Pro Life “Over” Campus at Liberty University

Abortion Photo over Liberty University

Abortion Photo over Liberty University

CBR is flying a huge photo of abortion over Liberty University this week, so that Liberty students can learn the truth. For many of them, it will be the first time. WSET-TV has the story.  Watch the video!

Most people have abortions simply because they don’t know who the unborn child is, nor do they know what abortion does. Christian youth are just as vulnerable, because “pro-life” churches are covering up the truth as effectively as everyone else. If your church is not showing abortion photos or video, babies are being lost that could have been saved.

The coverup at Christian schools is just as egregious, if not more so. The most striking examples are Notre Dame University and Liberty University, arguably the flagship universities of the Catholic and Protestant worlds, respectively. Both have prevented the display of abortion photos on their campuses. The First Amendment protects pro-life education at public universities, but not at private schools. It is mind-blowing to think that public university students know more about abortion than Christian university students.

Just a year ago, I showed abortion to a small group of maybe five Liberty University students. None had seen abortion before. One of them later wrote,

Seeing all those graphic photos and that video brought me to tears and showed me [abortion] is murder; it is wrong. I want to now fight for their lives.

Another wrote,

I witnessed my first abortion through the images and clips by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. That has changed my view on abortion. … [After] actually seeing the results of this murder, I am pro-life because abortion is bluntly murder and should be outlawed!! I believe these pictures should be shown to change the minds of people on abortion.

Fortunately, the airspace over these universities is still free. Last year, we flew abortion photos over the Notre Dame campus.

Expect us to be more and more aggressive in educating Christians in the public spaces around their schools and churches.  If abortion is to be stopped, three adverse conditions must be corrected:

  1. Christian people must know what abortion is and does.  (They don’t.)
  2. Christian people must act in proportion to the injustice.  (We don’t.)
  3. The Church must lead.  (It doesn’t.)

By ourselves, we can’t do much about #2 and #3, but we will do everything we can to correct the lack of knowledge.

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28 Responses to “Pro Life “Over” Campus at Liberty University”

  1. November 19th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Don says:

    Nice post Fletcher. All too true.

  2. November 20th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    William Dempsey says:

    Where can one find a source to support the statement that Notre Dame will not permit these displays?

  3. November 20th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Fletcher says:

    Mr. Dempsey, I can tell you first-hand that our truck bearing abortion photos was told to leave the Notre Dame campus in Spring 2009. It is the same truck that we routinely drive on secular campuses and even around high schools. When I confirm the details, I will post more information on our attempts to bring GAP to Notre Dame.

    On a campus like Notre Dame or at any other Christian university or high school, it shouldn’t be necessary for us to bring the photos of abortion. It should be part of the required curriculum. Jesus commands us to make disciples (Matthew 28:19) and “teach them to obey everything I have commanded (Matthew 28:20).” One of the commandments is “Do not murder,” yet one in five women who have abortions identify themselves as “born-again” or “evangelical” Christians. The rate of abortion among Catholics is also very high.

    One reason is that nobody, and especially not their priests nor pastors, has ever shown young Christians the truth. Without knowledge, they become vulnerable to the lies that (a) the baby is “just a blob of tissue” and (b) although abortion might be a sin, it is really a nominal evil or the lesser of evils or maybe even a necessary evil.

  4. November 21st, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Jessica says:

    I do agree that abortion is horrible and wrong. I am a mother of three and i know what good can come from having children. They are truley heaven sent. On the other hand i have to disagree with flying the banner over any city. I think that people have a right to choose what to view. I don’t belive anyone should be forced to view them. I have had to miscariges and seeing this banner brought me back to the day that i not murdered my children but lost them. I think you fail to realizethe impact it has seeing the banner on people such as myself. If you want to educate people on abortion it needs to be planned and the public invited to it and held in a private building. I too think that if more woman seen the effects of abortion they wouldn’t think twice about it. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment.

