Students for Life raise awareness through protest

By Kal Matar

On Saturday morning, Students for Life members and locals of the Akron community gathered together in front of the Akron Women’s Medical Group clinic at 839 E. Market St. to participate in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Akron Women’s Medical Group is a clinic that provides counseling, birth control, pap smears, abortions and emergency contraception.SFL

This was the first annual event co-sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League.

The Akron SFL shared their message with local drivers that passed by and held up signs conveying pro-life and religious messages.

Drivers passing expressed their reactions by honking their horns and flashing lights to acknowledge the protesters.

University of Akron SFL Vice President Daniel Redle wanted to get his message across with peaceful signs and chants so the locals were aware.

“Young people do care about this topic and my purpose is to show people that there are other options than abortion,” said Redle.

According to Planned Parenthood’s website, options other than abortion include adoption and parenting. The center provides assistance for unplanned pregnancies by giving women information about the three options available to them.

Daniel Haas, an SFL alumnus from The University of Akron, is an avid protester at the clinic.

“I am here almost every Saturday, sometimes alone. It gets kind of lonely, but I do what I can to save the innocent and increase the awareness on the issue,” said Haas.

The next SFL project is geared toward Planned Parenthood. The college chapter of SFL will be touring 41 universities in 20 states to target younger adults. Redle has plans to discuss this new project with the members of SFL and set forth a potential plan.