GUEST POST: What is one of the Pro-Life Generation’s biggest strengths? We move fast. After learning about a pro-abortion event that would be help on the University of Findlay campus by Catholics for Choice and Faith Votes Ohio, Students for Life of America (SFLA) and pro-life community members came together to peacefully protest it in less than 24 hours. Here’s what happened:
As the University of Findlay is a private, Christian school, the SFLA group on campus (known as the Oilers for Life) were extremely disappointed to find out that the purpose of this event was to train individuals on how to persuade voters to vote ‘yes’ on Ohio Issue. For background, Issue 1 is an extreme ballot referendum that would enshrine abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason into Ohio’s State constitution; click HERE to learn more about it.
Our group of protesters arrived 30 minutes prior to the event, holding signs that read “You Can’t Cherry Pick Your Faith,” “Our Savior Was Unplanned,” and “You Can’t Be Christian and Pro-Abortion.”
As people entered the event, we greeted them with kind and loving faces, and it was interesting to see that most of the individuals entering the event were not students; Some were teachers, however. Right before the event begun, one of our students pointed out that a religion professor on campus — one that teaches an introductory religion class which all students are required to take — was attending the event.
(If you’re wondering whether Christians can be pro-abortion, read another SFLA blog entitled “Can Christianity Support Abortion? This Church of the Nazarene Pastor Says No.”)
Once the event started, we said a prayer for all those inside the meeting, and about 30 minutes into it, a middle-aged women came outside and wanted to come out to talk to us. We ended up talking with her for more than an hour and found out that she was post-abortive herself. She shared her story and asked us why we were all personally pro-life.
She also shared that the reason she left the meeting was because the presenter (a “pastor”) was speaking very degradingly of us and saying we were lying. She had wanted to see for herself if we were really doing that and mentioned that the presenter said the abortion victim photos we were holding were fake. When she asked to see them to verify this, I told her the plot twist: we didn’t have any. In fact, I explained that SFLA prefers not to use such an approach when speaking to those who are pro-abortion. She was shocked that it was actually the presenter who had lied.
After speaking with her for some time, we were able to share the truth with her about Issue 1, and as the mom of three children, she was very concerned. No one had told her that parental rights would be stripped away with this measure. When she left, she hugged and thanked us for telling her the truth.
The Oilers for Life and I were very pleased with how the event went — just that one conversation made the whole protest worth it! And that is exactly why SFLA chooses to peacefully counter events such as these…because even when we’re demeaned by pro-abortion event organizers, curious attendees can come and see our light for themselves.
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