  5. November 21st, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Fletcher says:

    Jessica, thanks for adding your comment. We are not totally unaware of the pain of miscarriage. My wife and I had two. Yes, it is painful to think of the children we no longer have, but the burden of guilt carried by so many who aborted their own children is much, much worse.

    You are so right that if more women saw the effects of abortion, they would do something else. In fact, we met just such a woman at the University of Tennessee on Thursday. Amid all the opposition and cursing from pro-aborts on campus—they told us that people had a right not to see the pictures—a student saw the pictures and chose life for her baby. Had we been holed up in some building, that baby would soon be dead.

  6. November 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 am

    DrScot says:

    Fletcher! Keep up the good work. Keep up the excellent writing and your kind and thoughtful responses! The pictures, and great reasoning, just “works” – as your hundreds of positive testimonials prove. The ones “ranting” at your presentations on campus just don’t want to THINK, and after seeing your pictures, that is a bit hard to avoid! – DrScot

  7. November 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Sharon says:

    Keep up the good work. It would be wonder if the photo’s could be shown on TV. Why don’t people understand that is is killing.

  8. November 22nd, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Bryan McKinney says:


    Good article! It is a shame that you are forced by those wishing to cover up the reality of abortion, as this wish not to be “bothered” by abortion, to use the absolute last means of mass media to these students, the air! But we do know that even the tow banner has saved lives across America where it has flown, I know it is a powerful message that might have reached someone about to find out they are pregnant, unfortunately even students at Liberty find themselves in sexually immoral relationships and there are consequences to those actions, abortion is ALWAYS an option to anyone who isn’t married because it is an easy way out. Good job and keep up the hard work!

    God Bless.

  9. November 22nd, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Debbie says:

    If we care about that unborn children’s lives are being taken everyday, then something must be done about it. Conversation about abortion being wrong has not been effective enough to change what our culture thinks of abortion. Yes, these pictures are hard to look at. Pictures show what words cannot adequately express. I’m a post abortive woman and know many who have aborted as well, and have been told, and do agree, that if we had seen these pictures beforehand, we probably would not have gone through with it. Pictures, used to make the public aware of what is going on, has been effective in bringing about social change. No one wins in abortion; everyone walks away damaged, and a child loses it’s life. Showing these pictures is working to bring awareness of what abortion does and who the unborn is.

  10. November 22nd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Debbie says:

    On the miscarriage issue. I too have had a miscarriage, and yes, seeing these pictures is hard. But I would rather other people to see these pictures so that more children will not lose their lives and more parents wouldn’t be left with the pain of knowing they took the life of their child. I’m sorry these pictures brought the pain of miscarriage back. I pray that your heart would continue to heal from the loss of that child.

  11. November 22nd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    scott says:

    Fletcher, Keep up the good work! In my mind’s eye I always see the unborn baby’s fingers grasping the finger of the surgeon as he conducted a delicate surgery just weeks into the pregnancy. It continues to amaze me that others have the right to express their “religious” views but a Christian viewpoint is always attacked and prevented from such right of expression. More alarming is the “fence-sitting” of professed believers on this and other issues of our time. I try to remain grounded in my faith by remembering two things: Jesus Christ calls us to obey and He testifies that he will be ashamed of me in front of his Father in my presence if I am ashamed of Him in front of others. To those who say everyone has a right to make their own choice I would say they are correct. But Christians have the responsibility to reveal the truth of God’s word in love so others may be exposed to His love and teachings. The believer’s job is to bear witness. God’s job is to convict the heart! Keep on bearing witness, Fletcher!

  12. November 22nd, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Carolyn says:

    Fletcher, You are so right! I never thought of it in that way– it’s an uncomforable conversation, and so even churches avoid it. I guess I assumed that places like Liberty would take a very verbal stand against it!

    Here’s a thought– middle school students. If they could understand, just think of how many abortions could be prevented!

