[This story was submitted by CBR Virginia Project Director Ruby Nicdao.]
As is usual for the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), some were hostile at George Mason University (GMU). One called me a“moron” after I gave her one of our GAP brochures (How Can You Compare Abortion to Genocide).
I asked, “How am I a moron?” She said she would come back later and tell me why. A couple of hours later, she returned with a 2-page list of expenses necessary to raise a child and a number of photos of miscarried babies. None of it addressed the question of whether it is OK to decapitate and dismember little human beings. Nor the question of when, during a child’s development, it becomes no longer OK to kill that child. Nor the question of what criterion should decide who can be killed and who must be protected.
Our discussion centered like most discussions I have with the students: “Is the fetus in the womb human? And if so, it is wrong to kill it?”
Hopefully, I planted enough seeds for her to finally see the light! I also gave her the When Does Human Life Begin? handout, which provides references from medical textbooks, medical professionals, abortion advocates, and even abortionists themselves, all admitting life begins at fertilization. For example, Dr. Arthur Morris, Jr. was an abortionist who said, “Life begins with fertilization and abortion is legalized destruction of life.” (Asheville Citizen-Times, April 4, 1976.)
GAP was such a draw at George Mason University (GAP), even Old Man Winter came out to see it! He brought freezing temperatures, rain, snow, and winds gusting at more than 20 mph. Yuck. He made it hard to stand outside for very long, but we were determined to expose abortion in all its grisly reality.
Assisted by a dozen local volunteers, we endured miserable weather for three straight days (March 24- 26), too thrilled to be striking a blow on behalf of the preborn to worry about physical discomfort. (OK, the Day 1 photo at right doesn’t look so bad, but it was very cold. And it got much colder, rainier, snowier, and windier over the next 2 days.)
As always happens when GAP comes to town, the campus was saturated with literature, and conversations on the ethics of abortion could be heard continuously in the area surrounding the display and in classrooms all over. CBR’s truth truck circled the campus, ensuring that no student could miss the message.
GAP prompts thought like nothing else can. People who otherwise never think about abortion are forced to confront the issue and try to reason out what they think of decapitating and dismembering little human beings. With the image of abortion’s helpless victims staring them right in the face, it is hard to argue for the primacy of “choice”. Of course, this doesn’t stop many from trying.
About 10 or so pro-abortion protesters showed up with their own signs to “refute” the logic of the GAP display. Their presence always works to our advantage. Where else do we get the chance to engage hard-core pro-aborts, on our terms, for a protracted period of time? The enthusiasm of many young abortion supporters tends to wane under continuous exposure to powerful pro-life arguments.
And no argument is more powerful than the picture of a little human being who has been decapitated and dismembered.
[Story submitted by Jonathan Darnel of CBR Maryland.]
Is GAP effective? We hear it all the time. Of course we can answer that question and we have. But now let student pro-life leaders have their say:
“The Genocide Awareness Project has, once again, changed hearts and minds [and] proven its transformative power on our campus.” (Anna Maher, Students for Life, George Mason University)
“The imprint GAP left on our campus had a magnitude of which I had never witnessed before.” (Zach Hoopes, Advocates for Life, Virginia Tech)
“[GAP is more effective] than anything our student group has done in the past.” (Teresa Pincus, Students for Life, North Carolina State)
“The large-scale influence on our campus was immeasurable. We are constantly doing pro-life projects on our campus, but nothing as grand as GAP. We reached more students in two days that we could have reached by tabling in the student center every day for two semesters.” (Mirna Awrow, Students for Life, Oakland University)
“The impact that GAP had on the MSU campus will surely be felt for many years to come.” (Vinny Szczerowski, Students for Life, Michigan State University)
“Bring the GAP display to your campus and make a big impact.” (Julie and Emily Ascik, Carolina Students for Life, U of North Carolina)
“We fully endorse GAP and we will continue to show graphic images in the future.” (Matthew Ramsey, Students for Life, University at Buffalo)
What more can I say, in addition to what these student pro-life leaders have already said? We have now finished one of our most successful GAP campaigns ever, making stops at 7 major universities in 4 states, with a combined enrollment of more than 200,000 students.
In addition to reaching nearly a quarter million students with the real truth of abortion, we recruited at least one new full-time staff member and one intern who will join us this summer! Praise the Lord; His plan really did come together!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting interesting stories of hearts won and minds changed here on my blog. Stay tuned!
Financially, we still have a way to go. The cost for the 6 GAPs in Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan was $30,000. We took a step of faith, and so far, we’ve raised $19,000. Only $11,000 to go. If you can help us close this financial gap, we can add two more schools to our Fall GAP campaign. Let us know you stand behind this work, that you stand behind courageous pro-life students, and that you stand up for babies and moms. Link here to be a financial partner.
