Know Your Campus

  • Remember that pro-life groups are single issue and non-partisan.
  • Monitor your opposition. If your campus did not have a pro-abortion group before your group was founded, then prepare for one to spring up in opposition to your group. It is a good idea to monitor the pro-abortion activity on campus but remember not to get too wrapped up to the point where you club activity falters.
    • Attend one of their meetings (to observe)
    • Check out their web page
    • Know your opposition so that you will be able to focus on specific issues and arguments
  • Campus Policies. In order to effectively run a college pro-life group, you must know what services your school does or doesn’t offer. This is imperative in order for your group to change, improve, or terminate certain campus services. With this information you will be better able to provide accurate and valuable services to students with children on your campus. You need to know what they need in order to better help your school community.
    • Know what your campus offers:
      • Do they have a medical center, health services, or nurse?
        • Do they offer gynecological exams?
        • Are they funded by Planned Parenthood, or other like organizations?
        • Do they offer the morning after pill, or other abortion inducing drugs?
        • Do they offer abortions?
        • If you are pregnant, what do they recommend? Will they refer you to a counseling service?
      • Do they offer on campus housing for students with children
      • Do they offer day care for students with children?
    • Ways to gather this information:
      • Use the Feminists for Life’s Pregnancy Resources Survey
      • Go to your campus medial center.
        • Ask them what services they offer in general.
        • Ask about gynecological exams.
        • If they do offer gynecological exams, ask what services they offer within.
        • The best way to gather this kind of information is to have a gynecological exam there. Or better yet, pretend you are pregnant, and ask for advice. It is helpful to bring an audio recorder with you when performing this work.
      • Go to the housing office and inquire about housing for students with children and about day care services. This information should be readily available in the housing office.
      • Again the best way to find out would be to act as though you are pregnant, or that you are inquiring for a friend.
      • If your school has no housing in general, contact the student services office or the like for information regarding day care options.