Making My Christian College Pro-Life Again: How Our Group Spoke with More Than 1,000 Students in 2023 About Abortion  

Caroline Wharton - 02 Jan 2024
Guest post by SFLA Student Spokesperson & Campbell University SFLA President Lydia Taylor

GUEST POST: Despite Campbell University being a “Christian” institution, pro-abortion extremism is spread everywhere, even by professors — and that’s why my Students for Life of America (SFLA) group and I work hard every day to promote a culture of life. I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done as we had conversations about abortion with more than 1,000 students on campus in 2023, laying the groundwork for future pro-life voters and community members. Here’s how we accomplished this:

This past year, our leadership team grew, and group membership expanded to 103 students, which meant we were able to have the biggest impact we’ve ever had. We wanted to find creative ways to reach Gen Z with the pro-life message — and we certainly did! Our group had a pro-life ice cream social, a pro-life parade float, a pro-life ‘Trunk or Treat,’ 14 Standing With You tabling events, and multiple pro-life speakers.

One of our biggest events overall was what we called “Pro-Life Campus Impact Day.” My group spent a day setting up a cemetery to remember the preborn lives lost to abortion —which was, of course, vandalized several times.

We didn’t let that stop us, however, and we asked other students to sign our free speech petition about pro-lifers being silenced on campus (later on, I brought this before our Student Government Association Congress). We also handed out ice cream while engaging with students on the topic of abortion and held a memorial service for the innocent, sweet babies killed by the abortion industry.

By far, one of our most popular events and perhaps the most meaningful of all was an abortion debate we held in which I debated an abortion supporter who was a self-proclaimed “witch.” Around 300 people watched the debate, and it was the most talked about event on campus. Afterwards, our leadership team interviewed many in the audience. Despite a majority of the audience being what they called “pro-choice,” our polling showed that 70% of students thought I had won the debate. Several students also told me they came into the debate unsure how they felt about abortion but that they left confidently pro-life. This effort changed at least 36 confirmed minds on campus.

With these amazing memories behind us, our group is excited to continue making Campbell University pro-life next semester — and you should join us! You can fight back against the abortion lobby on your own campus with a great first step being scheduling a pro-life training with your SFLA Regional Coordinator.

By getting involved with SFLA, your efforts will change hearts and even lives as you fight abortion on the right side of history. 

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