An Update From Our Campus Outreach Director
by Alanna Gomez
The month of March saw heavy debate on Canadian university campuses about abortion. In total, CCBR participated in seven debates in B.C, Alberta and Ontario, along with a handful of other presentations on campuses. Unfortunately, several debates didn’t happen, or in one case almost didn’t happen, because of a lack of a candidate willing to defend the pro-choice worldview.
This speaks loudly to the intellectual credibility of the pro-choice position. If you are right, there should be no hesitation in your attitude when it comes to defending what you believe. Logically, abortion advocates should be eager to make their case as to why abortion is a woman’s right that should be protected, and show why we pro-lifers are wrong. Even if they don’t think there is anything to debate, if we are going to keep bringing it up, why not debate us so you can keep showing why we are wrong?
After all, abortion advocates are speaking out about how Canadian campuses are becoming “hotbeds for anti-choice activities.” Synergy, a pro-choice student network, posted a blog calling pro-choice students to action on their campuses, instead of just reacting to the activities of pro-life students on campus. Now, exactly what kind of activities does the author cite?
“Most often, the tactics of anti-choice students involve 'pro-life' campus clubs trotting out presentations or displays by the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, an anti-choice advocacy organization whose primary goal is to “make abortion unthinkable.””
One of these displays is the Genocide Awareness Project. On March 8th and 9th the pro-life club at the University of British Columbia, Lifeline, hosted this display on their campus. Here are three stories from the three of the students who participated:
“There was one girl, who after asking many of the common questions people ask us and discussing the situations with me, left saying ‘I've always considered myself pro-choice, but I'm glad I stopped to talk.’”
“I talked to a student who was not quite for abortion but said that for him a body without a brain cannot be accepted as a person. When he wanted to leave I took the little ten-week baby figure out of my pocket to give it to him as a stone in his shoe which would make him think about our conversation. He took it and was very surprised what an 11-12 weeks old baby looks like. This made him stay and we continued with our conversation. During this time he kept holding the little figure in his hands. After he left to get lunch he came back and talked very energetically to the protesters about how they were offensive and unreasonable and how prudential we were reacting. I was kind of proud when I saw him defending us.”
“I spoke with a girl in first year science…who said that she had heard people discuss abortion before, but had never really made up her mind about it. I asked her what she thought of our display, and her exact words were: ‘I think I finally made up my mind, how could I be for abortion, when this is what it looks like?’”
There is a reason abortion advocates frequently cite our projects as being some of the most effective “anti-choice” activities on university campuses. GAP, along with “Choice” Chain, frequently changes students minds about abortion and allows for fruitful dialogue to take place on campus, between students and their peers. If these projects weren’t having an impact, there would be no reason for our opponents to get so upset about them.
The Synergy group makes several good points about the need to be active instead of reactive. However, they are just looking at things from the opposite side of the issue than our pro-life students, who are being trained to do just that- be active in exposing the truth on campus, not just reactive to whatever the abortion advocates happen to be doing. Our Canadian pro-life students have been successful in presenting the abortion debate to thousands of students in the past month alone.
Finally, there is one thing I do wish the Synergy blogger was also right about.
“Like it or not, the anti-choice lobby is a well-funded machine backed by right-wing bigwigs.”
To all the right-wing bigwigs out there (actually, to anyone who wants to see abortion become unthinkable), we would welcome your support to continue helping students do these effective projects on campus!
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