Alex Henderson ’19 is driven to promote a respect for life from conception to natural death. As a sophomore biology major on a pre-med track at Bellarmine University, she started a chapter of Students for Life of America on campus this past August in order to pool the resources of other students who also had the same mission.
“I saw a need for an outlet for pro-life voices on campus and wanted to create a space where like-minded students could meet,” Henderson said. “I knew I could help mothers and their babies, but I needed to gather the support and resources to do so. SFLA offers a number of free resources for students on both high school and college campuses and has done wonderful work across the country fighting for life.”
Working with other members of the newly founded chapter, which include Bryce Hutchins ’20 and Nolan Banet ’20, Henderson organized their participation in several events. Late last month, they helped a March for Life Watch Party, joined virtually with thousands of people from across the country on the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. After COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the group plans to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., annually.
Locally, the Bellarmine SFLA chapter also attended the annual Walk for Life with the Archdiocese of Louisville at the Cathedral of the Assumption. The event included a 1.5 mile prayer walk in downtown Louisville followed by Mass with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz along with other pro-life students from the University of Louisville, including Maria Popson ’20 and Abbi Hamm ’16.
One struggle for the new chapter is finding funding for its events. Classified as an outreach organization, the SFLA chapter’s request for funding from the Bellarmine Student Government Association was denied when the chapter formed in August 2020. Thus, the chapter relies on outside funding to support its outreach and events. Henderson said she was not surprised to have been denied funding by the SGA but has confidence in God’s providence.
“Despite this obstacle, I am confident that financial support (along with prayers) from the local pro-life communities and parishes will help us get to where we need to be to maximize our potential as a pro-life organization,” she wrote in an email. “We are working hard to promote a culture of life on campus and have also partnered with local pregnancy resource centers to expand our outreach throughout the Louisville community.”
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