New Podcast! Honoring the lives of Jon & Kortney

We have a new podcast up!  National Pro-Life Youth Podcast Episode 006!  On this episode we honor the lives of Jon Scharfenberger and Kortney Blythe Gordon.  Kortney died in a fatal car crash October 8th while Jon died on October 18th from injuries procured from that crash.  Both were  former Students for Life staffers.  Kortney was also a long time Rock For Life volunteer and at one time a full-time staffer as well.  Both died doing what they love – saving babies.

Erik and Kristan as well as guests Megan and Kierstin (pro-life college students) share stories of how Kortney and Jon made differences in people’s lives.  Make sure to help us honor Jon and Kortney’s lives by doing all that we can to save babies, help pregnant mother’s in need and also by encouraging and inspiring the next generation to end abortion in our lifetimes!

Click here to take a listen.

If you have any stories you would like to share about Jon or Kortney you can email them to or  Thanks.

Podcasts are back!

Just posted a podcast at National Pro-Life Youth Podcast!  Check it out

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We are back!  After a busy summer Erik and Kristan are ready to serve you up a dish of National Pro-Life Youth Podcast every week!  Are you ready?!!?

On this episode, Kristan interviews Matt Mihelic, a 2L at Liberty University School of Law. Matt is a current Wilberforce Leadership Fellow at Students for Life and was motivated to join the pro-life movement through the efforts of the fellowship’s namesake, late social justice pioneer William Wilberforce. Kristan and Matt talk about how he has served the Liberty campus as a pro-life advocate throughout his undergraduate career and in law school.

Also, Erik & Kristan discuss the hot topic at the GOP / Tea Party debate – Gardasil.  What is it? How does it work? And why are pro-lifers up in arms over it?  For additional info on Gardasil click here.

Music provided by Brothers McClurg

New Podcast: Kalled Out’s Pro-Life Song, Margie’s Song

Head on over to National Pro-Life Youth Podcast and take a listen to our latest podcast!  On this episode I interview the guys with Kalled Out.  We talk about their new CD featuring a pro-life.  Kristan (Students for Life) and I also discuss the International Pro-Life Youth Webcast, our efforts to defund Planned Parenthood through our Expose Planned Parenthood network, and much, much more.

Take a listen and let us know what you think!

National Pro-Life Youth Podcast Announced

NEWS RELEASE – Media contact, Erik Whittington

Washington, DC (March 29, 2011) – Students for Life of America and Rock For Life have announced today a new, collaborative project – The National Pro-Life Youth Podcast.

“We are so excited to provide yet another tool for the Pro-Life Generation,” says Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America. “These podcasts are a great way for young people to get educated, equipped and stay in-tune with what’s going on and what other groups are doing to advance the cause for LIFE.”

We want young people to be excited to be pro-life and engage their campuses and communities to fight the greatest injustice our nation has ever seen – abortion,” says Erik Whittington, executive director of Rock For Life. “This podcast is going to be fun, showcase new and upcoming pro-life bands, musicians and songs and young people who are savings lives today!”

Kristan Hawkins, and Erik Whittington, both bring years of podcast recording experience to this new adventure. Kristan has been the host of “On Campus with Students for Life.” Her program focused on interviewing pro-life leaders on college campuses nationwide. Erik has been hosting the “Rock For Life Netcast” which has featured pro-life songs and interviews by various artists such as BarlowGirl, SONICFLOOd, Rebecca St. James and many others. Both programs were hosted by “National Pro-Life Radio.”

The show’s first guest is the “Tell Congress” Video Contest Winner who, for the very first time on YouTube shared her testimony of family abuse that was covered up by Planned Parenthood: three of her siblings were aborted and after years of abuse, her father was finally put behind bars.

The National Pro-Life Youth Podcast is a weekly show that can be found online at and on National Pro-Life Radio. Here you can download the shows and subscribe to the RSS feed through iTunes.

For more information about the National Pro-Life Youth Podcast, visit or email us.

PODCAST: SLU SFL The Gateway to a Pro-Life Campus?

Check out our latest podcast!  You can listen to it here.  This is the podcast we published on October, 15, 2010.  We finally got our podomatic account up and running so make sure to check out all of our podcasts here.  Finally, make sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed here.  Copy the feed URL and paste it into your iTunes Podcast RSS feed reader.  Thanks!

Kristan Hawkins (Students for Life of America) and Erik Whittington (Rock For Life) interview Rose Daly, who runs the Students for Life group at St. Louis University.  Rose talks about all of the different unique projects and tactics her group employs to bring the LIFE message on campus

Kristan & Erik also interview Kelly Stauffer, who is Silent No More and hosting a pro-life youth rally Oct. 29th in Hanover, Maryland

Featuring music by Hello Kelly


PODCAST: Is the Obama Administration going to resurrect F.A.C.E.?