Thanks so much for your faithful support.
In stark contrast to last year’s visit, the First Amendment was thoroughly upheld at the University at Buffalo (UB) this time around. CBR returned to UB to deploy our Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) on April 28-29.
FAB readers will recall the chaos that ensued on our first visit (stories here, here, here, and here). As a result of university-sanctioned censorship, CBR filed a federal lawsuit against UB for permitting an unruly mob of pro-abortion protesters to purposely disrupt our peaceful, pro-life demonstration (link to stories here and here).
For those keeping score, this was only the second time in the history of GAP that CBR has been forced to file a lawsuit against a public university. Usually, the knowledge of our willingness to defend speech rights is enough to ensure their enforcement.
The UB has a long history of obstructing pro-life speech. When the UB Students for Life organized in 2010-2011, UB stalled their application for 9 months, until the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) forced UB to give the Students for Life the same access to UB spaces/facilities that all the left-wing students enjoy. Story here: Recent Victory for Pro-Life Speech. Later, UB students vandalized a Cemetery of the Innocents display, not once, but twice. Stories here: Second Round of Discrimination and Vandalism at University of Buffalo Continues.
It was clear that sometime during the past year, the University at Buffalo “got religion,” as we say here in the South. They were determined to prevent the kind of censorship that they allowed last year, and they did.
The area surrounding GAP was constantly abuzz with pro-life vs pro-abortion conversation, sometimes passionate and emotional, other times calm and intellectual, but always productive.
On Day 2, high winds and rain prevented us from constructing the full display, but volunteers made do with a smaller set-up and aggressive literature distribution. Click to read our brochure, How Can You Compare Abortion to Genocide?.
- Students for Life bring anti-abortion display to campus for second year
- Graphic images are necessary to anti-abortion movement
Michigan State University (MSU) was next up for CBR’s Genocide Awareness Project (GAP).
We were hosted at MSU by the Students for Life and their president, Lisa Jankowski. What a blessing to help students like Lisa stand up for truth and justice in a hostile world! You share in that blessing when you support CBR (click here).
CBR’s Pro-Life Training Academy prepared students to articulate and defend the pro-life position.
- MSU Students for Life displays photos for anti-abortion campaign
- Students protest against MSU Students for Life poster display
- Letter: Pro-life protesters are misguided, need to consider reasons for abortions
- Editorial Cartoon
- Free speech should be celebrated on campus
More to come!
Next stop for this Spring’s massive Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) tour was Oakland University (OU) in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit.
Like most suburban universities, OU is relatively new (established 1957) and is growing by leaps and bounds. Students are more likely to commute and less likely to be involved in student activism. The OU Students for Life (SFL) are a refreshing exception to that rule.
Under the leadership of Mirna Awrow, the OU SFL has become a force on OU’s campus. They have hosted a number of big events on campus, including an appearance by Rebecca Kiessling and a major debate with the pro-abortion club. And now, they have hosted GAP.
- Two-day project shocks campus, draws protest
- Graphic Image
- WARNING GRAPHIC: Genocide On Campus (see video at bottom of page)
More to come.
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Students for Life (SFL) hosted the Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) and the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) earlier in April.
Teresa Pincus, President of NSCU SFL, is an effective leader and we expect great things from her in the years to come.
CBR Virginia Project Director Maggie Egger served as Site Manager for this and all of the GAPs this Spring. We are thrilled to see Maggie and others young people stepping forward to lead the next generation of pro-lifers, the generation that will win!
- Letter from Mick Hunt before GAP
- Response to Mick’s letter
- Abortion display provokes protest
- Genocide Awareness Project: A lost cause
- One last thought about the Genocide Awareness Project
- All the best intentions
Do not be discouraged at the tone of the items printed in the NC State student newspaper. Remember what Mahatma Ghandi said:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
They are fighting us.
More to come!
The Carolina Students for Life (CSFL) hosted our Pro Life Training Academy (PLTA) and Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in late March. It was our third trip to Chapel Hill. We gotta do this more often!
Due to a turf restoration project on Polk Place, the normal venue for displays like GAP, CSFL reserved a very visible space just outside the Wilson Library.
Co-Presidents Julie and Emily Ascik are very effective leaders who labored long and hard to convince the CSFL members to host GAP. As it turned out, some of the opposition came from “members” who rarely bother to do very much at all (other than obstruct, apparently). Fortunately, several younger members stepped up and CSFL’s future looks bright indeed.
