The Vision of a Pro-Life Generation
Moving beyond abortion

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America


LOPEZ: What encourages you?

HAWKINS: This generation of young people. The 2,000 students who travelled from California, Florida, Texas, New York, etc., to be at the SFLA National Conference this past weekend.

I wish every pro-lifer could come with our team on college campuses and witness first-hand the transformation that is happening in our culture.

LOPEZ: You could be plenty busy without this non-profit work. And yet you are a working mom. Is that at all in conflict with your traditional values? How do you look at the role of a woman in a modern world? Does she have to be juggling?

HAWKINS: Yes, multi-tasking is key. When I had my second son, I knew something had to give, and I’ve chosen sleep! It’s interesting, the line for me was always that you can have it all — a husband, successful career, and a family. That’s the feminist line, right?

However, what I didn’t understand was that while you can have it all, something will always have to give. You have to make incredible sacrifices and have to be fully dedicated.

My husband and sons sacrifice for this movement every day when I’m not home. I sacrifice my precious time with my two little boys. If I am at home, I am sacrificing time with a team member or a student leader who needs guidance. I think the key is finding balance, realizing that you can’t do it all, learning to delegate and prioritizing, figuring out what is most important to you, and finding creative solutions like having team meetings at my house once a week or inviting team members to my house to work when I need to be home, etc.

LOPEZ: What did Kortney Gordon, your good friend and pregnant colleague who died in a car accident this year, teach you in life and in death?

HAWKINS: The tragedy with Kortney, Sophy, and Jon is beyond anything I would ever imagine. I found out: It is amazing what you find out about yourself when you are challenged; when you go on autopilot and let the Holy Spirit give you strength that you didn’t know was possible.

At any moment, your time on earth could be over. So don’t leave loose ends, tell the people you love that you love them every day, and don’t expect to be here forever.

That you have to do what you love and what you are passionate about. Kortney and Jon died doing what they loved. You have to live your day like it’s your last.

— Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large for National Review Online.