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    Students for Life is Helping a Young Mom Finish College After Launching ‘Pregnant on Campus Initiative’

    Students for Life is Helping a Young Mom Finish College After Launching ‘Pregnant on Campus Initiative’

    “I don’t like to imagine my life without my son or my education. In fact, it breaks my heart knowing at one point I had to choose between the two.”

    Students for Life of America (SLFA) has stepped in to help one young mother finish her education after she lost her financial aid due to her pregnancy with her son.

    Ruth Asmarzadeh felt pressure to have an abortion but chose life. In the process, she lost her financial aid to Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado and couldn’t reschedule her exams.

    Asmarzadeh asked SFLA for help, claiming the school violated her Title IX rights:

    “I don’t like to imagine my life without my son or my education,” she told Fox News. “In fact, it breaks my heart knowing at one point I had to choose between the two.”

    She said she felt “helpless” when she lost her financial aid and wasn’t able to reschedule her exams, so she reached out to the pro-life organization, which helped her get financial aid back — and threw her a baby shower. This week, SFLA surprised her with $6,000 to ensure she could finish her education.

    SLFA president Kristan Hawkins called Asmarzadeh, who is currently working three jobs, to let her know about the surprise after the group launched a national campaign, the “Pregnant on Campus Initiative,” to help pregnant and parenting students get the resources they need on campus.

    “One of the things we always say at Students for Life is no woman should have to choose between her education and her child,” Hawkins told Asmarzadeh. She also informed Asmarzadeh about the fundraising page reaching the amount she needed to get her degree and “the job of her dreams.”

    “Thank you. I’m honored and grateful for all of this,” Asmarzadeh said, as her son, Eli, could be heard talking in the background. “I’m sure he will be very thankful when he’s able to understand one day. Thank you.”

    SFLA told the school it violated Asmarzadeh’s Title IX rights since students “cannot be discriminated against or face the loss of scholarships, housing, athletic eligibility or an opportunity simply because of their pregnancy or parental status.”

    This is why SFLA has chosen to educate students with its “Pregnant and Parenting Bill of Rights.”

    The organization will provide the students with support along with “legal assistance from Alliance Defending Freedom.” Here are a few points:

    • Pregnant students cannot be barred from activities enjoyed by fellow students, including but not limited to club memberships, academic programs, and intramural activities.
    • Pregnant students should not be barred from utilizing campus housing and, upon birth of her child, should be permitted to make her own decision about off-campus housing.
    • Pregnant students cannot have their academic or athletic scholarships revoked due to pregnancy or be subject to penalty regarding any other type of financial aid.
    • Professors and other staff may not punish pregnant students as a result of a medically necessary absence. Concessions must be made to re-take tests and complete other assignments if necessary.

    SFLA will provide materials to its 1,220 groups and chapters across the country so they can inform students and administrations on the rights of pregnant students.

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    Nice story! Thanks. God bless her and those who helped her.

    The pro-lifers have always had their hearts in the right place. I’m glad to see them taking these very positive actions as a result of their ideals. This is a way of constructing a culture of honoring life.

    I do remain pro-choice. It’s a matter of recognizing the consequences of a grant of power to the State. The lives of our children are too precious to be put at the mercy of an Adam Schiff or AOC.

    Right now, in the United States, an abortion cannot happen, absent the consent of the mother. Give the States the power to wholly deny abortions, and they may pass laws banning it. And then, one fine day, some legislature will get the notion to compel abortions, and the courts will let them do it.

    Anybody who thinks it cannot happen here hasn’t been paying attention. China coerced abortions for decades, and now they have a population imbalance.

    Right now, in our House of Representatives, we have a bastardized “impeachment” “process” with “secret” interviews that lack the normal protections of due process, and produce selective leaks. The White House counsel is barred from the proceedings. The minority party is barred from issuing subpoenas, and asking pertinent questions. The minority party has less time to ask questions. The majority party coaches witnesses during live testimony, meets in secret with witnesses prior to testimony, and lies about meeting in secret with witnesses.

    Given the perversion of the current House of Representatives, I’d rather leave the decision in the hands of the pregnant woman. It’s the difference between retail and wholesale.

      Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | November 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      By your exact reasoning all murder should be legal, because if we let the government forbid murder then one day it will instead compel it.

        gbear in reply to Milhouse. | November 12, 2019 at 5:58 pm

        Valarie has proof of a culture/state/ political bent, that compelled abortion of females and limited families to one female child. I cannot remember a state that compelled murder, except the individual states after conviction of certain crimes. But yes, exact reasoning would lead to that conclusion.

        Yes it is a cold and stormy night so I am wasting time with this post.

        txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | November 12, 2019 at 7:02 pm

        Not only that, abortion was illegal for decades and I don’t recall any state, county or city making it mandatory.

      txvet2 in reply to Valerie. | November 12, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      “”It’s the difference between retail and wholesale.””

      No, it’s the difference between a live baby and a dead one. Funny how you abortion enthusiasts seem to forget that little detail.

      “”The lives of our children are too precious to be put at the mercy of an Adam Schiff or AOC.””

      Much better to put them in the hands of a Gosnell, you think?

    I cannot find a tip jar, but it seems like a worthy cause for support, until it asks for and gets govt grants.

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