In order to further understand the pressures of pregnant and parenting students, we need to be aware of the common perceptions of young people about abortion and pregnancy. These perceptions shape attitudes and reactions to these situations, and so often they put pressure on the woman’s decision. Surveys have also identified that schools offer limited resources for their pregnant and parenting students. Moreover, students are unaware of the resources available to them.
The results of these surveys further emphasize the need for college campuses to expand their resources and to better advertise them. However, in order for this to happen, we need to have young people making a concerted effort to make these changes. Contact our Pregnant on Campus Coordinator (Beth O’Malley) if you want to start making changes on your campus and in your community.
WHAT ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS SAYING…
Here are some of the results of recent surveys of college-aged students conducted by Students for Life of America and Feminists for Life…
- 44% believe that abortion is not okay
- 45% believe that abortion is okay
- 58% do not know where to refer a friend that wants to keep their child.
- 48% do not know that Planned Parenthood offers abortions
- 79% did not know if their student health plan offers maternity coverage
- 46% said that there is no housing on campus for parenting students
- 45% said that their college does not offer on-campus childcare
- 62% said that they had not seen diaper changing stations in restrooms
- 77% said that there was no private place for women to nurse or pump breast milk
- 91% said that their college campus does not offer designated parking for pregnant women or parents with infants.
- 78% said that their college offers flexible class times (e.g. evenings, weekends)
- 40% could not find pregnant and parenting resources on their school website
- 45% said that pregnant and parenting resources are not in the school handbook
- Only 15% said that they had seen ads on campus that provided information and support for pregnant and parenting students
WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ABORTION?
In May 2012, SFLA commissioned a poll of 800 18-24 year-olds, a large sample for a small demographic because we wanted to have a practical, non-political conversation with this generation on the big issues.
For more information on the results of this survey, please see Kristan Hawkins’ summary of the poll results.
CAN I STAY IN SCHOOL AND HAVE THE BABY?
Feminists for Life asked students about available pregnancy resources on their campus. What is available to pregnant and parenting students on college campuses? Where can students find help? How aware are students of the resources available to them?