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The next generation of college students received top-rate training for combating abortion and educating and equipping the leaders of tomorrow. More than 800 pro-life students attended the Students for Life of America conference in Washington, D.C. on 20Jan08, and learned from pro-life advocates on the front lines.

Students for Life, formerly known as American Collegians for Life, has undergone a dramatic makeover in recent years as new leaders have focused on building the grassroots.

Once considered a stale organization facing a lack of cohesion as student leaders changed from year to year, the reinvigorated group now has more than 400 chapters on college campuses across the nation.

The new organizational development approach has paid dividends as the group held the largest annual conference in Students for Life’s 21-year history.

“SFLA’s conference is a vibrant experience. I always leave recharged and ready to find pro-life, pro-woman solutions on my campus,” says Danielle Huntley, a Boston College Law student.

Along with providing training and networking opportunities for students, the conference showcased groups such as Feminists for Life, Concerned Women of America, the National Black Pro-Life Union, & the Family Research Council.

Kansas district attorney Phill Kline accepted this year’s Defender of Life award and spoke at the banquet.

Kline is a respected pro-life advocate in Kansas who has filed 107 charges against an Overland Park Planned Parenthood for allegedly illegal late-term abortions and falsifying medical paperwork.

FRC president Tony Perkins commented on the involvement of younger Americans at the conference and the March for Life on Tuesday.

“Although the young people at today’s march were not born when Roe v. Wade was handed down, to quote one teenager, they are all ‘survivors’ of it,” he explained.

He said today’s college students “have grown up in an abortion-on-demand society and witnessed the devastation it inflicts on women, the family, and millions of their peers whom they will never have the opportunity to meet.”

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[23Jan08, Ertelt,, DC]