The students drew positive, life-affirming messages on the sidewalk with chalk. Some of these messages included: “Your mom chose life, so should you,” “We are the Pro-Life Generation,” and “A human fetus is a human being, not a bundle of cells.”
“We wanted to get the good word out about Students for Life and send all positive and life-promoting messages,” said senior and vice president of the SLUH Students for Life Allen Shorey.
“When we frame conversation about such delicate topics, we should be extending a bridge to somebody, not putting an obstacle in their path,” said club moderator David Callon.
Not all of the messages were just words, however. Along the sidewalk immediately up from the Drury Plaza, the club drew 300 hearts to symbolize the over 3000 abortions that occur in the United States every day.
“The whole heart thing about the 3,000 abortions was really cool to see,” said senior Nick Parisi.
Other images included a baby in the womb accompanied with a message referencing Jeremiah 1:5 (“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”); a giant rose symbolizing the Pro-Life movement; and a Jr. Billiken saying “Jr. Bills for Life.”
The sidewalk chalk project was the brainchild of Students for Life Club president junior Reed Milnor.
“We got the idea from Students for Life of America, which is a national organization,” said Milnor. “They do it twice a year, but not in the winter, so we decided to do ours now.”
The chalking event was a first for the Students for Life Club.
“As a club, we typically only reach out to people that come to our meetings, but this was the first time that we’ve reached out to the whole school community,” said Shorey.
The goal of the event was not to anger or trigger anyone, but to spread love and positivity to students as they walked into school.
“We want to encourage discussion,” said Shorey. “It’s not about being for or against us. It’s more about challenging what you believe and getting you to think about it (abortion) in a new way.”
“Everything was positive,” said senior Joe Lux. “Nothing was mean or inflammatory.”
“It was very cool message to see, especially after all the quotes that were put up all around school that were very detrimental,” said senior Nick Parisi.
Students reported positive reactions to the project.
“I got here and didn’t know it was a late start, so I was like ‘gosh darn it,’ but then I saw the messages and it cheered me up,” said Parisi.
“When I saw the messages on the sidewalk, I felt pride for my school,” said freshman Carter Fortman. “I come from a public school where we tried to stay away from Pro-Life issues. Seeing those messages solidified me and made me proud to be a Jr. Bill.”
The Students for Life Club meets every Wednesday during activity period.