For You From The Word
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
(Galatians 6:2, ESV)
For You To Think About
When college senior Chaunie Brusie saw the blue positive lines on her pregnancy test, she panicked. She had just started her senior year at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, MI.
The university health center’s nurse practitioner had few resources to give the 21-year-old – no information about insurance for maternity coverage or even a referral to a doctor. “She basically knew nothing that could help me stay in school and continue the pregnancy,” says Chaunie.
Chaunie’s experience is not unique. Colleges routinely provide resources about contraception, STDs, and communicable diseases, but rarely provide information about pregnancy, on-campus day care, or housing for pregnant and parenting students.
Lack of on-campus resources are one of the reasons cited for high numbers of abortions among college-age women – 40% in latest estimates from The Guttmacher Institute.
The need for support for pregnant college students led Feminists for Life to launch its College Outreach Program in 1994. Since then, there has been a 30% decrease in the numbers of abortions among college-age women.
Chaunie has been a part of that movement.
Against all odds, Chaunie chose life. She graduated on time with a degree in nursing shortly before delivering her daughter Ada Marie in May of 2008. Today Chaunie is married, the mother of three, a registered nurse working in labor and delivery, and a speaker who advocates for increased pregnancy support on college campuses.
She was able to use her experience to help pregnant college students stay in school and carry their pregnancies to term.
For You To Pray
Raise up pregnancy resources and support on our college campuses. Move in the hearts of college students who discover they are pregnant. Show them where to seek out help.
In Jesus name, Amen.