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Pro-Life on Campus at Tennessee Tech University

The Genocide Awareness Project returned to Tennessee Tech University.

The Genocide Awareness Project returned to Tennessee Tech University.

CBR brought the Genocide Awareness Project back to Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in September.  TTU was a quiet school, with a rating of only 1 out of 10 moonbats.

Not many moonbats in Tennessee.  What can we say?  This has two beneficial effects.  First, we don’t get beat up as much.  Second, students vulnerable to moonbatism … Is moonbatism a word? … Anyway, by staying calm, they have a better chance to see the signs and reflect on their meaning.

This was our third trip to TTU. We went in 2013 with Choice signs and 2015 with a full GAP display.

Pictures work: Statistical evidence

The pictures make a difference. How many lives have been changed by this one photo?

Perhaps God told us to expose the deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) because in His infinite wisdom, He knows that it works.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Pictures work.  Anyone who has used pictures knows it.  But now, we have the cold, hard statistics.

In her study, A Statistical Analysis on the Effectiveness of Abortion Victim Photography in Pro-life Activism, Dr. Jacqueline C. Harvey examined the effectiveness of abortion pictures to change minds.  Key findings include:

Nearly 90% of respondents said that seeing the images increased their negative feelings toward abortion.

• “Those identifying as completely pro-life increased by nearly 30 percent following the campaign.”

• “Those identifying as pro-abortion also decreased in their degree of remaining support for abortion.”

• “Overall, there was a statistically significant gain of nearly 17 percent toward a pro-life world view.”

• “The degree of permissiveness toward abortion was statistically decreased and support for incremental pro-life gains, like gestational limits, substantially increased by 15 percent overall.”

There you have it. The survey proves a statistically significant shift to a more pro-life position when people are exposed to abortion pictures.

Read more at LifeSite News and One News Now.  Read the entire study report here.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

 

International reactions to ALL Black Lives Matter

Will the future leaders of foreign nations help us if we get to the point that we can't help ourselves?

Will the future leaders of foreign nations, influenced by the American pro-life movement, help us if we get to the point that we can’t help ourselves?

by Patti Shanley

The international population at Purdue is one of the largest at any university in this country.  The students who saw GAP will return home with more than a degree.

Sad Song.  Song, from China, struggled to put into English her reaction to the horrifying pictures of tiny, aborted babies.

“Is real?” she wanted to know.  She knew about forced abortion in her homeland, but this was the first time she had actually seen abortion.  She experienced that crucial moment of cognitive dissonance when truth shatters through a long-held belief.  With her head shaking, fighting back tears, all she could say was “No!  No!  No!”

Unimaginable and unbelievable.  “This is not legal in this country, yes?”  Two international students were having a hard time believing abortion is available on demand, without any reason.  He could only stare, and she was almost in tears.   I explained the importance of graphic images in reform movements, and that we want people to see the horror of abortion so they will never accept injustice as a choice.  The students had heard of forced abortions in their own country, but could not imagine voluntary abortions.  When I told them there were about 3,300 each day, the young woman cried out in disbelief.

Disgusting.  Reactions from other international students were similar, and after three days at Purdue, it was painfully clear that this country is in trouble.  Although students from other countries were shocked and disgusted at seeing the truth, American students and faculty called us “disgusting” for showing the truth.  They tried to defend decapitating and dismembering tiny, innocent human beings.  “You people are disgusting,” one faculty member hissed as she walked by.  No, abortion is disgusting.

Patti Shanley is a CBR partner and volunteer from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gems at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Although we got a lot of pushback from pro-aborts at UNC Chapel Hill, we got a great deal of positive feedback.

Although we got a lot of pushback from pro-aborts at UNC Chapel Hill, we got a great deal of positive feedback.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5).  Perhaps it is in the darkest places that the light of truth is most evident.

Mission accomplished.  “You have achieved your goal—dialogue and getting people to think.  We should have more of this on campus.”

