Pro-Life Students Endure Taunts, Threats to Save 8 Babies During Silent Day

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Students Endure Taunts, Threats to Save 8 Babies During Silent Day

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 19
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Tens of thousands of pro-life students endured taunts and threats from fellow students today to don red tape and keep their mouths shut in remembrance for the unborn children who have been killed in abortions. But dealing with the harassment paid off for the eight students who helped prevent abortions.

The students joined their peers for the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, organized by the pro-life group Stand True.

Throughout the day, students emailed and submitted on Twitter and Facebook their stories of what they encountered.

"There was this girl at school, and she got pregnant three months ago, and she absolutely hates it," one student told organizer Bryan Kemper. "She was going to have an abortion, and she followed me around all day telling me how she was going to. And finally I asked why and had this discussion with her."

"She didn’t understand what her consequences would be if she had it, and I explained it, and it took around an hour before she broke down crying and understood she couldn’t do it. She felt so bad, and so I’m not sure what her feelings were, I just knew how long she was crying, and her reaction," the student shared.

"She put the red tape on her mouth, and promised to keep this baby, or give it up for adoption. She didn’t want the pain of an abortion, or to kill a life. A precious life was saved from this day," the student said.

But not every student’s story had a happy ending.

"I was shocked by what I heard today. I am a freshman in a school of over 1,000 students. I know most everyone, and expected things to go pretty smoothly. I’ve been doing this for three years, and, this being my fourth, wasn’t worried," another student named Liana shared.

Liana expected the comments from fellow students that she was seeking attention, but he said she got more than she bargained for today.

"I bumped into a boy and mumbled “sorry!” from beneath the red tape covering my mouth, and a boy on the other side of me yelled ‘Oh, she spoke! Another baby — dead," Liana explained. "I was mocked an entire art class, with kids saying ‘choose life’ to inanimate objects, and then profanely expressing that it’s not a baby, and even if it was, they didn’t care."

Even this teenager saw what so many pro-life adults see every day, the callous disregard for human life.

"I turned away and teared up. How can someone have that little respect for a child, a human life? Teenagers never fail to surprise me," Liana said.

But another student shared the story of another baby saved from abortion.

"Today was a true blessing,’ the student said. "This girl came up to me and said I was wasting my time that no one would listen to me and all I did was nod and gave her the paper [explaining the day]. Then she threw it at me when I walked away I saw her pick it up and put it in her pocket."

"Later that day I saw her but her eyes were puffy then she hugged me and said I was making a huge difference to a lot of girls and that she was scheduled for an abortion later this week and that she will cancel it. I feel happy to know that not even saying something made such a difference," the student said.

Kemper said he is delighted to hear the stories and see the courage from students — both in the United States and abroad.

"I have already heard from students participating in Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Africa, Wales and Germany; I am so honored that this is going on around the world today," he said. "My friend from Wales texted me to let me know they ran out of fliers way before they were done, and had to make more."

Related web sites:
Silent Day – https://www.silentday.org
Stand True – https://www.standtrue.org

 

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