Pro-Life Baby Shower hosted by Southeastern Students for Life
Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Smiley leaps over Lamar defenders during the Lion's homecoming game. Smiley recieved four passes for 53 yards against the Cardinals. Christopher Martin
The Southeastern Student for Life, also referred to as Lions for Life, sponsored a Pro-Life Baby Shower on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union. At the baby shower, students were able to learn more details about the controversy of abortion and ways that Women's Life Ministries can aid during a pregnancy and after the child is born.
Women's Life Ministries, Inc. is a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center that provides free pregnancy testing, spiritual and crisis counseling and other support to local women. There are two pregnancy centers, which can be found in Hammond and Amite.
The baby shower began with a short talk given by Teresa Ragusa, the C. E. O. of Women's Life Ministries. Ragusa discussed the Pro-Life movement and what can be done in our area to support women in difficult situations.
"I think that the millennial generation is a cool generation," said Teresa Ragusa, the C. E. O. of Women's Life Ministries. "That's who is here, and that's the generation that is going to carry the gauntlet from us older people. They are for life, and they are going to go far and make great strides on this campus."
Hailey DeLaune, a sophomore majoring in Psychology and the president of Students for Life, said that the baby shower was one step in teaching students about the Pro-Life movement and ways to help.
"We asked Women's Life Ministries to come and do this because we really wanted to do some kind of service project and actually do something for the pro-life movement," said DeLaune. "The pro-life movement is more than just saying that we're against abortion. We're against things that take away human dignity. We actually want to provide for those women, not just say that we're against abortion, but actually do things.
For the baby shower, many students brought items such as baby clothes, diapers and bottles, which were given to Women's Life Ministries to give to young women who decide to keep their babies.
"It was really cool being able to get people to bring things and to see people be so giving of themselves," said DeLaune. "It was just really great to see the turnout and to see people here and having a good time."
The group played several baby shower games. For one game, each person cut a length of string that they thought was the measure of an eight-month pregnant woman who attended. In another game, the attendees had a contest to see who could drink the most tropical punch out of a baby bottle in one minute.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Pro-Life movement can attend the last Students for Life meeting on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union or learn more through Women's Life Ministries at www.womenslifeministries.org.
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