The high school students at St. John’s Catholic School in Beloit, Kan., are hoping other Catholic schools across the country will join them on the front lines of the pro-life movement.
For the last five years, students at the school that’s a three-hour drive from Wichita and a three-hour drive from Lincoln, Nebraska, have been making a yearly trek to pray outside an abortion clinic. In the beginning they traveled to the late George Tiller’s clinic in Wichita. Since Tiller’s death in 2009, the students have been praying and prayerfully protesting outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lincoln.
“We were looking for a way to make abortion real to them,” said teacher Andrew Niewald, who teaches Theology of the Body to seniors at St. John’s. “You see the young girls go into the clinic and 45 minutes to an hour later, you seem them come out. It’s so real to the students that some of the girls will start crying. It’s kind of irrefutable.”
School Administrator Marcy Kee said everyone in the school community is on board with this effort, including staffers and the students’ parents.
“We’re trying to instill in them that this is an important part of who they are,” Mrs. Kee said. When they head off in a car caravan to an abortion clinic, or for a round-the-clock, 1,300 mile bus ride to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., she said, “I know they’re going in the right direction.”
“It’s a lot more joyful when you bring a baby into the world rather than kill him,” said George Meyer, a sophomore at the pre-k-through-12 school in north central Kansas.
If you have never prayed and witnessed outside an abortion clinic you should do so at least once. It will make abortion real for you and lives are saved by the presence of pro-lifers outside these clinics. To find a clinic near you go to www.lifedynamics.com/DeathCamps/DeathCamps.cfm