In a poll, Students for Life of America found that 59 percent of Americans from 18 to 24 said they didn’t know Planned Parenthood is an abortion provider.
Big, pink Planned Parenthood displays are popping up at college campuses across the nation. But it’s not what you think.
The pro-life group Students for Life of America has organized a college tour where it puts up the displays to educate students about what it calls the “true nature” of the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Students for Life developed its Planned Parenthood Project after conducting polls in 2012 that found that 59 percent of Americans age 18 to 24 didn’t know that Planned Parenthood performs abortions. The poll also found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are within five miles of a college campus.
The student group says its pink displays feature statistics from Planned Parenthood’s annual report along with testimony from the organization’s former employees and patients. The exhibits also feature 897 pink crosses—the average number of abortions Planned Parenthood performs each day.
“This is the biggest semester we’ve had,” Kristina Hernandez, director of communications for Students for Life, told The Daily Signal.
Hernandez said the initiative has been met with pushback at some colleges—even Christian ones—but students are “more interested than ever.”
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Sullivan Hughes, co-president of Right to Life, a student club at the University of Utah, said the project is “a good opportunity to get out the facts about Planned Parenthood.”
“We just want to let students on campus know that Planned Parenthood isn’t their only option,” Hughes said.
Hughes and fellow club members participated in the Planned Parenthood Project at their school.
“People were pretty upset,” Hughes said. “We got angry people, name-calling, but for the most part they were able to see what we were trying to accomplish.”