This past weekend Students for Life gathered over 50 students to Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing vans full of passionate pro-life students in from Phoenix, Colorado Springs, and the Four Corners area. These students gave up their weekend to work on the ground in an effort to see the first-in-the-nation city wide ban on late-term abortion pass in Albuquerque.
After driving for many hours the vans pulled into the church, that served as a host home for the weekend, late Friday night. That night students received training in get-out-the-vote efforts and pro-life apologetics, so that they would have the tools necessary for effective community outreach.
Saturday students were put into teams to serve the pro-life community. Most of whom had already been hard at work educating and getting out the early vote for this ban, and who were very encouraged and energized by the Students for Life #Stand4 Life Action Teams. Teams helped with phone banking at the Protect ABQ Women & Children office, calling thousands of registered voters and educating them about late term abortion. Teams also joined in canvassing, going door to door, educating community members, and encouraging them to stand for life with their vote on Tuesday.
One team of students worked at the University of New Mexico campus flyering the campus and sidewalk chalking.
Saturday night ended in a rally and prayer vigil where students prayed for the end of late term abortion in Albuquerque, for the protection of women and their children, and for healing for those who are living with the pain and loss of their child through abortion.
Sunday our teams visited 12 churches, attending 25 services, and passing out 2,700 fliers educating church goers about the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance they are being called to vote on this Tuesday. Letting them know that winning this vote will save countless lives in their city, a city that has come to be known as the “Late-Term Abortion Capital of America.”
This weekend the students found that the majority of the people in Albuquerque are on our side! Even those who would consider themselves pro-choice felt uncomfortable with the late term abortion procedure, and are planning on voting for the ban. Getting back on the vans and heading home late Sunday night the students were filled with both exhaustion (we pushed them hard this weekend) and hope. Hope that their efforts will make the difference in a historic vote that may come down to only 500 votes, that will make the difference between life and death for Albuquerque children.