By Katie Lodjic, Northwest Regional Coordinator
Late at night on Tuesday, I got a text from the leader of the pro-life group at Western Washington University. She had found out that the Planned Parenthood club was hosting a #PinkOut event on campus the following day and they wanted to protest it.
Being a part of SFLA means being able to quickly mobilize and counter abortion advocates so early Wednesday morning, I donned a pink sweatshirt (Planned Parenthood doesn’t own pink!), grabbed about 500 Planned Parenthood Project postcards, which explain Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, and a few protest signs, and headed up to WWA to help with the protest.
We were surprised to find that there were only four people at the Planned Parenthood table. There were more of us than there were of them! So we positioned our group in front of their table at the entrance to Red Square (students saw us before they saw Planned Parenthood), and started handing out postcards.
We said, “Do you want more information about Planned Parenthood?” and “Did you get one, there’s lots of good information!”
Everyone thought we were with Planned Parenthood, since the cards were pink. We handed out almost all the postcards, mostly to students who were excited about Planned Parenthood. One of the Students for Life club members even went over to the Planned Parenthood table and handed each of the students a postcard, and told them to come back and talk to us if they had any questions.
They even recruited a new club member! After reading the postcard, a girl came back to us and asked what club we were with. She told us that she was on the fence about abortion, but was rethinking her position, and would like to come to club meetings.
This was a great way to peacefully stand up against Planned Parenthood. If students had thought we were protesting Planned Parenthood, they never would have taken a card from us. However, by infiltrating their event, we were able to get our information into the hands of almost 500 students.
If Planned Parenthood is hosting an event on your campus, be sure to contact your Regional Coordinator, so we can help you stand up against the nation’s largest abortion provider!