As the #TheyFeelPain Tour passes the halfway mark on its journey across the country, we wanted to update you on some of the wild, inspirational, and occasionally silly highlights of this display thus far!
As you probably know, this tour was created primarily to find common ground with abortion advocates by posing the question: Should abortion remain legal when the fetus can feel pain? It’s a super important question, especially in the upcoming months as abortion jurisdiction may be returned to individual states with the overturning of Roe. Banning violent, post-20-week abortions of babies who can feel pain is high on the list of pro-life advocates – as it should be. We hope you enjoy some of these highlights from stops around the country!
Chico State University, Chico CA
“The Wildcats for Life is a new club that just started last spring at Chico State. To kick off the year, they hosted the, #TheyFeelPain display. This particular campus is known across the state for its party culture. And it doesn’t take long to realize that the school also has strong ties with Planned Parenthood, located only a few miles from campus, for obvious reasons. After setting up the display, students began to hand out materials, start conversations, and change minds. Soon after, two women in their sixties walked out with bright pink signs reading “I stand with Planned Parenthood”. Our pro-life students were being protested by non-students on their own campus! Fortunately, this only made people more curious about our display and increased the number of great conversations that we had.”
-Anna Bakh, Northern California Regional Coordinator
A younger newcomer with a sign reading, “ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!”
University of Nebraska, Omaha NE
Alright, you caught us – this actually happened while tabling with our Pregnant on Campus tabletop… but it’s too cool not to share.
David Cordaro, our Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator, went tabling with Mavericks for Life (and boy did they have an eventful week) when a student who is deaf approached the table to see what was going on. Incredibly, one of the Mavericks for Life was able to sign with the student and explained the pro-life message! [youtube]https://youtu.be/6O213eqTavM[/youtube]
University of Missouri, Columbia MO
“I had an agitated [white] man approach me, yelling that I “had less rights than a cadaver”…because “a cadaver’s family has the right to do what they wish with the body.” I told him that I have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and he responded that “America was built on racism”. I then explained to him that America is built on the Constitution and that each citizen has these rights, including myself [as a woman of color]. He quickly grew angry and stomped away after I invited him to discuss his points with me further.”
-Elizabeth Hill, Midwest Regional Coordinator
University of Central Florida, Orlando FL
Our Southeast Regional Coordinator Ryan Eyrich played a fun game of “Spot the Difference” when Planned Parenthood scooted their pitiful table over to “protest” our display. Um, Generation “Action”- a little Outreach 101? You’re not going to have many conversations sitting behind your table, by yourself, looking at your phone. #sorrynotsorry
Maryland and Washington, D.C.
In only three tour stops, MD/DC Regional Coordinator Stephanie Schmitt and her students combined had 213 conversations, 73 of which ended up in “minds changed!” That is an astounding 34%. The majority of the “minds changed” did change directly because of the display, too. These individuals ultimately admitted that even if they still believed abortion should be legal in some cases, it should definitely not be legal past 20 weeks.
“After DC/MD’s run with the #TheyFeelPain Tour, I truly believe this display had an enormously great impact on campuses. Students, pro-life and pro-choice alike, thanked us for being there and informing them about the science of this issue when no one else seems to be talking about it. There were very few students who realized the seriousness of late-term abortion in their own state. Almost none of the students we talked to knew that late-term abortions were taking place “right in their backyard”, so to speak; for example, right at Leroy Carhart’s facility in Bethesda. Once informed about fetal pain, almost every student wanted to know more and to do more to make these kinds of abortions unthinkable…and so we were able to get hundreds of petition signatures.”
-Stephanie Schmitt, MD/DC Regional Coordinator