By Michele Hendrickson, Capital Area Regional Director
It’s the start of a new school year, and you’re finally back into the swing of things: you found the best path from class to class, best prices for coffee, and even got your textbooks on sale – but as you speed walk down the hall, you turn the corner and find the unthinkable: A flyer advertising that your school is hosting a radically pro-abortion speaker.
What is a student representing the pro-life majority to do?
Never fear, Students for Life is here!
Our team at Students for Life has worked diligently over the years in our grassroots efforts to counter radical pro-abortion agendas on campus. Just look at our success at Georgetown University when they hosted the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards (link).
With the abortion industry having vowed to do everything they can to make sure pro-abortion Supreme Court Justices are elected, that taxpayers are forced to fund abortion, and that no regulations touch abortion facilities, we know our staff can’t be everywhere all the time, so we need YOU, the pro-life generation, to be prepared when a pro-abortion speaker comes to your campus – someone like, eh, Cecile Richards.
Here are some basic tips for what you can do on your campus if you’re faced with such a challenge.
Rapid Responder 101
* Be Alert. Always look for promotional materials around campus. You can even do some quick research right now. Research on Facebook or the school’s website to see what pro-choice student groups are up to. Most-likely, they’ll be the ones to invite someone to speak on campus. You should also get to know the abortion advocacy groups in your community, like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, and look on their websites.
* Take Initiative. Contact your Regional Coordinator right away if you see that your school is hosting one of these radically pro-abortion opponents. Start talking with other pro-life students and friends about what you all want to do in response.
* Get Prepared. We have several free activism tools that we can either ship or deliver in person like T-Shirts, Signs, Info Cards, Displays, and lots more! Depending on the event, your Regional Coordinator might also be able to help you host a counter-event with a pro-life speaker.
* Don’t Stay Silent. As a pro-life student, you’re in one of the most critical places we can be with our message: school! Young people are at the forefront of changing culture. It’s already happening: in a recent poll 71% of Millennials surveyed said that they believe late-term abortion should be ILLEGAL. If we truly believe that abortion is an injustice, then it should be unacceptable for someone like Cecile Richards, who celebrates abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy, to get away with misrepresenting the values of millennials. It is so important that we mobilize other young people on this issue to stand up and say enough is enough