Pro-abort suspicious of the abortion system.  CBR staffer Jane Bullington spoke with a young woman who had done a paper on abortion, but was still pro-choice.  She admitted she learned some things from our display that she did not known before.  She said, “The university culture stigmatizes pregnant girls and basically says ‘since you are I school with no job, to be pregnant is irresponsible.  So they shame you to have an abortion.  The system still pushes abortion because employers get around non-discrimination laws and won’t hire pregnant girls, usually.  The system pushes abortion on women.”

Glad you are comparing…  “The protesters were saying this is an anti-abortion display.  I am glad you are comparing it to other genocides.  You know, I actually read your brochure; I like to think and ask questions!!”

No Hitler brains!  “I really don’t want Hitler brains!”  And by that, CJ meant that he didn’t want to think like Hitler.  After volunteer Patti explained to him the reasoning behind the GAP display, he put the message in his own words and it made sense to him.  He saw the connection between the dehumanizing language for both the Jewish people used in Nazi Germany and unwanted, preborn babies today.  Some students and professors take such immediate offense, they will not even read what Rabbi Yehuda Levin stated in our brochure about the common thread that ties together each form of genocide: “the systematic slaughter, as state-sanctioned ‘choice,’ of innocent, defenseless, victims…”  But CJ got it.
 
Pro-abort? Not so much anymore.  “The chat site, Yak-Yak, was full of conversations about being pro-choice at the beginning of the day and “not -so -sure, leaning pro-life”  at the end of the day, because of seeing your display.  I wanted you to know you are making a difference.”
 
Tired of intolerant liberal crap.  Hally, a student from a small town, told us, “I want to get involved with other pro-life kids on this campus.  I am so tired of the liberal crap on this campus.  They are not tolerant and certainly not diversified in thought here.”

She’ll find a way; believe it!  A female student kept her distance for a few minutes, then strolled up to the barricade to talk with volunteer Patti Shanley.  She felt some anxiety about her plans to attend med school, because she knew that there would be pressure to prescribe abortifacients or perform abortions.  Our graphic images weren’t news to her.  She was glad we were there to share the truth about abortion with the rest of the students.   “I don’t see how anyone could do that.  It’s so obviously a little person,” she said as she shook her head.  Patti asked her if she could stand up for the little ones when she’s in med school.  To that she answered, “I’ll find a way, believe it!”

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

A mother’s loss

We must consider the feelings of those who are post-abortive, but also the lives of those who are pre-abortive (and especially their children).

We must consider the feelings of those who are post-abortive, but also the lives of those who are pre-abortive (and especially their children).

by Jacqueline Hawkins

“I was raped and had an abortion at 14, and these pictures traumatize me,” a young woman at UNC Charlotte told me, with anger in her eyes and an edge to her quiet voice.  She had been standing with a sizable group of angry (but polite) students who did not like our message.  When the group dispersed, she stayed to speak with me.

There was really only one thing I could or wanted to say to her: “I’m so sorry for what you’ve gone through and for the loss of your child.”

She wasn’t visibly shocked, but I could tell that she wasn’t expecting my response.  I proceeded to gently tell her that in this whole abortion mess we have to weigh preserving the feelings of those who were touched by abortion in the past with the lives that could and would be saved today and in the future.

In return she told me that she wasn’t sorry or regretted her abortion. “Not every woman regrets her abortion,” she insisted quietly.

Even if that is the case, I told her, the abortion doesn’t make women unpregnant, it makes them mothers of dead children.  Parents who have lost children, whether by abortion or car accident or miscarriage, should have sympathy and condolences for their loss.

Seeing that she was at least somewhat receptive to what I was saying, I gently told her that although people may not regret their abortions early on, that regret could still emerge later on.  Having other children, not being able to have children, or realizing certain landmarks for a dead child (such as birthdays) often sparks deep regret in post-abortive parents.

It is worth every effort to stop abortions, both for the sake of the children and for the sake of the parents.

