Week 2 of the WDNPP tour: Turning away a PP donor

This week was Week 2 of the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood tour and while it wasn’t as showy as last week, a couple awesome things happened – keep on reading to find out!

At Illinois State University, Reagan Barklage, our Western Regional Director, relayed this story:

In the middle of hosting the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood display at Illinois State University today, I had a young man walk up to the display and say he has been donating to Planned Parenthood for years. ISU WDNPP

I asked him if he knew about Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)? He told me he didn’t so I told him how FQHC’s outnumber Planned Parenthood 20-to-1. I also told him how FQHC’s can offer way more comprehensive services to women, men and children than Planned Parenthood. Americans also have easier access to FQHC’s to Planned Parenthood, since there are only 650 Planned Parenthoods compared to the 13,000 FQHC’s.

The man looked at me in shock and asked if Normal, IL [where ISU is located] had anyFQHC’s, so I pulled up the www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov website and typed in our location. Within five miles of our location on campus there are four FQHC’s and 0 Planned Parenthoods.

I said, what do you think about Planned Parenthood now? He looked at me and said, “I think our money should be going to FQHC’s instead. Thanks so much for the information. I learned something new today!” He smiled and walked away.

This is why it’s so important to host displays on campus, because it brings attention to the topic and allows for kind and calm discussion. If we didn’t host this display today, that man may have continued to donate to Planned Parenthood for years to come and not know that his money could be better served elsewhere.

At Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo, Camille Rodriguez, SFLA’s California Regional Director, said:

Along with some great conversations today, we were ableCal Poly San Luis Obispo to hand out a TON of “We Don’t Need PP” postcards. We give these to students who are in a rush to get to class so they can still get the information.

After reading, one student returned to the display and asked if there was more he could do and signed our letter to Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

He thanked us for not just giving stats, but for providing solutions.

Sometimes we can get discouraged when people take a flyer and walk by without saying a word, but this is just one example of why being out there and getting visible is so essential! If not now, when?

At the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, Jillian Ferguson, our Texas Regional Coordinator, got this awesome video of the #ProLifeGen giving reasons why we don’t need Planned Parenthood:

If you would like to host the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood Tour on your campus, contact your Regional Coordinator or email us at info@studentsforlife.org.

The truth behind fetal tissue research

The abortion industry touts the amazing research done with the use of baby body parts, which is what they tell women when they consent to have an abortion – and donating the “fetal tissue” of their preborn baby post-abortion.

Putting aside the entire illegality and betrayal of having women sign intentionally deceptive consent forms that fail to say those baby body parts will be sold for profit, does fetal tissue research really add up to all it’s cracked up to be?

Looking through the massive report from the Select Panel on Infant Lives in the U.S. House of Representatives, who did a years worth of research and compiling evidence in the abortion industry’s fetal trafficking business, the answer would be no, fetal tissue research is all that the abortion industry claims it to be.

Below is from the Select Panel’s report:

Fetal tissue of aborted babies has not been and is not necessary for any kind of life-saving treatment for disease research. The abortion industry uses fruitless research to pressure women for their consent to hand over their aborted children for profit.

  • Early vaccine research did not depend on human fetal tissue
    • Vaccine research was begun by Edward Jenner in the late 1700s, more than 100 years before the first published use of human fetal tissue for biomedical research
    • While human fetal tissue cultures were used to first successfully create the polio virus in a laboratory and for basic research (which could have been accomplished using non-fetal or even non-human cells), the human fetal tissue did not result in a vaccine or a cure, nor has it ever been used to make the polio vaccine.
    • Fetal tissue and fetal cell lines were not used to develop the measles vaccine. It was instead created using cells from chicken eggs, human placentas, and adult kidneys.
    • The vaccine for mumps was not created using human fetal tissue. It was developed using cultures from monkey cells and chicken embryos.
    • While human fetal tissue has been used to produce a vaccine for Rubella, it was not used to develop the first vaccines, nor is it necessary for further research or production of rubella vaccines.
  • None of the nearly 75 vaccine formulations currently licensed in the United States is produced using freshly isolated human fetal tissue, according to data provided by the FDA (Exhibit 9.3 here). Some use cell lines created in the 1970s, but those vaccines don’t require new fetal tissue, and could be produced using non-fetal tissue.
  • Human fetal tissue is not required for research into human brain diseases such as Zika or Down syndrome. Tissue from other mammalian species can be used. For example, less than 1% of the more than 20,000 research articles on the development of neural tissue in the NIH database used human fetal tissue.
    • The major advances in our understanding of the Zika virus have not come from research involving human fetal tissue.
  • In the nearly 100 years that research using human fetal tissue has been unrestricted, not a single clinical treatment has been developed from human fetal tissue. In contrast, stem and progenitor cells from non-fetal tissues have rapidly yielded clinical treatments with proven benefits to patients. The select panel report includes specific data on how human fetal tissue has not been used or is not necessary for research or cures on a whole range of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ALS, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, preterm birth, spinal cord injury, and Zika.

