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.
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.