- Letter: Abortion should be considered genocide
- Letter: Abortion letter was ignorant and hateful
- Letter: A pro-life response to the abortion letter
- Letter: Thoughts on Israel and abortion
- Letter: The missing element in abortion debates
- Controversial anti-abortion protest on UNC campus
- Visual tactics of anti-abortion protest in front of Wilson Library questioned
- Letter: Abortion display was in bad taste
- Students protest anti-abortion display on campus
- UNC students protest anti-abortion advertisements (video with excellent commentary by CBR’s Maggie Egger)
- Opinion: Winston Crisp’s email was not sent to enough people
- USA Today: Anti-abortion group sparks controversy on UNC campus
- Letter: Equal access to contraception is key
- Letter: Thoughts on the abortion display
- Quickhits for April 3, 2014: Why so serious?
- Column: Public displays of revulsion
- Letter: Abortion images were simply the truth
Julie and Emily aren’t the only pro-life warriors in their family. Older brother Peter was President of the Students for Life at the U of Georgia when they hosted GAP in 2010.
More to come.
GAP made it’s first appearance ever at Virginia Tech University on March 27-28, where we were hosted by the Advocates for Life (AFL).
Because you support CBR, Virginia Project Directors Maggie Egger and Nicole Cooley encouraged and trained AFL President Zach Hoopes and others to expose abortion at Virginia Tech, and they formed AFL for just that purpose.
CBR’s Pro-Life Training Academy prepared students to articulate and defend the pro-life position.
There was a slight hiccup in the final day or two before GAP. A key member of AFL resigned from the group, which almost caused a delay. Fortunately, we were able to complete the project as scheduled.
- Drillfield display goes too far
- Anti-abortion campaign causes controversy in front of Dietrick
- Editorial: Free speech must remain considerate
- The aftermath of activism
- Letter to the editor: Abortion display necessary
More to come!
Great start for GAP at George Mason University (GMU). In fact, we spent 4 days at GMU, the Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) on Sunday (March 23), GAP on Monday and Wednesday and Choice Chains on Tuesday.
Abortion images are nothing new at GMU. Anna Maher and GMU Students for Life display abortion photos on a regular basis. More to come.
This article from Mick Hunt, on location with the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in Florida
Genocide Awareness Project 2014 Kicks Off in Florida
by Mick Hunt
Greetings from the only state in the union that didn’t receive snow last Wednesday … Florida. We have brought the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) to Florida for two weeks. The Canadian CBR (CCBR) brought a team of perhaps 30 young people from all over Canada, from Vancouver in the west to Ontario in the east. CBR is providing the GAP kit and truck, plus three of us older gentleman to help set up the display. I’m here with my wife Edie; my specific duty is to make sure all operations are safe.
This week we’ve been one day on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, way down in the southwest, near Fort Myers. Then we spent two days on the opposite corner at North Florida University. Next week it will be Florida State and Central Florida University. Edie and I are leaving and Lincoln Brandenburg, CBR Project Coordinator for Georgia, will be taking my place for next week.
I’ve been involved in GAP for 10 years on perhaps 50 campuses. Only one of those GAPs approached the kind of personal outreach I’ve seen this week with the group from Canada. In Oklahoma, we had about 100 people come to our training session at a sponsoring church. Then during GAP most of those people came to the display. At any point you could see 50 different conversations going on at any time. It was amazing. GAP this week has been like that on a smaller scale, but with great effectiveness. The CCBR young people are well trained in prolife apologetics. They are outgoing, and many of them have considerable experience in one-on-one debate/conversation. I must say that it is encouraging to me to see young people involved on this level, some of them high school students. The average age on the CCBR team is 23 years, which suggests that even their leaders are young. Stephanie Grey, the Executive Director is only 33. They are zealous and compassionate … both. One of the leaders, Jonathan, told me that they are well aware of the importance of learning from us who have been around for awhile longer. CCBR, I hope, reflects the future of the pro-life movement.
Youth and openness to wisdom are strengths, and their experience comes from going out to high schools on a weekly basis and talking with students on their lunch breaks. You can see this in how they handle themselves. The arguments and style have been honed by many 60-second conversations. I’ve seen this so much this week. Jonathan told me that they have notebooks full of testimonies about how people have become more pro-life on abortion. I hope to be able to share some of those with you in the next few days.
But for now, we have a long drive ahead back home to snowy North Carolina today.
This report was filed by FAB correspondent Maggie Egger, Virginia Project Director, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.
The Circle of Life at GMU
by Maggie Egger
CBR Project Director
Last week, George Mason University Students for Life held their first Choice Chain of the semester. I joined five Mason students to form a circle with our signs in front of the student center. We were seen from every angle; no one could miss us.
Soon after we got in to position, there was a class change. In the swarm of people, a young man briefly paused and said,
“I’ve seen you guys out here before. You’ve really changed my mind about abortion. Thank you.”
A little later I spoke to a young man who claimed, among other things, that the preborn are not people and don’t have human rights. I asked him “Why?”
He said because they are not alive. After we went through all the scientific evidence supporting the fact that they are indeed alive, he claimed that they aren’t human.
