For Immediate Release
Johns Hopkins University Voice for Life To Display Crosses on Homewood Campus to Symbolize Daily Abortion Count in the United States
Baltimore, MD (October 17, 2013) – The Cemetery of the Innocents will be on display at Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, adjacent to the north side of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and continuing until 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 23. All are welcomed and encouraged to take a few minutes to come and see this display.
This event is part of Respect Life Week at Hopkins, sponsored by JHU Voice for Life (VFL), a pro-life student organization at Johns Hopkins University. VFL recently won re-recognition this past April after the Student Government Judiciary overturned the pro-life group’s rejection by the Student Senate on free speech grounds. The theme of Respect Life Week at Hopkins is “Educate, Inspire, Illuminate, and Heal,” and includes four events.
EDUCATE – The Cemetery of the Innocents is a display consisting of 139 white crosses representing the 139 unborn children aborted every hour in the United States, over 56 million in total, since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. This event will serve to make the community more aware of the frequency at which abortions are occurring and the pressing need to take action to protect innocent human life from conception until natural death. Members of VFL will be present to explain the display, and to provide information for those considering an abortion or suffering from a past decision. VFL will also provide information for Rachel’s Vineyard Baltimore, which reaches out to all women and men hurting emotionally and spiritually after involvement with abortion through a network of professional clergy, licensed counselors and volunteers trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological support.
ILLUMINATE – At 8 pm on Oct 22, the first night of the display at the Cemetery of the Innoncents, VFL will be hosting a candlelight vigil for life open to the public. The candlelight vigil will include music , prayer, and reflections from JHU students, community members, pro-life activists and local faith leaders. Confirmed speakers include Fr. John Paul Walker, Chaplain of the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community, Brendan Morchoe, National Director of Field Operations for Students for Life of America, Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Founder and Director of Project Genesis, and Missy Smith, Washington, DC State Team Leader for Operation Outcry. Music will include guitar-accompanied hymns and a violin performance of “Schindler’s List.”
MOTIVATE – At 7 pm on the second night of the display, Oct. 23, in Charles Commons Salon C, Emmy© Award-winning Creative Professional and Chief Creative Officer of the Radiance Foundation Ryan Bomberger will be giving a dynamic multi-media presentation entitled, “The Social Injustice of Abortion.” Bomberger’s Radiance Foundation was the first to launch a public ad campaign (TooManyAborted.com) to expose the disproportionate impact of abortion in the black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood both past and present. The initiative has garnered massive media attention. As an adoptee, adoptive father, creative professional, and much sought-after speaker, Ryan has spoken to hundreds of thousands across the country about the beauty of possibility. Ryan is available for comment for news outlets.
HEAL – On Thursday, Oct. 24, VFL is cosponsoring a discussion panel event, “Silent No More” with Rachel’s Vineyard and the Respect Life club at University of Baltimore. This event will consist of three women speaking about the effects of an abortion experience on their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Students faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and to promote respectful and thoughtful discussion.
All events are free and open to the public.
About JHU Voice for Life
The mission of Voice for Life is to defend the inviolable right to life of every innocent human being from conception until natural death by being a voice for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society threatened by abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of human embryos for research. Members seek to foster a culture of life at Johns Hopkins University and in the surrounding community, to educate on life issues, and to help those in need so that life is a promising choice. You can learn more about us at our website, JHUVoiceForLife.org.
Director of Media Relations, JHU Voice for Life
President, JHU Voice for Life