Sometimes there are news stories you read where you can feel your heart smiling. This is one of them.
Sarah Thompson goes to Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. She has a cute little baby. She was pregnant while in school, delivered baby Isaiah, and then went back to school a week later.
Her incredible math professor, Dr. Josie Ryan, encouraged her to bring baby Isaiah to class and even showed Sarah where the lactation rooms are on campus.
But Dr. Ryan made all of us go awwwww when Sarah posted a photo on Facebook of baby Isaiah being held by Dr. Ryan while she taught class.
Sarah wrote a viral Facebook page that caught the attention of not only her own friends and family but national media. The entire post is here and pasted below but Sarah points out some important things:
- She had tangible encouragement from an authority figure, her incredible math professor, Dr. Josie Ryan: She knew I’d be overwhelmed so literally begged me to bring Isaiah to class & even showed me where the breastfeeding room in the health center was at Lander University. It’s so reassuring to know there are professors out there like this.
- Sarah knows there are others like her that need encouragement of their own: Hopefully this post will encourage other educators or moms or pregnant/working women who are students to ask for help.
- Sarah knows women are forces to be reckoned with and a baby isn’t a reason to give up school or a career: Women are on the rise going to school & working with children.
- The father’s support, and support of the family, for his child and the child’s mother shows the heart of a real man, willing to step up: And my Boyfriend Chris is also in school and working as we learn to be parents & our families are beyond supportive of my decision to graduate within the first year of his birth & I couldn’t do this without them.
We don’t know if Sarah is pro-life or pro-choice but it doesn’t matter because helping pregnant is something both sides should be able to get behind. She is an amazing example of being in a difficult situation and reaching out for help and showing incredible courage to stay in school and have her child.
We at Students for Life of America are so proud of our Pregnant on Campus Initiative, which seeks to help women in the exact situations that Sarah and Chris faced. We believe no woman should be forced to choose between her child and her education. Our pro-life students absolutely love to work with these women, hold baby showers for them, help them figure out childcare, take them to doctor appointments, etc. And having professors like Dr. Josie Ryan is a huge boost for these students.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor, has stated reproductive health is akin to economic security. But you know what, a woman’s academic success isn’t defined by her reproductive experiences. Our president Kristan Hawkins wrote out five reasons why this argument of Ms. Richards’ fails.
We are so proud of Sarah and Chris and thank her for bringing to light Dr. Josie Ryan’s kind heart. We hope many professors, and schools, follow in her footsteps.