UB Protests – Perspective of a Pro-lifer

Yes, I’m against abortion. But this is not a post justifying my opinion on this touchy subject. This is about how the Pro-Life club (which I was a part of, in my Freshman year) shocked and disgusted many UB students with gruesome displays, how a Professor got arrested for “profane” language and how the distressed students responded to the Club’s exercise of “freedom of expression”.

Genocide Awareness Project( GAP) display organized by the Pro-Life Club

The reason I quit UB Students for Life was that I felt it was becoming less of an educative club and more of a political one. I expected more of advocating people about abortion and the consequences of it, but found almost none. I began to question myself whether the main aims of the club was to become controversial and be in the news or to conduct reasonable events that spread the Pro-life ideology. The trip to Washington for the National Pro-Life March, convinced me that my personal stand against abortion was right. But did I have the right to enforce my opinion on other women? I thought not.

Even though I quit the club, I remained Pro-Life. But I believe that the Genocide Awareness Project (which I knew about from the Club meetings back when it was still a ‘long term-goal’) is not a prudent way to spread the Pro-life message. Comparing abortion to holocaust and publicizing statistics using attention-gathering ugliness is NOT how you could possibly convince people that there are better options than abortion. All that GAP does is enrage the highly-liberal student population and gather more hatred towards the whole Pro-life movement. It would only traumatize the people who have already exercised their “Choice” and make them feel like murderers. It would only cause people to remember the Pro-Life Club for atrocious images rather than for  raising funds for a Day Care center or conducting a seminar about the health hazards of abortion. It would only block the way for people who don’t really care about the whole issue, because a lot of students really DON’T care. It would only heat up the campus. And yes, it was a chaos outside SU today.

Protest against the Displays led by Amnesty International

Such horrific images of abortion are not however unseen or unheard of. I’m sure people who scroll down Facebook idly or surf the internet in general come across equally or even more disgusting images. Besides we’ve had pictures of holocaust in our textbooks and reference books! But the display of a bloody fetus, thrust into people’s faces at the Student Union when they would have been walking to their first class in the morning was uncalled for. In fact, that is not a part of the whole Pro-life message at all. Making use of the ‘disgusting-them-out-of-if’ strategy in the hope to solve a scientifically and logically supportable issue would only welcome distrust. The Pro-life side also involves people like me who might be hesitant to see such a personal topic becoming a political controversy. Could there be no middle ground between the extremes? I  believe the Club was insensitive to the student population and to the people who have already had an abortion. I remember one of their goals was to counsel people who have already gone through the abortion process. How do they intend to do that with such displays, I do not know.

I was glad that there were more people today protesting against the display. I was glad that the arrest of the Professor who yelled “That image is FUCKING profane!” made the headlines. She set an example to incite many more students who saw how using the F word could be “breaking the law” on an American college campus.What made her cooler was her adding “Could you please tell my 1 pm class that I got arrested?”- when she was handcuffed and led away by Campus Police.

Coming Thursday, there will be a Pro-Life debate on campus. I’m sure the Pro-Life club will have some preparation to do to answer the enraged students.
On a lighter note, its definitely a bizarre diversion from exams. 🙂

2 Comments

  1. Thought-provoking.. Like u say, it is hard to find an average of extremes (they don't exist, for if they did, they should have thought, and eventually come out as a liberal group?) And good that you pointed out the bad from the better. Altogether, nice read.. Wonder what happened to the prof..

  2. Thought-provoking.. Like u say, it is hard to find an average of extremes (they don't exist, for if they did, they should have thought, and eventually come out as a liberal group?) And good that you pointed out the bad from the better. Altogether, nice read.. Wonder what happened to the prof..

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