WeCare4NIU is misleading to students


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A pregnant woman holding her belly while talking to a doctor. WeCare4NIU is a outreach organization working with the We Care Clinic Pregnancy Clinic in downtown DeKalb.

WeCare4NIU is an SGA-approved student organization and outreach group for the We Care Pregnancy Clinic in DeKalb, however, its name is misleading. 

There is no doubt that the organization does care for NIU students and wishes to help pregnant people by offering support, but what students will come to learn is that the group will not help them if they are seeking an abortion. 

When an unplanned pregnancy occurs, we have a right to be presented with information about all options, whether it be prenatal care, adoption or abortion.

When it comes to reproductive healthcare, abortion is a crucial aspect and it should be included in the educational process. 

“Like all medical matters, decisions regarding abortion should be made by patients in consultation with their health care providers and without undue interference by outside parties. Like all patients, women obtaining abortion are entitled to privacy, dignity, respect, and support,” the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. 

The student organization claims that abortion goes against their religious values. They will not provide detailed information, nor refer students to obtain an abortion. 

WeCare4NIU has several “Focus on the Family” pamphlets in the facility available for students, one of which is about the abortion pill. 

The abortion pill pamphlet only provides details about the risks involved when taking the pill. 

Additionally, the pamphlet includes “thoughts from a doctor,” in which Dr. W. David Hager shares his thoughts on why the abortion pill is not an important aspect of women’s healthcare. 

“Some groups go so far as to say that it (the abortion pill) is a real step forward for the health of women, even that it ‘saves lives.’ That is just not true. As an obstetrician, I can tell you that an incredibly special and completely unique person is growing inside of every pregnant woman,” Hagar notes in the pamphlet. 

If students believe themselves to be pregnant and wish to learn about all of their options, then they would be better off seeking out Planned Parenthood. 

“We can help answer your questions, provide support and make sure you get the help you need to stay healthy,” Planned Parenthood’s services page reads. 

However, if students are seeking support to help them finish their education while choosing to carry out their pregnancy, then WeCare4NIU could be a great option. 

It should be pointed out that the group does not discriminate against any student, as the organization states that they wish to show their support regardless of sexuality, religion, gender orientation or ethnicity. 

No matter what, people deserve to be presented with all options and not feel judged when they come to a conclusion that is best for their situation.