Pregnant On Campus Initiative: Responding to Women’s Needs

Opinion   Kristan Hawkins   Sep 7, 2011   |   4:29PM    Washington, DC

Students for Life of America is thrilled to announce our newest initiative: Pregnant on Campus!

The Pregnant on Campus Initiative is our response to the stunning statistic that over 46% of abortions in America are performed on college-aged women. When faced with an unintended or crisis pregnancy, many students feel forced to choose between continuing their education or raising their child. We know that 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. SFLA encourages and challenges pro-life groups to address this issue on their campuses by engaging in service activities geared to providing necessary resources to pregnant and parenting students.

Recently, we visited a college campus to ask students about pregnancy-friendly resources on their campus. See what happened when we came face-to-face with the reality of this issue.

Whether the project is creating a campus support group or installing diaper decks in bathrooms, 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 facts are clear: too often, pregnant and parenting students have nowhere to turn in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. 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 the country.

For more information about the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, please email our Pregnant on Campus Coordinator, Jon Scharfenberger, or check us out online at www.pregnantoncampus.com!