In 2011, Students for Life of America launched a new initiative called ‘Pregnant on Campus’ to help pro-life groups learn how to make their campuses more pregnancy and parenting friendly. Pregnant on Campus was started when we first really began to notice that seeing a pregnant woman on campus is rare. We know that women are getting pregnant in college, but what is happening to them? Too often pregnant women feel forced to choose between aborting their child to continue their education and dropping out to raise their child. 46% of abortions are performed on college-aged women, so we know that far too many feel abortion is the only way. We want pregnant women to have the support they need to continue their education while raising their child. So Students for Life thought that if we could help college campuses become more pregnant and parenting friendly that we could help in being a solution to this problem. I was thrilled to be the president of one student group that took the challenge head on when it first started.
It can be a time consuming battle to try to make any college campus more pregnancy and parenting friendly, especially private Christian colleges, but it turns out to be more than worth it in the end. My group took on the challenge of helping to raise money for a mobile pregnancy resource center that would not only visit our college but also four other local colleges in our area of Virginia. The student group at my college worked on selling raffle tickets and asking for donations in order to raise the money for the mobile pregnancy center. In the end we exceeded our goal (of course, I say we could have always done more) and were able to give it to the local PRC as part of the Senior Class of 2012’s gift.
So, how can you help your campus become more pro-life? Take a moment to watch this video put together by Mary Washington’s Pregnant on Campus group ‘Baby Steps,’ that explains what their group is and what they are doing to increase resources for parenting students and faculty.
Don’t you want to be a part of the change on campus that helps a young mother choose life for her child because she knows there is help out there? We are in the process of creating new projects for colleges to work on to change the atmosphere on their campuses. If you want to get involved with one of these Pregnant on Campus projects, please email Beth at [email protected].
Sarah Maher graduated from Liberty University in 2011, with a degree in Religion Studies. Sarah was the president of her college group, and since graduating, she has traveled with different pro-life organizations across the country spreading the message on what abortion really is and how people from every walk of life can turn the tide.