This was different, but in a good way. At Tennessee Tech University (TTU), official policy allows individual students (not just student groups) to host events on campus. So when national pro-life award-winner and TTU student Justin Brown contacted us about bringing GAP, we were eager to go.
It is amazing how much influence one student can have, by God’s grace and with your support. Thank you for making our work possible!
As it turns out, every public university student has the same right that Justin exercised at TTU; their universities just don’t know it … yet. The rights of free speech and equal access to university grounds are individual rights, not group rights. They cannot be denied to an individual student simply because he hasn’t identified others willing to join him in that speech. TTU has figured this out, and they deserve credit for that.
There were some complications, however, because several TTU administrators didn’t understand their own policies. To make matters worse, they were not very cooperative when we tried to speak with them. It’s a good thing we got those issues resolved, however, because the last thing TTU wanted was for CBR to start flying airplane tow banners bearing abortion photos over their campus on a regular basis! They can ask Notre Dame what that’s like. TTU hosts many activities for high school students throughout the summer (Boys State, cheerleading camps, etc.), so the last thing they want to see is abortion photos flying overhead. Fortunately, they read their own policy manual in time, so we can save the nasty version of ourselves for somebody else.
Justin did an outstanding job of hosting GAP at TTU, and we look forward to working with him for many years to come. We set up in front of the Library, a very good location in the middle of campus.
It was our very first trip to Western Kentucky University (WKU) with the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP). We were not invited by a student group, but were able to reserve space as a vendor on Centennial Mall, the most heavily trafficked location on campus.
Although the WKU Students for Life (SFL) did not sponsor GAP, they were willing to host our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA), and we are grateful for that. SFL members learned how to articulate and defend the pro-life position, even in a hostile environment.
GAP proven effective yet again! Even though the WKU SFL didn’t sponsor or participate in GAP, they did set up an information booth at a different location nearby. They told us that many students stopped by their booth and said that our GAP display had changed their minds. Some even signed up to join SFL! That is why we say that GAP
- neutralizes the opposition,
- converts the neutral,
- activates the converted, and
- energizes the active!
It was by far the best campus Christian organization we have ever encountered. They are Ratio Christi and they don’t have time for the “pizza for Jesus” tomfoolery that wastes so much time in youth ministry today. Young Christians are very weak because nobody is preparing them to take a stand. But Ratio Christi is different; their unofficial motto seems to be, “We’re trying to pick a fight!” And they are good at it!
The fight we helped them pick was over child sacrifice at the U of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Ratio Christi, along with College Republicans (CRs), invited us to bring our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) and Pro Life Training Academy (PLTA) to UNCW for the very first time. By God’s grace and your support, we made quite a splash.
Our display location was along the Chancellor’s Walk, which is the primary walkway to get from anywhere at UNCW to just about anywhere else.
Campus newspaper coverage of GAP:
- The Ever-Growing Controversy: Pro-choice or Pro-life? (published about a month before GAP)
- Genocide Awareness Project comes to UNCW
- Controversial Comparison of Genocide and Abortion
Local news coverage of GAP:
- Two UNCW student organizations bring controversial display to campus
- Controversial display has people talking at UNCW
Lightning was an issue both days on campus. For our GAP displays, CBR has adopted the NCAA protocols for outdoor athletic events (although our staff and volunteers are normally much less exposed than the typical baseball center fielder). We vacate the site whenever lightning is detected within a 6-mile radius (less than 30 seconds between lightning flash and sound of thunder), and stay in a sheltered location for 30 minutes beyond the last such strike.
Although East Carolina University (ECU) has an undergraduate enrollment of >21,000, this was our first-ever GAP at ECU. By God’s grace and with your support, it won’t be our last.
ECU has no pro-life student group—we are taking steps to fix that problem—but their policies allow outside groups to reserve space on campus, so we did! Although our location was a good one (outside the Student Center), ECU is a huge campus and there is no one collection point for all of the pedestrian traffic. That made our Truth Truck all the more important, allowing us to reach many thousands of students who may not have seen GAP in person.
The campus newspaper coverage was excellent, and included a photo of our best GAP signs on page 1, above the fold! Items in the campus paper:
The second article was factually incorrect about one point. We did not pay a service fee to use the space. First, ECU did not set up the display nor clean up afterward, as implied by the article. Second, ECU officials asked us to move our event from the designated public forum (near the Cupola) to the location outside the Student Center. Since the designated public forum space is available free of charge, we incurred no additional fee by agreeing to ECU’s request. Finally, we would never agree to pay any security fee (to cover the cost of policing violent pro-abortion protesters), because that is a violation of the Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement decision of the US Supreme Court.
