Catholic College is Pro-Life After Birth Too. Builds New Dorm, Daycare for Moms and Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 31, 2020   |   10:38AM   |   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

People who claim pro-lifers do not care about mothers or babies after they are born don’t know what they are talking about.

And the on-going efforts by a Catholic women’s college to support parenting students are just one example.

Mount Mary University in Milwaukee plans to break ground on a new dorm, daycare center and other facilities designed for single mothers this summer, according to the Catholic News Agency.

The $45 million project includes four new buildings, one with 24 dorm rooms for single mothers. Within the complex also will be a daycare center that can provide care for up to 120 children while their parents attend classes, the report states.

Students living in the new buildings also will have close access to a small medical facility, hair/nail salon, exercise facility, dining services and a chapel, the report continues.

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These services will be in addition to the counseling, food assistance, emergency loans, tutoring and other aid that the college already provides to single mothers, said Christine Pharr, president of the college.

Pharr said Mount Mary, like many other schools, has seen an increase in the number of students who are single mothers in recent years.

“There’s about 32,000 single mothers who are college students, and yet their graduation rates are less than half of women without children,” Pharr told CNA. “The obstacles that they face are rather significant: affordable housing, quality childcare, transportation, [and] just plain financing that can allow them the resources to go to a university and get an education.”

Facing so many obstacles, pregnant college students often fear that they cannot parent and finish school. Vulnerable and afraid, some believe the lies of the abortion industry and abort their unborn babies. Women in their late teens and early 20s, the typical college age, are the age groups that have the most abortions, according to abortion statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

But when schools like Mount Mary University make efforts to provide support for parenting students, they empower women to choose life for their babies.

Many pro-life organizations also provide support to pregnant and parenting students and their children, including pregnancy resource centers and Students for Life clubs. Their efforts include throwing baby showers and raising scholarship money, providing counseling and diapers and baby clothes, offering babysitting services and more.

These efforts are making a huge difference for life. According to The College Fix, Students for Life clubs raised more than $100,000 to support pregnant and parenting mothers in 2020. And pro-life pregnancy centers served nearly 2 million people in 2019, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.