We love writing out these lists about all the great things that our students accomplished during the semester. Because events happen so fast, sometimes good deeds and great wins don’t get the attention they deserve. So here are our picks for some of the best accomplishments this semester from pro-life students all over the country.
#11 Choose Life Wins in Nebraska
University of Nebraska Students for Life Vice President Paige Edwards testified in front of the state legislature in favor of the state allowing a “Choose Life” license plate. She had never testified before. But it paid off! The state passed the bill and she was asked to come to the Governor’s office when he signed it.
#10 Reached 500 students at a Planned Parenthood Event
Students for Life at Western Washington University quickly mobilized when they heard Planned Parenthood was holding a rally on campus, which **ahem** only four students participated in. They grabbed 500 Planned Parenthood Project postcards and handed them all out. They even recruited a new club member! After reading the postcard, a girl came back to the group and asked what club they were with. She told them that she was on the fence about abortion, but was rethinking her position, and would like to come to club meetings.
#9 First ‘Pregnant on Campus Week’ Happened at Arizona State University
Our Students for Life group at Arizona State University threw the first ever “Pregnant on Campus Week”, where they tabled for a week in a highly-trafficked area on campus and educated their peers about the rights of pregnant and parenting students. They also collected diapers and wipes, made students aware of resources available on campus, and directed students to a local pregnancy help organization.
#8 100+ Schools Screened “HUSH”
Over 100 colleges and universities screened the abortion health documentary “HUSH” in March. The film is made by a pro-choice producer and explores the links between mental health and abortion.
#7 Protesting Barbara Bush at a Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
The Pro-Life Generation showed up at a Fort Worth, Texas hotel to protest Barbara Bush, former First Daughter, who was giving the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. We were all over the news and invited Ms. Bush to reconsider her support of the abortion giant.
#6 Students for Life Groups Collected Baby Socks Like Crazy
When our pro-life students heard we started the #Sockit2PP campaign and our goal was to collect nearly 324,000 baby socks (representing the number of abortions Planned Parenthood did in 2015), they got to work. They were so creative and while our campaign is on-going – until we defund Planned Parenthood OR we collect all 324K socks – our students deserve a lot of credit for their work in collecting socks and showing the destruction Planned Parenthood wrecks every single day.
#5 We Filed a Lawsuit Against Queens College and Helped Norvilia Get Her SFLA Group Started
When Queens College denied Norvilia Etienne the right to start a Students for Life group on her campus, we immediately went into action, contacting our attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom. They filed a lawsuit on her behalf and within three days, Queens College backed down and let Norvilia start her group, which has taken off on campus! Her SFL group even won the Group of the Month for March 2017.
#4 We Helped a Pregnant Student Get Her Financial Aid Reinstated
A pregnant student in Colorado contacted our Regional Coordinator in her state after she lost her financial aid because she gave birth to her child and had to miss class. That’s illegal for a school to do under Title IX and we helped her appeal her case and get her aid reinstated. Then our student group threw her a baby shower!
#3 We Demanded Universities to Stop Their Part in the Fetal Trafficking Industry
Our team held rallies at four universities who have been implicated in some way for their role in buying or selling of aborted baby body parts. Students for Life groups signed letters to their schools asking them to stop their participation in the fetal trafficking industry.
#2 We Took the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood Campus Tour Everywhere
This semester we took our We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood campus tour to over 60 college campuses, explaining to students that there are thousands of other health centers that don’t do abortions, yet provide way more comprehensive healthcare services than Planned Parenthood does or ever could, that our federal funds should go towards. Our students had hundreds of conversations with their peers and even turned away a Planned Parenthood donor at one stop. We even took the display with us to the US Capitol and did a briefing for Congressional staff on how to talk about Planned Parenthood defunding.
#1 Whitworth Cut Ties with Planned Parenthood
In our biggest win on campus this semester, Whitworth University, a self-identified Christian school, officially cut ties with Planned Parenthood after the Students for Life group publicly called them out on the unsavory partnership late last year.