Lane Community College Students Save a Life!

While handing out recruitment flyers on campus, a pro-life student met a pregnant student who was concerned about parenting while in college. The pro-life student gave information and resources to the young woman, and she chose life for her baby!

Watch and listen as Sierra talks about how she was able to provide tangible resources to a peer in need of options and support.

**UPDATE**  We were recently told that the student saved TWO lives! The student is having TWINS!!!

Do you want to help give women on your campus real options and support?

The Importance of Working With Pregnancy Resource Centers

Lauren (Lo) MartinezI am often asked what are the most important things that I emphasize to pro-life students and groups in the region. At the top of my list each time is forming personal relationships with local Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs). I say this because the PRCs are those who are working directly with women and men who need ministering, resources, and support. They are the networks who are often most closely linked towards influencing those uncertain about their pregnancy. It is because of that reason I urge students to contact the pregnancy resource centers to get to know the workers personally.

As pro-life leaders it is so important that you take every opportunity to help support those experiencing a pregnancy in your local area. When someone walks up to you or finds you on campus, knowing you’re the pro-life student leader, it makes a difference whether or not you just hand them a PRC’s card or if you tell them to go see someone you know specifically at this PRC. They might feel a higher level of trust and comfort by you having invested the time to build a relationship with an organization you know can and will help them during their time of need.

Placing the women and men who are in a pregnancy situation at the front of your concern, you are showing them that you deeply care for them as individuals, and not just for the pregnancy. Yes, that does make a difference. Having traveled throughout the region and met many different PRCs, they not only support  your efforts at your school, but they also want to help you with accomplishing your vision for providing the best, most loving support for pregnant and parenting students.

By simply knowing someone at the local PRC, being familiar with the services that they offer, where they are located, and understanding their unique mission you are able to better improve your school! While there may be many or few PRCs in your area it is worthwhile to partner with at least one of them, invite them to your events and volunteer at their events. It may even become a regular outreach as a part of your group’s mission each semester to find a way to share resources between a PRC and the group.

If you need help identifying or getting in touch with a local Pregnancy Resource Center please don’t hesitate to contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator for assistance. Your SFLA Regional Coordinator is always here to support you and your pro-life student group. To find out more ways to make your community and school friendlier to pregnant and parenting students, check out our “Things You Can Do” page, or contact our Pregnant on Campus Coordinator.

Lauren (Lo) Martinez is a graduate of Regis University, and currently, she serves as SFLA’s Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator. If you need assistance with your pro-life student group, please contact your Regional Coordinator. Find your Regional Coordinator here.

Molly Anne Dutton: Homecoming Queen, Adoption Advocate

Photo credit: Julie Bennett

Photo credit: Julie Bennett

This week, Miss Molly Anne Dutton was named Auburn’s 100th Homecoming Queen. In the wake of her victory, this young woman has captured hearts across the country, and she is surely changing how many view abortion and adoption.

The Story Behind the Crown

You see, Molly Anne is not your average homecoming queen. Certainly, she displays the beauty and personality of her new title, but it is her story that sets her apart.

22 years ago, Molly Anne’s birthmother was faced with a grave decision- abort your child or get a divorce. Molly Anne’s birthmother was married at the time; however, she had been the victim of a sexual assault. Rather than abort her child, she courageously traveled from California to Alabama, where she then placed Molly Anne for adoption. Molly Anne’s parents were on the board of Lifeline Children’s Services, and they adopted Molly Anne.

Advocating for Pregnancy Resources

Thanks to  the courage of her birthmother and the compassion of her adoptive parents, Molly Anne is here today. Molly Anne’s story is a joyful celebration of life, love, and sacrifice, and she is sharing her story to educate and encourage others. Through her testimony, Molly Anne is inspiring young women to see beyond their circumstances and to reach out for support and resources.

In her campaign video, she says, “Because that resource was made available to my mother, she decided to give birth to me. And here I am talking to you guys 22 years later… If I could accomplish one thing, it would be… if you ever find yourself in a situation, or have a sister, or a cousin, or a best friend [who] is in trouble… there are resources.”

In another interview, Molly Anne affirms the goodness of adoption. “We all go through situations [that] we never expected to find ourselves in. And when it comes to adoption, that is a glorious option.

Call to Action

Our generation needs people like Molly Anne. We need young people who are unafraid to share their stories. We need young people who are courageous, compassionate, and proactive. As a pro-life student on your campus, you have the unique responsibility to both educate your peers and to direct them to resources. You must serve to both protect the life of the child and to actively support the mother. With your help, women on your campus can make the courageous choice for Life in the face of difficult circumstances.

What will you do to help women on your campus? Find out how your student group can become involved in Pregnant on Campus. Contact Beth O’Malley to learn how you can better support women on your campus!


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National Community Baby Shower Day!

