Author’s note: This is the final installment in a three part series. Parts One and Two covered the first four points of a six-point lecture I gave on January 20th at the Minnesota Youth for Life Conference in Robbinsdale, MN. The first three points of the lecture provided advice on how nominally pro-life youths can become effective pro-life advocates. The last three points are directed toward students attending secular universities that may be more hostile toward the pro- life message.
5. Set a place at the table.
Years after Lisa Chambers told me about The Silent Scream, and after I converted on the life issue, I became the advisor to the pro- life club at UNC-Wilmington. On two occasions, we sponsored a campus showing of the Silent Scream. The first time, we advertised and got about 100 students there. It went so well that we showed it again to an audience of about 150. But the second time we showed the film, we did something different. We invited a representative from Women's Studies to discuss the film afterwards. In fact, we invited several pro -abortion choice advocates. None accepted our offer. We also invited a pro-life doctor. Predictably, she showed up.
One of the people attending the talk was a pro- abortion choice reporter from the campus newspaper. She wrote an article complaining that the event was one-sided. That was as ridiculous as killing both your parents and asking the judge to show you mercy for being an orphan. Of course, the event was one-sided. The reporter's side didn't show up!
I would recommend replicating this at your local secular university. Sponsor a showing of The Silent Scream or In the Womb – or any good film that accurately depicts abortion or life in the womb. Then ask a pro- life doctor to describe what is taking place in the film. But also set a place at the table for other side. Make a placard with the invitee's name on it. If they don't show up then put out the placard and explain that the opposition has no answers. It will be effective. Trust me. We've done it before here at my university.
6. Cross racial lines.
Cross displays can be effective. Just ask Sally Jacobsen, a Professor Emerita of English at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Back in 2006, she was walking across the NKU campus when she saw hundreds of crosses set up as part of a pro-life display. Each cross represented 100,000 abortions since Roe v. Wade. At the time, the total was less than fifty million. That meant there were four hundred-something crosses set up on campus property.