Pro-life students at several Christian colleges and universities have written an open letter urging compassion for unwed mothers or women who have had abortions.
"If a new life is brought into the world in the process," the open letter states, "the young mother and father need support so that an even greater sin – the taking of an innocent human life, made in God’s image – is not committed."
The letter comes at the same time that a Southern Baptist college in Tennessee was granted a federal waiver to ban unwed students who are pregnant or have had abortions.
Kristin Hawkins of Students for Life of America says ignoring students who've made bad choices is not the answer. That's because a majority of women who have abortions are self-professed Christians, she says.
"Abortion is a Christian problem," she tells OneNewsNow.
Hawkins says many Christian college administrators see the importance of reaching out to women in need. But those same campuses worry about expectant students walking their campuses – and the reaction of donors and supporters.
Hawkins says it's a balance. You don't want to encourage premarital sex, she says, but at the same time you don't want to make women feel abortion is the only solution.