Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Jacob Hollister chose pro-life organization Live Action as his charity of choice for Week 13 — a time in the NFL when players are spotlighted to showcase their charities through their cleats.
Hollister’s custom cleats say “Love Them Both” and feature an image of pregnant mother with her unborn baby.
“Hollister has bravely chosen to showcase his support for women and the lives of preborn children by displaying pro-life organization Live Action on his cleats,” Live Action said in a press release. “Live Action is one of the nation’s leading human rights nonprofits, with the largest and most engaged following in the global pro-life movement. It exists to shift public opinion against abortion and defend the rights of the most vulnerable.”
In a video announcing his choice charity, Hollister emphasized that both women and their unborn are of value, though the unborn do not get a “choice” when it comes to abortion.
“I don’t think a baby’s life is more valuable than the mother’s or a mother’s life more valuable than the baby’s,” he said, Live Action reported. “Both have equal worth and demand equal protection — the only difference is the baby doesn’t have a choice. I’m thankful and happy to support Live Action who gives those babies a voice.”
The athlete also told fans that he was initially hesitant to publicly support the pro-life group out of fear some would feel “anything but love from me,” not from fear of confrontation.
“There’s a lot of different reasons why I decided to support [Live Action],” he said. “To be honest, at first, I was really hesitant to do it. Not because I’m afraid of any confrontation or any arguments around the subject, it’s really just because I fear that anybody who feels differently than I do about it would feel anything but love from me. Because the way that I was raised and the way that I try to live my life to the best of my ability is to love people first in everything that I do and love people really well.”
Live Action president and founder Lila Rose praised Hollister as an example for other men.
“The world needs more athletes like Jacob Hollister who are willing to stand up for the basic human rights of the preborn on his vital platform,” Rose said, according to the Live Action press release. “Even in the face of opposition, Jacob is using his voice to speak for the most vulnerable members of our society. More men need to follow Jacob’s lead. Strong, compassionate men stand up for women and preborn children.”
"Both moms and babies have equal worth and demand equal protection. I’m thankful & happy to support Live Action who gives those babies a voice"
— Live Action (@LiveAction) December 16, 2021
Live Action, a non-profit, describes itself as the “digital leader of the global pro-life movement.”
“Live Action exists today to shift public opinion on abortion and defend the rights of the most vulnerable,” the site reads. “With over 5.6 million social media followers and 1.4 billion lifetime video views, Live Action reaches up to 100 million people per month – saving lives and transforming hearts, with 38% of surveyed followers saying Live Action’s content has changed their position on abortion. Through compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, investigative reporting and community activism, Live Action reveals the humanity of the preborn and exposes the abortion industry exploiting women and families for profit.”