I asked him “What are their parents?” He looked confused.
“What species do this embryo’s parents belong to?” I asked while pointing to my sign.
“They’re human, of course.”
“Okay, then all their offspring are human, right? Humans can’t reproduce non-humans, can they?”
“Well, no they can’t.” I could see the wheels start to turn in his head. I waited a moment and then asked very calmly, “So, if the preborn are alive and human, why aren’t they people with human rights, too?”
He opened his mouth to answer, and then stopped himself. He paused for a moment, still digesting all that we had just discussed. Staring at my sign, again he started to speak, but couldn’t find any answer. Then he said “I’m sorry, I’m gonna be late to class” and abruptly left.
I know he continued to think about it. Maybe next time he will say, as one did earlier in the day,
“I’ve seen you guys out here before. You’ve really changed my mind about abortion. Thank you.”
Until now, we in Tennessee have always believed that the best two things ever to come out of Alabama were (1) Dreamland Ribs and (2) I-59.* But now you can add a third item to that list: Bama Students for Life (BSFL).
BSFL was recently awarded the Students for Life of America (SFLA) Student Group of the Year. Perhaps their biggest project of the year was to host the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) last Spring. The privilege of working with such a committed, intelligent group of young people was truly a gift from God. BSFL’s media work was the best we have ever seen, and we learned quite a lot, just by watching them.
[We have noted that many of the student groups recognized by SFLA have hosted GAP or some other graphic image display. We wonder if there is any connection? But anyway ...]
BSFL has created another firestorm on campus, this one making national news! They went up against the University of Alabama (UA) … and they won! Earlier this month, a UA official removed the BSFL’s pro-life display from a hallway display case after a few students claimed it was offensive.
What was offensive, you say? Abortion photos from CBR.
But now FAB has learned that UA has apologized for removing the display and will allow BSFL to set up their display once again. Praise the Lord for courageous young people!
Here is BSFL’s Claire Chretien on Fox News:
Here is Claire confronting the UA official who removed the display:
*NOTE: FAB has learned that another famous invention originated in Alabama. We’re not sure exactly when or where the toothbrush was invented, but it had to come from Alabama because if it were invented anywhere else, it would have been called a “teethbrush.”
The best way to protest abortion is to let abortion protest itself. CBR’s Gregg Cunningham:
We don’t protest abortion. We expose abortion. Abortion protests itself.
It was certainly true at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) yesterday. Link to TV news coverage/video here. Quote:
The images are so graphic and disturbing some students left school for the day.
Wow. They really can’t handle the truth. But if abortion is such a great thing for women and for society and even for children, why do pictures of it make people so upset?
Interesting student comments:
- Kaley Dietrich: “It makes you feel uncomfortable. It makes you not feel safe on campus.” [FAB: Dietrich feels uncomfortable because she has a functioning conscience. She feels "not safe" because she can't handle the truth and wants it to go away.]
- Mike Malat: ”It’s pretty disruptive … to have these big things shoved in your face all the time. I mean you’re hear to learn objectively on what you want to learn.” [FAB: Malat thinks that truth is disruptive. He's right; truth disrupts lying. Note how effective the pictures are. We go to FGCU every year or two, but in Malat's mind, it's "all the time."]
- Kaley Dietrich: “Were not trying to limit their free speech, … But we do want students to be able to choose whether they see these images or not.” [FAB: In other words, Dietrich wants to choose which images get seen and which do not.]
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruby Nicdao as our newest Project Director in Virginia.
Ruby started pro-life activism as an engineering student at the University of Florida, when she was invited by a friend to pray near a local abortion mill. Soon, she was counseling women on the sidewalk. After graduating, Ruby continued sidewalk counseling on Saturdays while working full-time as an electronics engineer for the Department of Defense.
Ruby moved to Northern Virginia to study theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and worked as a systems engineer on missile defense systems. She told FAB
It’s ironic that while our country spends billions to protect our people from ballistic missile attacks, millions of children are unjustly killed in the womb, under the radar.
Beginning in 2009, Ruby led 40 Days for Life campaigns at NOVA Women’s Healthcare, the largest abortion mill in Virginia. The campaigners at this mill not only prayed to end abortion, they also exposed abortion using CBR “Choice” signs.
As a result of Ruby’s leadership, the number of abortions at NOVA dropped by 28 percent over four years. In 2013, this abortion mill close forever! Her most memorable pro-life experience came in 2014, when she held for the first time a baby she helped rescue from this death camp.
A resident of Fairfax, Ruby will work in close collaboration with Nicole Cooley of Churchville and Maggie Egger of Front Royal, CBR’s other Project Directors in Virginia.
If you’d like to support Ruby (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 Ruby’s work in Virginia, designate your gift for “Virginia Projects (SE-RMN).”