Today, around 350 student groups from across the nation are joining together for a school walkout in the name of life. The event, sponsored by groups such as the Family Research Council, Oklahoma Teens for Life and the Massachusetts Family Institute, is calling for an end to abortion and the immediate defunding of abortive business Planned Parenthood.
“On Wednesday, April 11th, we will walk out of our classes for 17 minutes of silence and prayer. We will stand silently outside honoring the 10 children who will violently die during that time at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility,” the event’s website detailed. “We will rally and demand the end of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded empire. We will kneel and pray for the end of legal abortion in our nation.”
Proud of the pro-life students in over 350 student groups who will walk out of their classrooms to protest abortion today. Abortion is the greatest killer of our children in America, ending the lives of nearly 1 million babies every year. #prolifewalkout https://t.co/dqngboq96a
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) April 11, 2018
While the website lists 191 high schools 81 colleges as registered participants in the walkout, Kristan Hawkins, the president of SFLA, detailed that “more than 350 students and student group leaders from across the country have contacted Students for Life about their plans to stand with pregnant and parenting students on April 11.”
So honored to join students at Los Alamitos High School in LA today for the #ProLifeWalkout. Look at this awesome display they also set up to remember the 1700 that will be lost today because of #abortion! #defundPP #abolishabortion pic.twitter.com/DRvzLK18mJ
— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) April 11, 2018
When students began to notice double-standards in faculty-led support of gun-control walkout’s compared to pro-life events, they decided something had to be done to address the imbalance.
One particularly passionate pro-life advocate, student Brandon Gillespie, was shocked when his history teacher was put on paid administrative leave for asking if the school would allow a pro-life walkout in the wake of the gun-control student walkout.
— Blake Barclay (@blakebarclayusa) April 11, 2018
Gillespie said that the partisan support for gun-control walkouts is shocking.
“They are not giving me any accommodation at all, except for the district policy of not punishing students for protesting,” he said, as reported by LiveAction. “That is not the accommodation that I asked for; I asked for the same accommodation as the anti-gun protest, that teachers would be flexible in their lesson planning, and also for the availability of equipment that the anti-gun protestors were allowed to use.”
Many pro-life supporters have taken to social media to highlight the lack of mainstream media coverage of such a momentous event.
After all the walkout is about young people making a powerful statement about an issue of critical importance. pic.twitter.com/Cw4rrwOudq
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) April 11, 2018
“It just confirms for me that there is a political double standard, at least in my school district,” he added, “but I’m still going to be out there.”
— Devin Sena (@DevinSenaUI) April 11, 2018
Please stop & take a moment this morning to pray for the students that are participating in the #ProLifeWalkout in high schools & colleges around the US.
— Georgette Forney (@GeorgetteForney) April 11, 2018
Please pray for all the students participating in the #ProLifeWalkOut today. The walkout begins at 10 a.m. and will last for 17 minutes. Students will stand in silence and prayer to mourn the loss of the ten babies that have been aborted at Planned Parenthood in that time frame. pic.twitter.com/NlTQpXsxKn
— FRC (@FRCdc) April 11, 2018
In a Facebook Live video posted by Students for Life of America, a couple of pro-choice protestors were questioned on their opposing viewpoint. “I don’t believe the government belongs in one’s uterus,” one girl said, as she brandished a sign that read: “Thou shalt not mess with women’s reproductive rights,” – Fallopians 4:28.”
“We are against abortion,” said one of the pro-life students. “Everyone has the right to life.”
“To kill the baby is definitely wrong,” another added. When asked about the support that pregnant women should get, one student answered very articulately.
“We have a Care Net right across the street from here. They have plenty of resources. They will help you take care of your child up to the age of two. They’ll get you anything you need. They’ll give you parenting counseling classes, so you have full guidance on how to raise your child. They’ll give you clothes, food, anything you need for your baby. They’ll also provide moral support. So, anything a mother could ever need to take care of her child, she can find there.”
Care Net describes its core “Vision” and “Mission” at its website:
“Vision – Care Net envisions a culture where women and men faced with pregnancy decisions are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowered to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.
Mission – Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, organizations, and individuals.”
We’re in New Mexico at Moriarty High School for today’s #ProLifeWalkout. Find out why the Pro-Life Generation is walking out of high schools and colleges across the country at www.prolifewalkout.org. ((Content Warning: We’ve learned they may be protestors at this event))
Posted by Students for Life of America on Wednesday, April 11, 2018