Monday, April 8: Cemetery of the Innocents
We commemorated the 3,500 humans who were legally murdered before they were born on Monday, April 8 by placing 3,500 flags on the quad. A handful of members were at the 24-hour display at all times. They guarded the memorial, provided interested passers-by with information about abortion, pregnancy help, and fetal development, and spoke to ABC33/40 and The Crimson White.
Cemetery of the Innocents is an effective pro-life display because it demonstrates how rampant abortion is in our society. A lot of people don't know how many babies are aborted every day, that Planned Parenthood commits 915 abortions every day, or that the human heart begins beating at 21 days after conception. Cemetery of the Innocents helped us remember the voiceless, innocent human beings who are constantly being silenced and allowed us to raise awareness on campus and increase education about abortion.
Tuesday's fetal development display in the Ferg allowed students to learn objective medical information about fetal development. Amy Hase, our Secretary and incoming Director of Outreach, put together a fantastic timeline of life in the womb. Students had the opportunity to look at the information on our poster and then place a sticky note on the timeline, signifying where they thought life and human rights begin. Although a few people marked "birth" as the moment they believe human rights begin, the vast majority of people who chose to participate marked "conception." We also played The Biology of Fetal Development on Amy's laptop, so people walking near our display could see what a growing, developing human looks like.
William Wilberforce, one of the leaders in the movement to abolish the slave trade in Great Britain in the early 19th century, said, "You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know."
Too often, people talk about abortion without knowing much about the invasive, dangerous procedure or even what abortion looks like. We must expose abortion for what it is: an unpleasant, gruesome, and violent attack on an innocent, developing person.
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) is one of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform's traveling displays. It is a traveling photo-mural exhibit which compares the contemporary genocide of abortion to historically recognized forms of genocide. It visits university campuses around the country to show as many students as possible what abortion actually does to unborn children and get them to think about abortion in a broader historical context. GAP consists of:
- A large photo mural display of pictures of historical and contemporary genocide
- A polling table ("Do you think abortion should remain legal?")
- A free speech board
We chose to bring GAP to campus for several reasons. First, we believe that students have a right to medically accurate, comprehensive information about abortion. Second, we sought to show our fellow students the humanity of the unborn child and the inhumanity of abortion. The methods of past social reformers like William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lewis Hine have shown us that graphic pictures are the only way to bring about radical change against social injustices.
We stood with GAP for two days in the sun, defending the pro-life position and answering questions about why abortion is genocide. The Saturday before GAP, we attended a 6-hour Pro-Life Training Academy with Dr. Fletcher Armstrong of CBR. This training prepared us to answer tough questions.
To learn more about why abortion is genocide, click here.
GAP sparked statewide media coverage and more than 13 pieces in The Crimson White. It caused all of campus to talk about abortion. Since we hosted GAP, abortion has been a relevant issue on campus. We know that we have to get people thinking and talking about abortion if we want to make abortion supporters pro-life or get students who are already pro-life more involved in pro-life activism on campus and beyond.
Below, you can click through photos of GAP, including some of the opposition that we faced.