With your help, with your sock drives, with your creative ways of collecting baby socks, and with your generosity, we really did it. On April 26th, our Students for Life of America team and supporters brought 196,543 baby socks to Capitol Hill and created an unmistakable visual impact for lawmakers on the destruction that taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood wrecks every day.
We held our massive #Sockit2PP rally on the Capitol Hill Lawn and put pressure on Congressional leaders to keep their promise and defund Planned Parenthood. We carted 196,543 little baby socks to the rally, piling them high as a representation of the number of abortions Planned Parenthood commits. Each baby sock represented one child that was aborted at the hands of Planned Parenthood.
The number is over halfway to our goal of collecting 323,999 baby socks, which is how many abortions Planned Parenthood did last year. If you haven’t sent us in a sock, do it! We are still collecting socks and trying to make it to our goal – www.sockit2pp.com.
Our president, Kristan Hawkins, led the rally. Other speakers included pro-life Senator Ben Sasse (R-N), former PP director Sue Thayer, and representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom, SBA List, Americans United for Life, and American Life League.
Two incredible high school students – Maddi Runkles and Samuel Matthews – and one college student, Purity Thomas of Roanoke Students for Life, also spoke. These students were the highlight of the rally! Their testimonies were amazing.
The Blaze wrote:
Madeline Runkles, 18, a member of Students for Life, brought some of the attendees of the rally to tears when she discussed her decision to choose life when she discovered that she is pregnant earlier this year.
Runkles said that she briefly considered abortion upon making the discovery “because I believed all the lies that Planned Parenthood told a girl like me, that you can’t do it, you can’t accomplish your dreams, your whole life is ruined [if you have a baby].”
She said that, although Planned Parenthood depicts itself as a champion of women’s rights, “I can’t think of anything less empowering than telling a woman she can’t do it.”
“And I look at all these socks, and that could have been my baby,” she said. “But I choose to let my baby wear these socks.”
“I know it’s going to be hard to accomplish my dreams, but I get to have a little guy next to me, and we get to do it together,” Runkles said.
It was a massive undertaking from beginning to end. We had to rent a UHaul to get all the socks to the Capitol and then it was all hands on-deck to unload them and pile them high on the lawn.
Every opportunity was used to explain what these baby socks represented: a life took by Planned Parenthood, who gets over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers:
[Kristan Hawkins] said the socks were changing minds even as they were unloaded from the truck.
“I was changing kids’ minds on the street,” Hawkins said. “People were just walking by, and I would say, ‘Every sock represents one baby Planned Parenthood aborts,’ and people’s mouths were dropping. … One kid came back and said, ‘Can you say that again?’ So it’s a huge reminder that these are babies, and that’s not even all of them.”
Watch the Livestream Video
Want to watch the rally? We hosted a Facebook livestream to record the event:
Heading to the Speaker’s Office
Not content to keep the socks on the Capitol Hill Lawn, we led an envoy of pro-life students to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office, where we presented 100 baskets full of 88,000 baby socks, which represents the number of babies whose lives were ended by Planned Parenthood since President Trump’s inauguration.
We want action from Congress, and we want it now. No more infighting and petty disagreements, we said. Keep your promises and defund Planned Parenthood!
LifeSiteNews followed us all the way from the Capitol Lawn to the Speaker’s office:
While most of our team and students were heading to Speaker Ryan’s office, other team members set up the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood campus display in a Congressional briefing room, where they discussed with over a dozen staffers on how to persuasively talk about why we need to defund Planned Parenthood.
Thank you for your support and excitement over #Sockit2PP. We are the Pro-Life Generation, and we will never stop defending the preborn and their mothers betrayed by Planned Parenthood and the abortion.
We will abolish abortion in our lifetime.