“I will pepper spray you,” said a pro-abortion student at Johns Hopkins University who threatened TFP Student Action volunteers during a recent visit to campus. At the same time, another claimed that abortion was like “killing a spider.”
TFP Student Action, an initiative of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), held a campaign to defend innocent life at Johns Hopkins University on October 25, 2021. The young pro-family volunteers challenged the lies of the abortion movement and engaged students in conversation and debate.
Pro-Life University Tour
John Hopkins University is just the first stop on TFP Student Action’s week-long caravan to defend innocent life. Visiting multiple campuses back to back allows TFP volunteers to give out thousands of 10 Reasons to Protect the Unborn fliers. Although many students expressed their warm support of the initiative, push back is expected and sometimes ugly among the woke.
What Woke Students Say
A typical woke response came from a feminist who confessed that she doesn’t care about innocent lives. “No, I don’t care,” she said, “I believe in woman’s rights.” “What about unborn woman’s rights?” asked a TFP volunteer. But she shot back, “They don’t count.”
One pro-abortion woman could not think of any substantial argument to justify abortion, so she accused TFP volunteers of “forcing” fliers on her. In fact, she called the police. The police officer who came saw the silliness of the complaint, thanked the TFP volunteers for their work, and took a pro-life flier himself to read.
But woke students persisted. After losing a debate, one of them threatened pepper spray TFP cameraman Matthew Miller. She held the mace can in her hand and made threatening gestures with it. She decided that it was not a smart idea to pepper spray peaceful pro-family volunteers because law enforcement officers stood nearby.
Another man displayed his incredible disregard for human life by claiming that unborn babies are “not alive” nor “human.” He insisted: “If you kill a spider, it’s like the same thing” as abortion.
A Ray of Hope
Although these reactions are disturbing, many students responded well to the TFP campaign. One young man agreed that purity is the answer to end abortion and that contraception only perpetuates the culture of death.
A student who thought abortion was permissible in some cases changed his mind after having a conversation with a TFP volunteer. “Are people conceived in rape and incest less human? This question cleared the issue. “Well, I guess you’re right,” said the student. “Abortion is always wrong.”
Three students walked up, and two accepted a TFP flier. As they walked off, one of the students noticed that her colleague did not have a flier so she ran back and grabbed an extra one. And returning to her friend, she said, “You better never refuse something like that again.”
Next Stop: 40 Days for Life Vigil
After the campaign at Johns Hopkins, TFP volunteers went to an abortion mill in Owings Mills, Maryland. At this location, they prayed the holy rosary and displayed banners and signs from the public sidewalk. The response was immediate: numerous honks, smiles, and waves. This campaign supported the prayer warriors who take part in the 40 Days for Life initiative and will hopefully be the first of many similar stops along the way.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us!