Another Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity Draws Attention to Abortion Killing Kids
by Steven Ertelt
September 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Students in all 50 states and from nations across the world are eagerly awaiting the next Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity. Sponsored by the pro-life youth organization Stand True, the ironic day gives students a chance to tape their mouths shut to speak up for unborn children who can’t speak for themselves.
The sixth annual day will take place on Tuesday, October 20.
Students of all ages from junior high to college will be taking a vow of silence to stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters who are permanently silenced by abortion.
They will not only remain silent but will also wear red armbands or red duct tape on their mouths, and distribute educational flyers to anyone who asks why they are silent.
Last year, students from more than 4,800 campuses in 25 countries took part in the special day and Bryan Kemper, the director of Stand True and the day’s organizer, tells LifeNews.com it has made a difference.
“We have heard of hundreds of girls who have canceled abortions because of this day every year,” he said.
Kemper talked about the origins of the day, that has proven popular with young people.
“In the spring of 2004, a student from McNeese State University asked me, ‘What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?'” he said. “When this student asked me, a spark went off in my head.”
“Now, something that started its first year as just a few thousand students from 300 campuses has grown into a world-wide outpouring of love and action,” Kemper said. “Hearts are being changed, babies are being saved, and women are being spared the trauma of post-abortive pain. People are coming together in unity to promote a culture of life.”
Kemper doesn’t take any credit for the success of the special day and the difference it has made — preferring to give God the glory for the lives it has changed.
He relies on the motivation of the “I have a dream” speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and says the students who lead the event on their campuses show how anyone of any age can impact lives.
“If you have an idea, a vision or dream, don’t be afraid to stand up and let your voice be heard,” Kemper says.
Jeff Gilbert, a member of the Christian rock band Kutless, is lending his time to the effort this year as celebrity endorser.
Over the past few years many schools have tried to stop students from participating and quash their First Amendment rights. Every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these students and file lawsuits to protect their rights.
Many home-schooled students will also participate in the event by visiting local malls and other public areas to distribute flyers.