When she left, she didn’t look happy, but she seemed satisfied with the response I gave her.  Please pray for her and other post-abortive parents.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Gems at University of North Carolina Charlotte, Part 2

CBR volunteer Laurice Baddour stands with a Rwandan man in front of the Rwandan genocide picture.  He gave the display two thumbs up!

CBR volunteer Laurice Baddour stands with a Rwandan man in front of the Rwandan genocide picture.  He gave the display two thumbs up!

Here are some more beautiful gems from GAP at UNC Charlotte (UNCC).  This is a continuation of Gems at UNC Charlotte, Part 1.

Grandma’s reaction.  An outraged young man shouted, “I want verification of these photos!” We gave him our verification documents. “Oh, that doesn’t count; that information is not from a local doctor!!!” he concluded.  In response, a wise older woman told Jane,  “What idiocy.  That young man is coming from guilt.  Why else all this anger?  I am taking pictures of your photos to show my 18-year-old grandson before he goes off to college.  As Christians, we don’t believe in abortion, but you can hear the word all you want, but hearing is nothing like seeing!  This is real!!”

Making Planned Parenthood decent.  After the young woman signaled her support for abortion at our poll table, Jane engaged her in conversation.  At the end, she concluded, “Let’s just keep PP open on the side that does women’s health care and close down the abortion side!”  Hey, if they just do mammograms, pap smears and adoption referrals, that’s fine by us!

22 years in and she can’t imagine …  “My parents wanted me to abort my baby, but I just couldn’t!”  She recounted how it changed her, made her mature, and made her sacrifice.  Now she has a 22-year-old son and cannot imagine her life without him. “I would love to be here and tell these students that if I can be a teenage mom, anyone can be.  Yes, it made me grow up faster than I wanted, but I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.  I want so much to tell them not to be afraid.”

A helping hand sees the hope.  Another student chimed in that he has volunteered at a nearby pregnancy resource center.  He has seen many college-age students face the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy with hope and determination, once they hear about the options, services, and programs that can help.  He wanted to get involved with the student group to bring more displays and information to the campus.

Don’t tell them what to do…just make them not want to do it…  A 30-something  man considered abortion evil, but a necessary evil.  He considered killing anything evil but sometimes it had to be done.  He didn’t like our shock tactics.  Jackie explained that our goal is to change public opinion so that abortion was an unthinkable evil for everyone.  The light bulb went off in his head and he suddenly liked what we were doing.  He came from the standpoint that we couldn’t tell people what to do in the laws, but we could inform them so that even if it was legal they wouldn’t want to do it.  [Note: Just to be clear, we want laws against abortion.  As it is with slavery, we want abortion to be unthinkable for civilized people, but we still need to laws that will restrain uncivilized people.]

From pro-abortion to sign me up!  CBR volunteer Laurice Baddour asked a young woman if she was pro-abortion or pro-life.  She responded that she was pro-abortion, however she was willing to listen.  After speaking for no more than 15 minutes, the young woman thoughtfully admitted that she was now pro-life.  Laurice wanted to push the envelope.  Would the young want to get her new pro-life feet wet in the pro-life club on campus?  YES!  And with that Laurice signed her up.  In 15 minutes, a pro-abortion-turned-pro-life student committed to being a pro-life on Campus activist.  [Note:  Not all students who pledge to pro-life activism actually follow through with their commitment.  That is why we are thankful for you, because you make our work possible, not with your words, but with your deeds.  Thank you!]

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Gems at University of North Carolina Charlotte, Part 1

With one press of a button, her social media friends will see the pictures.  Not only that, but probably their friends and their friends’ friends.

With one press of a button, her social media friends will see the pictures.  Not only that, but probably their friends and their friends’ friends.

The University of North Carolina was a deceptively quiet school. There were no huge protest groups and things seemed pretty uneventful.

The one exception was the barricade jumper who spray-painted one of our signs.  (He has since been forced by the Court to pay restitution to CBR.)

