People from 40 countries all over the globe will mute their voices for the ninth annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct. 15.
Founded by Bryan Kemper, Director of Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life, the annual observance gives participants an opportunity to spread the word about the injustice of abortion without saying a word.
“More than a million babies are killed every year by abortion in this country alone. We will never hear their voices,” said Kemper. “Once a year we ask people to stand in solidarity with those silenced victims of abortion as a way of demonstrating their commitment to ending this tragedy once and for all.”
A nationwide web cast will take place at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 3 to address key points about the day and to make sure students understand their legal rights on campus. Featured speakers will include Kemper; Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, and other pro-life leaders.
To attend the web cast, go to http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventID=46335333.
The idea for the day of silence was born in 2004 after a college student in Louisiana asked Kemper how students across the country could work together to save the unborn.
“A spark went off in my head,” Kemper recalls. He headed to his basement computer and what was then a small email list to ask students to stand together in silent solidarity.
“We asked the students to take a vow of silence for a day, wearing red duct tape with the word ‘life’ or ‘silenced’ and pass out fliers explaining their silence to fellow students,” he said.
“Now, something that started its first year as just a few thousand students from 300 campuses has grown into a worldwide outpouring of love and action.”
Schools, ministries, businesses and individuals can register their plans to participate at SilentDay.org, where they also will find ideas and resources for making the day a success.
“Fighting abortion requires us to act in solidarity with the babies abortion kills,” said Father Pavone. “By giving up our voices for a day, we remind others in a striking way that there is a whole segment of silent humanity waiting for us to recognize and protect them."
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or Rebecca Gabryel at 810-358-3362.
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.