BREAKING: While we were recording this episode of the podcast Rev. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coaltion dropped the bombshell that the Obama administration via Eric Holder is putting together plans to go after peaceful, prayerful pro-lifers by resurrecting F.A.C.E.  To find out more click here! If you can’t wait for the news fast forward to 10 minutes in.

On this episode of On Campus with Students for Life and Rock For Life Erik & Kristan interview the Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition and Sherry Krotzer, Mid-West Students for Life field agent to discuss the upcoming Sharpening Your Focus to Cultivate a Pro-Life Campus Conference.  To listen to this episode go here.

Also on this episode we feature music by Esterlyn – a four piece worship band from Boise, Idaho. Make sure to check out their website, Facebook, Twitter & MySpace.  Songs played on this podcast are from their latest release, Call Out. Make sure to support them by visiting their websites, buy their CD’s and go to their shows!

September is a busy month!

September has been and is going to be a very busy month!  Yesterday (Wednesday, September 1st) I recorded a months worth of podcasts with Kristan Hawkins for our joint Rock For Life / Students for Life podcast.  Our next episode will be released tomorrow and I can’t wait for you to hear it.  There is actually some very disturbing news we became aware of while recording so make sure to visit the Rock For Life website tomorrow to hear the show.  You may be one of the first to hear about this news so stay tuned.

Tomorrow (Friday, September 3rd) I leave to exhibit at Revelation Generation 2010 (Sept. 4th – 5th), an awesome annual Christian music festival based in Frenchtown, New Jersey.  If you are attending make sure to stop by our booth to learn about the Rock For Life mission, to get involved and to pick up some cool pro-life shirts and other materials.  If you are in the area and currently not going you may want to reconsider.  “RevGen” is an amazing festival with an amazing line-up of bands, musicians and speakers.

The following weekend (Friday, Sept. 10) I will be traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee to speak at Sharpening Your Focus To Cultivate A Pro-Life Campus Conference (Saturday, Sept. 11), a joint conference sponsored by Students for Life of America and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.  This is going to be an amazing conference with some amazing speakers.  It’s only $10 and that includes meals and lodging!  Check it out! For more info click here.

Then the weekend after that (Sept. 17th – 18th) Rock For Life will be exhibiting at another amazing Christian music festival, Awakening Festival 2010. If you are attending make sure to stop by our booth and if you are in the area and are NOT going you need to check it out and go!  This will be another opportunity to spread the Rock For Life mission, educate young people about the horrors of abortion and sign people up to Rock For Life in their communities.

Also, that same weekend (Saturday, Sept. 18th) I will be speaking at another pro-life conference, The 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic 40 Days For Life Conference and Kick-Off.  40 Days for Life is an amazing ministry and I’m so excited to be a part of it.  Click here for more info.

September Needs

As you can see this is a very busy month for Rock For Life!  We have most of these expenses paid for already, specifically the exhibiting expenses for the two music festivals.  That is good news!

Here are the needs we have for this month:

Gas $300

Food $400
Van maintenence (2 oil changes & 1 tire rotation) $100
Total $800
Lodging =? I normally sleep in the van but if you want to bless me with a hotel room that would be fantastic!

Also, I am in desperate need of a smart phone, preferably an iPhone (iPhone 3 would be great!) and possibly even a broadband card.  Traveling all these miles this month it would be so helpful to be able to stay online, getting work done and spreading the pro-life message. If you can help donate these items and/or even commit to covering the monthly expenses for a smartphone / broadband card that would be fantastic, let me know!

Please pray that God provides this month and please pray to see if you can help financially.

Last month I gave a shirt to anyone who donated more than $15.  This month I’ll do the same!

If you are able to donate you can do it three ways.

1) Paypal to

2) Call in with a credit card number (540-840-9764)
3) Mail a check or money order (made out to “Grace Church of Fredericksburg) and send to PO Box 333, Locust Grove, VA 22508

Make sure to include what size “LIFE.” shirt you would like.

Thanks so much for praying for us and for considering a donation to help us attend all of these events!

Rock For Life co-hosting weekly podcast with Students for Life

We are extremely excited to not only get our podcast going again but also to be doing one in conjunction with Kristan Hawkins and Students for Life of America.  Our first episode was posted here on Friday.

For now keep checking back every Friday at that link for a new episode.  I’ll be getting these podcasts on our previous iTunes feed soon so you’ll be able to download these on your iPod or other mp3 player.  Also, these podcasts were video-taped and will be available on YouTube as well.

On this episode we interview Peter Breen from the Thomas More Society regarding two college students who were jailed for praying on a public sidewalk near an abortion facility.

Also on this episode Kristan Hawkins interviews me, – ENJOY!

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