Leah Barkoukis

Students for Life of America hit the road today for the start of the Planned Parenthood Project, an eight-week tour of 41 universities across the U.S. The group will travel more than 18,000 miles to bring attention to the fact that Planned Parenthood does perform abortions, and that it also targets college-aged men and women.

The Planned Parenthood Project was developed by Students for Life after the organization's own polling in 2012 found that 59% of 18-24 year olds didn't know Planned Parenthood provided abortions. In addition, Students for Life's internal research has found that 79% of Planned Parenthood facilities are within 5 miles of a college campus, proving college-aged women and men prime targets for the organization.

The visual display is made up of 915 pink crosses to represent the 915 preborn children that die each day inside of Planned Parenthood. In addition, the display has 5 billboards that cite Planned Parenthood’s own annual report numbers and testimony from former employees to call into question their “caring” image. 

"The majority of this generation is against abortion, which is why Planned Parenthood never advertises the fact that they are the nation's largest abortion vendor,” Students for Life of America’s President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement. “So our goal is simple: We want to educate this generation about Planned Parenthood's real motives and business model in order to turn them against the abortion Goliath and towards pro-life, pregnancy resource centers where they can go for honest, real help,”

The student organization’s polling is consistent with a Polling Company survey conducted for the National Right to Life Committee earlier this year, which found that a majority of Americans—not just 18-24 year olds—don’t know that Planned Parenthood does abortions. And shockingly, neither did 50 percent of prolifers. Clearly, much work needs to be done educating our youth—and the general public—on what Planned Parenthood really is. They’re not just a ‘mainstream healthcare provider,’ they “[promote] false information about the services they offer,” like mammograms, and perform more than 300,000 abortions annually. It’s about time an organization is taking up the challenge of telling young people the truth about Planned Parenthood.

To find out where the Planned Parenthood Project Tour will be this fall, click here



Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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