All exhibits for this section can be found here: https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Chapter_IX_Exhibits.pdf

 

 

Queens College SFL has 1st group meeting following lawsuit win

By Keri Landeche, Northeast Regional Coordinator

Late last month, Norvilia Etienne filed a lawsuit, with the help of our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom, against Queens College for refusing to allow her to start a Students for Life group. Not three days later, the school relented (yay!).

This week, Norvilia had her first official meeting for Queens College Students for Life.

Nerves are always frayed when it comes to the first meeting. Is anyone going to show up? Did we advertise well enough? Is the wifi in this room going to work?

But by the time the meeting was to begin, approximately 12 new members that the E-board had met at the club fair or had attracted through flyering around campus, were present.queens college meeting

Norvilia, now the president of the group, began the meeting introducing herself and explaining why she wanted to start the group.

She said she’s pro-life because of her own life story. When she was 16, she had found out that her mother considered aborting her.  Her mother thankfully chose life and thus, Norvilia is passionate about helping women in unplanned pregnancies when they feel like there is no other option.

Norvilia knows firsthand the joy of choosing life but also the struggles that come with that. She says, “Yes, we had a difficult upbringing and didn’t always have the shiniest toys but I’m glad I have my life. I’m glad I was given the chance to grow up and fend for myself as I do now as a college student. My mother is the strongest woman I know!”

All the new members introduced themselves and shared why they too are pro-life.

One student explained that she had always considered herself pro-life with an exception for rape. She had attended the club fair where she received a bag of pro-life resources from Queens College SFL and when she went home, she began reading the pamphlets inside the bag. She came across the Student for Life of America topic card “What about rape?”.

After reading it and thinking about her own life experiences, she realized that the way you are conceived has no effect on the fact that the human person has value.  She decided that she no longer believed in the rape exception and was excited to join the Students for Life group.

The group spent the rest of the time brainstorming ideas of what activities they hope to accomplish.

Their two main goals include educating the campus about pro-life issue and promoting pregnant and parenting resources to students in unplanned pregnancies.

They also hope to show the movie Maafa 21 this month, since it’s Black History Month, and the HUSH film in March. Also, they are going to be working closely with the Bridge to Life Pregnancy Center, which is only a few blocks from Queens College. Further, they hope to host the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood display on their campus to educate the student body on real health care for women.

We are thrilled for Norvilia and think she is a wonderful example of courage. If it weren’t for her persistence in fighting for her club, this meeting would not have happened and this club would not have the opportunity to share the pro-life message on campus and help fellow students facing unplanned pregnancies.

We can’t wait to see what Queens College Students for Life accomplishes!

Everyday Wines Whines To Students for Life at U of Michigan

The Students for Life group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is holding a silent auction dinner fundraiser next month to specifically aide in their mission of helping students in particular who are “facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing fiscal, material, and emotional support.”

Really, even if you are not pro-life, helping students facing unplanned pregnancies is a no-brainer.

Except for a business called Everyday Wines in Ann Arbor.

When SFL of UM reached out to them with a letter explaining what their goals are and asking the business to consider donation of a gift card or merchandise, Everyday Wines just didn’t politely decline. They had to add an extra touch of the tolerance that the pro-abortion side is known for.

This is what Everyday Wines wrote back to Sarah, a member of the UM SFL group who was reaching out to local businesses:

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“I was surprised when I got the email because of the tone of it. They were condescending. They could have just declined the request but they didn’t,” said Sarah. “It was strange that they mentioned the refugees because it has nothing to do with our mission.”

