Brandon Gillespie, a junior at Rockville High School in California, is organizing a nationwide Pro-Life Walkout on Wednesday, April 11th at 10:00 AM, to “honor all the lives of the millions of aborted babies every year” and call attention to the “cruel injustices taking place at Planned Parenthood.”
This walkout comes as a response to the National School Walkout against gun violence, or rather, the apparent double standard between school administrators supporting left-wing gun control efforts compared with right-wing pro-life efforts. Gillespie’s history teacher was suspended for voicing concerns about the National School Walkout and questioning if such a demonstration would be permissible for a pro-life cause:
Julianne Benzel: "Would they still give the same courtesy to another group of students who wanted to get up and walk out to protest?" pic.twitter.com/sbV3vdkFOI
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 16, 2018
In response, Gillespie organized the Pro-Life Walkout as both an effort to raise awareness for abortion and as a social experiment.
I have officially announced the pro-life walkout that i am organizing. It is going to take place on Wednesday, April 11th at 10:00 am. The walkout will last for 17 minutes. We encourage students across the country to participate in a stand for #life
— Brandon Gillespie (@bgillie13) March 22, 2018
Since the time of his proposal, Gillespie remarks that it has been difficult getting approval for the walkout from school administration, which should come as a surprise to no one. The organizers of the National School Walkout faced no such impediments; rather, schools, teachers, and students who stood against gun control were chastised.
It’s undeniable that school shootings have a tremendous impact on students. Seeing your classmates shoot your friends and teachers is beyond horrific, and the 17 people murdered on February 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School deserve justice.
And yet, on that same day, over 3,000 pre-born children were also brutally murdered in this country. Over 3,000 more were murdered the next day, and the next, and the next, and every one of the 60 days following February 14th.
These victims of abortion will never be remembered in the same way as these victims of gun violence. These children have no one to mourn them and few who will speak up for them. Where is their #enough? While a discussion on gun safety could be warranted, murder at the hand of a gun is already illegal, but not by the hand of an abortionist.
Opponents of this Pro-Life Walkout have argued that abortion is not something that concerns students. Gun violence is apparent in schools, it would seem, but no one sees the pain of abortion in their hallways. No one talks about the teenage girls struggling with pregnancy, coerced into an abortion clinic. No one hears her pain, nor the pain of her child as she is aborted, ripped away from what should be the safest place in the world, her mother’s womb.
So, why should students care about abortion? Consider these statistics, compiled from the HHS, CDC, and Guttmacher Institute:
The majority of abortions occur in teens and younger women. The younger a teen is when she gets pregnant, the more likely she is to seek an abortion.
A little over half of teens will have sex before graduating high school.
Teens having unprotected sex have a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year, and sexually active teens may also become pregnant when birth control fails.
1 in 3 women get pregnant before age 20.
About 750,000 teens get pregnant each year. Two-thirds of these pregnancies, however, are 18 and 19 year olds, who may or may not be married.
About one third of teens who get pregnant seek an abortion.
Currently, 24 of every 1,000 teens has an abortion. This means that over 200,000 teens get an abortion every year.
Abortion is an issue that should concern students, parents, and teachers alike, but since it is a politically unpopular position, it will receive no grand welcome mat like that unrolled for the organizers of the National School Walkout. Students will likely not get a free pass from their schools to walkout on Wednesday, and yet, those who have not been blinded by the liberal Siren Song of “my body, my choice” will still do it.
Much to the chagrin of the left, Gillespie’s walkout proposal was taken up by major pro-life organizations nationwide, including Students for Life, who are working in conjunction with high school and college chapters across the country. On their event website, SFL lists their participating schools, including Penn State, and explains the purpose of the walkout as such:
Inspired by courageous pro-life students in Sacramento, CA, it’s time for the #ProLifeGen to stand up and say “Enough is Enough!” We will no longer tolerate legal abortion in our nation, which has killed more than a fourth of our generation. We will no longer watch as our leaders in Washington continue to fund our nation’s largest abortion vendor, Planned Parenthood, with more than $500 million of our taxpayer dollars. We will no longer permit Planned Parenthood and their allies in the abortion industry to target our peers for their predatory business cycle.
On Wednesday, April 11th, we will walk out of our classes for 17 minutes of silence and prayer. We will stand silently outside outside honoring the 10 children who will violently die during that time at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. We will rally and demand the end of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funded empire. We will kneel and pray for the end of legal abortion in our nation.
Together, we will take a courageous stand. Because our pro-life generation will stop the violence and end legal abortion!