Students for the Right to Life discuss alternatives
Courtesy of Sarah Gibbens / The Paisano
The students who are part of the Students for the Right to Life (SRL) at UTSA disengage themselves from different backgrounds, religious beliefs and political opinions, coming together in support of human life and women’s health.
The organization is run by UTSA students and has been in existence for a little over three years. Synthia K. Perez, President of Students for the Right to Life at UTSA, states that the mission of the organization “is to inform students about the dignity of human life, from fertilization to natural death. We believe in protecting all humans at all stages of life.”
The organization’s overall goal is to inform and to make people aware of human rights and abortion. “We are not trying to make people change their beliefs, but to challenge their beliefs and why they believe it,” Perez says
They promote their mission through tabling, conducting meetings and holding events. Their group website states that they “work to promote a greater understanding of the pro-life philosophy by engaging in community service events, presentations, debates, and outreach.” Many of their events are informative and touch on many topics that relate to the negative effects of abortion and contraceptives. They choose to instead promote a natural method for family planning. Recently, on Mar. 5, SRL held a discussion panel, Green Sex and Ham, that hosted “a panel of professionals who work to promote a better understanding of contraceptives and their effects on our personal relationships as well as our society as a whole,” according to their event page.
“The panel informed students about a natural method of family planning and teaching women more about their bodies and to inform them about the negative effects of birth control,” states Perez.
According to Perez, the hormones from oral contraceptives can cause a “hardening of a woman’s uterus and it ages it about twenty years over time and constant use,” Perez mentioned.
“A women can possibly conceive and not even know it because the new form life [egg] can not be implanted into the uterus because of the hardening. The result is that the new life will exit their body because there is no possibility for implantation due to the hormones released from the oral contraception.” Perez states that the process is called abortifacient.
Alternatives to birth control include, “Natural Family Planning,” which teaches that by monitoring a woman’s ovulations cycles, she can avoid preganancy based on the time of the month that she engages in intercourse.
SRL also claims that the Planned Parenthood program is misleading the general public by not fully disclosing factual evidence that may diminish the Planned Parenthood reputation. A flyer that Students for the Right to Life frequently pass out during their tabling sessions, states that they “provide poor quality and faulty birth control that ensures their abortion profits.” It also states that “according to Consumer Reports, Planned Parenthood condoms have the lowest possible ranking,” thus causing more unwanted pregnancies.
Members of SRL believe that the person who receives poor quality contraception from Planned Parenthood will return to the same facility that offers abortion advice.
SRL has a desire to bring awareness and to provide factual information. Although there may be many that oppose the pro-life stance, Perez states that, “the majority of the people have questions about life and what abortion is. There are some opposition opinions but they are few when [we are out on campus] promoting our mission.”
“The main goal is to give and promote dialogue and to have students take a stance on the issue and to reason with themselves as to why they chose their stance,” says Perez.
The organization does work with other pro-life groups in the San Antonio area, but they are not funded by or are affiliated with them. The UTSA group is in place solely to spread information about women’s health and human life in general.
The organization does not discriminate against anyone; even those that may have been faced with the controversial decision to proceed with an abortion. Silent no More is an organization that works closely with SRL to inform women that have had an abortion and may regret it, or are struggling with their decision. The support group gives these women resources and an outlet for support.
For more information on Students for the Right to Life at UTSA visit their Facebook page at or their twitter page.