A national pro-life organization is holding a two-week bus tour on college campuses to "expose" the reproductive health services provider Planned Parenthood, educating students on the pro-choice group's "real agenda and plans for them."
The bus tour by Students for Life of America (SFLA) is scheduled to reach Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on Wednesday, two days after it was launched as part of "The Planned Parenthood Project," an efforts to educate college students on "the real and horrific agenda" of the country's largest abortion seller.
"The sad truth is that 44 percent of abortions are performed on women ages 16-24, so Planned Parenthood targets students with almost 80 percent of their facilities located within 5 miles of a college or university campus," SFLA President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement.
The Virginia-based group will take the project to seven universities, displaying 915 "Planned Parenthood pink" crosses representing the 915 preborn children who die each day from the hands of one of its abortionists.
The tour will also cover the American University in Washington, D.C., the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the University of Alabama in Birmingham and the Tulane University in New Orleans. On Monday, the group visited the University of Cincinnati, and on Tuesday, the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
"We need to reach these students," Hawkins explained, "and inform them of Planned Parenthood's dirty practices before Planned Parenthood can lure them in."
At each campus, pro-life students will distribute and discuss information about Planned Parenthood and its plans for students.
"With the late-term abortionist/infant serial killer Kermit Gosnell trial happening right now in Philadelphia, 'The Planned Parenthood Project' is especially relevant," Hawkins wrote in an article on LifeNews.com.
Gosnell, 72, who ran two abortion practices in Philadelphia, is accused of killing seven babies who were born alive and one patient who died from an overdose of Demerol that was administered by the clinic's unlicensed staff. His trial resumed last week, and he faces seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder, following deaths at the Women's Medical Society abortion clinic he owned and operated for 40 years in the west Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.
"The gruesome crimes of Gosnell are not an isolated incident, Planned Parenthood, which holds itself up as a clean, safe, women-friendly environment, engages in the same disgusting practices," Hawkins added.
Research by SFLA has found that 59 percent of 18-24 year olds do not know that Planned Parenthood commits abortions, but that "their negativity towards the abortion Goliath increases when they find out the truth."
"We need to expose the fact that Planned Parenthood is the number one abortion business in the United States, performing almost 335,000 abortions annually," Hawkins said.
While receiving $542 million in taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood made over $150 million in revenue from the 333,965 abortions they performed in just the 2011-2012 fiscal year alone. "They are an abortion business, plain and simple," Hawkins added.
Planned Parenthood says the federal money it receives is not used to fund abortion services, but pro-life activists maintain that the funding frees up other resources which are, in turn, used to provide abortions.