Pro-Life T-Shirt Day Announced for 2006, Teens Say "Help Cure Abortion"
by Steven Ertelt
March 13, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Tens of thousands of pro-life teens and college students have heeded the calls in past years to wear a pro-life t-shirt to educate their peers about how abortion hurts women and kills unborn children. Pro-life youth leaders are hoping for a similar outpouring of response in April with this year’s campaign.
Students of all ages are invited to wear a pro-life t-shirt or to purchase and wear the official shirt.
This year’s campaign takes a page out of the playbook of those who back embryonic stem cell research, which destroys days-old unborn children. The military green shirts for the 2006 campaign feature the slogan, "Help Cure Abortion."
The back of the t-shirt explains that 1.2 million babies die annually from abortions and they’re available for just $5 — a price that fits into any student’s budget.
"The pro-life message will not be silenced in our schools," says Erik Whittington, a pro-life advocate who has organized past campaigns.
"Wearing a t-shirt with a pro-life message is about more than just making a statement. It presents the truth about the horrors of abortion, while at the same time offers hope for the future. Pro-life t-shirts can and do save lives," he explained.
Unfortunately, some teens have run into problems wearing their pro-life shirts.
Last year, in Des Moines, Iowa, two Roosevelt High School students say their First Amendment rights were violated when school officials told them to remove the shirts. Sisters Brittany and Tamera Chandler said they were threatened with suspension.
Tamera Chandler agreed to wear a sweatshirt over her shirt, but felt her rights had been violated.
"I was upset because they violated my rights, but I didn’t want any trouble because graduation’s right around the corner," she told the Des Moines newspaper.
This year, as in years past, pro-life teens have no legal reason to worry about repercussions from wearing a pro-life t-shirt as Whittington has enlisted a nationally renown pro-life law firm to help any student who runs into problems.
"As you might expect, there are some public school administrators who don’t quite know what to do when dozens-even hundreds-of their students show up for class wearing pro-life messages," said Whittington. "Some have even threatened students with detention, suspension and expulsion. However, the Constitution is on the side of free speech."
He indicated the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center will again be available to assist any students who encounter problems with teachers or school officials.
"It’s always an encouraging sight to see a group of kids in pro-life T-shirts walking together through the halls of a public high school," Whittington concluded. "That puts it all together; the right to life for every human being in this country is just as fundamental as the right to free speech."
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