of Thousands of Students Will Refuse to Speak on October 20th, as They
Stand in Solidarity with Those Who are Killed Every Day by Abortion
Stand True, Christ-Centered Pro-life, will hold its sixth annual
Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Last year
students from over 4,700 campuses in 25 countries participated in the
event, and Stand True expects even more this year. Last year Stand True
heard back from participants about 58 girls who canceled their
abortions on the day of the event due to the efforts of the students.
These students stand in solidarity with each other to bring attention
to the holocaust that is killing almost 4,000 babies every day in the
United States alone.
"The students are speaking loud and clear; they want an end to
legalized child-killing" said Bryan Kemper, President of Stand True
Ministries. "We are getting thousands of e-mails, comments and internet
messages from students thanking us for giving them a peaceful way to
stand up and be counted."
Here are just a couple of the comments we have received from the
"I got one girl to not get an abortion because I took a ZERO in class
for this and she started crying. She pulled me into the bathroom and
told me she was pregnant and was going to have an abortion and she said
because of how much this meant to me she didn't! We both sat in the
bathroom and cried for a few min. and she put the baby up for adoption!"
"She's about a month or so pregnant. I have her for a couple of my
classes. She kept glancing at my shirt all day and she took a flier.
But she didn't say anything. Then today in 6th I was getting up and she
came up to me. And in front of the whole classroom she began weeping
and fell into my arms. She said she didn't want to have an abortion
anymore. She said she wanted to receive Christ right there."
Students will not only remain silent but will also wear red armbands
and/or red duct tape on their mouths, and distribute educational flyers
to anyone who asks why they are silent. Many home-schooled students
will also participate in the event by visiting local malls and other
public areas to distribute flyers.
Participating students are instructed to be respectful to teachers and
other officials and to speak with them when required.
"Thousands of American babies are permanently silenced every day by the
violent act of abortion," said Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of
Students for Life. "This is a day for pro-life students to honor those
children as they stay silent as an act of solidarity with these
"This is a way for us to challenge students of all ages to be bold
advocates for the almost 4,000 pre-born who are murdered every day in
our country," said Timmerie Millington of Survivors. "They have an
opportunity to stand with their fellow classmates and an obligation to
be a voice for the voiceless. By standing in united solidarity across
the world, students everywhere can identify with the preborn children,
and our silence will proclaim 'stop killing our generation!' We can and
must be warriors for the preborn!"
Over the past few years many schools have tried to stop students from
participating and have tried to quash their First Amendment rights.
Every year, attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund defend these
students and file lawsuits to protect their rights.
There is no cost to participate in the event. Flyers are available for
download in PDF format at www.silentday.org.
Students can also follow the event on twitter at www.twitter.com/prolifeday
Legal help for students involved is available from the Alliance Defense
Fund (www.telladf.org or 1-800-TELL-ADF).
Contact: Bryan Kemper
Source: Stand True
Date: October 12, 2009
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