Spreading the Gospel of Life

Determined to make a difference, Jason Buck is at the head of a campaign to air educational pro-life ads on popular TV stations; his efforts have inspired many to join the struggle of saving lives.
by John Bender, LC | Source:
Determined to make a difference, Jason Buck is at the head of a campaign to air educational pro-life ads on popular TV stations; his efforts have inspired many to join the struggle of saving lives.


Would you be surprised to see crisis-pregnancy and pro-life ads on MTV, BET and other popular teenage stations? You might not have to wait very long, thanks to the initiative of one intrepid college student.

Jason Buck is a twenty-one year old junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is president of Culture of Life Inc, which he founded as a senior in high school. He has already written two books and started a chain of college-based pro-life groups. His latest project is to raise $50,000 to sponsor pro-life educational ads on popular TV stations.

Jason explains that John Paul II’s invitation to spread the gospel is what drives him to do what he does: “John Paul II called our youth to stand up and evangelize. This is how we’re doing it. You can call it the New Evangelization of spreading the Gospel of Life.”

Undaunted by the sheer size of the project, he is determined to do something to help change the “culture of death” into a “culture of life.”

And he is not alone. Jason’s example of dedication and earnest desire to fight for life has inspired fellow students at Franciscan to join the cause. Together they are all striving to save the lives of innocent babies.

Jason has three clear goals for Culture of Life Inc.: “We’re trying to save babies, to heal post-abortive women and to gently but effectively educate our youth on pro-life issues through the media of television.”

That’s why the pro-life commercials, made by VirtueMedia of Atlanta, fit perfectly into the goals of Culture of Life. “To spread the pro-life message,” says Jason, “you have to look at who the pro-abortion side is targeting. They are targeting our youth.”

“To attract them [the youth] you have to be slick,” he continues. “You meet people where they are.”

In the diocese of Philadelphia, where the ads will be aired, the pro-life groups have backed the initiative one hundred percent.

Members of a high school “Respect for Life” club find a great role model in Jason. “Jason is very connected to the way teenagers think,” says Rachel Diver, the club’s president. Their goal is to raise a $1,000 to help with the cause, but as she states “I think as they see these commercials we’ll go above that.”

As the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Joseph McFadden says, “what is nice about Jason is he’s a whole person. He’s focused on living life the way the Lord teaches us, to be fully human and not afraid to be a fully-developed man.”

“He’s embraced the culture of life, to see the truth,” Bishop McFadden continues, “and not be fooled by society but teach them about the Gospel.”


-Information taken from National Catholic Register April 30-May 6, 2006


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