On Tuesday in front of Pray-Harrold, Students for Life raised awareness on campus regarding Planned Parenthood and educated Eastern Michigan University women on the multiple options for dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
EMU students traveling to and from classes Tuesday afternoon found the greenery lined with hundreds of tiny pink crosses. The crosses represented abortions preformed in Planned Parenthood offices across the United States.
“We’re here to educate people on the misconceptions of what Planned Parenthood does,” Angela Little, president of Students for Life, said, as she handed out information flyers to students passing by.
The Planned Parenthood Project is spanning the country, visiting select schools and educating women on the options available to them not only for precautionary contraception, but in the event an unexpected pregnancy should occur.
When referring to the multiple Planned Parenthood services scattered across the United States, Emily Rottinghause, Students for Lifes’ vice president, called the offices, “the Walmart of abortions.”
Little also informed interested students.
“If you’re pregnant and walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic you basically have three options: carry to term, adoption or abortion,” she said.
More than half of the revenue made by Planned Parenthood clinics comes from abortion services, according to Students for Life.
The passionate opinions were coming from both sides of the argument, as the group was also joined by opposition promoting the positive aspects of Planned Parenthood clinics and a woman’s right to choose.
The opposing group handed out condoms to students and educated them on the other side of the story. Each side of the debate came armed and ready with facts supporting points on both sides of the issue, giving EMU students the options to decide for themselves.
Later in the afternoon, though, the Students for Life group experienced some negative behavior from several students on campus.
Little said in a follow up conversation that several students removed the pink crosses and left with them, even after the group attempted to ask for the crosses back. In addition, stickers supporting Planned Parenthood were placed on some of the crosses.
Students for Life America will be heading out on a tour that will span 18,041 miles and covering 41 Universities in 20 states across the United States. The tour began Tuesday with Eastern Michigan University’s campus. The goal of the group is to educate and inform all women interested in learning about the alternatives to abortion available for them.
The team on campus was also informing EMU students of two resources in the local area that could further assist them with any questions and talk more about options. These included Family Life Services in Ypsilanti and Arborvitae nearby in Ann Arbor. Both establishments offer a variety of counseling and Planned Parenthood services to women in the local area. In addition, OB/GYN services including contraception are available here on campus in the Snow Medical Center for students.
Women interested in any of the services or those in need of more information can visit the websites of each service including women-helping-women.net for Family Services, arborwomen.com for Arborvitae and Eastern Michigan University’s own Snow Medical Center homepage through the emich.edu website.
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