has always been the same devastation resulting in subjugation to a foreign crown, slavery for those of a different skin color, and, since 1973, death for those whose existence is an inconvenience.
So, today, on this the 49th anniversary of handing down of the Roe v. Wade & Doe v. Bolton decisions, which together legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy, I propose to you that it us, our generation…each of us born after 1973 who all could have been aborted for the mere price of a playstation…who have been called to launch what will be the third and final fight for freedom in our nation.
To end the predatory lies and violence of the abortion industry.
To serve every woman and family in crisis on our campus and in our community with hope, love, and tangible support.
To protect every baby and their very first freedom…the right to be born, no matter their genetic code, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or circumstance of conception.
To ensure Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton never see their 50th anniversary.
To accomplish our full mission of making abortion unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetime.
To finally make good on our Founders’ promise of a nation devoted to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for every citizen, without exception. No matter their age, size, location, development, or circumstance.
And as we anxiously, impatiently await the Supreme Court decision’s in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case this June, a decision that may very well throw Roe v. Wade on to the ash heap of history, right where it belongs right alongside Dred Scott and Plessy, and launch the next legal phase of the anti-abortion movement from Washington, D.C. to every state capitol….
It’s time for us to work harder than we’ve ever worked before.
At Students for Life, I am proud to say that this Pro-Life Generation is a diverse army, that’s more than 1300 campuses and more than 100,000 supporters strong. Every day, you have the most mind-changing conversations with those most-directly targeted by the abortion industry’s create-a-customer business model. And every day, you ensure that no woman stands alone during her pregnancy or after the birth of her child.
But this morning, I’m asking you to do more.
Take out your phones right now and go to StudentsforLIfe.org/Fight to share the TV commercial Students for Life is running nationwide to recruit new members, both young and old, to our army.
Next, be ready to call out the abortion lobby’s post Roe plan which is a radical and dangerous expansion of Chemical Abortion Pills that are not only deadly for preborn children with heartbeats but their mothers. They even want them to come right to your campus health center. So, write this website down, ThisisChemicalAbortion.com, for I need you to watch our brand-new social media docu-series on these threats and share the powerful and brutally honest testimonies of dozens of women harmed by these pills.
And finally, before you leave this Summit, go to PostRoeGeneration.org to commit to your next steps after today. On this day, the49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I pray you realize your future and take your place in this Final Fight for Freedom to become the first Post Roe Generation of Americans by continuing your work on your campuses to change minds and unjust policies but also go out into your community, through Students for Life’s Campaign for Abortion Free Cities, through our ground-breaking Standing With You Initiative, and or through our All Expense Paid for Activism Trips at Students for Life Action, to get door by door, church by church, or computer to phone to show America, to show her the non-violent resources that exist to help her see abortion as we do…unthinkable and help elect leaders who will stand with us to make it
Our fathers ended their Declaration, their call for revolution saying it was “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”.
Men and Women, Friends and Allies, our Founders’ pledge is my pledge to you today…my honor, my fortune, and my life – to ensure millions of lives may one day be free to live. The Fight Fight for Freedom is here. It’s today. It’s now. For there is no better cause in the world. And I’m All in…for Life.
Here’s a recap from the summit here.