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Pregnancy Support

While attending Villanova University, a student may be faced with an unplanned pregnancy, desire assistance for a student who is, or just needs someone to talk with about issues and options. Villanova University is committed to life and to making the choice of life viable for our students. For these reasons, the University makes every effort to provide any student who should become pregnant with a supportive environment that assures caring, non-judgmental, professional assistance and support.

A student who becomes pregnant while attending Villanova University may elect to stay at Villanova during pregnancy if she wishes. The University community will offer her our full support. Villanova will do its best to accommodate a student's needs and concerns regarding classes, housing, and personal counseling during and after the pregnancy.

Villanova University is also a participant in The Nurturing Network, TNN, an international charitable organization that responds to the immediate and comprehensive needs of a woman facing the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy. The Network can be especially helpful should a Villanova student desire to live in another geographic area during her pregnancy or to transfer to another college or university of comparable excellence during pregnancy.

In order to support the choice of life and to provide information and assistance to pregnant students, Villanova has designated an advocate to help students who are (or think they may be) pregnant: Kathy Byrnes, Associate Vice President for Student Life (contact information is below). In addition, the Student Health CenterHealth Promotion, the University Counseling Center,  academic Deans' offices, and Campus Ministry also available to offer assistance to students in need.

Off Campus Resources and Links
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Pregnancy Assistance

1-800-CARE-002 (24 hour help line)
A Pro-Life Federation-
Full List of Pregnancy Help Centers
National Nurturing Network
...Compassion in Action

Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center
Upper Darby, PA
Crisis Pregnancy Center
 - Free Pregnancy Tests
 - Free Confidential Counseling
Wayne, PA 19087
24 hour phone line:  484-571-5540
A Baby's Breath
Free Pregnancy Test

Bala Cynwyd, PA
West Chester, PA
Hotline - 1-800-550-4900

Rachel's Vineyard

Healing the pain of abortion - one weekend at a time.

Villanovans for Life
Student-run pro-life group on campus.
Facebook Page


For more information, please contact:

Kathy Byrnes
Associate Vice President for Student Life
202 Dougherty Hall
(610) 519-4550

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.  
Read more about it online at
610-399-0890 or 215-906-6337

All requests are strictly confidential.