Student poses as pregnant for an investigation into school's health services
Contact: Lila Rose, 408-497-3982, firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- A UCLA student printed excerpts today from a conversation with a pregnancy counselor encouraging her to get an abortion. Freshman Lila Rose, posing as 7 weeks pregnant, reported that a nurse practitioner and counselor at Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center advised Rose to use Medi-Cal to fund her abortion. According to a student newspaper at UCLA, The Advocate, Ann Brooks, nurse practitioner and counselor at the UCLA Health Center said, "I have a place I can send you where they will get you signed up for Medi-Cal coverage and they just don't ask."
Brooks advised Rose to get an abortion as she cited the lack of support for pregnancy on campus and the discomforts of pregnancy.
"Most of the students I talk to terminate their pregnancies," said Brooks.
"You have a collection of cells." Brooks told Rose. She continued,
"(Look) forward to the physical difficulties of pregnancy. The embarrassment of your classmates, both this quarter and next quarter living in the dorm, being pregnant in the dorm, that would be a little different."
"UCLA doesn't support people who are pregnant and make things easier for them necessarily," the nurse practitioner said, The Advocate reported. While UCLA has two medical providers of abortion on campus ready to assist, Health Services has no support for a woman who wants to continue her pregnancy, The Advocate reported.
"I agree with abortion," says UCLA Health Center nurse practioner Brooks, ".And I believe that a woman should have a choice."
"What about other options? That's the definition of choice," said Rose, who reported the story.
Rose had posed as pregnant three months ago but is releasing her story today, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in the inaugural issue of The Advocate. www.LAadvocate.com