Celebs & students advocate for parenting resources

Source: Jennifer Garner, Facebook page

Source: Jennifer Garner, Facebook page

On May 5th, celebrity Jennifer Garner announced her support for non-profit organization, Baby2Baby, and voiced the need for more people to step up to provide tangible support for struggling moms. Her Facebook post announced: “1 in 3 US moms struggle to provide clean diapers for their baby. Today, I spent the day with Baby2Baby talking to moms about the better value of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and their incredible donation of 1.5 million diapers to Baby2Baby families in need. You can help too! For every post with ‪#‎snuganddry‬, Huggies will donate another pack of diapers to baby2baby!”

Jennifer and her husband, Ben Affleck, have previously been quoted supporting the value of children and family.

“A baby fills your life.” – Jennifer Garner

“Family is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t mean that you can’t do other stuff with your life. In fact, having a family makes things you have that much richer. It’s much nicer to share it with people you love.” -Ben Affleck

Jim Gaffigan- Pregnant on CampusHowever, Jennifer Garner is not the only celeb taking a stand for pregnancy and parenting resources. Earlier this year, Ashton Kutcher launched a Change.org campaign to challenge Target and Costco to provide diaper changing tables in men’s restrooms of their stores. And of course, we can always count on the hilarious Jim Gaffigan to celebrate the joys of family life and speak out on the need for more support for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.

Celebrities and students alike are catching the bug to expand pregnancy and parenting resources! Despite the continued dialogues and disagreements on abortion, these resources are one place where pro-lifers and pro-choicers can come together and make a difference. We all can agree that empowering young people to pursue higher education is a notable goal and that there is an obvious void in support and resources for students balancing parenting and their education.

Let’s face it:

  • Over 2 million college-aged women (ages 18-24) become pregnant each year.
  • Unintended pregnancy rates are highest among poor and low-income women, women aged 18–24, cohabiting women and minority women.
  • About 23% of students are parents.
  • 13% of students are single parents.
  • Almost 5% of students have a child under the age of 1.
  • 12% of students have at least 1 child under the age of 5.
  • Less than 1 in 10 students with children complete a bachelor’s degree within 6 years of college entry.
  • 61% of women who have children after enrolling in community college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who don’t have children.

When confronted with these statistics, we have no choice but to take action on our college campuses! Through the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, your student group can lead your college community in the promotion and expansion of pregnancy and parenting resources. You can unite your campus to make real, tangible changes that make a difference in the lives of your pregnant and parenting peers. Together, we can provide greater opportunities for our college-aged women and men to succeed as both students and parents.

While these celebrities deserve a big THANK YOU for taking a stand for women and families in need of pregnancy and parenting support. it’s time for us to take action. It’s time for more college pro-life groups to join the Pregnant on Campus Initiative!

To get involved with the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, please contact our Pregnant on Campus Coordinator or your SFLA Regional Coordinator. For more information, please contact pregnancyresources@studentsforlife.org

Ashton Kutcher’s Crusade

Photo Credit: Change.org

Photo Credit: Change.org

We know that young student moms face the frustrating situation of not having enough parenting resources on college campuses. But what about our dads? Too often, we forget to acknowledge the great role that our men play in raising and caring for our children. Increasing resources for both parents provides greater opportunities for our parenting students to properly care for their kids—and to get an education!

Now let’s take a moment to consider this issue beyond our college campuses. How often do you see changing tables in public women’s restrooms? Pretty frequently, right? But what about men’s restrooms? It seems that many stores and public venues forget that dads also have to pitch in with the diapers!

If you’ve been huffing and puffing about this frustrating lack of resources for dad, you aren’t alone. But never fear— Ashton Kutcher is here!

Ashton Kutcher’s Changing Table Crusade

Hollywood celebrity, Ashton Kutcher, is sounding the alarms about the lack of diaper changing tables in men’s public restrooms. In recent Facebook rants, Ashton let the world know that he’s fed up.

On March 8th, Ashton posted, “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! ‪#‎BeTheChange‬”


Ashton K- March 8 FB post






A week later, he was posting again about his frustrations. “It seems this idea of diaper changing stations has struck a chord. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people just complain about s*** and don’t do anything to improve their condition. So lets do something. In for equality? Pass it on – ‪#‎LeanInTogether”

Ashton K- March 16 FB post


Now, Ashton is on a crusade to make change happen. Ashton is working with Change.org to encourage Target and Costco to provide diaper changing tables in the men’s restrooms at their stores.

In his petition, Ashton shares the following message:

As a new dad, I recently learned an unfortunate reality about changing diapers while out in public with a child. Almost all public changing tables are in women’s bathrooms, which makes it nearly impossible to find a table that’s accessible to dads. As crazy as it sounds, many stores don’t give dads the option to change their babies’ diapers.

It’s 2015, families are diverse, and it is an injustice to assume it’s only a woman’s job to handle changing diapers. This assumption is gender stereotyping and companies should be supporting all parents that shop at their stores equally – no matter their gender.

Changing tables in men’s rooms will be a tiny step in the long process of rectifying the legacy of gender discrimination, but it’s a step we need to take. Dads, like myself, want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that.

Target and Costco have proven themselves time and time again to be companies that honor diversity, support families, and provide great services to kids of all ages. That is why I am calling on them to be the change. As leaders in their industry, they can initiate a company-wide policy to provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores. 

If Target and Costco take this step, I know that other companies will follow suit and recognize that we should be supporting all parents equally. 



The Public Responds

So far, over 86,000 people have signed the petition. A Target representative has responded to the challenge. However, there has not yet been a public statement from Costco.

Hi Ashton,

We appreciate the interest. As you’ve noted, at Target we are absolutely committed to creating a family-friendly environment and accommodating the needs of our guests. For the convenience of all of our guests, we have made changing tables a standard feature in both our men’s and women’s restrooms for more than 25 years. In addition, as we build new stores, we place changing tables in our women’s, men’s and family restrooms. In the event a changing table is unavailable, we encourage our guests to notify a team member and we will be happy to offer an alternative private location to meet their needs.

Molly Snyder
Target Public Relations

What You Can Do

The first step to making change happen is to speak out. Don’t sit back and wait for your campus to change. You have to be the one to step out, raise your voice, and actively address problems on your campus. Like Ashton, you can challenge your college community to provide more changing tables for parenting students. Here’s a guide for how you can do this project on your campus: Diaper Changing Stations.

You can also check out our recent post, Take Action on Your Campus, to learn helpful tips for engaging and equipping your campus to be more supportive of pregnant and parenting students.


This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Coordinator. If you would like more information about how you can get invovled with the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, please email Beth at brahal@studentsforlife.org