On Tuesday October 16th, 2018, students from all across the nation will give up their voices in solidarity with the over 3,000 lives taken by abortion every day, whose voices will never be heard.
Your school is missing students, your team is missing athletes, and your group may even be missing members. The tragedy of abortion is large-scale but it is also silent. Women keep their unplanned pregnancies secret, make appointments at Planned Parenthood without telling anyone, and live with the pain in silence. The children lost to abortion will never be heard, and too many hurting mothers aren’t either.
To participate in the National Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, you and your group can wear a red armband/piece of red duct tape over your mouth or on your sleeve. Here are some helpful tips:
- Typically, the red band/tape will have LIFE written across it in black.
- You can also wear a pro-life t-shirt to show your support.
- Put up some flyers the week before explaining the event.
- Reserve tabling space on campus the morning of October 16th to pass out bands/tape and the explanation sheets. Have pre-torn pieces of tape and black permanent markers for students to write LIFE themselves.
- Prepare by printing out a short explanation of what you are doing so that you can give it to curious peers without having to speak. The following is a good example:
On the third Tuesday of October every year, students nationwide give up their voices for the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. Representing the 3,000+ voices taken by abortion every day, students choose to take a one-day vow of silence and wear red tape/armband in solidarity with those whose voices have been silenced forever.
We hope you’ll take a vow of silence for the day, acting in solidarity with those who have been silenced forever. We are remembering those who were lost and hurt by abortion by giving up our voices and remaining in solidarity. It is a great way to raise awareness about abortion and get your fellow pro-life students interested in activism. Not to mention, this particular event has a meditative aspect about it. Use this opportunity to reflect on your pro-life convictions and refuel your energy for the rest of the semester!
“When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!'”
Congressman Henry Hyde
Please note: Some schools will allow you to participate but not allow you to duct tape your mouths because of safety concerns. This is a legitimate concern so please adhere to their policy if this is the case for your school. If you have an assignment in class where you have to speak, your teacher can require you to participate. If you have a speaking assignment that day, ask your teacher if you can reschedule it.
If you are a student in:
ME, CT, RI, VT, NH, or MA, contact Abigail Young.
NY or NJ, contact Kate Maloney.
IN or OH, contact Marissa Gentry.
PA or DE, contact Liana Hollendonner.
KY or TN, contact Elizabeth Parker.
VA or WV, contact Lori Cascio.
NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.
DC or MD, contact Stephanie Schmitt.
NE, KS, SD, or MO, contact Elizabeth Hill.
IL or IA, contact David Cordaro.
CO or NM, contact Christina Coffman.
OR or ID, contact Nichole Bentz.
WI, MN, or ND, contact Noah Maldonado.
WA, AL, or HI, contact Katie Lodjic.
Southern CA or AZ, contact Christina Herrera.
Northern CA or NV, contact Anna Bakh.
TX or OK, contact Sarah Zarr.
AL, AR, LA, MS, MT, PR, UT, or WY, contact Nichole Bentz.