SFLA finished up week 3 of our We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood national campus tour. We are continuing to have engaging conversations with students (and professors) about Planned Parenthood, their business model of abortion above all else, and how they compare to Federally Qualified Health Centers, which outnumber PP’s 20-to-1 and provide many many more services, sans abortion, than the abortion giant does.
Here are some of the highlights from the tour this week!
From Jillian Ferguson, Texas Regional Coordinator, SFLA, at the University of Texas stop:
Had an incredible day at University of Texas! The Texas Students for Life just love outreach and they are so good at it. ❤ I had an interesting interaction worth noting.
*Lady approaches display and starts pulling out money to donate to me*
Lady: “This is great! I’m on the board for Planned Parenthood in New York.”
Me: “Oh! Well full disclosure, we are out here trying to show viable and accessible alternatives to Planned Parenthood in the form of Federally Qualified Health Centers.”
Me: “Well technically, the abortion side of Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be affected by defundment because they already can’t use federal funds for abortion according to the Hyde Amendment.”
Her: “Oh it definitely would affect it. I know it would.”
Me: “Oh really? That’s interesting…why is that?”
Her: “Well paying the doctors and for facilities and everything.”
OH MY GOSH THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE’VE BEEN SAYING. Fungibility, y’all!
From Alex at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln-
During the display, we faced more fervent opposition than during any other similar event we had done as a group. Despite the antipathy, constructive and thought-provoking conversations did occur.
The most interesting conversation we had was with a UNL professor. His demeanor was very aggressive, and approached us saying our facts were false and not representative.
I proceeded to explain to him that the statistics were derived from the 2014-2015 annual report released from Planned Parenthood (PP). He refused to listen and thought I was full of it. The gentleman then told me that PP offers mammograms, which came as a shock to me because they don’t (despite their claims). Still he tried to argue with me, until I said he should call Planned Parenthood and schedule a mammogram. He snarkily he replied that doing so would be ridiculous. I looked him dead in the eye and stated that men could have breast cancer. That quickly ended his argument on the subject. Although his premise was misguided we were still able to end on a civil note, which is a goal of ours when engaging with people on campus. I hope as the tour continues throughout the nation we can continue to change hearts and minds.
Local media covered the tour in Nebraska-