Sometimes Students for Life groups on campus run into issues when they try to do a Cemetery of the Innocents display, which usually consists of close to 3,000 crosses that are pushed into the ground and represent the number of babies aborted each day. Some campuses have rules that pertain to landscaping and groups aren’t allowed to put things in the ground like that. Other groups have run into problems with the symbolism of the cross in general.
We have a solution to most of these challenges! The Students for Life group at the University of Nevada in Reno got super creative and used pink and white balloons – 365 of them – to demonstrate the number of babies aborted every year. Each balloon represented about 3,000 babies.
This is a fantastic visual and balloons naturally draw attention.
The SFL group ended up doing clumps of balloons instead of weighing each down individually, which was their original plan but because of the cost of weights, they did bouquets of balloons lining the lawn. They bought sand and plastic gloves and handmade the weights. They were able to get a donation to cover the helium.
They did the event last fall in a passive manner and let the display speak for itself but did post two signs that said: 1) Each balloon represents about 3,000 babies that are aborted every day (in America) 2) If this display made you upset or excited, please feel free to contact [email of the SFL group].
They assigned a club member to watch from the nearby coffee shop throughout the day to make sure nothing was vandalized but thankfully they didn’t have any issues.
After reviewing the event, they decided that if they did it again, they would have an active table to offer resources and answer questions. They ended up getting a few email responses, one of which started with a harsh response to the event because of a previous abortion but ended up where the girl asked for healing resources.
We are so proud of the initiative of the Nevada Students for Life group and hope other groups can do the same thing!