This was our first trip to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The GVSU Students for Life did an awesome job of hosting both GAP and our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA).
The Quote of the Week came from one of the students who actually came out to protest against GAP:
You saved my future children. I would have aborted them. Now I won’t because I know what it looks like.
On the first day of GAP at Oakland University (OU), Christina Lo Piccolo wrote on her Facebook page:
The cost of my student group hosting the Genocide Awareness Project: $5,000
The look on my professor’s face when he asked if I saw the disgusting display outside and I told him I helped organize it: PRICELESS!
What a thrill to work with young heroes like Christina! The thrill is even sweeter because our trip was paid for by student fee money, just like last year! Students for Life collaborated with a dozen other campus groups to pay our expenses out of their respective student fee allocations.
But the best part of the week came at the very end, when Christina again posted on Facebook:
This past week was life-changing to say the least. I was able to participate in 3 days of the Genocide Awareness Project to educate students about abortion. Hearts were changed and students were motivated to take action. I can hardly wait to graduate and continue this work as a full-time career. “Y’all” are like family to me, and working beside you feels like home.
Did she say “Y’all”? How bout dat. We get to do GAP and learn a Yankee how to tawk! It don’t get no better-n-at.
Seriously, we’ll never end abortion if we don’t get folks like Christina to join the battle full-time. The other side has made killing babies a full-time profession, but we’ve made saving them a part-time hobby. We can’t do anything without volunteers and financial supporters like you, but we absolutely need more like Christina to do this full-time. Such a victory is well worth the trip to Michigan!
Thank you for making this possible with your gifts and prayers.
Choosing life is always the right choice … but not always the easiest. Purdue University Students for Life has created a video to raise awareness about resources available for pregnant students on their campus.
Take a few minutes to watch their beautiful video and remember that there is support when you choose life!
You might also check out Students for Life of America’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative.
For the first time ever, CBR hit Georgia Southern University (GSU) hard with the reality of abortion. Faculty, police, press, and students alike couldn’t deny what abortion does to a human being. Nearly a dozen students said they will organize a pro-life group to continue the work. Pray that they will!
One administrator said her own daughter had been born at 24 weeks; she said her baby, “looked like the picture on your poster.” She was startled by the contrasting photo of a dead 24-week-old baby, killed by a late-term abortionist.
One of the most encouraging responses: “Where’s the sign-up sheet? I have to do something! This is horrible.”
Campus police were a constant presence. One officer debated with a couple Liberty students and did his best to defend choice. It was an unusual but welcome bonus. The officers, doing their job and standing near the display, allowed us to do ours and influence them with the pictures and our words.
The Statesboro police chief even advertised the rolling billboards on our truth truck. Thank you!
A reporter from the Statesboro Herald interviewed several CBR members, students, and GSU staff. (If you can get the Statesboro Herald website to work,) You can read his article here:
One student said, “Disgusting! How can people do that?” Another commented, “I know the facts and while this is hard to see, I am glad you are here. People need to know what the word [abortion] means.”
One of the most encouraging responses: “Where’s the sign-up sheet? I have to do something! This is horrible.” Indeed.
For the first time in history, CBR exposed the horror at Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia. We were hosted by the CSU Advocates for Life (AFL), the student group we started earlier this year.
We were joined by five students from Liberty University in Virginia who spent their spring break winning hearts, changing minds, and saving lives. We pray for the day these students expose abortion on their own campus, without interference from the Liberty University staff.
The trip was funded by the Chattahoochee Valley United for Life (CVUL), a chapter of Georgia Right to Life (GRTL). Over the years, we have worked with many GRTL chapters to bring GAP to Georgia. This trip was a huge answer to prayer.
CBR and CVUL hosed our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) to prepare members and students alike to articulate and defend the pro-life movement, even in a hostile environment.
Check out the local media coverage:
A middle-aged woman told us, “I am so glad you are here. Folks don’t understand what they are doing. I have 50 year-old friends who are still hurting from abortion. It goes so much deeper than people realize.” Indeed.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie Hawkins as our newest Project Director.
Jackie resides in Virginia’s Hampton Roads. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at Ferrum College and her master’s degree in Plant Physiology at Virginia Tech. It was during her studies at Virginia Tech that she came in contact with Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.
