Silence is free speech

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Tedesco, JeremyEven though the participants are silent, Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom says that is protected speech.

"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 someone."

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.

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