Takeaways from the NC State Fair

FairBooth North Carolina Right to Life has a booth at the N.C. State Fair that is currently ongoing until October 26th. I had the opportunity to staff the booth one evening and was so encouraged by the amount of support from those who passed by. Our “Choose Life” stickers are a big hit and people can’t help but pause to look at our fetal model set. Several things stuck with me after my shift at the fair booth:

1. North Carolina is pro-life!

It can seem daunting with the ever more vocal minority of pro-abortionists defending the outrageous abortion-on-demand status quo. While I didn’t take a scientific poll, I can say with confidence that the overwhelming response that I encountered at the booth was supportive. It was incredibly energizing and encouraging to meet so many enthusiastic pro-lifers with a wide variety of backgrounds.

One woman who stopped by recalled her horror upon learning that the Supreme Court had struck down all laws protecting unborn children with the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. She remembered the moment: she had been driving to work. It particularly hit home for her as a NICU nurse. She reflected upon the many tiny babies for whom she cared: “You can’t tell me they weren’t babies.”


2. Visuals are powerful

Many people stop to see our fetal models. Kids especially love them. Children don’t need their parents to explain that what they are seeing is a baby. Several mothers stopped to point out to their older children that one of the models is just the size of their unborn brother or sister. Others looked silently and shook their head at the reality that babies the same size and level of development as our models are legally killed through abortion every day.

Along the same lines, multiple people who stopped by just during my short shift at the fair specifically mentioned the powerful ad being aired by the Susan B. Anthony List. In the ad, a couple recalls the very premature birth of their daughter at just 24 weeks – a point at which Kay Hagan and other pro-abortion politicians defend abortion on demand. Viewers see a photo of tiny, though perfectly formed, baby Charlotte at 24 weeks, followed by a clip of her today as a beautiful little girl.

Revealing the humanity of the smallest members of our human family is a poignant witness to the pro-life message.

3. The U.S. Senate candidates’ positions on life are not widely known

Available at our booth is a comparison piece by National Right to Life contrasting Thom Tillis’s pro-life record with Kay Hagan’s pro-abortion position. Many people who stop by did not know the position of either candidate. The lack of knowledge highlighted the urgency of educating pro-life voters in the final weeks before Election Day – and the final days before the start of early voting. North Carolinians deserve to know that Kay Hagan holds the extreme position that no unborn children – not even those capable of feeling pain – should be protected from abortion.

Our fair booth also features a flyer explaining the pro-life laws passed by the N.C. General Assembly in recent years under the leadership of Thom Tillis as Speaker of the N.C. House. It also lists the other legislators who sponsored and voted for the 2013 pro-life omnibus bill for those unsure where their representatives stand.

If you visit the State Fair, be sure to stop by to say hello! Our wonderful volunteers who make it possible for us to use this great opportunity for pro-life outreach also deserve a mention. We couldn’t do it without you!