Pro-Life Students Nationwide Take Vow of Silence Tomorrow to Highlight Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 18, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Tens of thousands of pro-life students in high schools, middle schools and colleges and universities across the country will take a vow of silence tomorrow. They will refuse to speak to their friends and teachers because they are representing the voices of millions of unborn children killed in abortions.
The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, a project of Stand True that is now marking its seventh year is observed by students who want to stand in solidarity with unborn children who would otherwise have become their classmates.
With 52 million babies killed via abortions since 1973, an entire generation of students has been lost to abortion.
"By refusing to speak the students create a huge buzz and abortion will be the most talked about subject on campus," Bryan Kemper, Stand True’s president, told LifeNews.com. "This generation is fed up with the senseless violence of abortion as is determined to bring an end the abortion holocaust."
Kemper says the event has not only changed hearts and minds on abortion but has resulted in at least 80 confirmations of students who decided against keeping an appointment for an abortion.
Students will not only remain silent; they will also wear red armbands and/or red duct tape on their mouths, and distribute educational flyers to anyone who asks why they are silent.
Home-school students will also participate in the event by visiting local malls and other public areas to distribute pro-life literature.
Students are instructed to be respectful to teachers and other officials and to speak with them when required.
The Pro-Life Day has the support of Students for Life of America, says Kristan Hawkins, the director of the collegiate pro-life organization.
"Students for Life is proud to co-sponsor the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. It is critical that we, the pro-life generation, take a stand for Life in our society, and I can think of no better way than standing in silent solidarity with the millions of pre-born Americans who do not have a voice. We stand in silent solidarity with them so that through our silence, they may have a voice," she said.
Jeff White, founder of Survivors, a pro-life group for those born after the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down in 1973, also supports the event.
As a father, youth leader and national pro-life leader, I believe we must give young people the tools to stand up for their faith and convictions," he said. The pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is one of the most effective avenues for young people to take a stand for the most important cause of their generation; the fight for life.
Over the past few years, some schools have tried to stop students from participating and have tried to quash their First Amendment rights. Every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these students and file lawsuits to protect their rights.
Pro-life students shouldn’t be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs. ADF and its team of more than 1,800 allied attorneys is ready to defend any students participating in this event who have their free speech rights violated on campus, ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman told LifeNews.com.
These students have the constitutional right to express their viewpoint on abortion just as other students have the right to express their views," he continued.
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