Before she joined CBR, Jackie wanted to do more for the pro-life movement. As a busy grad student, she could only spare every other Saturday to go to the nearest abortion clinic to sidewalk council. One day the thought popped into her head: “Wouldn’t it be cool if I could work for the pro-life movement full time?” But she dismissed the thought, “Nah, that’s not a thing.
CBR came to Virginia Tech with their Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) and Genocide Awareness Project (PLTA) in the spring of 2014. Jackie came to understand in a few short hours that pro-life work was her passion and that she wanted nothing more than to work with an abortion-abolishing powerhouse like CBR. Lucky for Jackie, CBR is always hiring full-time abolitionists!
As fascinating as plant physiology is — well, maybe to some people — changing minds and saving babies is a more excellent career decision!
Jacqueline looks forward to working not only with university students, but with the Black community to help end the eugenic slaughter of Black children.
Welcome aboard, Jackie! We’re expecting great things from you!
If you’d like to support Jackie (or any of our staff members), it’s quick, easy, and secure to support CBR online. Whatever you can do will make a huge difference. To support Jackie’s work, designate your gift for “Virginia Project Director (SE-JFH)”.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) is helping the pro-life movement in Europe develop more effective strategies for activism and growth.
So says Neil Datta, secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (an abortion advocacy organization). Referencing an interview with Mr. Datta, Women’s eNews (a feminist online publication) wrote:
U.S. anti-abortion groups appear to be sharing their expertise with their European counterparts. Datta cites the example of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, based in Knoxville, Tenn., which ran a poster campaign that links photos of genocide and holocaust next to images of aborted fetuses. Countries, such as Slovakia and Poland, used a similar ad campaign to promote their agenda at the European Parliament and in public squares, said Datta.
Mr. Datta also described the linkage between good strategy and growth of the pro-life movement:
Datta said it’s hard to prove the financial links between U.S. anti-abortion groups and their European counterparts but signs of growing prosperity are obvious. In Brussels, he said, for example, about a dozen anti-abortion groups have offices and professional staffs. “Twenty years ago,” he said, “there were maybe two or three organizations in Brussels.”
See entire article here.
When you support CBR, you not only save lives and change public opinion in the USA, you enable strategic pro-life activism across the globe!
What a smackdown!
One of the most fascinating — indeed, illuminating — exchanges to come out of the House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday. Here is Chairman Darrell Issa grilling Jonathan Gruber:
ISSA: When you made these repeated comments [We wrote ObamaCare in such a way as to hide its costs; we counted on the American voter being stupid enough to believe us; lying is a huge political advantage, etc.] in an intellectual community with lots of other like-minded people, did anyone ever come up to you and tell you that what you were saying was inappropriate?
GRUBER: Not that I recall.
ISSA: I guess what you said was popular in that community.
What a smackdown! But so true. The “intellectual” class believes they do no wrong when they lie to you, because they are obviously so much smarter than you.
In the Los Angeles Times, Jonah Goldburg described the real genius of the smarter-than-you “intellectual” class:
[Gruber] represents the arrogance of the expert class writ large. They create systems, terms and rules that no normal person on the outside can possibly penetrate. They make life and living more complicated and then get rich and powerful off of their ability to navigate that complexity. Time and again they sell simplicity and security and deliver more complications and insecurity, which in turn creates demand for more experts promising simplicity and security the Gruberians never deliver.
It’s not that Americans are stupid, it’s that the experts have been geniuses at creating a system that makes normal people feel stupid.
Today is the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The following day, President Roosevelt gave one of the great speeches of all time. Here is my list of the greatest speeches of World War II. (See videos below.)
- Day of Infamy — Pres. Franklin Roosevelt, December 8, 1941
- Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat — Sir Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940
- Finest Hour — Sir Winston Churchill, June 18, 1940
- Japanese Surrender Ceremony — Gen. Douglas MacArthur, September 2, 1945
- The Guns Are Silent — Gen. Douglass MacArthur, September 2, 1945
- The Boys of Pointe du Hoc — Pres. Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984
- Tear Down This Wall — Pres. Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987
What would you add to this list?
Day of Infamy — Pres. Franklin Roosevelt, December 8, 1941
With confidence in our armed forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat — Sir Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Let that be realized …
Finest Hour — Sir Winston Churchill, June 8, 1940 (conclusion only)
Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”
Japanese Surrender Ceremony — Gen. Douglas MacArthur, September 2, 1945
Note: Many of my generation owe our lives to Gen. MacArthur. He brought our fathers home alive. During the next 5 years, he would prove to be the greatest emperor Japan ever had.
