Tens of thousands of students in 56 countries are observing a
pro-life event to call attention to the gruesome fact that 4,000
unborn babies lose their lives each day due to abortion.
Students at more than 2,200 schools are remaining silent today
for the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, wearing red
tape across their mouths or red armbands displaying the word "Life"
to call attention to their pro-life stance.
Even though the
participants are silent, Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says that is
"Students have First Amendment rights to engage in speech
activities," he asserts. "Certainly remaining silent to raise
awareness about a social issue qualifies."
For students who run into difficulty with school officials, ADF
provides information to help them help their administrators
understand that they do not have the right to censor speech that
might be deemed sensitive.
"I think the most important thing is to understand that school
officials think that the abortion issue is sensitive and could be
offensive to people," Tedesco recognizes. "And lots of times,
school officials just wrongly think that they can shut down a
speech activity because they think it's going to be offensive to
With teachers' permission, students remain silent in solidarity
with the 46 million children who have been killed since Roe v.
Wade was decided in 1973, serving as their "voice" to the
world. They also distribute flyers to educate their friends about
the true nature of abortion.