We had many, many positive interactions on this campus.  So many, we can’t cover them all in one post!  Here is Part 1.

A day when we won’t come back.  “I met you 6 years ago.  I am glad you guys came back, but I would be glad if you don’t come back again.  That would mean we have ended abortion!” said a young man in a wheelchair with considerable and permanent physical disabilities.

Power of the pictures.  Cody was amazed.  “Wow!  This just amplifies what I believe.  It makes it so much more important, you know, and like, brings it from the back of my mind to the forefront.  Thank you!”

Understanding casual murder.  Angie told Jane that she worked in a hospital lab with “products of conception”—slides made from babies dead in the womb from natural causes.  As she puffed on a cigarette, she lamented, “Seeing this when it’s a casual ‘choice’ is really different.  This is so sad.”

Seeing is believing is outlawing.  Bobby told us, “You see it and it really becomes real.  It makes you think maybe it should not be legal for sure.  So different than I thought.”

If they can get the milk, …  A UNCC administrator came by the display.  She said, “I marched with my parents in the 70’s and I can hardly believe we are still fighting this battle.  My 27-year-old son told me recently, ‘Mom, why do we guys need to get married when the girls give us what we want for free?’  And I say, ‘girls, wake up!’”

She can do anything!  “I was pregnant and thought about abortion for a second.  It did cross my mind.  And I was having some problems with my fiancé at the time, so I talked to my mom.  She said, ‘You can’t do that. You won’t be able to live with yourself.’  So I didn’t.  I stayed in school and had my baby, and things are great with my fiancé now.   Having a baby while in college is not easy, but now I feel like I can do anything.”

More to come.  Stay tuned for Part 2.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Pro-Life on Campus at Old Dominion University

Hampton Roads volunteers came to watch and pray, but it wasn't long before we found them speaking with crowds of students!

Hampton Roads volunteers came to watch and pray, but it wasn’t long before we found them speaking with crowds of students!

A brave student opened the door for GAP at Old Dominion University (ODU), and because of you, we walked in.  Special thanks to Knights of Columbus councils in the Hampton Roads community, who $upported the effort in a big way.  In addition to finances, locals provided housing and meals for our traveling team.

To prepare KOC members and other local supporters for combat in the trenches, we held our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) at the St. Benedict’s Church.  Several PLTA students engaged large groups of students, articulating and defending the pro-life movement like pros!

ODU had about 6 out of 10 moonbats.  Crowds fluctuated throughout each of the days. Towards the end of Day 2, the crowd grew larger and angrier, led by a few very loud students.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Pro-Life on Campus at Virginia Commonwealth University

High moonbat rating but many opportunities to engage students with open minds.

High moonbat rating but many opportunities to engage students with open minds.

We returned to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) during our Fall 2016 tour.  VCU has the reputation for being the most leftist school in the state of Virginia and it showed. On a scale of 1 to 10 moonbats, this school scored an 8.  (This is a close second to UNC Greensboro, which earned a 9.)

Throughout the first day there were massive crowds around the site.  We hypothesized that they were whipped into a frenzy, with it being Halloween and a week before the election which would, they thought, destroy Constitutional government and forever silence anyone who would dare to question their leftist utopia.

On Day 2, there was a sizable protest group.  They, like their rape-culture-perpetuating counterparts at UNC Chapel Hill, demeaned and degraded women in an effort to get their point across.  Even the cowed males in the protest group held signs that said “Get out of my p****”.

Press coverage:

You can read about our 2012 visit on the FAB here and here.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.

Hard truths about disgusting acts

The pictures of abortion are disgusting because abortion decapitates and dismembers defenseless human beings.

The pictures of abortion are disgusting because abortion decapitates and dismembers defenseless human beings.

by Jo Litten-Taich

I believe a large part of GAP’s success is in the demeanor and affability of the staff and volunteers.  I know that my simple mission of getting the facts into student’s heads is an attempt to connect in some way with each student.