It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past — a world founded upon faith and understanding — a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish — for freedom, tolerance and justice. … Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.
Link to full text of Gen. MacArthur’s remarks here.
The Guns Are Silent — Gen. Douglas MacArthur, September 2, 1945
Immediately after the surrender ceremony, Gen. MacArthur addressed the American public via radio. We could find no video link but you can link to audio of The Guns Are Silent here.
As I look back on the long, tortuous trail from those grim days of Bataan and Corregidor, when an entire world lived in fear, when democracy was on the defensive everywhere, when modern civilization trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that He has given us the faith, the courage and the power from which to mold victory.
The Boys of Pointe du Hoc — Pres. Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984
Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; …
Tear Down This Wall — Pres. Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
by Ruby Nicdao
We overlook flippant comments, because it is critical to engage people with opposing or dismissive views and help them reason.
As one couple walked hand-in-hand past our display, I offered a brochure and asked what they thought. The guy answered, “I’m an art student, so I’m indifferent to this.” His girlfriend smiled at the retort.
Ignoring his dismissive attitude, I asked, “Okay, so what do you think of our artistic layout? Do you agree with our comparisons?”
He responded, “Yes, I would agree with the comparison.” He pointed to the dismembered baby’s hands and feet wrapped around the top of a quarter (an obvious national symbol) and remarked, “That looks like America stands behind abortion.” Even though he was saying it in jest, there was truth in what he was saying.
I pressed further, “Okay, I know you are being facetious, but do you think the the pre-born is a human life?” He said he did, but that he is not a female and this was not his choice to make.
I pushed further, “If this were a toddler and her mother tried to kill this toddler, would you stand up for this child?” He said he would. [This is a variant of the trot out the toddler argument.]
I continued, “Okay. So if your girlfriend became pregnant and she wanted an abortion—and you just admitted that the pre-born is a human life—would you stand up and speak up for your child?”
He then said, “Yes, yes. I guess I would.”
This one man’s shift of attitude won’t change the world tomorrow, but he did begin to think of abortion as a serious human injustice. He saw the need to stand up for one child about to be killed, especially if it were his own.
Ruby Nicdao is a CBR Project Director in Virginia and is a frequent FAB contributor.
by Maggie Egger
Abortion photos don’t just make converts; they educate and energize people who are already pro-life.
At Radford University, a young man approached me and asked, “Are you the people I’m supposed to interview?”
“I don’t know,” I replied. “We’ve had a good number of people interview us for their classes.”
“OK, great! I must be in the right place!” As he pulled out a notepad, he said, “I’m Catholic. So I’m, ya know, pro-life.”
I told him I was excited to hear that, but from the way he said it, I could tell he was not strongly committed. It seemed like he was raised in a pro-life house, but he didn’t necessarily buy all of it.
“Jacob” began to ask questions about the display, e.g., what was our purpose in being there, what kind of reactions did we get, what did we think of the protesters, etc. He appeared to believe that the preborn are human beings, but he didn’t know much about abortion in general. He knew the answer to “What is the preborn?” but he didn’t yet fully understand the answer to “What is abortion and what does it do?”
Then he asked me why we compared abortion to genocide. Before talking about personhood, dehumanization, and all of that, I simply said,
“A lot of people say that our comparing abortion to genocide is ludicrous and offensive. And you know what? They’re absolutely right, if the preborn are not human beings, in the same way that you and I are human beings. If they are not human beings, then (a) abortion doesn’t kill them, (b) abortion is no different from getting a tooth pulled, and (c) any comparison with genocide is absolutely insane. But, as you and I both know (because science tells us), that every human life begins at fertilization. So, abortion kills 1.2 million human beings every year in the U.S. alone. I don’t know any word for that, other than genocide.”
“Wait, what? How many abortions a year?”
His eyes grew wide in disbelief. He shook his head. “Wow! Yeah, you’re right. That’s what it is … a genocide!”
We walked around the rest of the display so he could see all the different pictures, and he asked a few more questions. When we finished he said, “Thank you so much for taking the time to explain all this to me. I’ve learned a lot.”
Yes, he had learned a lot. And that knowledge left him more committed to the pro-life position. That’s why you send us. There are many more like Jacob, so please send us more places, more often. And ask your Christian friends to do the same.
Maggie Egger is a CBR Project Director in Virginia and was the Project Manager for CBR’s recent GAP visit to the Commonwealth.