Cru for Life hosts Roe v. Wade event

A thousand flags scattered across the Quad last Tuesday were definitely not hard to miss.

They represented 55,000 abortions, just a portion of 55 million since the Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade in 1973.

This was the 40th anniversary of the momentous event that legalized abortion in any instance in the U.S.

Cru for Life had a few events, a poll and an 8 p.m. candlelight vigil, to memorialize the 55 million children who have been aborted.

According to its Facebook page, Cru for Life is a group of students who deal with the issue of abortion on the school campus.

The page also said the organization defends the rights of those who cannot speak,  the unborn.

Senior nursing major Stephanie Taylor is the current president of the organization and has been a part of it since her freshman year.

Students participate in a candlelight vigil ceremony honoring the 55 million unborn babies who have been aborted since 1973. Photo by Elissa Thompson/The Bells.

“Cru for Life has had this memorial every year since its existence to first honor and remember those who lost their lives,” Taylor said.

The organization is trying to get more people aware of how serious the issue of abortion is in the U.S.

“We also try to raise awareness on campus about the toll it has taken on our nation and ways to get involved,” Taylor said.

Many students participated in the vigil where they lit candles, had a moment of silence and prayed that government leaders would realize the need to overturn Roe v. Wade so more unborn babies can live.

Sophomore English education major Sarah Tipton is the vice president of Cru for Life and a volunteer counselor for Hope Pregnancy Center in Killeen.

“The vigil is important to me because women are facing this choice every single day in our country, and over 3,000 of them will choose abortion per day. Praying for them and their circumstances helps put a human element to abortion,” Tipton said.

A pro-life march and rally took place this past Friday in Washington, D.C. Taylor attended both events this year.

Before the march, a number of well known pro-life speakers provided encouragement for those fighting for the cause.

650,000 people marched in opposition  to abortion compared to 400,000 who participated in last year’s  national march.

While the pro-life march in D.C. was happening, an event in Austin, the “Texas March for Life,” also took place.

“The purpose of a state march is to advocate for more pro-life state laws,” Taylor said.

After the march in Austin, a rally took place featuring Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott and  pro-life activist Abby Johnson at the Capitol.

Tipton said, “We live in one of the most pro-life states in America, as evidenced by our governor and attorney general’s presence.”

Several UMHB students, including Tipton, attended the pro-life march in Austin.

She said, “Seeing that many people in one place united for a cause is a powerful thing.”

Author: Elissa Thompson

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