Valid points.

Rachel Crawford, president of Students for Life at the University of Michigan nailed it when she said that, “This response gives direct evidence to the influence Planned Parenthood has on the abortion issue. They are the first organization that comes to mind for supporters of legal abortion. Those who oppose the work of Students for Life on college campuses are direct allies of Planned Parenthood because they are the largest and loudest abortion advocates.”

She’s absolutely right.

Everyday Wines is just one more pawn in Planned Parenthood’s operation of pushing abortion over all else. At least Students for Life at UM is attempting to help women. Planned Parenthood betrays women. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion vendor, committing one in every three abortions, and is backed into a corner right now as they are finally facing defunding of taxpayer money, which makes up over 43% of their budget, totaling around $553 million a year.

The owner of Everyday Wines, Mary Campbell, says on her website that she came to appreciate wine on her first trip to Europe and understood it as “an everyday pleasure—inexpensive, unintimidating, and woven into the fabric of everyday life. That’s the experience she hopes to recreate in her shop.” Wine can be unintimidating but so can the attitude of the store owner who has no problems being mean to a student pro-life group who wants to merely help their peers in stressful pregnancies.

“Students for Life at the University of Michigan is a shining example of the pro-life generation. This all-volunteer group works tirelessly to make a positive difference on their campus and in their community, supporting women in crisis pregnancies and educating peers about the predatory abortion industry,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Everyday Wines could have at the least politely declined with an ounce of civility – instead they had to attack SFL at UM in a condescending tone. It’s one more indication that this is the face of the pro-abortion movement now and it’s not one of love and compassion but one of intolerance and hatred.”

If you are local and want to purchase tickets to gala, please see here.
Letter to the business owner from SFL at UM:

Dear Business Owner,

Students for Life at the University of Michigan is hosting a fundraising gala on March 11, 2017. We will be holding a silent auction, and we hope you will consider donating gift certificates, merchandise, or services.

Students for Life is the primary pro-life advocacy group on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. Devoted to defending all human life, from conception to natural death, we are dedicated to supporting anyone, particularly students, facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing fiscal, material, and emotional support. Your donation will help us to continue to provide such support.

In exchange for your donation, you will receive excellent exposure to our many supporters. Our gala will be attended by over 120 supporters. You will also be featured in our event program for the evening.

We will gladly pick up your donation in person, or it can be mailed to [redacted]. We would appreciate receiving the gift by February 24, but it must be received by March 4 in order to be included.

Thank you in advance for considering our request and for supporting Students for Life.

Best Regards,

Students for Life at the University of Michigan

 

National Pro-Life Chalk Day 2017

What activity requires almost no money and minimal time commitment yet saves lives and impacts a whole school campus? SIDEWALK CHALKING!

With a handful of chalk and an arsenal of pro-life slogans, you can leave a lasting impression on hundreds or even thousands of people.

Join lots of other pro-life students on Thursday, March 2, 2017 for National Pro-Life Chalk Day! Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Pick up sidewalk chalk (Walmart, drug stores, Hobby Lobby)
Step 2: Collect your pro-life friends (this is optional, but helpful)
Step 3: Find a heavily trafficked public area
Step 4: Chalk short pro-life messages in large letters everywhere

This year’s theme is #DefundPP.

Example Messages You Can Use:

  • We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood #DefundPP
  • No Taxpayer $$ for Abortion #DefundPP
  • Planned Parenthood Betrays Women
  • For every adoption referral, #Planned Parenthood does 174 abortions #defundPP
  • Over 94% of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women are abortion #defundPP
  • Abortion Hurts Women
  • Women Need Love Not Abortion
  • Restore Preborn Rights
  • Human Rights for All: Born & Preborn
  • Heartbeat Begins Beating at 21 Days
  • Social Justice Begins in the Womb
  • Adoption Not Abortion
  • Love them both
  • Abortion = Preborn Genocide
  • True Feminists are Pro-Life
  • Peace Begins in the Womb
  • Planned Parenthood Protects Rapists
  • Pro-choice = No-choice
  • End the War on Preborn Children
  • Women Regret Abortion
  • Equal Rights for Preborn People

OR

Draw 3,000 baby feet or hearts and chalk “Abortion Stops 3,000 Hearts Every Day.