“So was spreading my legs and having a human life pulled out of me.”

Reading body language was very interesting. It was a high decibel in some instances.  One encounter was with a gal at Appalachian State who was very agitated by the display.  She motioned to the photos and said, “This is disgusting!”

“It is,” I agreed. “So was spreading my legs and having a human life pulled out of me.”  That arrested her for a moment.

I went on to give more personal testimony.  That I’d defended my actions for 10 years until I woke up to the truth about what I’d done.  And that it blew my mind.

She expressed outrage that we were publicly displaying offensive photos and suggested that the internet would be a more appropriate medium.  I asked her how often she’d gone to pro-life sites; I explained that since there’s an information black out about abortion, we bring the truth to campuses where young people come to be informed and challenged.

She skedaddled away in the embrace of a friend.  I hope her emotional reaction results in soul searching.

Jo Litten-Taich is a CBR partner and volunteer in North Carolina.

Pro-Life Collegians president thanks you!

Pro-Life Collegians president Adam Lovejoy knew he needed to bring the truth to his schoolmates.

Pro-Life Collegians president Adam Lovejoy knew he needed to bring the truth to his fellow students.

We brought GAP to the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK thanks to the fantastic Pro-Life Collegians at UTK.  Here is a letter from Adam Lovejoy, Pro-Life Collegians Co-President:

Thank you both for encouraging me to help bring GAP to campus.  From the very beginning I was supportive of GAP, but lacked the courage to go through with the process.  I was not as helpful as I could have been at the very beginning because of that lack of courage, and it wasn’t until the Lord laid it upon my heart during a prayer at a Christian ministry on campus did I truly hear God speak to me and say, “Why aren’t you doing more for my children?” (referring to the babies)

I have never felt more convicted in my life and I prayed to the Lord in my truck while driving home, and I knew that He would direct my path as long as I had faith and did what I was called to do.  Door after door was opened up.

Again, on Wednesday and Thursday morning, I had that lack of courage and allowed the devil to make me nervous and anxious about GAP’s demonstration.  But once they were displayed and I saw how many people had come to stand up against abortion, I had faith and I was so very blessed to be a part of what GAP did for UTK.  I know that with the lovingkindness we showed to both the protesters and the casual passersby, the Lord has planted a seed in every one of their hearts that will, in due timeand according to His will, bring forth many people to our cause.  I look forward to seeing you all on campus again with Choice Chains and with GAP in the near future.  As long as I am at UTK, I will be honored to sponsor GAP to come to campus.  We’ll be in touch!  Thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

Adam thinks he is thanking us, but really he is thanking you, because without your financial permission, we have no way to help Adam.  Please let us go back to UTK.  We can do it only with your help.  The more you help, the more schools we can visit and the more lives will be saved.  So please click here and do all you can.

Gems at University of Tennessee Knoxvile

A young man describes the inhumanities of his own culture.

A young man describes the inhumanities of his own culture.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

With the massive floods of people passing by the signs at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), the “gem yield” was encouraging.

Pro-aborts actually help
GAP at UT is always fun … by that we mean froth with protest.  The protesters set up just across the sidewalk, which actually pushed the passersby over toward our display as they walked to and from class.  We love it when a plan comes together!

GAP activates the converted
Pro-life students came out of the woodwork to thank us and even help.  Pro-life senior Federico Di Luzio was so impressed that he signed up for the Pro-Life Collegians, attended the meeting that night, and showed up the next morning to help.  Brandon Hambrick was there from the start, with his gentle but strong presence.  Solid as a rock in his Christian faith, he was an example to his male peers.

Sage philosopher
A philosophy teacher was approached by a female student who asked, “I’m holding a petri dish containing an embryo in one hand, and a viable fetus in the other.  Which should I drop?”
The philosopher answered with a question, “Before you stands a man and a woman.  Whom should you murder?”
“Neither,” replied the student.  Dr. Kress answered, “Neither will I murder either of whom is in your hands.”

