McGill University Suspends Choose Life
McGill University is in Montreal, Canada. The school's SSMU Council voted 16 to 7 to suspend the club status of Choose Life. The anti-abortion club gave out false health care information and showed graphic images. The school had fears Choose Life events created an environment that threatened student safety. I have personally seen Christian conservative activists become confrontational with students on the Tampa USF campus. I wrote about an incident that was reported by the USF student newspaper The Oracle.
The student said she was waiting for class, sitting on a bench near the Subway outside of Cooper Hall, when evangelist John M. Kranert charged at her with his fist up, running until he stopped inches from her face, before he stuck his finger out and called her a whore.
"I remember this, when he was telling me, that I was fully covered," she said.
People should have the right to protest. Engaging in physically confrontational behavior is where the line is drawn.
The pamphlets handed out by Choose Life gave false information about abortions being linked to breast cancer. I previously wrote that the National Cancer Institute found no link between abortions and breast cancer. This doesn't stop Christian Right groups from using bogus science to scare people. Choose Life president Natalie Fohl blamed the false information on Silent No More Awareness, the makers of the pamphlets.
Choose Life's club status is under review. Fohl is not happy with the McGill University's treatment of Choose Life.
“I really don’t feel that if people properly understood what our position was that they would be saying what they said,” Fohl said. “It sounds good to say, ‘No, we’re not limiting free speech,’ but it really is saying, ‘You say what you want but only this way.’”
Fohl fails to realize there will be blow back, if Choose Life gives out false health information and holds events that pose safety concerns. Free speech is a wonderful thing. Just don't expect people to agree with what you have to say.