The Baby Brigade

A UNC Greensboro student takes a GAP brochure.  Who could resist?

by Jacqueline Hawkins

Sometimes at our GAP display, you will see a gaggle of babies and toddlers, and also moms with strollers. These are members of our “Baby Brigade.”  They make a subtle but powerful pro-life statement.

They change the dynamic in several ways. First, students are less likely to become verbally abusive.  No one likes to use obscene language in front of 2-year olds.

Second, students can see the contrast between death (the stark truth of child murder) and life (the end result when pre-born babies are spared).  When students see women with their own children romping about in the green grass, motherhood doesn’t seem so scary; it looks inviting.

The babies soften the blow of the images.  Christy McKinney, one of the mothers in the Brigade, spoke with a freshman at Tennessee Tech for an hour.  The pictures hit home for this young woman, because she had recently learned that her mother wanted to abort her when she was six months along.  She was very hurt by this and became tearful during the conversation.  Christy let the student hold her 6-month old son, and that seemed to ease her pain.

Are you a mom with babies in tow? Would you like to join the Baby Brigade and make a subtle but powerful pro-life statement during GAP?  Call or e-mail us and we’ll keep you abreast of volunteer opportunities!

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

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