Christendom College’s Students for Life group recently initiated the “Planned Parenthood Project,” an activity that the group hopes will help raise awareness of the evils of abortion on other college campuses. A student initiative, the organization seeks to evangelize on secular campuses and defend human life in all its forms, but especially in its earliest stages.
Taking its title from the pro-choice organization, and nationwide abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, the Christendom group hopes to reverse the trends caused by Planned Parenthood by providing students at secular college campuses with the harsh realities of abortion, and the statistical proof of the damage it causes to every human life.
While the organization is geared toward bearing witness at secular institutions, the “Planned Parenthood Project” is important at Christendom as well. By providing students with the statistical facts of abortion, and of groups like Planned Parenthood, the students behind the group hope to make students further aware of the realities of abortion, and help them be better able to defend their Catholic beliefs on the sanctity of life in the world.
“Everyone has been really supportive,” says sophomore Colleen McCrum, who runs Students for Life and helped start the “Planned Parenthood Project” this spring. “There has been a good response and so many people have been willing to volunteer.”
McCrum, and the other members of the “Planned Parenthood Project,” plan to travel to nearby Washington, D.C., once or twice monthly, initially working on George Washington University’s campus to help encourage a respect for life and assist in counseling students to consider options other than abortion.
Recently, the students went to a training conference for prolife leaders in Washington, D.C., doing sidewalk counseling workshops and surveying passersby about their views on topics, such as partial-birth abortion.
“At the training conference, Christendom students were able to pick up the techniques being taught quickly because we were used to the style of arguments,” says McCrum, who credits her liberal arts education with her ability, and confidence, to go forward with this project.
“Because of the philosophical and theological training I have received in and outside of the classroom, I, and others, can easily defend the right to life,” McCrum says.
The Students for Life group was founded on Christendom’s campus by Kelsey McCrum and Cyrus Artz in 2009, as a part of a nationwide movement to spread the prolife message on campuses all over the United States.
Christendom students are active in pro-life and missionary work year round. Since the college’s founding, Christendom has had a large presence at the March for Life, being one of only a handful of colleges to cancel classes for the event. In 1984, 1998, 2009, and 2012, Christendom students led the March for Life – the only college to be given that honor on four different occasions.
Students also prayerfully protest abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in D.C. each Saturday morning, as well as take part in sidewalk counseling, volunteering at the local pregnancy center, going on mission trips, and other similar activities.