This afternoon, the NYU College Republicans are holding a “diaper drive” to benefit anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. The facebook invite for the diaper drive says:
We will be collecting diapers and monetary donations for EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers. These donations will go directly to helping women who decided not to have an abortion. “EMC has served over 70,000 clients since 1985, with over 17,000 certain saves from abortion.” You can check out the organization at www.emcfrontline.org.
The purpose of this event is to help women who decided against killing their baby. We’re also hoping in the process to discuss abortion and explain why it’s murder and why it should no longer be legal. We’ll be passing out literature at the table and the following day we will be having the executive director of NYS Right to Life come speak to us about abortion.
Yes, this is a pro-life event and we will be discussing abortion but no matter what your personal opinions may be I encourage you to donate. You don’t have to be pro-life to realize that these women need assistance.
But you apparently do have to be a College Republican to be ignorant enough to think that all these women need are a few diapers.
I left the following comment:
Pregnant women need more than diapers. I’m sure the College Republicans will come out in support of social programs that actually help pregnant women and families, right? Things like aid to low-income women with dependent children, universal health care, contraception access, affordable childcare, and expansion of pre-school and after-school programs for under-served kids?
Or how about promoting ways for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies — like comprehensive sexual health education and affordable and accessible contraception?
Instead, you’re focusing on “crisis pregnancy centers,” which deliberately lie to women. For more info on CPCs and who you’re supporting when you contribute to “pro-life” groups, see:
The stupidity and the hypocrisy is astounding. “Pro-life” groups like the NYU College Republicans claim to value life; they claim they want to prevent abortion. But they make a concerted effort to promote policy that do substantial harm to women and families; that give women fewer options; that make it harder for women to decide to have children; that make it more difficult for women to prevent the unintended pregnancies that end in abortion. Pro-life Republicans are proponents of cutting children’s health care. They’re against aid to low-income families with dependent children. They’re anti-birth-control. They promote “abstinence-only” sexual health education, which sorely misinforms students and puts them at risk for pregnancy and disease. They support policies that have been shown to kill women all over the world. And they definitely don’t care about children — 100 percent of the worst legislators for children are pro-life.
This isn’t the first time the NYU College Republicans have put their ignorance on wide display — remember the “find the illegal immigrant” hunt? Or when they invited a Minute Man to speak on campus? They’re a truly special group of individuals.
So if you’re around NYU today, head over to their event and ask when they’ll start supporting paid parental leave, early childhood education, affordable pre-natal and well-baby care, universal health care, contraception access, aid to low-income families, and affordable child care. Be prepared for blank stares and bumbling, incoherent responses about how they don’t have to support actually helping children and families in order to oppose killing babies. Wish I could be there.
For more background on just how screwed up the anti-choice movement is, I’ll point you here.
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