Students for Life Action Launches Pennsylvania Canvassing Effort as Part of Nationwide Activism Weekend

“The Pro-Life Generation is the boots on the ground this cycle,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “Our primary goal is to urge Americans to Vote Pro-Life First in November.”

FREDERICKSBURG, VA AND PHILADELPHIA, PA (9-24-2020) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) announced on Thursday that they would be sending students into Pennsylvania, among other states, to educate voters on the pro-life records of federal, state, and local candidates for office. The activism weekend will occur from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 27 and will include other states Montana, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Minnesota. With a Supreme Court vacancy in play, the importance of strong pro-life leaders in the White House, Senate, and House has never been clearer. SFLAction is placing the protection of pro-life legislative majorities and the urgent need to maintain both a pro-life White House and majority in the Senate at highest priority in the coming weekend.


The Pennsylvania State Legislature currently holds a narrow pro-life majority, however incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has been known to veto pro-life legislation.


“Maintaining the pro-life majority in the Pennsylvania state legislature, coupled with the nomination of a Justice who will defend life in law to the U.S. Supreme Court, puts Students for Life’s vision of abolishing abortion within reach for the first time since the Roe decision was handed down by seven men in 1973,” remarked Kristan Hawkins, SFLAction President.


SFLAction conducted similar student trips over the summer, knocking more than 50,000 doors and making more than 200,000 phone calls to educate voters in Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kansas. As a result, numerous pro-choice Republicans were defeated in primary races, including incumbent Arizona State Senator Heather Carter, who was unseated by challenger Nancy Barto.


“What we’re doing this cycle is working. Period,” said Hawkins. “We spend every school year building relationships with students. Now, we’re mobilizing them, and our efforts are having an impact in critical races across the nation.”


In Pennsylvania, SFLAction canvassing efforts will aim to expose the pro-abortion record of incumbent House Representative Brian Sims. In 2019, a video of Sims harassing pro-life activists who were praying outside of a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood went viral. Sims was forced to apologize for the video.


Pro-life Republican Drew Murray is challenging Sims in the upcoming election.


“It is critical that we draw attention to the egregious record of Brian Sims,” said Mary Kate Knorr, SFLAction Strategic Partnerships Director. “Students from across the region are concerned with outcomes in Pennsylvania, which is why we’ve been able to mobilize so many to travel there to canvas.”


Hawkins recently penned an article in USA TODAY on the urgent need to consider Kamala Harris’ pro-abortion, anti-religion policies, which you can read here.


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