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The Blue & Gray Press | August 21, 2019

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Panel broaches tough review of abortion

By MAGGIE KARRSprolifepanel

The Students for Life association presented a panel on campus called “Pro-Woman Pro-Life” which offered University of Mary Washington students new thoughts on an old issue. Held Feb. 12 in the Great Hall, the panel was comprised of six speakers who spoke about traditional and non-traditional anti-abortion viewpoints.

Speakers included Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of Secular Pro-Life, and Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, as well as several other members of anti-abortion organizations including the Generation of Life and experts on pro-life viewpoints.

The panel discussed religious, secular and political issues relating to the subject. After all six speakers presented, there was a question and answer session. The audience sent their questions over text message, where they were later read to the panel from the computer.

Students for Life president Julia Wood, a junior geography and history double major, felt that the panel has been successful both years.

“Last year we put on a similar kind of thing, so we wanted to do it again this year because we felt it was successful last year and we wanted to get a wider viewpoint,” said Wood. “It’s a nice way to encourage dialogue.”

Freshman Tyler Barnikel remarked, “I enjoyed the panel very much. I thought the variety of people who had the same view of pro-life coming from different political or religious standpoints was very nice.”

Cierra Biel, a pro-abortion senior, agreed that the panel was informative.

“It was really interesting: I always appreciate hearing different viewpoints,” said Biel. “I am still very pro-choice, but it was really interesting to hear their point of view.”

UMW Students for Life meets Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in Chandler 201.


  1. Anonymous

    I would avoid the term pro-abortion and instead opt for the term pro-choice in the future. Saying someone is just pro-abortion makes it seem like they’re for the aborting of babies rather than just a woman’s choice to do so.

  2. Allison

    Considering that Ms. Biel referred to herself as “pro-choice”, your word choice of “pro-abortion” adds a bias that is hard to ignore and frankly shows a lack of research beyond the frames provided in a program sponsored by a pro-life organization. I also don’t see why the appositive is necessary when she calls herself pro-choice in the quote provided. It is also important to note that the pro-choice movement does not encourage abortions, it argues that women should be the only ones making decisions about their reproductive health.

  3. Bill Clinton

    LOL @ all of you. Pro-abortion and anti-abortion is AP Style, which the Bullet has to follow.

  4. Cronimus

    “…and experts on pro-life viewpoints.” Then why was this at the end of a sentence that was not a quote? Maybe someone just goofed on this. Still if they’re going to have something set to a style they need to edit articles a little more carefully.

  5. Cierra Biel

    I am the Pro-abortion person they interviewed, and I don’t ever remember saying that it was informative… I went to respectfully listen to opinions that are different from my own, but they all had the same answers that any pro-life advocate would reply with. Interesting, because it is always interesting to hear people spout off such horrible things about women, but in no way informative.

  6. Cronimus

    Wow, the professionalism of The Bullet is once again clouded by the fact that they fail to get their facts straight. I’m shocked.