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Urge State Assembly to Vote NO on SB 320: Creating Abortion Fund for Students Violates Choice, Undermines Students’ Needs


Senate Bill 320 would create a fund for abortions on UC, CSU, and other campuses in California. Voice your opposition to SB 320 today! 

1. Sign the Petition
Email your State Assembly Member to voice your opposition at NoCampusAbortions.com

2. Call your State Assembly Member
Visit lafaithfulcitizen.org to find your state assembly member and make a phone call. If you can, make a legislative visit and use these talking points in our SB 320 Leave Behind for Legislators SB 320 Leave Behind for Legislators

3. Educate Yourself on These Talking Points 
As pro-life people, we know that abortion ends the life of an innocent child. This is our primary motivation for opposing this bill. But many of our legislators support abortion and will not change their minds overnight. To win a pro-life victory, we must speak their language. Many legislators believe on-campus abortions are necessary for disadvantaged women to finish their education. We know this is not true. There are no lack of abortion providers in CA if women are looking for abortion. Instead, colleges and universities should be assisting women who want to raise their kids and need support to achieve their educational goals.  SB 320 Fact Sheet​

4. Urge Your Parishioners to Raise Their Voices on this Legislation
Take advantage of our sample bulletin insert to involve your parish in opposing this bill. 
Download the sample bulletin insert​​

5. Share this excellent piece in The Daily Clout
"Requiring state college health centers to stock medication abortion is not the answer. Tangible support, including housing and child care, empowers women -- especially poor and minority women -- at a critical life juncture and allows them to make a true choice, not one driven by a lack of options."

6. Share the Title IX Rights of Pregnant Students
No student can be discriminated against because of pregnancy or parenthood. Schools are required to accommodate them by providing flexible class schedules, time off for doctor's visits and labor, make-up exam times and more. Make sure that the college students you know are familiar with the Title IX rights of pregnant and parenting students. 60% of UC and CSU schools do not describe the Title IX rights of pregnant students on their website, even though they are protected.
Download a Fact Sheet on Title IX Rights of Pregnant Students

7. Encourage Students to Raise Their Voices
We especially need the voices of college students to fight this bill. If you know female college students, pregnant or parenting students, or alumni who parented during college, please put them in touch with mcsheahan@la-archdiocese.org. We will train them to speak with legislators, engage with media and write op-eds for their school newspapers.
Students can also have a huge impact by:

  • Hosting a pregnant and parenting student forum
  • Meeting with their Title IX Coordinator about the needs of pregnant and parenting students
  • Meeting with their student health center about supporting pregnant and parenting students
  • Meeting with the dean of students to voice their opposition and concerns to this bill
  • Contacting their UC or CSU chancellors to share their concerns and opposition
  • Posting flyers about Title IX rights of students on campus 

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"No woman should ever face a pregnancy feeling alone, or desperate, or like she has no other options. These are our sisters. We cannot be indifferent to their fears. We need to be near to them, to help them in every way that we can.” ~Archbishop José H. Gomez

For pregnancy help in California:
Call Options United at 1-877-398-7734
OptionsForPregnancy.com
There are so many wonderful resources for pregnant and parenting families. Options United refers to all the pregnancy resource centers in Southern California. These centers can help connect pregnant women with medical care, insurance, housing, food, baby items, maternity clothes, childcare, and more.

Find Resources for Moms and Dads
This website has helpful tips for everything from health, housing, and materials to parenting, life hacks, education and career advice for moms. 
Get Involved

A lot of parishes host a baby shower, diaper drive, baby bottle fundraiser, or a drive for pregnancy resource centers in their area. These are a good way to start, but here's some more creative ways your parish can support pregnant and parenting families.

Organize a Blessing for Pregnant Mothers and Unborn Children 
Pray with the Rite of Blessing for Unborn Children at the end of Mass to honor the sanctity of life. You can also organize a Holy Hour for Life or Rosary for Life.​

Visit Your Local Pregnancy Center
Take your Respect Life Group, RCIA, confirmation class, youth group, or anyone who wants to the local pregnancy resource center for a tour! Many pregnancy centers need volunteers to sort baby items or share information, and this is a great way to introduce your parish to the center. 

Start a Pregnancy or Parenting Support Group
Many moms and dads, especially those facing difficult pregnancies or single parenthood, are overwhelmed and looking for a welcoming community. Offer parenting classes, Mommy & Me classes, a mom’s walking club, summer reading program, or have your Respect Life Group meet at someone’s house and welcome kids to play while the parents talk.
Visit EmbraceGrace.com for a beautiful curriculum for pregnant/parenting moms

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