Pro-Life Women’s Group Tells Congress Students Lack Pregnancy Help
by Steven Ertelt
July 17, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life women’s group told members of Congress and their staff this week that women across the country lack pregnancy helps and resources. Feminists for Life of America says the need is particularly acute for college students without good campus resources.
The organization held a special workshop on Tuesday to help Congressional staff understand the problem and encourage more support in upcoming legislation.
While many college students who become pregnant might prefer to keep their baby and parent while they complete their education, Serrin Foster, the head of the group, says most universities make that task difficult.
Although abortions are easy to obtain — and some colleges fund them in their student health insurance — there are few resources such as day-care, pregnant student housing, and education extension opportunities for students who don’t want an abortion, Foster explained.
"College students are constantly told to challenge the status quo," Foster said. "Thirty-two years after the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion has become the status quo — one out of every five abortions is performed on a college woman."
"FFL serves as a catalyst for developing resources and progressive solutions for pregnant and parenting students by asking women what they really want because women deserve better," Foster added, according to a CitizenLink report.
The forum includes information from FFL’s study that it released in April showing college-aged women have more abortions than any other age range of women in the United States.
The group said a lack of resources for pregnant and parenting students on most university campuses is part of the problem.
The report, Perception is Reality, reveals most college campuses either lack appropriate resources or students aren’t aware of the resources available. Students were most confused or unaware of campus childcare options, school financial aid, and healthcare policies.
The lack of — or perceived lack of — support is likely causing some college women to have abortions because they feel financially incapable of caring for a newborn and completing their education.
Related web sites:
Feminists for Life of America – https://www.feministsforlife.org
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