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The Blue & Gray Press | February 20, 2018

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Abortion Argument Sparked on Campus

By SACHA BRENAC

Students for Life, the University of Mary Washington’s anti-abortion organization, chalked Campus Walk last week with their convictions. These included, “Love them both,” “social justice begins in the womb,” and a famous Dr. Seuss quote, “A person is a person, no matter how small.”

That same night, a small unofficial group of abortion rights advocates chalked their own message in an attempt to balance the messages. They utilized satire like “Save the sperm, protect the holy fluid” and “Social justice begins in the wombat.”

The anti-abortion messages resonated with the student population.

Anti-abortion advocates use fiery rhetoric to make their message resonate. This associates abortion rights with people who are pro-abortion. This is not true and is an offensive claim. Conservatives need to tone down the rhetoric so a more honest dialogue can be engaged.

This debate has grown even more furious over the past decade from the assassinations of doctors who specialize in safe abortions and domestic terrorist bombings of abortion clinics. If one goes to the March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., there are many disturbing signs portraying aborted fetuses and dead babies. The rhetoric is violent.

Many conservative lawmakers demand a defunding of Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization specializing in reproductive health and affordable health care for mothers and children. Since three percent of their services go towards safe abortions, they are targeted vehemently.

Though both sides are legitimate in their concerns and arguments, the anger that has engulfed this issue is tearing this country apart. With doctors being murdered, abortion rights advocates being ostracized in religious schools and disturbing images being shoved into the public, the anti-abortion camp must calm down.

This discourse portrays the abortion rights movement as a pro-abortion movement. There are no baby-killers; there is nobody promoting back-alley abortions. There are merely two sets of people arguing the same thing from different directions: abortion is wrong, and we have got to find a way to tame it.

Comments

  1. I wish there would be a bit more in this article in regard to how it relates to the campus more than a national standpoint.
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    Also, the last paragraph is a little confusing.

  2. 2010 alum

    I agree to Fleur’s comments.

    Also, I wonder why it’s more or less the norm for pro-choice/pro-death/whatever advocates to resort to satire when going up against pro-life/anti-choice/whatever advocates. “Social justice begins in the wombat” and other admittedly hilarious (in my opinion) slogans aren’t going to win over anybody from the right side of the aisle, it’s just going to enrage them and when someone tries to persuade them with reason and logic, they’re just going to assume that it’s a satirical lowblow and ignore it from the get-go.

    It seems to me that those of the more liberal and left-leaning persuasions utilize satire and mockery as more or less their default weapon of choice. If the right seems to be becoming more closeminded and insular, perhaps it’s because the left has scorned and laughed it away from the middle where compromise and concilliation can take place.

  3. jcmac

    It is truly staggering just how amazingly passionate people can get over something like abortion. But why is it always assumed that only Conservatives are upset about abortion? Are Liberals completely incapable of feeling morally against abortion? They can be opposed to war and the death penalty but no one ever thinks that a Liberal can be anti-abortion. It’s a logical fallacy. I know plenty of Liberals who are opposed to abortion. I know many conservatives who may not like abortion but still recognize that AS Conservatives they preach less government involvement in our personal lives and abortion violates that part of the Conservative ideology.

    I agree with the alum that the pro-abortion crowd using satire as a weapon against the anti-abortion message will only exacerbate the issue and anger those who vehemently oppose abortion.

    In no way do I condone or am I attempting to justify the violent murders and acts of terrorism used by some of those in the anti-abortion movement. But, we must also recognize that the people who commit such acts do not represent the majority of those who oppose abortion. The majority of those who oppose abortion are peaceful, maybe a little over-passionate at times but still peaceful.

    If your intent is to actually encourage a peaceful dialogue between the two factions then I suggest not taking your article to single out one side more than the other.

  4. Inigo Montoya

    “logical fallacy”

    I don’t think that means what you think it means…

  5. I agree.