(CNSNews.com) – The distribution of condoms, help with birth control, and “rides to Planned Parenthood for any reason” are part of a campaign by an “unofficial” student group at Catholic University of America, according to the co-founder of the group, Callie Otto.
Otto, an undergraduate and president of Catholic University Students for Choice – what she described as an “unrecognized, unfunded, and unofficial” campus group – told attendees at a Feminist Majority Foundation event on Thursday in Washington, D.C. about the group’s mission and the help it receives from high-profile pro-abortion activists.
“Our mission and creed for Catholic University Students for Choice was to provide students with someone to come to for free condoms, help finding low-cost birth control, information about all of a women’s options for an unplanned pregnancy and rides to Planned Parenthood for any reason,” Otto said.
Otto said help from Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations has been “vital” to her group’s work.
“The support that we have gotten from NARAL Pro-Choice America, Feminist Majority Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been vital in our group’s existence,” Otto said. “They’ve provided condoms, they’ve been sending support for distributing those condoms and have given us opportunities to be active in events, such as phone banks, leadership conferences and rallies.”
“They have really encouraged us to take charge and we hope to inspire at our university and across the country at other Catholic universities to do the same thing,” Otto said.
Otto also implied that the work the student group is doing is in keeping with “God’s Will.”
“We have learned from Catholic teachings the importance of caring for others and carrying out God’s Will,” Otto said. “And in that mindset, we will continue our mission to promote sexual health and responsibility in our university community in the hopes that our university will end their war on women.”
Otto was on a panel at the event dubbed “Bishops, Politicians, and the War on Women’s Health.”
Also on the panel was Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who gained notoriety in recent weeks for telling members of Congress that law school students were suffering because their birth control costs were not covered in their health insurance plans.
Fluke is past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, also an unofficial student group at Georgetown University, which is run by the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order of men.
In introducing Otto at the event, Eleanor Smeal, founder and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, praised Otto for her on-campus activism.
“It’s taken real courage to do this at Catholic University of America,” Smeal said. “It is not Georgetown.”