Students for Life Launches Effort to Highlight Abortion Health Risks


Students for Life, a national pro-life organization with over 714 chapters on college campuses, has launched several campaigns in an effort to communicate their pro-life message amidst a nation-wide fight to defund Planned Parenthood. This includes a documentary on abortion which will be shown at over 100 college and medical school campuses, as well as a sock drive in which 323,999 baby socks — the number of abortions Planned Parenthood performed in 2015 — will be delivered to Congress.

The film, titled “Hush,” investigates whether abortion providers are telling the truth about the psychological and physical dangers of abortion. Pro-choice director Punam Kumar Gill decided to make the film to investigate the controversies surrounding the long-term effects of abortion on women, as well as the issues related to her own late-term miscarriage.

Hush’s producer, Joses Martin, explained in a statement that the film is not meant to be political: “It’s a women’s health film that is packed with important information about breast cancer, premature birth, miscarriage, pregnancy and abortion, that every audience member will learn something from,” Martin said. “But it does come out with some very controversial findings that refute supposedly conclusive statements made by international health organizations.”

In regards to the film being screened on college campuses, Students for Life President Kristin Hawkins explains“It’s being screened at colleges and universities because it’s these women who are the largest demographic who may be suffering from complications from abortions and it’s at these educational institutions that thoughtful and fair consideration in the pursuit of truth is still king.” Schools at which screenings are planned include Brown, Georgetown, Dartmouth, and Yale.

The related baby sock campaign directly challenges Planned Parenthood and aims to convince Congress to defund the organization, a measure which now seems more likely than ever to pass with a Republican-controlled House, Senate, and White House. Supporters can go to to send a sock to be delivered to Congress and are encouraged to pin a baby sock on their bag to draw attention to the issue.

Diana Valentine

Diana Valentine works for the American Principles Project.

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