Kristan Hawkins is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate. President of Students for Life of America, she was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. Under her leadership, Students for Life exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing this pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry. A frequent speaker and media analyst, Kristan’s expertise includes abortion, feminism, disability advocacy and healthcare, as she navigates the social conditions and public policy that impacts the human rights issue of our day.
She graduated from Bethany College in 2005, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science having already jumped into the pro-life community by founding pro-life groups in both her high school and college campuses. Before launching Students for Life, she served at the Republican National Committee and as a presidential appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the Department of Health and Human Services. Recently, she served on then-candidate Donald Trump's Pro-Life Advisory Council.
A published author, Kristan wrote Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime. She has interviewed on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, CBS, ABC, and HBO and has recently received the title, “One of the 4 worst anti-abortion misinformers,” by Media Matters, a title of which she is very proud. Kristan regularly speaks at pro-life conventions and events across the United States including leading college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and UC-Berkeley. Her proudest accomplishment is being a wife to her high school sweet heart (Jonathan), raising her four children (Gunner, Bear, Maverick and Gracie), and, in her free time, raising awareness for cystic fibrosis, a disease shared by both her son, Gunner, and daughter, Gracie.
Since launching Students for Life, the pro-life generation has been given a voice in Kristan, and with her help, they are using that voice to demand an end to the injustice of abortion as well as support for mothers and their children, born and pre-born.
Kristan is also the host of the pro-life, conservative podcast Explicitly Pro-Life. Listen to wherever you get your podcast!
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