Rectangles of bright red tape displaying the word “life” in black Sharpie stuck to the edges of Cru 4 Life’s tables as they waited for students to approach them about abortion awareness.
The group celebrated its second annual Day of Solidarity Oct. 22 with booths set up in Hardy and the SUB offering information about the event.
Junior nursing major Nikita Beltram wants students who may have had abortions to know they have love and support during post-abortion.
“I hope that they realize they are not alone and that people do care for them,” she said. “It’s about loving on those women and helping them through those consequences.”
Beltram described the purpose of Day of Solidarity as an opportunity to raise awareness about abortion and to express pro-life beliefs without passing judgment.
She described her conversation with a student who did not believe the cause was relevant to him as a male, but she believes it is an issue that affects both genders.
“If the men drop it all after having relations with a woman, the women are going to feel trapped, and they’re going to feel like they don’t have anyone to go to,” she said. “I think that men need to take up some responsibility.”
Junior nursing major Ashley Filippuzzi, another member of Cru 4 Life, said a woman came up to her, explaining she was three months pregnant and currently attending Hope Pregnancy Center.
The woman and her boyfriend were contemplating an abortion. However, her boyfriend was having nightmares and the woman did not believe she could go through with the procedure.
“It does happen on our campus … it is important to reach out,” Filippuzzi said.
Junior nursing major Eva Dedow, who is Cru 4 Life president, commented on her desire for students to recognize the importance of existing.
“I hope that they see the value of life and just how important it is to everybody on campus and to know … they’re not alone in their pro-life beliefs,” she said.
Dedow said the monetary donations they received will go toward baby supplies for Hope Pregnancy Center.
The group also makes its presence known at the Killeen abortion mill.
Members pray for unity within the church, for the abortion providers to have knowledge of what they are doing and for their conversions.
The group visits children’s homes as well.
Abortion attempt survivor and Christian/pro-life speaker Melissa Ohden described her trials and triumphs as a saline abortion survivor at chapel Oct. 20. Some of the high points in her story consisted of an account of how she learned she was an abortion survivor, the description of a saline abortion, her search for her biological family and the birth of her daughter.
“I found closure before I had Olivia (Ohden’s daughter),” she said. “I think that was the Lord’s plan for me was to make peace with that past before I was a mother.”
Ohden revealed how growing up without a biological connection to someone was one of the hardest things about being adopted.
“When I gave birth to Olivia, that was the first time that I had ever seen another human being that I had a biological connection to, and I think that was a huge piece of that puzzle,” she said.
Features in Facing Life Head-On, The 700 Club in November and Celebrate Life magazine in January are just a few of Ohden’s projects. She also has a book called Searching for Ruth coming out in January, and is being published by a UMHB alum.
Dedow comprehends the difficulty of contemplating an abortion.
She said, “We understand that it is hard for them (pregnant women) no matter what decision they choose, whether it’s abortion, adoption or keeping the child.”