Right to Life of Kern County sees a growing prolife trend among our youth and believes teens and young adults are among our most ardent defenders of the unborn. To that end, we are working with students and life-minded faculty advisors to establish Students for Life clubs on our local high school and college campuses. Partnering with Students for Life of America, RTLKC functions as a club hub, providing free educational resources, group activities and fundraising assistance.
Currently there are Student for Life clubs at Bakersfield Christian and Garces High Schools. Students and advisors from Frontier High School, Mira Monte High School and Foothill High School have expressed interest in starting clubs on their campuses and we expect to accomplish that by fall of 2014. Our long-term goal is to have a Students for Life group on every high school and college campus in Kern County.
Plans are currently underway for a life-affirming and heart-transforming billboard campaign in Bakersfield. Simple but profound slogans and designs developed by a committee of professional marketers and graphic designers will primarily target abortion vulnerable women and, secondarily, all those impacted by abortion. RTLKC expects to launch the campaign in early 2014.
RTLKC is currently developing the text of legislation to ensure that women choosing abortion have adequate and accurate information concerning the procedure – its risks, alternatives, and long-term consequences. Ultrasound requirements, now part of informed consent laws in 24 states, help ensure well-informed choice because they allow a woman to see her unborn child as he or she really is, by seeing his or her form and face on a screen and by hearing the heartbeat. Pregnancy centers across the country, including Bakersfield, report that 70 to 75 percent of abortion-vulnerable women opt to carry their pregnancies to term after seeing the image or hear the heartbeat of their unborn babies.
This legislation will promote women’s physical and psychological health and advance the state’s important and legitimate interest in protecting life. RTLKC will seek legislative support for the act in the summer of 2013.
Right to Life of Kern County established Student Leaders for Life scholarships to recognize the efforts of local graduating seniors who are active in promoting prolife causes. RTLKC awarded its first two Student Leaders for Life scholarships in May of 2013. Meet the students and read their winning essays here.