The vision and purpose of Med Students for Life of America (MedSFLA) is a national network of future healthcare and medical professionals committed to developing sustainable patient health care, by advocating person-centered medicine and defending conscience rights. MedSFLA believes in rediscovering the doctor-patient relationship with care for every patient–regardless of race, developmental stage, socioeconomic status, and special needs.
FRAMEWORK & PROGRAMMATIC OFFERINGS
Sustainable patient care improvement through:
- Development of pro-life medical student organizations and committees
- Personalized Training, Resources, and Legal Assistance for all pro-life medical student organizations
- National Speaking Tours, Regional Seminars, Webcasts, and Summer Externships provided
- International Pro-life Networking & Mentorships
Medical Students for Life of America (MedSFLA) is the medical outreach organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), which began as American Collegians for Life (ACL) in 1988. Since 2006, ACL changed its name to SFLA and helped start over 450 new student pro-life organizations and revamp hundreds of existing student pro-life groups. SFLA has trained over 7,000 pro-lifers at its national conference, weekend training seminars, and one-on-one campus training. MedSFLA was launched in April 2010 and works alongside the professional staff at the SFLA national headquarters in Manassas, VA.
Our Board of Advisors
Med Students for Life strives to be a international network and resource for pro-life healthcare and med students, working with national and international organizations already engaging in this important work. We rely on the constant support and advice of our Advisors.
Mary Davenport, M.D.
Immediate Past President, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologist (AAPLOG)
Donna Harrison, M.D.
Executive Director, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologist (AAPLOG)
Matt Bowman, Esq.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
Angela Lanfranchi, M.D.
President, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
J. Scott Ries, M.D.
National Director of Campus & Community Ministries, Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
John Brehany, M.D.
Executive Director, Catholic Medical Association (CMA)
Marguerite Duane, M.D., M.H.A., FAAFP
Co-founder and Executive Team Leader, Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Systems (FACTS).
Susan Dammann, R.N.
Medical Specialist, Heartbeat International
Karen Brauer, M.S, RPh
Pharmacists for Life
Mary Catharine Maxian, M.D.
Kristan Hawkins, President
Kristan was hired in 2006 to lead Students for Life of America (SFLA). Since launching SFLA’s full-time operation, Kristan has helped more than triple the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to almost 700 in 49 states, and grow the SFLA National Conference from 450 in 2007 to 2,000 in 2012, making the event the largest pro-life conference in the nation. In 2013, she authored SFLA’s first book Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.
As President, Kristan directs the mission and strategy of Students for Life of America. In addition, Kristan serves as the organization’s official spokeswoman and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, EWTN, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson and the Christian Broadcasting Network; she is frequently blogger for LifeNews.com and has also been quoted in numerous national and regional newspapers such as the Washington Times, Washington Post, FoxNews.com. A dynamic speaker, Kristan travels the country talking to students and adults alike on a wide range of topics including Planned Parenthood, Real Feminism, Real Social Justice, Pro-Life Activism and Leadership.
Kristan is known for her work leading the successful Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition which brought together over 70 pro-life and pro-family leaders in a national coalition dedicated to stopping government funding of abortion in healthcare reform. In addition, she launched HealthcareforGunner.com in June of 2009, a website and coalition dedicated to her son Gunner who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to raise the issue of healthcare rationing in government healthcare systems. Kristan and the SFLA Team have launched several successful investigations into Planned Parenthood with Kristan, herself, going undercover on several occasions, and have even released startling information proving the abortion Goliath targets college-aged youth.
In addition to launching SFLA’s unique, nationwide Field Program, Kristan and her team have launched Med Students for Life, Law Students for Life, and Pregnant on Campus, a transformative initiative which strives to connect young women in need on campus to those in the community.
Since high school, Kristan has been an advocate for the unborn and pro-life speaker/trainer. Her pro-life mission began when she was asked to volunteer at a Pregnancy Resource Center during her sophomore year of high school. After spending 3 months counseling women not to abort their children, Kristan started the first pro-life group at her high school and eventually was asked to be the West Virginia Teens for Life President. It was during high school, where Kristan organized her first political protest and events aimed at educating students about abortion.
After graduating high school as Valedictorian, Kristan went on to college and again started the first pro-life group on her college campus. In college, Kristan majored in Political Science with the hopes of becoming a full-time pro-life activist. In 2005, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College in West Virginia.
Before coming to SFLA, Kristan worked for the 2004 Bush/Cheney re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee, and served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Since working at SFLA, Kristan has been awarded the Susan B. Anthony Young Leader Award, the Dr. William Hogan Education Award for pro-life leadership, the 2009 Weyrich Youth Leadership Award, and a 2010 Life Prize Award.
Kristan resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, Jonathan, and 2 sons, Gunner and Bear. Email Kristan.
James Christophersen, Director of MedSLFA
James was born with Spina Bifida in 1987, while medical knowledge of this neural tube malformation was in its very infancy. During this time, estimates indicate three out of every ten children prenatally diagnosed with Spina Bifida were aborted. Medical advances since then have rendered woefully inaccurate doctors’ dismal prognosis for James’ survival and quality of life. James now dedicates his work inspiring future medical professionals to aggressively break through the frontier of existing medicine by discovering new cures that they might preserve the lives of at-risk preborn children.
Previously, James served as Executive Director of the Judicial Action Group, a grassroots organization working to restore accountability to the Federal Judiciary by promoting appointment and confirmation of judges dedicated to the rule of law over popular opinion.
James graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, in 2010 where he was heavily involved in the student government, holding offices in several major campus organizations including terms first as Student Body Vice President, and then Student Body President. Through these positions, James accumulated considerable experience in research, leadership, and organizational development.
As the Director of MedSFL, James coordinates with student groups across the United States to change the culture of the Medical academy and industry through outreach to fellow students, lectures by pro-life experts in each field of study, a summer intensive fellowship, and personal relationships.