The Northern Cross
Racial justice and women’s advocate Joyce McCauley-Benner will lecture about the need for resources and support for pregnant and parenting students, especially those who become pregnant through sexual assault. McCauley-Benner, a Feminists for Life of America speaker, will draw upon her personal experience in her presentation “Victory Over Violence” on Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium, Room 2122 at the College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave., Duluth.
Founded in 1972, FFL is a national non-sectarian, grassroots organization that continues the efforts of the early American feminists, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to systematically eliminate the root causes that drive women to abortion by facilitating practical solutions. FFL has emerged as the link between the pro-life and pro-choice organizations, working on legislative efforts such as child support enforcement and the Violence Against Women Act, and opposing child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.
Recently, FFL’s efforts on college campuses have inspired the introduction of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act. The bill, which was reintroduced in both House and Senate in 2007, would provide grants to eligible institutions of higher education to establish student services offices for students who are pregnant or parenting, students anticipating a birth or adoption, and students who place a child for adoption.
Feminists for Life has distributed pregnancy resource kits to colleges across the country and is leading a discussion on developing practical resources for pregnant and parenting students. Planned Parenthood’s INsider newsletter calls the program “the newest and most challenging concept” in college organizing and predicts that it “could have a profound impact” on colleges “as well as Planned Parenthood’s education and advocacy efforts.”
The lecture will be held at Science Auditorium, Room 2122 at 7:30 p.m. April 9. The lecture is sponsored by Calling All Catholics and Students for Life, with support from Guiding Star Duluth. For more information contact Kim Collins at (608) 371-7162 or Krita Pylkki at (651) 270-1006.
Northland Family Programs will hold its annual meeting for Northland Family Programs on April 28. A short business meeting will be held at 6 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. with a talk entitled “The Hookup Culture” by Betsy Kneepkens. Kneepkens is the director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth. The meeting will be held at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center, 407 E. Third St., Duluth, rear auditorium on second floor. Call NFP at (218) 786-2378 or (800) 842-0279 for information.