Berea, Kentucky is located about 30 minutes south of Lexington. In other words, it’s smack dab in the middle of the state, nestled amongst hills and horse farms. The landscape is beautiful and rolling and the town itself is heavily artistic, with a big Artisan Center and dozens of art events every year. It doesn’t seem like a hotbed of pro-abortion activity… but look a bit closer on October 28th and you’d see that Planned Parenthood snuck their way into a local church to have a meeting about abortion. Luckily, the Pro-Life Gen came out in full force.
Carter Heller and other pro-life advocates in Berea organized a protest of this meeting that ended up being over 100 people strong. There is a Students for Life group on campus there whose leader, Carter, is constantly barraged with hateful messages on social media (from fellow students and staff alike). She is verbally abused regularly on campus; she’s even had another student threaten to rape her. Pro-abortion groups on campus take her materials when she does pro-life events and posts them on social media, attempting to “publicly refute them.” The administration asked us to move our 2017 tour display to a back hallway, despite having the proper permissions. So… yes, it does not seem like a coincidence that PP is seeking refuge here.
PPINK (Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky) are stressed out. There’s only one legally operating abortion facility in Kentucky and it’s not even a Planned Parenthood. Their two facilities in the Bluegrass state have been halted by the pro-life Bevin administration. This, of course, makes them antsy. They are chomping at the bit (yes, that’s a horse pun) to start doing abortions in Kentucky again and they are going to sneak around as much as possible, trying to find a weak spot in the armor.
Did we mention that Berea College is technically a Christian school? Say that to anyone on campus though and their answer is the same: “It’s not a Christian school – it was founded on Christian values.” Uh.. to-ma-to, to-mah-to. You’re a Christian school who beats up on the pro-life group and humors Planned Parenthood’s attempts to infiltrate campus.
So what’s the good news here? Planned Parenthood tried to have a sneaky meeting at Union Church (the pastor said having PP in town would be “good for business” – we aren’t sure what that’s supposed to mean). But over 100 pro-life advocates showed up to protest and make sure Planned Parenthood knew they aren’t welcome. They even made local news!
Hopefully it’s clear to Planned Parenthood that they aren’t welcome in Berea, despite what the aggressive pro-abortion population in town has to say. We don’t need Planned Parenthood – not in Berea. Not anywhere.
LifeNews Note: Brenna Lewis writes for Students for Life.