200,000 Silent Pro-Life Students Lend Voice to Unborn
Oct. 21 marked the 5th annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. Students engaging the silent protest wore red duct tape reading “LIFE” over their mouths or red armbands as a way to lend their voices to the thousands of unborn babies who will never have one. They had the choice of breaking their silence to converse with a student inquiring about the event or to hand out a flyer.
This year, more than 200,000 students from over 4,700 schools in 25 countries participated. Nearly 400 homeschools and non-students, including 1,100 individuals and 107 companies/ministries, also joined in.
As the day rolled on, e-mails poured in with stories from the protest, and the number of women who had a change of heart kept rising. On Tuesday afternoon, Bryan Kemper, president of Stand True Ministries, which runs the protest, counted from the e-mails he received nine mothers-to-be who decided to keep their baby. A couple of hours later, that figure jumped to 15. By Wednesday morning, Kemper reported at least 32 women have opted out of the procedure as a result of the protest.
“I spent most of last night choking back the tears as I started to hear back from students,” said Kemper, who estimates that over 4,000 abortions occur everyday in the United States. “The stories kept coming in about girls deciding to keep their babies and hearts being changed.”
The protest was a powerful experience for many students as they exercised their right to free speech to express both their pro-life position and Christian faith.
Kemper estimated that the protest drew over 200,000 students worldwide. (The Christian Post).