Some tips:

  • Don’t get discouraged if your “artwork” is scuffed or washed off by haters – that means they saw it
  • Place messages at different angles and perspectives so foot traffic from every direction will catch a glimpse
  • Keep the messages short and succinct; you only have a brief moment to get your point across – make it count
  • Use bright or pastel colors like pink, blue, white and yellow

If your pro-life messages are vandalized or your group experiences trouble with administration, please email legalhelp@studentsforlife.org immediately with a detailed description and pictures (if available). 

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Students for Life Groups to call for investigations into fetal trafficking industry at their schools

The Center for Medical Progress videos that came out in the summer of 2015 and rocked the entire abortion industry became a catalyst for massive investigations into the illegal buying and selling of aborted baby body parts, invalid consent forms, and privacy violations – just to name a few of the criminal actions. At the end of last year, the Select Panel on Infant Lives in the U.S. House of Representatives, the task force investigating the abortion industry and their partners, released their findings in a 500-page massive report. During the course of their year-long investigation, they recommended over a dozen criminal referrals for Planned Parenthood and their business partners in the fetal trafficking industry.

Some of the referrals were against the University of New Mexico and other findings in the report pointed to the possible illegal involvement of other universities who may have been (and continue to) participate in the fetal trafficking industry.

Students for Life groups at these schools have been following the developments and with our help at national Students for Life of America, will be hosting rallies over the next month calling on their universities to stop participating in fetal trafficking and ask for investigations into possible criminal violations.

The map shows where we will be holding rallies:

  • The University of New Mexico
  • Indiana University
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch
  • University of Michigan
  • Colorado State University

Women and their preborn babies are merely numbers and dollars signs to the abortion industry, which seeks to make a profit off of illegally trafficking baby body parts and selling them for profit. The Select Panel report points to these universities as likely players in the fetal trafficking industry.

Additionally, contrary to what the abortion industry says, there is zero evidence that fetal tissue of aborted babies has contributed to any kind of life-saving treatment for disease. The abortion industry uses non-existent research for pressure women for their consent to hand over their aborted children for profit.

 

Planned Parenthood’s VOX Bullies Pregnant on Campus Group at W&M

Students for Life of America created the Pregnant on Campus (PonC) Initiative almost six years ago, and it’s been wildly successful. This Initiative gives students tangible ways to put their pro-life beliefs into action. PonC groups lobby their universities to become more pregnant and parenting friendly by introducing diaper decks into bathrooms, opening up lactation rooms on campus, having childcare available at the school, and educating students on what options there are locally (including important Title IX non-discrimination clauses at the school) to help them to parent their child or place for adoption and continue her education.

SFLA and PonC believe no student should be forced to choose between her child and her education. Our Pregnant on Campus Initiative promotes are real solutions and compassionate support for students facing unplanned pregnancies and for parents continuing their education. In fact, www.PregnantonCampus.org is the only website that has compiled both national and local resources for students at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country for anyone to access. William and Mary’s page even includes such items as where to ask for help regarding pregnancy policies and resources and even where to find lactation rooms on campus! (See their campus page here: www.PregnantOnCampus.org/WM )

These are worthy goals – and even students on campus who are pro-choice are encouraged by our Pregnant on Campus program. Some have even partnered with PonC groups for certain projects. Currently, SFLA serves over 180 PonC college groups nationally, including one at the College of William and Mary (W&M) in Virginia, which is an awesome group!

The W&M PonC group put up flyers around campus advertising the group, inviting people to their meetings and offering free resources for pregnant or parenting students.

Well, the Planned Parenthood affiliated group at W&M, VOX, was having none of this. They were so incensed by W&M PonC Initiative’s offer to help pregnant and parenting students that they posted a long rant on their own Facebook page, along with pictures of the W&M PonC flyers, to call attention to the “shaming language” and “misinformation” that the PonC group supposedly promotes. They attempted to claim that they are the only ones who could possibly offer unbiased information to pregnant women, even pointing their readers to their local Planned Parenthood (of course) and the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Without going into all the details that one can easily find with a Google search of Planned Parenthood, here are the highlights of unsavory business practices in this last six months of this supposedly trusted women’s healthcare provider:

  • They and their business partners have been referred for over a dozen criminal actions by committees in both the US House and Senate for illegally buying and selling the body parts of babies they aborted and handing over sensitive patient information.
  • Planned Parenthood boasts that they have a wide range of services, including prenatal care. However, a recent investigation found that isn’t the case at all. In 97 Planned Parenthood’s called about the prenatal care they offered, 92 said they couldn’t even refer the woman out for such care, much less provide it.
  • In interviews with former Planned Parenthood employees, abortion quotas are a thing – and employees get rewarded with things like pizza parties for meeting or exceeding those quotas. Planned Parenthood has an agenda and women are the victims, not the ones empowered.

