Survey on the Availability of Campus Resources for Pregnant Students

Patricia Heaton, two-time Emmy-winning actor and New York Times best-selling author, weighed in on a study released by Feminists for Life Wednesday, April 23. In order to determine what students perceived about the availability of resources and support for pregnant and parenting students on their college and university campuses, Feminists for Life launched the first-ever nationwide Pregnancy Resources Survey SM in the fall of 2007. The students’ revealing answers are unveiled in Feminists for Life’s groundbreaking study, Perception is Reality. According to FFL’s report, responses to the survey reveal that either most surveyed campuses lack resources or that students—including student activists most interested in the provision of resources—are ignorant of the resources available. For pregnant and parenting students on those campuses, the perception that they have no resources or support is their reality. Heaton said, “Through my experience addressing schools in the Los Angeles area, including UCLA, Pepperdine, and Loyola Marymount, I have been impressed by the desire of student activists to work toward solving problems and addressing difficulties for pregnant and parenting students on their campuses.” “At Pepperdine, in particular, I got to witness firsthand a rapid response to Feminists for Life’s call to action on behalf of pregnant and parenting students. Resources and support became a real priority. Administrators and department heads immediately went to work transforming school policies.” Heaton delivered her speech “Women Deserve Better than Abortion” at Pepperdine in March 2006, and returned for FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Forum SM at Pepperdine in April 2007. The Forum inspired the creation of a task force on pregnancy and parenting to address a broad range of needs among...