Pro-life Day Of Silent Solidarity

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity is a day observed on the third Tuesday of each October. The purpose of this protest holiday is to oppose abortion, and it was created by students.

Each student takes a vow of silence—a symbolic act that is supposed to represent the silenced voices of fetuses that have been aborted. Many of these students will wear a red armband to show that they are taking part in this day, and some students will wear red duct tape over their mouths. This day has been observed every year since 2004.

The History of Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

This protest day was created in 2004 by Bryan Kemper and is observed by Students for Life each year—an organization advocating for pro-life causes.

Facts About Abortion

Below are some facts about abortion that we have gathered from Amnesty International and other organizations on the subject of abortion.

  • Abortions happen regardless of whether they are legal or not.
  • When governments restrict access to abortions, it results in people having unsafe abortions.
  • Criminalizing abortions makes the procedures performed more unsafe.
  • Amnesty International and other organizations believe that abortion is a human right.
  • Criminalizing abortion is considered a form of discrimination and a way of stigmatizing women.
  • In 2018, 619,591 legal abortions were reported to the CDC from 49 reporting areas.

Observing Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

People who participate in the observance of this day will generally wear a red armband to signify their participation and will also prepare cards that explain the purpose of their silence. They will then attend or organize events to protest abortion. People also use #ProLifeDayOfSilentSolidarity on social media to spread the word about this day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 22 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 21 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
October 17 Tuesday
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