If a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
And if legal protections and resources exist for pregnant students, but they aren't adequately publicized, will they help anyone choose life?
The Institute for Pro-Life Advancement—a project of Students for Life of America (SFLA)—recently conducted a survey of young adults which showed that only two in ten had even a basic knowledge of the Pregnant and Parenting Bill of Rights in Title IX. Less than half said that they'd seen resources for pregnant and parenting students while in school. This lack of awareness could have devastating consequences. As SFLA points out, "79% of Planned Parenthoods are 5 miles from a college" and "52% of abortion seeking women are under 25." The abortion industry counts on students as a major customer base. More work is needed to combat the myth that babies ruin educations.
To that end, SFLA has renewed its commitment to supporting pregnant and parenting students. Its Standing With You program (formerly Pregnant on Campus) has a wealth of information for pregnant and parenting students and allies. To get a flavor, here's their advice for how to respond when a friend announces a pregnancy.
Finally, it's worth noting that the survey results weren't all bleak. Strong majorities of respondents supported paid leave policies and adoption reform proposals. With greater awareness and organizing, the pro-life generation has the power to save lives!
[Help pregnant and parenting high school students in your community. Read more here, from HowToBeProLife.com.]