Who We Are
The Anti-Choice Project (ACP) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Bremerton, Washington, and founded in 2009 by Andrew St.Hilaire and Tom Herring. The mission of ACP is to end abortion by showing Americans what abortion does to a helpless baby, since injustices which are covered up have no hope of ending. The Anti-Choice Project believes that Dr. Martin Luther King was right when he said:
“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.”
No one should be allowed to drive to work without seeing the American Holocaust during the American Holocaust. When mass-media outlets refuse to show the truth about abortion, that task is left to individual citizens to do what they can to stop the killing. The Anti-Choice Project exists to enable and equip pro-lifers to display abortion pictures along the streets of their own towns.
The primary means by which ACP educates Americans about the horror of abortion is through the public display of babies aborted during the 1st trimester of pregnancy on 4’x3′ hand-held signs. Each aborted baby image has a caption with the age of the baby when he/she was killed, and is displayed beneath the word “Choice”. These signs are held peacefully and silently at busy street intersections and other places of public gathering where ACP volunteers are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The Anti-Choice Project is a grassroots movement of pro-life activism which began in Bremerton, Washington, but now has chapters in multiple cities across the United States, and more are being added each year.
Other ACP projects include:
- Presence at pro-life rallies and state marches
- Pro-life billboards
- Outreach at congressional town hall meetings
- College and high school campus outreach
- Counter demonstrations at Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion events
- Educating via social media channels
- Articles, letter writing, and quarterly newsletters
History & Founding
Between them, founders Tom Herring and Andrew St.Hilaire have over 20 years of experience in pro-life activism. In 2005, Tom Herring became student president of the only campus pro-life group at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, Washington. Andrew met Tom through this group, and the two began working together on pro-life projects.
In the spring of 2006, Tom invited the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) to bring their “Genocide Awareness Project” (GAP) display for two days in Red Square at WWU. This project consists of a massive display of signs contrasting past injustices and genocides against the injustice and horror of abortion. For two weeks following GAP all 10,000 students at Western Washington University were talking about abortion pictures in the classroom, in their dorm rooms, on the bus, in the cafeteria.
For both Andrew and Tom, this was a pivotal moment in their lives as they witnessed people finally soaking in the gravity of abortion. It was the pictures of the GAP display which conveyed what words could not — the inexpressible evil of legalized abortion in America. Having heard the theory articulated so clearly by CBR director Gregg Cunningham and now having witnessed the effect first-hand on campus, all doubt had been removed, and both were convinced: abortion will not end by covering it up. It must be exposed.
Tom graduated from Western in 2006, married his wife Carrie, and began working for the U.S. Navy at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Frustrated by the fact that he could not organize a similar abortion display in the small town of Bremerton, Tom purchased two 4’x3′ first trimester abortion pictures from CBR’s website, mounted them with duct tape to 1/2″ plywood and took them out from time to time to display along the street corner nearest his apartment building.
In 2008, Andrew married his wife Lindsey and also moved from Bellingham to Bremerton, where he joined Tom on the street corner. Andrew quickly recognized the value and potential of these street displays and proposed the formation of a new pro-life organization through which other serious pro-lifers from the area could participate, and funds could be raised for more professional signs and security camera equipment. The Anti-Choice Project filed for non-profit status with the State of Washington in 2009.
As Tom and Andrew witnessed people changing their views on abortion and learned of lives being saved because of the images, it became clear that ACP needed to expand into every city in America so as to create a movement of pro-life activists exposing abortion and ending the killing.
Since 2009, ACP has conducted over 250 protests along the streets of Bremerton alone where our pictures have been seen more than 1 million times. Chapters have been established in over ten cities across the US, and we are just getting started.
Those in the Pro-Life Movement are often accused of being “anti-choice”. Provided all parties understand the choice in question is a woman’s decision to kill her baby, we welcome the label. When it comes to the “choice” of dismembering an innocent baby, we are unabashedly anti-choice.
From a strategic point of view, conceding and embracing the label “anti-choice” accomplishes two things in the abortion debate: First, it nullifies any argument from semantics. And second, it forces the opposition to focus on what is being chosen.
(For more on this subject, and other answers about our work, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.)
Your Support Saves Lives
Can you help us reach hundreds of thousands of more Americans? Your support allows us to establish new chapters and show the truth of abortion in more cities. With your help we can continue to educate others about what American indifference and complacency looks like to a defenseless baby in the womb.
This ministry is life-saving. On September 12, 2010, a young woman in her 20s approached one of our volunteers to inform him that she had decided against aborting her baby after seeing our signs. Since then, many more women have approached us to share similar stories.
Consider becoming a monthly donor so we can continue to expand this life saving work into every city and town in America. If you would like to volunteer or are interested in starting an ACP chapter in your city, please visit our Take Action page today, or contact us.