Comments from 2010-2011 Feminists for Life Events
Thanks to You
"After today's talk, I'm finally able to articulate my stance on abortion. I agreed with a lot of what she said, and it hit me on an emotional level." —Anonymous student, does not identify as pro-life, University of Minnesota. FFL speaker: President Serrin M. Foster, November 10, 2010.
I really enjoyed this presentation and appreciated that finally someone was embracing this issue from a viewpoint that not only supports both women and children, but will target the root cause, rather than simply the political and legal manifestations of this societal flaw." —Jacqueline Caston, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. FFL speaker: Serrin M. Foster, November 10, 2010.
Other anonymous comments from Serrin's lecture at the University of Minnesota:
- "I was interested to see how one could be both a feminist and pro-life; as in my mind, I tied feminist to pro-choice. This forum has opened my eyes and has informed me on both feminist in general but also my attitude on the approach of abortion. I am pro-life and most certainly a feminist. Loved the presentation!"
- "Incredible, engaging, knowledgable and motivational speaker!!"
- "Soooooooo good!!"
"The information on the original feminist history was riveting, as I had not heard those facts before. I think the most important part of the lecture was the fact that we got the word out there are feminists who are pro-life." —Trisha Becker, Minnesota State University Moorhead. FFL speaker: Serrin M. Foster, November 11, 2010.
"Students who were unsure or apathetic about the topic of abortion and resources for women on campus left the lecture with a more solid stance against abortion. Serrin's ability to 'work the room' allowed her to connect with almost every single person there. At first, it seemed like the audience was a little nervous about the topic and unsure how to handle the fact that both pro-choice and pro-life students were there. When Serrin spoke, people listened and their eyes were opened to the lack of resource on our campus for pregnant and parenting students. They realized that abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women—no matter where they stand on the issue. Serrin's clear cut case enables all of us to agree on that. Now, a lot of students are contacting our group asking how they can help us promote resources and support on Bradley's campus. Serrin's lecture and the motivation she instilled in the audience will have a lasting effect on our campus as we move forward." —Hannah K. Antonacci, Bradley University. FFL speaker: Serrin M. Foster, February 17, 2011.
"I just wanted to thank you for all you did to help us get Sally Winn here for our gala. She was awesome! By the end of her talk I wanted to stand up on my chair and start singing, 'I am woman hear me roar!' From what we have heard, everyone was very impressed by her message." —Lorrie Saldivar, Pro-Life Activities, Diocese of Austin, Texas, March 26, 2011. FFL speaker: Sally A. Winn, March 26, 2011.
"The FFL message of support for women who are pregnant and who have children is one that appeals to our university. Students don't respond well to the message that abortion is bad because it kills a child. They do, however, see the drastic lack of support for pregnant women that society has today. We had more positive comments from this focus than from any other speaker we have brought to campus. FFL's message of supporting women has become the rallying point around which our group plans its activities. Next, In addition to strengthening existing work being done on campus for pregnant and parenting students like FFL's brochure and website, we will be working with NU Law Students for Reproductive Rights on making NU a more pregnant and parent friendly campus." —Rachel Regonini, Northeastern University. FFL speaker: College Outreach Program Coordinator Chaunie Brusie, March 24, 2011.
"Serrin did a great job and I think the lecture was a great push to get us involved with the student-parent association." —Carrie Faur, Northeastern University. FFL speaker: Serrin M. Foster, April 6, 2011.
"I thought Joyce did a great job. She actually generated a lot of discussion, which I think is especially good because it seems to stay with the students more than the presentation alone." —Michael Yoerger, University of Northern Iowa. FFL speaker: Joyce McCauley-Benner, April 19, 2011.
College Outreach Program Update
Students across the country
are mobilizing to empower women on campus with nonviolent choices -
with the help of FFL's College Outreach Program. From California to
Pennsylvania students are working with their university administrations,
women's groups, and health centers to solve the problems that drive
college women to abortion.
- At Serrin Foster's lecture
at the University of California-Berkeley, a student reacted to FFL's
powerful new ad supporting children conceived in rape. She shared
with the audience that her mother told her that if she had been conceived
after Roe v. Wade she would not have been born because she was conceived
in violence. The audience responded with enthusiastic applause when
the student defiantly declared, "I have a right to be here!"
- Pro-life students at
the University of Pittsburgh met with Foster after her lecture there
to discuss ways to work with pro-choice student groups. Both groups
are eager to work together to provide resources for pregnant and parenting
students on their campus.
- The Battalion,
Texas A&M University's student newspaper, featured a front-page article
highlighting Foster's lecture at the university. Student organizers
remarked that their group and the university's women's group are "talking
about similar, almost identical problems, and we are both trying to
provide women with the best solutions for their situation."
These dedicated students
at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Pittsburgh
and Texas A&M University - and at many other schools across the nation
- deserve accolades for their tireless work on behalf of women and children.
FFL members and donors deserve special thanks for giving FFL the resources
to help empower these students.