The pro-abortion movement has not been able to match the enthusiasm of young pro-life advocates, but it is trying.
Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America, now has more than 300 clubs on college campuses that encourage students to advocate for abortion on demand, PJ Media reports.
While that number does not nearly match the 1,000-plus pro-life clubs affiliated with Students for Life of America, the abortion chain has millions of tax dollars on its side to promote its pro-abortion clubs.
Planned Parenthood created an arm called Generation Action in 2014 to push youth into abortion advocacy on campus, according to the report. Its pro-abortion clubs urge students to fight for “reproductive freedom” and against abortion “stigma.”
“We advocate for our health centers to provide crucial health services, including abortion care,” the program says on its website.
The clubs engage in education as well as political action, with key priorities including “inclusivity, abortion stigma, trans inclusion, elections, and movement/power building.”
As PJ Media notes, taxpayers are supporting these programs:
A lesser-known aspect of this activism, however, is that college clubs typically receive funding from their home institution. Resources such as meeting space and audio-visual equipment services often are required. Who pays for that? Parents, students, and taxpayers.
The PPGA club at the University of Arizona, a public school, is a good example. Under the name VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, the school’s PPGA club receives special support from the school’s Women’s Center by way of event funding and operational support.
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The club’s president, Sedona Lynch, affirmed her club’s commitment to “reproductive justice” during a recent interview.
“Whether [women] want to have any kids, whether they want one, or none. I want people to be able to have that option to decide what they want,” Lynch told Campus Reform.
These clubs are pushing abortion on an already extremely vulnerable population. College-age women are the age group most likely to have abortions. Many fear that they will not be able to raise a child and achieve their educational goals, and many do not know where to turn for support.
“This is the MO of the abortion industry: tell women they can’t do it, that they can’t have a child and continue their education, that they can’t have a career and become a mom, that they can’t fulfill their dreams following an unplanned pregnancy,” Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins wrote in 2017.
Students for Life clubs recognize that young women need better support for themselves and their babies, not a heavier push to abort them. Many clubs offer support to pregnant and parenting students, with some offering scholarships, free babysitting and baby showers. Others lobby their colleges for better accommodations for pregnant and parenting moms, such as changing tables in restrooms.
These pro-life, pro-love initiatives are what really are empowering young women in America.