Brooke Paz, a third-year public relations major, spent many afternoons alone when she first started the Cal State Fullerton Students for Life chapter during her first semester on campus. She was often the only attendee at meetings and only occasionally accompanied by another club member.
“I’d text my treasurer ‘Are you coming today?’ and sometimes he would say ‘Oh I can’t come today.’ Half the time even he didn’t show up,” Paz said.
After attending a church seminar the summer before she attended CSUF, she chose to go to a breakout session which discussed abortion in terms of biology and political views. When she found the SFL table, she was encouraged to start a club at CSUF.
Despite the difficulty of finding members for the club, Paz continued on with it even when she couldn’t find students interested, thanks to the support of her family.
Paz said she considers herself to be a conservative and “pro-life” activist. In addition to starting the CSUF chapter of SFL, Paz has spoken outside of Planned Parenthood locations as a part of a “Sock it to Planned Parenthood” rally in Whittier. She believes in federally defunding Planned Parenthood.
She is considered a minority in her generation. According to the Pew Research Center, support for abortion is strongest among the 18 to 29 age group, with 65 percent believing abortion should be legal in most cases.
Attitude toward abortion has changed, and the gap between anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights has narrowed, according to a Gallup poll.
The CSUF chapter of SFL has been active on campus since spring 2015. Since the club’s founding, it has thrown a baby shower for a pregnant student and grown its membership from two members to over 25.
Recently, the group successfully petitioned Associated Students, Inc. to include diaper-changing stations in the Titan Student Union. They gathered more than 300 signatures …