Students for Life says it has 600 more campus groups than Planned Parenthood
- President Kristan Hawkins told the Washington Examiner that Planned Parenthood has about 200 campus chapters while SFLA has 838.
Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, most active youth pro-life organization, claims it has over 600 more groups on college campuses than its Planned Parenthood counterpart.
Kristan Hawkins told the Washington Examiner that Planned Parenthood gloats about having around 200 campus chapters. SFLA says it has 838 campus offices between participating high schools, colleges, and medical schools.
“Planned Parenthood has been in existence since 1916 and all they could muster is 200 groups,” Kristina Hernandez, Director of Communication for SFLA told Campus Reform. “SFLA has existed since 2006, when we started with under 200 groups, and has grown exponentially since then. Young pro-lifers are flocking in droves to be a part of the pro-life movement.”
According to Hernandez, technology’s influence “cannot be understated.”
“This generation has grown up with the incredible technology of ultrasound. They have seen their brothers, sisters, and maybe even their own children’s heartbeat and features on a sonogram picture,” Hernandez told Campus Reform. “It’s undeniable that the child in the womb is a child, a living human being, and that an abortion takes the life of that child.”
Hawkins also told the Examiner that Students for Life participants have also become more liberal and secular in recent years, which may have contributed to the rise in numbers.
“[T]hese aren’t the people making headlines for yelling and screaming obscenities at the other side, so they don't often make the news,” Hernandez told Campus Reform. “Yet, these young people are working tirelessly on their campuses to promote a culture of life and are making their colleges welcoming to pregnant and parenting students…”
Planned Parenthood’s national office did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment in time for publication.
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