Phone-a-friend
“Wow. I was pro-choice but I can’t look at this picture without changing my mind. This is a human being.”  The young man phoned three friends and they came to the display. Each one came pro-choice, but each one left saying he had a lot to think about.

Gendercide in Bangladesh
A student reported, “I have never seen these comparisons and they interest me. In Bangladesh, abortion is illegal but I know men force abortions for gender reasons. Men want a son.”

Which is more respectful?
A student asked if our methods were respectful of the dead. CBR’s Jackie Hawkins asked which was less respectful (a) hiding the slaughter of millions while the country cheers and celebrates their demise, or (b) showing their plight so we can mourn their loss and prevent others from suffering the same fate?

Reasonable pro-aborts
Five pro-aborts came to Debbie at the Deeper Still table and told her that while they weren’t on our side, they found that the twerking, condom-pushing protesters were “too aggressive and acting stupid.  They should be willing to talk to you.”

 

 

Sowing seeds at UTK: A Volunteer experience

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Planting seeds of truth and reason.

by Tony Walker

Through GAP at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), we have an opportunity to stimulate dialogue.  Many of those people at first oppose the pictures.  But they are willing to talk if I patiently wait for an opportunity, approach them with a gentle attitude, try to answer their questions and statements with honest and truthful information, and thank them for being willing to be there and take a stand.

Many are openly opposed, but by talking, they give me opportunity to plant seeds of truth and reason that begin to grow a little right then and there.

The opposition will argue that the unborn is not a “living human being.”  But we ask if it is “alive” (not dead or inanimate), and they admit it is alive.  Then we ask if it is “human” (not dog or apple), and they admit it is human.  Then we ask if it is a “being” (not just a human skin or blood cell of the mother), and they admit it is not part of the mother’s body.  They are left admitting the unborn is a “living human being.”

Now what they have left is the question of personhood.  They look at pictures of abuse and murder of Blacks, Indians, Jews, and unborn babies who were denied rights of personhood. They were called less than human, so it was OK to abuse and kill them.  The pictures are powerful and help connect the dots between historical and ongoing inhumanity.

I am thankful to be able to be a part of this graphic outcry.  It would not be possible without the gifts and participation of many workers and givers. I also thank the pro-aborts for being there, thinking and talking about this atrocity.  They bring more attention to the pictures and spark more interest in our message.  That brings out the reporters, who then take pictures and video and share it with many more.

After reading that, don’t you want to get in on the action?  Contact CBR and see how you can be a part of the next GAP trip!

Tony Walker is a CBR volunteer from Tennessee.

Mixed Nuts at East Tennessee State University

Jane Bullington loading up a young woman with materials for her heart-touching homework.

Jane Bullington loading up a young woman with materials for her heart-touching homework.

In it for the money?
“You don’t believe this crap; you just want to provoke someone to hit you so you can sue,” a young man shouted.

Professorial dictatorship
“Professors cut down our grades for questioning or contradicting them.  It is good to see this out here,” a young man told Jane Bullington.

Consistent to the point of silliness
“I truly believe it is not a baby until it is born,” the young woman said.  Jane replied, “What do you see when you look at a friend’s ultrasound and the something is yawning and stretching?”
“It is not a baby.”
Maybe it’s a cat.

Awesome homework fodder
“I have a pro-life presentation in philosophy next week and I need a good argument.”  Jane sent the young woman packing with loads of reading materials.  Her presentation will make a difference.

Not easy, but it’s right
“I am 26 years old and have a child of my own.  We have taken in 4 siblings from foster care too.  It is not easy but it is right,” she told Jane.

On the clock
Kathy, a sociology TA who claimed to be a professor, cussed at volunteer Debbie Picarello, saying we are shaming women.  She admitted to being post-abortive and did not believe that GAP was helping women.  The conversation was laced with “F you” from the woman who was most likely being paid to be there.  A male student was horrified by her behavior.

