Blue and Pink Flags on The Quad Display Abortion Rate

3,000 blue and pink flags lined The Quad in front of Denny Chimes on Tuesday morning. Bama Students for Life activists placed the flags as a visual representation of the amount of abortions performed in the United States daily.

By Katherine Welch
News Reporter

Tuesday morning 3,000 blue and pink flags lined The Quad in front of Denny Chimes.

Bama Students for Life, an on-campus organization placed the flags as a visual representation of the amount of abortions that occur in the United States daily. The annual event is known as the “Cemetery of Innocents.”

“We place markers for all of the lives lost from abortion every day,” said Gabriella Lumpkin, Bama Students for Life activist. “The goal is to raise awareness among students about how many abortions there actually are.”

This is BSFL’s major event, but they also set up a table in the Ferguson Student Center biweekly, hold regular meetings and volunteer at the Choices Pregnancy Clinic in Tuscaloosa.

“We are trying to raise awareness regarding where we think life starts,” Lumpkin said.

The organization placed the flags on The Quad so they would be displayed so anyone who walked by would see it.

BSFL activists also handed out club brochures with free pregnancy resources.  

According to the BSFL website, “Bama Students for Life (BSFL) promotes and fosters a culture of life on campus and beyond so that one day our world will respect the dignity of every human life. We are turning the tide toward a culture of life.”

Posters displaying statistics surrounded the flags. They read things such as “in one month the number of U.S. abortions equals the population of Bryant-Denny,” “each flag represents one human aborted each day in the U.S.” and that the organization is always “here to listen, not to judge.”

“I didn’t know what it was at first, so I don’t think that it was that powerful of a message,” said Hunter Mason, UA student. “I think that there are better and are more material ways to go about advocating for something you believe in, plant trees not flags.”

According to one of the signs, in 11 days the number of U.S. abortions equals the UA student population.

“Bama Students for Life is a secular organization, but a lot us are religious,” said Iain Athey, a BSFL activist.

Athey continued to place blue flags on the ground as students slowed to read the signs.  

“This is a very specific example. A lot of people don’t think about the numbers with anything really, even the amount of coffee we consume as Americans,” Athey said. “But we believe this is important because people are dying.”