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. 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.