  13. November 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Pastor Joseph Parker says:


    Allow me to simply say keep up the great work you are doing. Praise God, You are on target! For those people who want to get angry over the showing of pictures, they are using their anger on the wrong people. Don’t get mad at the ones showing the pictures, get angry about the fact that that which the pictures are showing is happening legally right in your own community! And too many people don’t seem to care! Every follower of Jesus Christ in the world should have a righteous anger over this tragedy going on in our nation and our world! These precious little ones haven’t done a thing to anybody but our culture is treating them like they are garbage simply to be discarded if their life seems to be an “inconvenience” or unwanted.

    The Word of God says so clearly and plainly, “You shall not murder”. Abortion is murder, plain and simple. Yes, it is wrong to kill Black babies, its wrong to kill white babies … All are precious in God’s sight! Keep up the great work!

  14. November 22nd, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    LBJ says:

    Pictures of holocaust victims used to be shown every Saturday afternoon on TV when I was growing up and also in school. Yes, they were disturbing. The point was to show what happens when some decide that some other people aren’t human beings with innate dignity and that this should never happen again.No baby should be aborted! Miscarriage is involuntary, abortion is a willful act.

    Ditto for the pictures of aborted babies. I think it is good to be reminded of the loss of ones own children whether through abortion or miscarriage. We need to remember them, not forget them. Yes, it disturbs us, but that disturbance moves us to charity and compassion for those who have aborted or miscarried and to help prevent them from happening. The deceased children exist and have eternal existence.We believe in the mercy of God for them, knowing that He is not bound by anything to save them for Himself.

    By the way,the Pictures were shown all over Washington,D.C. area on prime time television.

  15. November 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Fletcher says:

    Mr. Dempsey, CBR Executive Director Gregg Cunningham recently wrote about the coverup at Notre Dame:

    Notre Dame isn’t bothered by abortion because the prolife student groups are shielding the university from the truth. Very recently, when we participated in a prolife planning conference call with Notre Dame students and other activists, the students reiterated their long-standing insistence that no abortion photos be displayed on their campus. In place of photos, they are handing out white carnations. What will anyone looking at a white carnation learn about the humanity of unborn children or the inhumanity of abortion? The same thing they will learn by looking at empty red envelopes. Not so much. In fact, it unwittingly trivializes abortion.


    A few years ago some college students came up to our display at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and blocked our abortion signs with a large sign of their own. They lectured us angrily about how awful we were for showing these horrible pictures. I assumed they were pro-abortion. It turned out they were prolife. It turned out they were students from Notre Dame.

  16. November 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    LBJ says:

    Also from my prolife work, I have noticed how people have to have everything explained and drawn out for them, possibly due to the lack of reasoning skills being taught in our society.
    Many a time at the abortion mill, those seeking abortion would make no connection between a beautiful picture of an unborn child and what the consequences of abortion are for that child.The aborted baby photo explains this instantly to anyone, even children as young as 3 whose reasoning and cognitive skills have just begun to develope and for those under 25 whose brain function is still not up to full speed, due to the length of time it takes for the brain to fully mature.(The car insurance companies know this and thus charge more to insure drivers under 25.)

  17. November 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Sean says:


    You’re going to have your hands full with the administration of these schools if you keep antagonizing them like this. I hope you are fully aware of what kind of affect that could have on the students.
    Hopefully everything will be done to change the policies at Notre Dame and Liberty University, but you need to be careful that those schools don’t respond negatively and stop what little pro-life activity is happening there.

    Then again – if they show their true colors then the truly pro-life students would have a rallying cry to gather around.
    Just keep praying about what you should and should not do.
    God bless you and your work, I know it has people talking.
    Because He loves.

  18. November 22nd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Jessica says:

    To all the readers that have posted coments.. I am not angry, I just feel that the pictures are a little much. My friends 10 year old girl seen the flag and now wonders what abortion is. I feel that a 10 year old should not know of these things because the the question “where do babys come from” will be asked. At that age they do not need to know about either of those topics. Flying a flag without the picture would be an alternitive..I don’t think anyone should be forced to look at these photos unless they are trying to have an abortion. THAT is something you can try to get passed in congress. For anyone trying to ask for an abortion they must view a video on the procedure and all the info about the baby. Also shown picture’s as shown on the flag.That would stop more abortions than flying a flag..Go to the source! The office’s where the abortions are taking place!

