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The top 12 public colleges for pregnant students and parents may surprise you

It may surprise you to learn that the most child-friendly public campus in America is in the city with the third-fewest households with children – Seattle.

Students for Life of America released its updated list of “Top Colleges and Universities for Pregnant and Parenting Students – Public School Edition,” and several are in extremely liberal cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Madison and Amherst among them.

SFLA President Kristan Hawkins credited these schools with going “out of their way to offer programs, housing, scholarships, and childcare to these students”:

Instead of sending pregnant students to the nearest Planned Parenthood, these schools have put a premium on offering pregnant and parenting students the resources they need so they don’t have to choose between the life of their child and their education.

Here are the top six schools and some of what they provide:

University of Washington: Student Parent Resource Center, multiple childcare centers near campus, Child Care Advisory Committee, two parenting support groups

Los Angeles Valley College: Family Resource Center, “student-parent scholarships,” child-friendly study lounge

Winona State University: Student Parent Support Center, “emergency support and counseling,” single-parent scholarships, childcare on and off campus

UC-San Diego: Four different housing options to parenting students, “priority enrollment for undergraduates with children,” two campus childcare programs

University of Utah: Center for Child Care and Family Resources, childcare subsidy grants and School-Life Scholarship, 15 family-friendly spaces

Oregon State University: Student/Parent Advisory Board, Orchard Court Family Housing, “Bring Your Kid to Campus Day”

The final six, in order, are UW-Madison, University of New Mexico, Texas A&M, City College of San Francisco, Norwalk Community College (Conn.), UMass-Amherst.

SFLA cited a 2014 study by the Guttmacher Institute, which started as Planned Parenthood’s research arm, that found 42 percent of abortions are performed on women ages 18-24:

The top two reasons these mothers give for having an abortion is not being able to continue their job or education and financial issues. But another study done in 2014 shows that 4.8 million undergraduate students are parents of dependent children, making up more than 26% of college students.

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