Making a stand on both fronts
Hally, a Christian student, said she was convicted about being out at the display.  Her first thoughts had been about self-preservation but realized God wanted her there.  She took a class taught by the Sociology TA who showed a pro-homosexuality film in class.  Hally was publicly ridiculed by the teacher and the students for sharing a perspective outside what the professor had presented.

Struggling with the past
Volunteer Christy McKinney spoke to a student and mom of three.  She was 31 weeks pregnant with her 3rd.  Her 2nd child was 7.  Her 1st was aborted.  She had never seen the pictures and stopped to look at them.  She was struck at how developed the child was in the 8-week abortion and looked at it for awhile.  Her parents wanted the abortion.  Looking back, she believes it was the “right choice for her.”  While she said those words, Christy could tell that she was struggling to make herself believe it.

Gems at North Carolina State University

Wisdom from pain shared with CBR’s Jane Bullington and Jacqueline Hawkins.

A couple share wisdom from pain with CBR’s Jane Bullington and Jacqueline Hawkins.

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Despite the mayonnaise a pro-abort student smeared over one of our signs, there were some real gems that appeared throughout the two days we brought GAP to North Carolina State University.

Chastity and purity.  A young black woman told Jane she and her boyfriend have mutually agreed their bodies belong to the Lord, and their physical relationship will comprise only hand-holding until marriage.  She has turned down many Christian young men as dating partners because they could not see anything wrong with kissing and whatever that led to.

Hard, but softened by friends.  A male and female student were sitting near the display.  Jane watched them for a couple of minutes and thought she saw them praying.  Jane walked over and asked if they had questions or comments.  She asked if they had, indeed, been praying for us.  “Yes, we were.  We are here to spread Jesus on our campus and we wanted to pray for you guys.”  The young woman’s last comment was, “Being a Christian is the hardest thing I have ever done.”  It is, but it is made easier by praying friends.

No choices for her.  “I am a single mom. I have a 13-year-old and a 2-year-old.  When I got pregnant 3 years ago, as an educated, upwardly mobile black woman with tenure on this campus, I got no support for my decision to keep my baby.  Two different faculty members asked me, ‘Can I take you to get it taken care of?’ and ‘What are you going to do with it?’  There was no ‘choice’ for me unless my choice was theirs as well.”

Spared from gendercide.  A student from India told the story of his very blessed mother.  “My mom grew up in a rural village in India where baby girls were thrown down into a well in order to kill them.  My mom was spared because our family had a little more money apparently.  She used to play by that well.  She didn’t know until she was an adult who was inside.  Years later, an Indian man, educated in America where he also made a lot of money, returned to that small village and built a school just for girls.  Times are changing in rural India but it is slow.”  He pointed to the pictures and said, “This is horrible as well.”

Grab-n-go info.  “So what if the woman is raped?” asked a male student.  CBR volunteer acknowledged the horror of rape and gave our standard answer.  “OK, what if the woman’s life is in danger?”  Patti answered with our script about having two patients [mother and child] that we may or may not be able to save.  “Got it! Thanks”  He kept moving.  No argument!  No questioning my sources!  No extreme examples and exceptions!  He made Patti’s day!

Wisdom through pain.  Jane and I spoke to a very nice married couple when they came by during their lunch break.  They thanked us for being there.  “People need to see this,” the husband said.  He was a librarian at the NC State library.  The wife had an abortion years ago, after her daughter was diagnosed with a disease.  Her daughter would have been in her late teens by now.  Now the couple has trouble conceiving.  The wife sagely asserted that you never know what the future holds.  You need to treasure the children you are blessed with now, regardless of your situation, because you may not be able to have more in the future.  This is especially true after an abortion.  We directed the wife to the Deeper Still table to learn more about post abortion counseling and retreats.  They were good people that God will hopefully bless with more children one day.

Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.