In the 1960s, men and women boarded segregated buses to draw attention to racial discrimination. They called these Freedom Rides. Inspired by this legacy, today’s human rights defenders join Created Equal’s Justice Rides to expose the age-based discrimination of abortion.
Students who join the Justice Ride are trained to make a case against abortion—including both what to say and how to say it. Next, we board buses, going on the road together to create informed public debate about abortion.
Traveling to college campuses or downtown squares, we stand alongside victims of abortion (see Created Equal signs) and ask passersby: “What do you think about abortion?” Through conversation, we save the lives of preborn children and share the healing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with men and women in pain from previous abortions.
When is the next Justice Ride?
June 5-11, 2016.
Who can attend a Justice Ride? How do I join?
Any high school or college-aged student may apply to join a Justice Ride. Click here to submit an application.
Adults interested in joining the team as chaperones can contact Ian@CreatedEqual.org for details.
How much does it cost?
The Justice Ride fee is $200, unless you apply after the cut-off date. See application for details. The fee covers transportation during the week, lodging, and most meals.
Do you train us before the Ride departs?
Yes. The first step of the Justice Ride week is Created Equal’s workshop: “Becoming Preborn Defenders.” This interactive training equips new members in both what to say (the case for the humanity/personhood of preborn humans) and how to say it (conversational tactics). Returning Riders are given advanced training on various apologetic topics.
Throughout the week, all Riders come together to discuss new arguments heard throughout the day and how to best respond. In this way, the entire week becomes a training experience marrying the classroom and field experience to form you into bold, winsome defenders of life.
Who leads the Justice Rides?
The Justice Rides are led by Created Equal’s team—Mark Harrington (National Director), Seth Drayer (Director of Training), Ian Spencer (Outreach Coordinator)—working in conjunction with veteran Justice Riders and Created Equal interns.
Where do you go on Justice Rides?
Every spring, one Justice Ride visits key college campuses in Florida. However, other routes have varied from the Midwest to tracing cities featured on the original Freedom Rides of the 1960s. For details on which cities will be featured on the next Justice Ride, email us at Contact@CreatedEqual.org.
Why use abortion images? Can't we have a discussion without seeing those grisly photos?
It is possible to have a conversation about abortion without showing photos. However, this would be an incomplete presentation of the evidence. The images are not examples of exceptional barbarity. These are photographs of common, everyday abortion.
In his celebrated "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes, "Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured."
Dr. King was intentional in having media present at his demonstrations against racism so that the brutality of blacks being beaten and shot with water hoses would be caught on film. He found this kind of exposure critical to the process of ending bigotry.
We seek to expose the injustice of abortion to the same light of human conscience and air of national opinion as King did because our society has advanced the lie that the preborn are not human. The preborn die brutal deaths every day. We bring this atrocity to light with images to stop it because words alone are inadequate to describe the horror of abortion.
Why not just use positive pictures of living babies to make your point?
Fetal development imagery---especially with new technologies, such as 3D and 4D ultrasound---serve a valuable role in educating the public about the nature of the preborn. For that reason, we do include them in our demonstrations. However, while these convey the humanity of preborn children, they fail to convey the horror of abortion.
Consider which of the following would be a more successful campaign against racism: a photo of a black family at a picnic or the picture of a black man who was lynched? The positive image may indeed convey the humanness of blacks, but it would fail to portray the atrocity of lynching. In order to do this, we must expose the actual act in all of its grisly shame.
Isn't it disrespectful to show these images of dead children? It violates their dignity.
Abortion images do not disrespect preborn children---their victimization does. Efforts against poverty use images of malnourished children. Media present footage of dead civilians in war-torn countries. Holocaust memorials display photographs of Jews killed during World War II. These obviously do not disrespect the dead/suffering. Images of injustice are irreplaceable in seeking to end atrocities and ensure that they never happen again.
The dignity of preborn children is not violated by showing the images. Rather, it is violated when they are dismembered, disemboweled, and discarded. It is killing children which is utterly disrespectful, not unveiling the victims in an effort to stop further killing. On the contrary, those who use these images value and respect preborn children so much that they expose the injustice in spite of public backlash against themselves.
The greatest respect we can show millions of dead preborn children is to prevent others from falling prey to abortion as well. We have not forgotten them, nor will we allow their dignity to fade from the memories of citizens who perpetuate the injustice, whether by action or inaction.
What about post-abortive individuals? Don't your images cause them pain?
We do not deny the emotional anguish brought upon post-abortive individuals by abortion images. However, these images are not the actual source of the anguish. They are merely reminders of the reason for the pain, which is the individual's abortion. In fact, abortion images are simply one of many possible reminders faced by post-abortive parents. Seeing a pregnant woman, watching an infant, hearing a sound similar to a suction machine: all of these have been cited by post-abortive parents as reminders of their abortion. The goal ought not to be to remove all reminders of abortion; rather, it should be to help men and women find healing. Indeed, this is what will be truly effective in helping parents recover and learn to handle reminders of the trauma.
Also, it should be noted that in the United States 50% of women who undergo abortions have had a prior abortion.ii Until we reach these post-abortive women with the truth, they may repeat the behavior. We must prevent women and their children from experiencing future suffering by presenting all the evidence.
What about children seeing your pictures?
We do not target areas with children. Nevertheless, there are sometimes children on college campuses and in downtown squares where we take our signs. It is possible that a child could see the images and be traumatized. However, it is also a certainty that preborn children will die so long as abortion is covered up. When weighing the feelings of born children against the lives of preborn children, the latter should be the priority.
Furthermore, our experience has been that children are not traumatized by the images. They respond with questions like, “Why did that happen to the baby?” We’ve only seen children become upset if their mother or father respond angrily. Seeing their parents’ anger upsets them, not the abortion images.
How can I start to use your tools where I am?
Check out our outreach manual and contact us so we can send you signs! We are also available for trainings and guided outreach if you want to learn how to defend your beliefs.
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