The W&M PonC group saw the post and offered to talk to VOX and have a constructive dialogue. VOX would hear none of it:

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This W&M Pregnant on Campus group is a great resource on campus, and yet they are being bullied for merely offering women a better option than abortion. The VOX group won’t even talk to them because they don’t agree with their beliefs of “equal access and justice” (AKA abortion-on-demand for any reason at any point in the pregnancy).

Here’s what you can do:

Go to the W&M Pregnant on Campus Facebook page, and send them a note of support. A campus is a small place, and word travels fast and is easily decimated. So this group needs support! Can you help?

We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood Tour Week One Wrap-Up

We launched our spring tour this past week, the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood tour, which is exactly what the name states – educating students as to why we really don’t need Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor, and telling them about much better options available for real, comprehensive healthcare.

The timing for the tour couldn’t be more perfect. The nation is in a heated battle right now over the defunding of Planned Parenthood. They currently receive more than half a billion dollars in tax money, which makes up 43% of their annual budget. By the way, this ‘nonprofit’ has had over $1 billion in revenue for the past several years, all the while continuing to receive more tax dollars and at the same time cutting their prenatal services, cancer screenings and other preventative care – and increasing the number of abortions.

Students for Life of America is the only national pro-life organization that has an organized tour like this going to over 80 campuses this spring and making sure we educate as many students as possible as to what Planned Parenthood does (abortions) and tell them that those tax dollars need to be redirected to community health centers, which outnumber Planned Parenthood 20-to-1, do not do abortions, and offer a much wider range of care.

This first week was a huge success! Here are just a few of the highlights:

The tour received a lot of media attention
Just in the first week alone of the tour, local television earned media is estimated at about $12,000 with segments having run on 32 newscasts over the course of the week.

You never know who are reaching
At Missouri State University, we found out that it was because of our previous Planned Parenthood Project campus tour that the current treasurer of the Students for Life group on campus became involved with the pro-life group (and she went to our conference too!).

We got to have great conversations with people who disagreed with us.
This girl is doing a paper on Planned Parenthood at Santa Clara University and was able to have a good discussion with the Students for Life group, who were able to back up their arguments again Planned Parenthood.


Students were psyched to sign onto our Pro-Life Generation letter to Congress asking them to defund Planned Parenthood.

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We got to talk to Planned Parenthood directly
At Western Oregon University, a Planned Parenthood representative paid the students a visit, and they got to inform her about all the services Federally Qualified Health Centers offer in comparison to Planned Parenthood.

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“Planned Parenthood supporters were hitting us with hard jump ropes”

Over 25% of Planned Parenthood’s were protested yesterday as part of the nationwide #ProtestPP event that seeks to expose the abortion giant for criminal practices, their betrayal of women and young girls and to ultimately defund them of half a billion dollars of taxpayer they get every year.

Most of the rallies were peaceful, even though Planned Parenthood supporters came out to counter-protest – but a few of the rallies were not peaceful at all. The one in Washington, DC forced police to physically push pro-abortion protestors who were blocking pro-lifers and shoving them. The protest in Portland involved Planned Parenthood supporters throwing around hardened jump ropes, which one pro-life woman got caught up in and needed police assistance to get her to safety.

This video is from our Virginias Regional Coordinator, Lori Cascio, who was at the Planned Parenthood protest in Washington, DC (around the one minute is where the confrontations begin):

In Portland our Northwest Regional Coordinator, Katie Lodjic, relayed this story:

There were protesters there already when we drove up to the Planned Parenthood and they were yelling obscenities, swinging the long hard plastic jump-ropes around, and
had signs that said “abort everyone,” “pussy bites back” “GOP: Grabbing of Pussies” (with a drawing of someone actually doing it) “your kids an a**hole,” “thank God for abortions” etc..

