Congratulations, Boise State Abolitionists4Life!
A year ago, pro-life activism was virtually non-existent on the Boise State campus, but all that changed when Lisa Atkins (an SFLA Wilberforce Fellow) and a group of courageous students founded Boise State’s pro-life student group, Abolitionists4Life. This group is confidently challenging their campus by engaging in open dialogue about abortion and pushing forward efforts to provide resources for pregnant and parenting students. Under the leadership of Abolitionists4Life president, Lisa Atkins, the group has organized and participated in the following projects:
- Window to the Womb: A live ultrasound presentation on campus, featuring a guest speaker and a diaper drive
- The Planned Parenthood Project: SFLA’s unique Cemetery of the Innocents display which focuses on the nation’s abortion Goliath and directs students towards life-affirming resources
- Baby blanket making party: An event which provided blankets to Stanton Healthcare and Lifeline Pregnancy Crisis Center
- Local and national pro-life campaigns: Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, 40 Days for Life, and more!
After attending the SFLA National Conference and the National National Pro-Life March, these students were ready to make waves on campus! On February 6th, the students organized a successful National Pro-Life Chalk Day which challenged their peers to “Think first, save a future Bronco.” On Valentine’s Day, Abolitionists4Life launched the Pregnant on Campus Initiative on their campus. The students emphasized love and support for mothers on campus. For their tabling even, the student joined the #WhatWomenNeed campaign and created flyers to highlight what women really need for Valentine’s Day. Flyers included phrases like “love and support” and “free pregnancy tests.” Thanks to the generous donations of local supporters, the group handed out white carnations, 50 pregnancy tests, hot cocoa, and coffee. Attached to each pregnancy test, the students attached a piece of paper with Stanton Healthcare’s tagline and a pink bow. Each pregnancy test was in a paper lunch bags for privacy. The bags were placed with a sign that read- “Free pregnancy tests – Take one for a friend!” The pro-life students remarked, “You wouldn’t believe how many ‘friends’ some of these girls had when they took 4 or 5…each!” The students hope that their distribution of these tests will ensure their peers that they can go to the group for help and support.
The Pregnant on Campus Initiative launch received overwhelmingly positive feedback and zero complaints. Regardless of pro-life or pro-choice preferences, every student agreed that providing the correct resources for women was a good effort.
Thank you, Abolitionists4Life, for challenging your campus to embrace a culture of life, love, and support for pregnant and parenting students!