Do you want to expand your group’s pro-life outreach in your community? Do you want to help support women in crisis pregnancies on your campus? Consider joining the Pregnant on Campus Initiative to help develop resources on your campus to make it friendly to pregnant and parenting students!
The Pregnant on Campus Initiative was started as a response to the startling statistic that approximately 46% of abortions in America are performed on college-aged women. This concerning information comes from a study done by the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s own research arm. It is clear, that when faced with an unintended or crisis pregnancy, many students feel forced to choose between continuing their education or raising their child. Too often, college campuses do not provide the necessary resources or environment that support pregnant and parenting students. The Pregnant on Campus Initiative aims to address this issue by helping campus pro-life groups to create effective and lasting change on their campus. We encourage and challenge pro-life groups to address this issue on their campus by engaging in service activities geared to providing necessary resources to pregnant and parenting students.
Whether the project involves creating a campus support group or creating a daycare on campus; whether it involves establishing an Assistance Fund for pregnant and parenting students or securing affordable housing on campus, these projects serve a great purpose that will serve students for years to come.
The fact is, there is a severe lack of resources on campus for pregnant and parenting students to utilize. These students deserve a more supportive and life-affirming environment on their campus where services and resources are well advertised and readily available.
Students for Life of America is prepared to help student groups establish essential resources and bring effective change to campuses across America through strategic planning meetings, resources, advice, trainings, fund raising help and more.
As many of you know, we lost our dear friend Jon, who spearheaded the Pregnant on Campus Coordinator, in October, due to sustained injuries from a car crash while he was coming home from a regional SFL event. I am blessed to be able to continue Jon’s work regarding this much-needed Initiative, which is truly the first of its kind. It is an honor to continue the work he was so passionate about – making college campuses friendlier to pregnant and parenting students. It’s a wonderful way to honor the life of such a great man.
Jon spoke about the lack of pregnant women on campus and how this relates to the fact that many women either feel pressured to drop out of school or have an abortion because of the lack of sufficient resources provided to them on their campus. We need to sufficiently support these women on campus by providing them with resources that empower them to be a successful parenting college student.
We also need to make college campuses more supportive and loving environments for these women that find themselves in crisis pregnancies so they feel empowered to choose life. We can do this in many different ways, whether it includes installing diaper decks, organizing parenting support groups, starting scholarship funds for parenting students or creating affordable daycare options on campus.
To get involved in this life-saving initiative, please contact me at [email protected] or by phone at 281-705-9926. To find out more information of what your campus pro-life group can do and how to get involved in the Initiative, go to the Things You Can Do page.