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Students for Life of America has been testing a new campaign to prepare for “abortion-free cities” with the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade.
“The Campaign for Abortion Free Cities” is a ground network system in all 50 states working to bridge the gap between women and services in their community.
“This campaign is filling the greatest need we have in our movement as Roe is on the chopping block and women truly do not know about the non-violent resources in their community,” Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life, told ToddStarnes.com.
Students for Life polls have shown that fewer than two in 10 women know what resources are in their community. The pro-life network consists of local students, pro-life organizations, churches, and pregnancy centers ready to help mothers in crisis.
In March, Students for Life began testing the campaign in 20 cities, using advertising and political tactics, like calls and door knocking, to notify people about their area’s uplifting services.
Since the start of the campaign, the organization says it has knocked on “more than 70,000 doors, changed over 12,000 minds, and connected hundreds of women to life-affirming resources in their cities.”
“The Abortion Free Cities Campaign is a game-changer – we are not waiting for women to be in crisis; we are coming now, meeting people where they live,” Hawkins said.
Next year, Students for Life aims to reach 935,000 people across the country by knocking on 25,000 doors and making 330 calls. The goal is to change the minds of 30% of the people.
The anti-abortion organization also plans to build relationships with a minimum of 10 churches and pregnancy centers in each city and train 30 sidewalk advocates that will stand outside of each abortion clinic.
Vice News covered The Campaign for Abortion Free Cities in Dallas, Texas. According to Vice, Students for Life was going door to door handing out two different flyers. One flyer listed free women’s health services, and the other discussed shutting down abortion clinics in the city.
“This is the beginning of a really hopeful future where we end abortion and have a post-Roe America,” Sarah Zarr, Regional Manager for Students for Life, said in an interview with Vice.
The urgency for a pro-life campaign like Abortion Free Cities comes from the upcoming Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case, which will be heard on December 1st, may overturn Roe v Wade, making the legality of abortion up to individual states.