Students for Life of West Virginia Appeals to Sen. Manchin to Continue Defending the Filibuster on Billboards Up Now 

“Students for Life Action calls on Sen. Manchin to ‘Save the Babies, Save the Filibuster’ in a new billboard campaign featuring the pro-life concerns of West Virginia students,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “Prejudice against preborn life must be confronted and the conscience rights of Americans preserved.” 

FAIRMONT, W.V. & MORGANTOWN, W.V. (03-24-2021) – Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins announced Wednesday that Students for Life of West Virginia was sponsoring billboards in the Mountain state, calling on Sen. Joe Manchin to continue his heroic defense of the filibuster as currently in use. “Despite razor-thin margins in Congress, abortion radicals are push such sweeping social reconstruction in a number of measures that the law as we know it and the country that we love will not be able to continue. The only thing blocking those unprecedented efforts are the filibuster that requires bi-partisan agreement to enact great change,” said Hawkins.

Social and Constitutional re-structuring being pushed by the Democrats in charge of the agenda include:  

  • Changing the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which has TWICE failed to get enough votes to get a vaguely worded, Constitutional Amendment about “sex” into our founding documents and continues to be rejected at the state level.
  • Forcing through the Senate the deceptively named “Equality Act,” (HR 5) better known as the In-Equality Act, as it forces abortion into law as a matter of “discrimination” against women and actively wipes out conscience rights protections for people of faith. This measure takes the word “sex” and defines it so broadly that women’s interests suffer in the conflict, making it a one-two punch to the Constitution combined with the ERA.
  • Seizing Constitutional power from states to handle election management in a measure known as the “For the People” Act (HR1), which actively takes autonomy and freedom from the people. Not only does HR 1 go after election laws across the country, but it also attacks the free speech rights of groups like Students for Life Action.

Students for Life Action is scoring on all the votes for these, three measures and has engaged in a number of events across the country and in West Virginia in defense of women, the pre-born and people of faith.

“As a West Virginia native, I appreciate Sen. Manchin’s continued leadership for common sense proposals that can help more than Corporate Abortion,” said Hawkins. “These billboards represent the sentiments of our West Virginia students who know that their Senator is under tremendous pressure from the abortion lobby in Washington D.C. Billboards have been a tool that we’ve employed over the last year, especially with our nationwide ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ campaign, as they allow a voice for people in their community.”

Billboard locations: 

Morgantown:  Mileground Morgantown ¼ mile e/o Route 705, East Facing

Fairmont: Rt. 250 Fairmont @ Mary Lou Retton Drive, East Facing

In the last week, Students for Life Action volunteer and West Virginia University nursing student Allison Richard, joined in an event asking Sen. Manchin to hold the line on the filibuster to stop the advancing, harmful legislation in HR 1 and HR 5. In her statement, Richard observed:

“I am afraid for people in my chosen profession who could be forced to participate in abortions if the IN-Equality Act becomes law because it specifically wipes out legal protections – my conscience rights – and puts people like me at risk of losing my chosen profession and my freedom.”

Hawkins has also been active across the state in a number of events as people have thanked Sen. Manchin for his leadership and asked him to defend pre-born life in law. Some events here, here and here. 

Stay up to date on the Pro-Life Generation’s engagement in state legislation at https://studentsforlifeaction.org 

For interviews, e-mail Kristi Hamrick at khamrick@studentsforlife.org 

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world.  

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world.