by Steven Ertelt
October 15, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Thousands of pro-life students will silently protest abortion next week by donning tape or bandanas over their mouths in an effort to "speak up" for unborn children who can’t speak up for themselves. The fourth annual Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is a day for pro-life students to impact their peers on abortion.
Stand True Ministries has sponsored the annual event, which will take place this year on Tuesday, October 23.
Thousands of students and junior high and high schools and college campuses in the U.S. and Canada will take a vow of silence to express their contempt for abortion.
They will also hand out literature discussing how abortion has claimed one-third of their generation and continues to take the lives of over 4,000 babies per day in the United States alone.
"Thousands of American babies are permanently silenced every day by the violent act of abortion," Bryan Kemper, president of the group, told LifeNews.com.
"This day is in honor of those children, and we will stay silent as an act of solidarity with these innocent victims," he said.
Students will not only remain silent but will also wear red armbands and/or red duct tape on their mouths and give the fliers to anyone who asks why they aren’t speaking during the day.
Thousands of home-schooled students are also expected to participate in the event by visiting local malls and other public areas to distribute flyers.
Kemper asks the students to be respectful to teachers and other officials and to speak with them when required, but says any school officials who deny the students their free speech rights will be confronted by a pro-life law firm who will stand up for them.
Some schools have tried to stop students from participating and quash their First Amendment rights, but, every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these students and file lawsuits or send school administrators letters on their behalf.
"We are expecting over 100,000 students to participate this year, and they are excited to have a united opportunity to stand up for babies with fellow students from around the country in a peaceful and effective manner," Kemper told LifeNews.com.
He said the event has changed hearts and minds but has had a more immediate effect in helping young women find better alternatives to abortion.
"Last year we heard back from 16 girls who canceled their abortion appointments because of this event," Kemper said.
For him, that makes any sacrifice worthwhile.
Related web sites:
Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity – https://www.silentday.org