Planned Parenthood is the undisputed leading abortion provider in the United States, performing over one-third of all the abortions done in the country last year. Various studies, including a 2011 Life Dynamics survey called, “Racial Targeting and Population Control,” have shown that Planned Parenthood, as well as other independent abortion facilities in America, target both African American and Hispanic communities by making sure their clinics are located in minority-dominated neighborhoods.
Last year, a Life Dynamics survey, which cross-examined zip codes of minority neighborhoods and abortion facilities, found that 83% of abortion or abortion-referring clinics are located in minority neighborhoods.
However, the Guttmacher Institute, an affiliated research arm of Planned Parenthood, reports that 43% of abortions are performed on women 18-24 years old. So are college students also prime targets for abortion clinics? Students for Life suspected a high number of abortion clinics may also be located in areas that have a high population of college students and after building on the Life Dynamics study, we encountered unmistakable evidence that helps prove Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry targets this demographic as well.
Out of the estimated 780 Planned Parenthood affiliates across America, we found that 78.8% (615) are located within 5 miles of a college or university.
Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood heavily targeted colleges with their Where Did You Wear It? campaign to promote the “normalization” of condom use, which, by the way, have a failure rate as high as 15%. That means that not only will college kids rely on Planned Parenthood for free condoms but once 15 out of every 100 of those girls gets pregnant, Planned Parenthood gets new business by performing abortions on those same college co-eds.
This is tragic. After hearing the regrets of women who have obtained abortions, we know that young women choose abortion because they do not believe they have the support they need to continue their pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities are right there to back up this belief and financially benefit from what they promote as the easy way out – abortion.
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Look around a college campus – how many pregnant women do you see? Pregnant college women need signs of hope and somewhere to turn to on campus when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Students for Life has created a program called Pregnant on Campus, an initiative that seeks to aid pregnant and parenting college students by providing tangible support these women need like installing diaper changing decks around campus, raising money to subsidize daycare, or providing much needed baby supplies. (Go here to learn more of what you can do on your campus to provide support for women and men in need.)
While not intended to encourage pregnancy at the college level, the program is a means to help these women choose life for both themselves and their babies and not call Planned Parenthood as soon as they get a positive pregnancy test. Currently, SFLA works with over 700 active student pro-life groups across the country and this school year over 35 of those groups have joined the Pregnant on Campus groups initiative.
There are other options than turning to Planned Parenthood on college campuses. Hopefully college women will not be lured by the slick marketing of the nation’s largest abortion giant.
To see the entire study, please visit http://studentsforlife.org/files/2012/05/Abortion-Facilities-Target-College-Students.pdf.