At the beginning of this school year, I heard about something great. A good friend of mine from high school, Katie B. (left), and her friend, Maria S. (right), recently started a ProLife club on their college campus. They are students at Thomas More College, a small Catholic liberal arts college in Northern Kentucky. Since Thomas More is a Catholic college, both were shocked to find out that there was no record of the school ever having a ProLife Club. Over the course of this school year, Katie and Maria have worked tirelessly to get “Saints for Life” off the ground. About starting the club, Katie said, “There's really no other club at TMC like Saints for Life, so it was difficult at first to give a structure to the club (who will be officers, what meetings will be like, how to plan things, etc). This also had its benefits because we were able to do whatever we wanted!” Their efforts have been extremely successful, as they had a bus of students go to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. Their story is an inspiration for any college or high school student wanting to get a Pro-Life club started on their campus or in their school community.
I asked the two if they had any advice to people starting their own clubs. Maria’s advice is this: “In our experience, Katie and I have found that people are extremely willing to support and help with starting a club like this. If you need resources, please ask us! The importance of creating an environment that uplifts life in all of its forms cannot be emphasized enough. I really think this issue is compelling to High School and College students particularly.” Katie said, “ In the words of Pope St. John Paul the Great, "Do not be afraid!" We are fortunate enough to be studying on a Catholic campus where the message of the sanctity of life is supported, but I can't imagine how difficult it must be to stand up so boldly at secular institutions. One of my favorite pieces of advice that Maria and I learned when we heard former Planned Parenthood worker Abby Johnson speak was that "If you're a Christian and you're not making somebody mad, you're not a very good Christian." So often in our culture we get caught up in political correctness and the fear of offending anyone that we don't speak up. This is no matter for political correctness. When we refuse to stand up for life for fear of offending someone, children die. To be a leader in the pro life movement, you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone. So, if I could give one piece of advice to students considering starting or leading a pro life club, it would be this: Love Boldly.”
I would like to publicly thank Katie and Maria for taking the time to tell me about “Saints for Life”. If you have any questions or are thinking about starting your own ProLife club, feel free to contact Katie: @katie_bischoff