  19. November 22nd, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Jessica says:

    showing pictures to men, boys, and people who cannot bear children is not going to stop the abortion..but the pictures in the clinic will!!

  20. November 22nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Fletcher says:

    Jessica, by the time most aborting mothers reach the clinic, there is so much denial and momentum in play, very few can be turned around. It happens, but not in large numbers.

    Also, pictures at the clinic will do little to help the woman who is being coerced or forced to have the abortion. Up to 64% of abortions are coerced (www.unfairchoice.info/pdf/FactSheets/ForcedAbortions.pdf). The people doing the coercing are boyfriends, husbands, parents, friends and family, and a host of others. All of them need to see the truth. Pictures at the clinic will do little to affect the pressure being put on mothers to abort. Pictures at the clinic will do little to address apathy in the church and in our Christian institutions.

    It’s not wrong to take pictures to the clinic, but it is woefully inadequate if that’s the only place we show them.

  21. November 22nd, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Quedude says:

    My eyes aren’t that good, and I read the banner over Notre Dame easily. That’s whole campus treatment at once. Thanks to all your supporters for getting tne job done at Liberty.

  22. November 22nd, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Charlie says:

    No wonder today’s youth are growing more and more pro-life. The pictures acquaint them with the truth about abortion, which they don’t get in politically correct classroms.

  23. November 22nd, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Richard Muller says:

    I just happened to read last night of the servile attitude of the church toward Hitler, when they knew of his evil doings in Germany during WWII and before. Servile is an ugly word and that’s the word Paul Johnson uses,for both Catholics and Protestants. There were exceptions, of course, like Bonhoffer and others, but the great majority of the clergy only were only trying to preserve their lives and their status. Is that true today? It would seem so; I have very little respect for the clergy, but I do have more respect for the laity, I believe that there you will find some true Christianity. Are the clergy prisoners of their own pride? I think so.
    Dick Muller

  24. November 22nd, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    A. D. Street says:

    There was no outcry against the gore and mayhem from the TV and news magazines over the horrific Viet Nam war – but when we try to show what is happening in “Christian” America a great outcry rises not only from the obvious segments of a wicked sociey but from the weak and compromising chruch!

    We cannot hide

    Prov. 24:11-12
    If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

    We must tell the awful truth

    Hab 2:2-3
    And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

    A. D. Street

  25. November 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Jessica says:

    Yes i see where you are coming from on why you should show men..I still don’t think children should be alowed to view them. Thank you for continuing to respond to my letters..I wish you well in your life and all that you want to accomplish in it. One day i hope the message is heard and clinics will shut down and woman,man,and young adult will say NO to abortions!

  26. November 23rd, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Bill says:

    Jesus came to cast fire upon the earth. That’s exactly what you are doing.

  27. November 28th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    BP says:

    If blowing the trumpet and broadcasting truth save lives, keep blowing. If anyone needs justice, it is the most innocent speechless unborn babies who cry out for life every second without being heard. We plead for grace and mercy on their behalf!

    Standing for Life!

  28. March 30th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    JC says:

    Keep showing those pictures of those poor aborted babies. I already have gotten permission to hand out a flyer to people and I will be doing that.
    To Jessica: It is OK to show violence/murders on TV/movies, society accepts those and watches them. Even Christians. What is the difference between the blood & guts on those shows, and a shredded unborn baby? TV/movies are not real, you say? But it is SEEN. And it is accepted by everyone. If the born can be seen in those conditions, I say the unborn should be seen also! I do not ‘like’ the pictures of aborted babies, but they should be seen by everyone so their voice can be heard, they cannot speak for themselves.

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