National Community Baby Shower Day was inspired by the Pro-Life Aggies group at Texas A&M University when they hosted a “Community Baby Shower,” asking shoppers of a local store to purchase diapers, wipes, formula, and baby items to give to the group so they could, in turn, donate them to a local resource center for young parents. After their Baby Shower, Pro-Life Aggies was able to donate over $700 in cash and truckloads of baby items! Due to its great success, the group has decided to partner with Students for Life of America and Stand True to make the “Community Baby Shower” a national movement to support pregnancy resource centers. This year’s National Community Baby Shower Day is October 26 – 27!

Each year, we are hoping at least 100 pro-life campus groups to participate in order to help women across our country! Register your group today!

INSTRUCTIONS

Have you never hosted a community baby shower? Not to worry! Click the link above for simple instructionsfor how to organize and host your own community baby shower.

HELPFUL TIPS

Whether you are a veteran or just starting out, these tips are helpful to remember for making your community baby shower as successful as possible.

It’s a Beautiful Life

Gabriella- NowI grew up just the same as every other little girl. My father was my first love, and my mother was my best friend and comforter. My grandparents spoiled me beyond belief, my cousins were my closest friends, and my aunt and uncle’s houses were my homes away from home. I loved playing dress up, picking flowers for my mom, and always ran into my parents’ arms when I scraped my knee. I went to piano lessons and played soccer with my parents always cheering me on. I laughed and smiled while I danced around with my parents and held their hands. I viewed the world in the state of wonder that can only be seen through the eyes of a child. As the years went on and I grew up, my parents were always by my side, loving me the whole way. Nevertheless, some may consider the way I came into this life and family to be special. My parents, Brian and Carmela, adopted me when I was a newborn.

Gabriella as a BabyIn the year 1995, a young girl named Jennifer was 14 years old when she found out that she was pregnant. Like many others her age facing this difficult situation, abortion crossed her mind. Meanwhile, my incredible parents were trying to have a child of their own when my mother received the news that she was infertile. Devastated, they told everyone they knew that they wanted a baby and needed their help to find a mother willing to place her child for adoption. The news arrived when a friend, who was a teacher, told my parents that one of his students was pregnant. My parents immediately jumped at the opportunity, begging their friend to ask his student to choose life for her baby and give her baby a better life. My birth mother agreed, and she made that brave choice to give me life. She endured the ridicule and embraced the stereotype of being a pregnant teenager. She carried me knowing that she would never know me or hold me; she would not watch me grow up, get married, or have children of my own. However, she carried me knowing that my parents would be there for all these events.

Gabriella and MomI always knew that I was adopted. My family never hid it from me, and I can’t even recall the moment that I was first told this news. I have just always known. Many people would think that this would change the way that I interacted with my family, or that I would feel different from them. My life is quite the opposite though. I have never felt alienated or different than the rest of my family at all. My parents are my parents. I have never viewed them any other way, and in my opinion, they are the best parents in the world! There has never been any disconnect with the relationship between my parents and me. We have the same love towards each other as any other parent and child. I am their child, not their “adopted child”; and they are my parents, not my “adoptive parents.” To me, instead of growing in my mommy’s tummy, I grew inside her heart. Like any other parent, my parents felt the same joy while holding me for the first time, felt the same pride watching me grow, shed the same tears at my high school graduation, and felt the same reluctance to leave me the day I moved into college. There is no difference.

I have never met or contacted my birth mother or family. It has definitely crossed my mind many times, but I am still not sure if it will happen. My birth mother opted for a closed adoption, and I do not want to bring any sad feelings to either her or my parents. Many times I have wondered what characteristics I have received from her, but there is one I am sure of. I received her loving and brave heart, which was further cultivated from my parents, who possess the same courage, bravery, sacrifice, and love that my birth mother does.

GabriellaMany people use the term “unwanted” for a child received through adoption. This term is one that I find most ridiculous, because if anything, adopted children are wanted more. My birth mother wanted to give me a better life filled with opportunities that she could not provide for me, and my parents wanted me more than anything. They prayed for the gift of a child and rejoiced when I finally arrived. And I too have rejoiced at the gift that I received, the gift of life, and the gift of an amazing family that I love and cherish more than anything.

Adoption is the best option for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy who feels that she cannot care for her baby. It devastates me to know that so many precious lives are ended each day when there are so many parents longing for a child. The average abortion procedure takes about 10 minutes, while the waiting list for adopting a baby can take anywhere between 2 and 10 years. Fighting for the unborn is not easy, but it is extremely rewarding. There is human life at stake, and you can help ensure that life blossoms to its full potential so that each baby can make their impact on this world. There is no neutral stance on the topic of abortion; everyone must choose their side. Do you cherish the beautiful gift life, or do you want to destroy it?

So, what is my response to someone who asks me, “What is it like to be adopted?”

My answer is simple. It’s a beautiful life.

 

* This testimony was written by Gabriella Fabish, a student at Westminster College (PA). Many thanks to Gabriella for sharing her story!