When we got out there with our signs, the protesters started intermingling with us and pushing us around. When the speakers started, they moved their jump ropes closer to us, and they were hitting us all in the backs with them, and shoving us forward.

There was a pro-life woman who got tangled up in the jump ropes and there was a big confrontation, and the cops had to come and separate them, and told them to stop hitting us with the ropes.
The protesters shoved their way in to be right in front of the speakers and were screaming at us so loud that you couldn’t hear the rally speakers. They were chanting “Prolife men have got to go, if you’re pregnant let us know” and “free abortions on demand and without apology” and “my body, my choice.”

Then they started grabbing all the brochures off our table and throwing them away. There were several confrontations where the police actually had to physically step in between people. There were a lot of good people there though, too, most of the speakers were priests or deacons. And we were able to hold our ground there for the whole hour and a half.

In Detroit, the vulgarity of the abortion supporters were on a whole other level. 

This is from a pro-lifer on the ground there: “We stood with the pro-life crowd at the Detroit Planned Parenthood protest today. What a surreal experience. Our time consisted of praying rosaries and we were met with physical and verbal violence including shoving and knocking to the ground, middle fingers and “f*** you” in our face and spitting at the crucifixes…Unfortunately that wasn’t even the worst. Eventually that huge crowd started pushing and shoving our small group and putting middle fingers in our faces etc.”

In St. Paul, Students for Life’s president, Kristan Hawkins, was there speaking at the #protestPP rally in front of the third largest Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the nation. 

Video of Kristan’s speech: https://www.facebook.com/studentsforlife/videos/10154236229002927/

Planned Parenthood supporters, activated by the large “Women’s March” in the twin cities, came out in droves. While the pro-life rally was going on, they marched in circles in their own permitted section. Kristan went into their crowd before and after the pro-life rally, and Johanna Dasteel from our team had some interesting conversations with the abortion supporters. In one video she live streamed, you can clearly see the Planned Parenthood protestor with a “keep your laws off of my body” type of sign tried to grab and steal our camera phone.

(Livestream of the attempted camera stealer: https://www.facebook.com/studentsforlife/videos/10154236133872927/

The Socialists there recruiting for their cause weren’t too happy we stopped by to talk to them.

(Livestream of Kristan trying to talk to the proud Socialists: https://www.facebook.com/studentsforlife/videos/10154236302107927/

And of course, women who claimed to be Wiccan can out dressed up in scary costumes to support the abortion Goliath.

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I told Planned Parenthood I was keeping my baby and they said they couldn’t help

Story from Christina Doell, Purdue University Alumna

When I decided that I couldn’t go through with my scheduled abortion, I called Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, IN and cancelled my appointment. I then proceeded to seek out information on pregnancy care with the lady over the phone.

I just assumed since Planned Parenthood claimed to be a women’s health clinic that they could offer me the care I was in need of. The representative on the other end of the phone rudely responded that Planned Parenthood did not provide that care.

“Well, fine” I thought, slightly irritated.

So, I then went on to ask her where I could receive care. She simply stated that she could not direct me anywhere.

“Okay…” I responded and then simply thanked her and hung up the phone.

I was scared and had no idea where to go. So, I ended up going a few months without receiving any care. I did not know that I was supposed to take prenatal vitamins or not eat lunch meat. And thankfully I was able to get the care that I needed in my pregnancy crisis situation, but it was no thanks to Planned Parenthood.

It was around that time that I bumped into a student with fliers about Students for Life. I had heard of them on campus. I stopped and talked to her. She kindly directed me to LifeCare, a free non-profit pregnancy crisis center on campus. Because of Students For Life directing me towards LifeCare, I was able to get free counseling, maternity clothes, and educational classes on pregnancy and labor. They also helped me go through with my decision to place my daughter for adoption.

Planned Parenthood was not there for me as a woman in my moment of need.

It was basically like once I changed my mind about the abortion and they weren’t going to get their money, they didn’t care about me or my situation or at all. If Planned Parenthood was actually for women, why couldn’t they at least have directed me towards a place to receive care? And what about the baby girl I was carrying? Planned Parenthood did not care about her either.