Red duct tape, bracelets and black T-shirts were more than a fad last Wednesday as Crusaders took a stand against abortion by participating in Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity — a national movement encouraging people to stay silent for one day.
“It was a time for students to give up their voice for all of the unborn children … who will never get to voice their opinion because the decision was made for them,” education major Amanda Willey said.
Willey, who helped organize the event, hopes students, no matter their stance on abortion, were influenced by the day of advocacy.
“A lot of people on campus are already pro-life, but we want those who are pro-life to have more of a passion for it and be willing to do something about it and speak up,” Willey said. “For those who are pro-choice, we hope that they see the other side — that children do deserve a chance for life. For those who don’t understand much about the situation and the battle, we hope they would … be able to talk to someone about it and develop their own opinion.”
Willey hopes to pass her passion onto others.
“I desire for everyone to be pro-life. That’s a big goal, but … I believe in pro-life because God, even in the situation of rape or unplanned pregnancies, chose that woman to bare a child that deserves a life,” she said. “God will take a bad situation and turn it to good. A lot of people turn to pro-choice because it’s the easiest way out and they don’t want to deal with it.”
A Day of Solidarity was organized by members of Cru for Life which started last semester as a pro-life organization out of the Baptist Student Ministries.
“We’re trying to create awareness that there are other options than abortion if a student gets pregnant,” said Dr. George Loutherback, the faculty adviser for Cru For Life. “We’re here to help and provide information.”
Loutherback said abortion shouldn’t even be an option.
“I believe that men and women have a choice of whether to engage in sexual intercourse. Once they make the choice to do it, the results become the responsibility,” he said. “The choice was sexual intercourse; the responsibility is a pregnancy or sometimes an STD.”
Two tables, or Life Stations, were set up in the SUB and in Hardy where officers handed out pieces of duct tape with “life” written on them and pamphlets with information and statistics. Cru For Life also did a diaper and formula drive and sold T-shirts. Profits went to the Hope Pregnancy
Freshman nursing major Eva Dedow, president of the organization, said the event was a big success.
“Most students have been supportive and open to the (idea),” she said.
But the event wasn’t recognized by just Crusaders. The national non-profit movement happens yearly on Oct. 20, but due to Fall Break, UMHB organizers led the campus effort on Oct. 21.
Cru For Life intends on planning A Pro- Life Day of Silent Solidarity again next year. But until then, the group will encourage pro-life advocacy throughout the semester with different projects. Members meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the BSM.
“I hope solidarity is a part of who we are as a university,” Loutherback said. “I hope it says we believe in what we’re taking a stand for. We are solidly behind the fact that there are options to pregnancy, and abortion is not one of them.”