As University of Northern Colorado students prepared for final exams, members of the Students for Life Club took a break in their studies and braved the cold Dec. 4 to host the Planned Parenthood Project display from the national Students for Life of America organization on the Greeley campus.
Using Planned Parenthood’s annual reports and testimony from former employees, the presentation, delivered outside the student center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., uncovered the organization’s bias towards abortion.
“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion vendor and college students are the most targeted,” explained regional coordinator Lisa Atkins, who came to offer support for club members. “The goal of the presentation is to educate students.”
According to Students for Life of America’s research, 79 percent of Planned Parenthood facilities are located within a five-mile radius of a college campus.
Club members were trained on how to talk openly and kindly with people, as well as how to handle protestors.
“This topic is very upsetting to a lot of students,” Students for Life president Stanci Snow expressed. “Today we are hoping to start conversations.”
A lifelong Catholic, Snow was deeply impacted by a campus pro-life event her freshman year and decided to change majors from theatre to political science to promote pro-life politics. Now, along with club vice president, Daspri Whitaker, both are passionate about providing their peers with resources such as referrals to pro-life pregnancy centers.
“You can’t expect abortion to stop without good reasonable resources,” Snow said.
Melissa Timmermeyer, senior, reacted to the display.
“Everyone knows that you can get free birth control or abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Greeley or Fort Collins,” she said. “I am happy that Students for Life exposed the truth in a factual and logical way. Our generation is going to put an end to abortion, and this is another step in that journey we’re taking.”
For more information, visit http://studentsforlife.org/plannedparenthood.