Thumbs up at the University of Tennessee!
Earlier this month, 4 CBR staff and volunteers spent the day at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) with hand-held “Choice” signs. “Choice” signs are 3-ft-by-4-ft, light-weight, hand-held signs that depict aborted babies in the first trimester. These signs simply show students what “choice” really is.
CBR volunteer Debbie Picarello spoke with a male graduate student who said his mother had 2 abortions before giving birth to him and his living brother. He learned of her abortions a year ago. He believes much of the dysfunctionality his mother has displayed toward him and his brother was a product of her abortion-wounded heart.
His own father is also the father of one of the aborted children, and their marriage is not a good one. One of the symptoms of an abortion-wounded heart is relational difficulties.
A pro-life male student wondered how effective graphic pictures are. Debbie explained the historical significance of images, that reformers have been effective when they used images to expose the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of the crime. Debbie doesn’t ‘like’ these pictures, but she could talk about how effective they have been. He seemed more open to the need for the pictures.
A male student said, “Eww, a hand!” as he walked by. Several students, both male and female proclaimed loudly, “Those are disgusting!” Yes, that’s the point.
We got lots of encouragement. Quite a few students, both male and female, either thanked us for being out there, or gave a thumbs up as they were walking by. Many students took our Unmasking Choice handout. Many others gazed intently at the pictures as they walked by. Mission accomplished!
Most universities have spaces where citizens can hold signs and speak with students, even without an invitation. In this case, we were invited by the UTK Collegians for Life. The president of Collegians for Life is Clint Kennamer. Clint became pro-life when he first saw abortion at our GAP display at the University of North Florida (UNF) in 2009. Clint was at UNF because he came with his wife Kate, who was a CBR staff member at the time. Now, Clint leads pro-life activism at UTK and Kate still volunteers for CBR projects! Yes, the pictures work!
Folks, if you want to have a GREAT day, get a couple of your own Choice signs and visit your local college. You will be teaching powerful truth that people are desperate to know.
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