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Pitt students still demand resources to cope with Roe reversal

‘This decision will negatively impact the 19,000 students who call our campus home,’ letter states

The University of Pittsburgh’s Student Government Board released a letter which demanded that the university provide resources to cope with the “consequences” of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The letter continues advocacy from the student government for counseling and other resources that began over the summer when the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and returned the issue of abortion to the states.

It explains that the ruling will harm “anyone with a uterus’s access to reproductive care.”

“This decision will negatively impact the 19,000 students who call our campus home and has already caused far-reaching panic and fear as to the implications this decision may have on anyone with a uterus’s access to reproductive care,” the letter stated. “We know this decision doesn’t reflect recent polls that show most Americans favor the right to choose, which expands to most students who reside on our campus.”

The student government President Danielle Floyd released the letter along with other leaders and University Senate President Robin Kear. It demands the university provide free Plan B drugs, which can act as a contraceptive or an abortifacient.

The school leaders also want university officials to release “a public statement acknowledging the far-reaching consequences of overturning Roe.” The letter also requests “additional peer-support platforms and group therapy sessions to help students process the recent ruling.”

The Fix reached out to Floyd twice in the past several weeks to ask if administration has responded to the letter and for more specifics, but no response was received.

Abortion is currently legal in Pennsylvania up to 24 weeks into the pregnancy, but there are some exceptions, according to Planned Parenthood.

The November election could determine if the state’s abortion law will become more restrictive or not. The 2022 governor’s race is between pro-abortion Attorney General Josh Shapiro and pro-life state Senator Doug Mastriano.

A spokesperson with Students for Life Action criticized the student government approach to the issue.

“Students on college campuses deserve better than abortion – they deserve to know their Title IX rights, the dangers of Chemical Abortion pills and abortifacients, free life-affirming resources, and that there are far better options than abortion,” Dana Stancavage told The College Fix via email. “Universities should take action to protect free speech so groups such as Students for Life of America can talk with their peers on campus about these important issues.”

“The demands in this letter do little to support students but more so the lies that the abortion industry sells them,” Stancavage said.

MORE: Abortion activists disrupt pro-life conference at University of Pittsburgh

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College Fix contributor Rachel Lalgie is a student at the University of Florida, studying accounting and economics. She is a member of UF's Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.