Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity takes place every year on the third Tuesday of October, falling on October 17 this year. It’s a day for us to remain silent in remembrance of the children who have lost their voices as a result of abortion.
History of Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity began in 2004 by Bryan Kemper. According to his account, a student of McNeese State University posed the question, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?” A lightbulb went on in Kemper’s head and the idea occurred to him to rally students to not only stand in solidarity with others, but also with the lives that are lost to abortion every day.
On this day, students and other interested parties are encouraged to wear red duct tape with the word “life” written on it and remain silent in solidarity with aborted children. In order to explain the objective of the day without breaking silence, participants distribute flyers explaining why they are silent and what the pro-life day is all about.
The idea to use duct tape came about when Kemper was speaking at an event and some young people, whom he later discovered were supporters of pro-life organization Bound4LIFE, walked in with duct tape over their mouths.
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is sponsored by the Stand True organization, a non-profit also founded by Bryan Kemper that stands against abortion. Today, the day is celebrated by thousands of students of all ages across America.
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity timeline
During a blizzard, 10,000 pro-life supporters march through Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Norma McCorvey of the famous Roe v. Wade court case quits her job at an abortion clinic and becomes a pro-life advocate.
The Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is established.
Pro-life protesters, with red duct tape over their mouths, take a stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity FAQs
Are abortions legal in all countries?
In the world, only six countries (Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Vatican City, and Malta) prohibit abortions, regardless of the circumstances.
Do babies breathe while in the womb?
In the womb, developing babies are surrounded by amniotic fluid, which fills their lungs and doesn’t allow for breathing. But at 10 to 12 weeks of gestation, they begin to practice breathing.
When was abortion legalized in the U.S?
Abortion was legalized in the U.S. in 1973 after the landmark court case of Roe v. Wade.
How to Observe Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
Do some research
Use this day to perform your own research about the pro-life movement in order to learn more.
Start a conversation
Conversations are important to boost communication between both sides of an argument. Have intelligent discussions with others.
Take a stand
On social media, use the hashtag #ProlifeDayofSilentSolidarity to create awareness.
5 Startling Facts About Pregnancy
Studies reveal that a fetus can survive outside the womb at 22 weeks.
Breast milk may come early
Pregnant women can start producing breast milk from as early as 14 weeks into the pregnancy.
Blood volume increases
The blood volume of a woman increases by 30% to 50% during pregnancy to provide more oxygen for the child.
Babies can recognize voices
A baby can recognize its mother’s voice during the third trimester.
Increase in heart size
Women’s hearts actually increase in size during pregnancy.
Why Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is Important
This day gives us an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about a topic that’s often avoided.
A day of silence
Protests are often characterized by loud chants and physical demonstrations. Maintaining silence is a powerful way to make a statement without a single word.
Voices for the unheard
This day is a chance to honor and speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves.
Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity dates