by Steven Ertelt
April 23, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life students at high schools and colleges across the nation will protest abortion tomorrow using their T-shirts to send a message. This is the fifth annual National Pro-life T-shirt Day and it comes on the heels of the Supreme Court handing pro-life advocates a victory on partial-birth abortion.
"Now more than ever, the young people of this country need to hear a strong pro-life message," says Erik Whittington, who helps organize the event.
Whittington was certain "that participants will reach people around the nation with a simple, direct message in support of innocent human life," he told LifeNews.com.
Whittington says the event has received support and participants from schools, youth groups and even Christian music groups, including the widely popular artist Sonicflood.
The group will join other Christian entertainers such as Sonicflood, Willet, RedCloud, Among the Thirsty, IIla, and MotionPlus at a concert in Nashville today in association with the Gospel Music Association’s annual awards ceremony.
Joe Johnson, a pro-life senior at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire is one of the students planning to take part in the event.
“Students are always making statements with T-shirts, hats and other clothes,” he said in a statement sent to LifeNews.com. “But National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day gives you a chance to join thousands and let the world know that a lot of people disagree with abortion and want the killing to stop.”
Adults will also be wearing T-shirts and Tom Theyes of Muskego, Wisconsin will wear his shirt to his workplace.
“I’m doing this because with 3,500 abortions a day, I felt compelled to do something. This is just one way to raise awareness," he said.
Whittington said that the recent violence and dozens of deaths and injuries at Virginia Tech points to the "dark times" the country faces.
With the murders and "the fact that thousands of children are lost every single day to abortion in this country, the culture of death is certainly permeating our society," he said.
"However, we do have reason to hope and that reason is our youth," he concluded. "Today’s young people are increasingly more pro-life and they will be the ones who bring the attacks against human life to an end."