Indiana University Students for Life continues pro-life activism on IU campus

By Scott Tibbs

Indiana University Students for Life continues to lay the groundwork for increased awareness of the pro-life movement and its views by recruiting new members, electing officers, and generally attempting to take a moral stand against abortion.

IUSFL Officers 1997/98

  • President: Jennifer Paynter --- jpaynter@indiana.edu
  • Vice President: Emily Allen --- emiallen@indiana.edu
  • Treasurer: Scott Tibbs --- stibbs@indiana.edu
  • Secretary: Greg Chesmore --- gchesmor@indiana.edu

IUSFL History

IU Students for Life has been an active pro-life group on campus for at least fifteen years, hitting highs and lows in visibility and activity. The year IUSFL was most active was 1993/94, when Collegians Activated to Liberate Life were in Bloomington to join IUSFL in the fight to save children from abortion. IU Students for Life is the only pro-life group on campus, and is nonpartisan in nature. IUSFL believes all human life is sacred and seeks to educate the IU community on pro-life issues. September 24 marked the debut of IU Pro-life News, IUSFL's new newsletter, featuring upcoming pro-life events and a column by IUSFL Vice Chair Emily Allen on why she is pro-life.

Upcoming Events

IU Students for Life will have mass meetings on a biweekly basis in Woodburn 104 through the end of the fall 1997 semester. The dates for the meetings are October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, and December 3. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. IU Students for Life also demonstrates outside Planned Parenthood on Thursday mornings beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Why be active in pro-life issues?

Following is an inspirational story with pro-life implications.
"One afternoon, a man was walking down the beach. As he was walking, he noticed thousands and thousands of starfish all along the beach. They had all been washed up on shore and had been left stranded there to die. He then noticed one small boy. The boy was walking along the beach towards the man, but as he walked he was picking up starfish, one by one and throwing them back in the ocean. Seeing that the task the boy was trying to accomplish was impossible, the man stopped him and asked, "Why are you doing this? You'll never be able to save every one, what you're doing doesn't matter." The boy then picked up one starfish at his feet. "It matters to him," he said as he threw him back into the ocean."

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