Yesterday youthful abortion supporters protested Students for Life of America’s “I Vote Pro-Life First” college campus tour stop at Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne.
After I introduced myself, their leader (second from left in photo right) yelled, “Don’t listen to her, and remember not to talk!”
I got only as far as a couple lines into my testimony when she started shout-singing the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
I thought what a strange response that was. Why would college students in particular be so afraid to hear the other side of an issue? Isn’t that part of the reason they’re in college?
I approached the young woman holding the “1 in 3 Women will have an abortion in her lifetime” sign, and asked her, “Do you know that one in three children of your generation are killed by abortion?”
She responded, “I think that’s great!”
“Excuse me?” I asked, pulling out my video camera. “Would you mind repeating that?”
“Don’t talk to her!” their leader shouted again, and the sign holder went mum. I knew she had been put on the spot and was blurting out something I hope she didn’t really mean, but I realized why the group had been instructed not to listen or speak: They haven’t thought beyond the clichés – and are either afraid or don’t want to.
I thought that were the situation reversed, and these pro-abortion young people had tried to engage the pro-life young people in conversation, our side would have been happy to comply. We have great depth of knowledge. I have never heard a pro-lifer say, “Don’t listen to them, and don’t speak!” How odd and how revealing that would be.
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How odd and revealing my encounter yesterday was.
Here’s a great recap of our event by IndianaNewsCenter.com. I’m so proud of our young people!
LifeNews.com Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.