One year ago, I volunteered for the first time in the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in Florida. I remember saying to some of the volunteers and staff, “One mind changed on abortion will make the trip worth it.” I had never seen the impact that abortion images had on changing people’s hearts and minds on abortion. With conversation after conversation, I witnessed university students change their minds because of the images and because they could not believe that abortion looked like that. Now, a year later, I was standing in front of the GAP display waiting for students to pass by and engage them on discussion about abortion.
It was the end of the morning when I took a pamphlet and offered it to Erica, a student at the University of North Florida. “What do you think about abortion?” I asked her.
If there is one thing pro-life activists should take encouragement from, it is the sorry state of what passes for the pro-choice “movement” these days. A sad collection of students straggled out to oppose our pro-life display at the University of Central Florida, and it struck me once again that they haven’t even managed to come up with any new slogans since the late 1960s. Aside from that, most of them were, quite simply, ridiculous.
A young male university student, with apparently no classes to attend, spent two full days pacing back and forth in front of the display, a goofy grin plastered on his face. In a sing-song voice, he pleaded with passers-by to accept condoms from a female protestor, waving a plastic fish bowl full of condoms.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day, with not a cloud in sight. A slight breeze blows across the campus, ruffling my pamphlets and blowing my hair across my neck. I wear a jacket, but as the warm sun beats down on my back and face, I smile and watch. I see twenty young and vibrant volunteers, engaging with professors and students alike. I think: It’s a great day to be alive.
Well, for me it is.
We’re at the University of Central Florida today, which has the second highest enrollment of universities in the United States. Greater Orlando boasts a population of over 2.1 million people, and UCF has over 60,000 students enrolled and studying here in Orlando.