This year SFLA launched our Pregnant on Campus Initiative – a project that works to create a life affirming environment on college campuses through tangible resources for pregnant or parenting students.
This semester in particular, I have seen a rise in these life affirming pregnancy resource projects on college campuses across the Northwest. For example, at University of Washington, UW Students for Life, working in conjunction with other campus organizations, raised money to place diaper decks in the bathrooms on campus. Diaper decks serve not only the students with babies, but also creates a visual clue to let students who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy know it is possible to be a student and have a baby. The success of the diaper decks have sparked another project, to establish an on campus pregnancy resource center to provide real help for pregnant college students!
At Seattle University, the pro-life group on campus has worked with school administration to open a lactation room on campus for new mothers to breastfeed their babies in a private setting. Similar projects are underway at Clackamas Community College in Oregon and throughout the Northwest.
Why is this important? The pro-life campus movement is shifting from reactionary activism to proactive solutions. Creating a campus environment and culture that not only affirms but actively supports a young woman’s decision to give birth to her baby. Sometimes a diaper deck, a lactation room, or organized baby sitting is all it takes to tip the scales towards a Life decision.
The day that Roe v Wade is overturned our groups will be ready to help women in crisis with tangible resources already established. As our groups continue to swell in numbers and engage in positive proactive projects more babies will be saved and more mothers will be spared the trauma and loss of abortion. Already, one baby save has been reported at UW because of their work with the Pregnant on Campus initiative, and I believe this is just the beginning!