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Abortion Pill Campaign Targeting College Campuses in Pro-Life States

Barnard officials said they will wait till next fall to make the pills available on campus in order to train staff, develop protocols and work out logistics. Credit. Robyn Beck Getty Images
Barnard officials said they will wait till next fall to make the pills available on campus in order to train staff, develop protocols and work out logistics. Credit. Robyn Beck Getty Images

Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year, health organizations like May Day Health, an education nonprofit, have pushed to promote abortion pills to college students, circulating several mobile billboards with information on accessing medical abortion on campuses through different states in America, according to a recent report by the Daily Caller.

According to reports, May Day Health launched its campaign in March to drive billboards throughout different populated cities, telling young women where they could access abortion pills in states that have implemented pro-life laws.

The billboards advertised on the organization's website, informing people how to obtain an abortion pill by mail, stating that they are a "safe option to end a pregnancy in the first 12 weeks."

The campaign has reached cities in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Idaho, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, relaying messages like "Pregnant? You Still Have a Choice," and "Abortion Pills Delivered to Your Door: Learn More at Mayday. Health" in English and Spanish.

Officials from the group have also taken to Instagram and other social media outlets to advertise access to abortion pills, claiming that they are "fighting back" against the numerous laws passed by Republican state legislatures that have passed laws protecting babies in the womb.

According to the Daily Caller, the campaign was promoted by the taxpayer-funded news organization National Public Radio (NPR) in March.

The billboards connect viewers to the organization's website, equipping visitors with a three-step plan for obtaining abortion medication within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy without talking to a clinic. According to the website, the pill begins the same process as a natural miscarriage and is highly effective.

“It seems that chemical abortion drugs are incredibly cost effective for the abortion industry. Without the need for an in-person examination, abortionists can save time and money by simply distributing the drugs without ever seeing the patient. Additionally, because there is no need for an in-person examination, there can be fewer abortionists, fewer abortion facilities, and fewer members of staff in general,” Mary Szoch, Family Research Council (FRC) Director of the Center for Human Dignity, explained.

Barnard College announced last fall 2022 semester that it would obtain abortion pills on campus by the fall 2023 semesters, with students and lawmakers rallying in December of last year to support legislation that would require colleges like the City University of New York and State University of New York to enact such policies.

In states like New York and California, health centers have been required to provide abortion pills to universities.

Speaking to the Daily Caller, Denise Harle, senior counsel and director of the Center for Life with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) said that the abortion industry "aggressively targets young women, with roughly 40% of abortions obtained by college-age women. These young women are having dangerous self-induced chemical abortions at home, school, or in a shared college dorm bathroom."

“Not only do these drugs take the life of an innocent unborn child, but they also put the mother’s life in danger. Additionally, these drugs transform what should be a sacred relationship—that of mother and child—into the relationship between an abortionist and her victim. Many of these women are completely unaware that they will very likely deliver a tiny, recognizably human, baby into the toilet,” Szoch said to The Foreign Desk.

According to a report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been around 28 deaths associated with taking mifepristone, a drug component in the abortion pill, since its approval in the U.S. in 2000. The medication guide tells users there are "potentially life-threatening bleeding, infections, or other problems that can occur following a miscarriage, surgical abortion, medical abortion, or childbirth."

The latest action by pro-abortion health organizations comes as a decision by a federal judge in Texas which could place a temporary hold on abortion pill access. The lawsuit was filed by ADF in November of last year, asking the court to demand the FDA overturn its decision to approve the abortion pill.

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