When Sarah Beddingfield, a student at a public high school in Illinois, found out that her school included Planned Parenthood on a list of resources they provided to pregnant students, she knew something had to be done. Including a scandal-ridden abortion vendor is bad enough, but there wasn’t even a pregnancy resource center included on the list!
To say Sarah sprung into action is a bit of an understatement. By the time her SFLA Regional Coordinator found out, Sarah had already met with her school administration twice and got them on board with adding the local pregnancy resource center to the list. All on her own!
The school’s resource list did not have Planned Parenthood listed under “pregnancy resources,” but they were listed under “medical resources.” Sarah noted that pregnant students at her school receive the whole list. While it’s good that they weren’t listed under pregnancy resources, it’s still not good to be referring high schoolers to Planned Parenthood for other services. Their other big seller is contraception with a side of strong encouragement to be sexually active.
So Sarah met with her school’s Vice Principal and the counselor in charge of which entities are included on the resource list. Both agreed that adding a pregnancy resource center is a good thing and fills in a lot of supportive services gaps.
And that was all it took to provide students with information and resources that are actually helpful in the case of an unplanned pregnancy. Let Sarah be an example to everyone, student or otherwise: sometimes, some initiative and a simple action are all it takes to build a culture of life.