Twelve-year-old Haley Altman was sent to the principal’s office.
Before third period, Courtney Woodward was out of red duct tape.
Josiah Wadsack only broke his silence for an after-school Bible study.
The three youths were among thousands of students across the nation and around the globe who took part in last year’s Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. With more than two weeks to go until this year’s event – set for Oct. 18 – students at nearly 1,193 colleges, high schools, middle schools and home schools already have signed up to remain silent in solidarity with thousands of unborn children permanently silenced by abortion every single day.
The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a project of Stand True Ministries, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.
Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True and the Youth Outreach Director of Priests for Life, said he was inspired to start Silent Day in 2004, when a student from McNeese State University in Louisiana asked him, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?”
Kemper realized how powerful it would be “if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children who are dying every day. As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me.”
The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity was born.
Many students wear red arm bands, and place red duct tape emblazoned with the word “Life” across their mouths, both as a way to help them remain silent and to increase awareness of their goals.
Youth groups, students, businesses and ministries that are interested in taking part should go to silentday.org to register and to find valuable resources, including informational fliers that can be handed out to explain the project to curious classmates, and a letter for school administrators prepared by the Alliance Defense Fund.
“We have heard of hundreds of girls who have canceled abortions because of this day every year,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?”
To see how students across the country stayed silent for life last year, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK7QG6hbNE8