When one has a strong opinion on a certain situation, it is hard not to keep it to themselves. Most of us feel the need to share our opinion with others, no matter how vulgar.
This especially seems to be the case at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Supporters of The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform placed large signs featuring aborted fetuses and comparing it to genocide by drawing similarities between the inhumanity of a preborn and those in the Holocaust and slavery, according to a USA Today College article.
As stated on their website, The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform is a group “working to establish prenatal justice and the right to life for the unborn, the disabled, the infirm, the aged and all vulnerable peoples through education and the development of cutting edge educational resources.”
The group had a display called “The Genocide Awareness Project” that they stood behind and handed out pamphlets to people walking by them.
Standing up for your opinion is important; however, coming to a college campus and comparing abortion to traumatic events such as the Holocaust and slavery is rude and arrogant. There are several reasons why women need abortions and not looking at all the reasons is not fair.
Several UNC students are not happy with the protests going on about this issue.
“Ultimately, there’s a woman who carries that child — the complications from birth, carrying a child, how expensive it is to care for a child. For women, it’s sometimes more of a burden than a blessing,” UNC freshman Tori Darden explained to USA Today.
According to the National Abortion Federation, “A woman who chooses to have an abortion does so for many different reasons based on her individual circumstances. To understand abortion we must listen to these women — they are the faces of abortion.”
I am not saying the people against abortion are not allowed to express their views on the issue. They should try to do it in a way, though, that is appropriate and reasonable. If being pregnant is threatening the life of the mother, then aborting the fetus is nothing compared to what happened during the Holocaust or slavery.
The abortion debate has been going on for many years now. The NAF explained the illegalization of abortion and wrote, “In the mid-to-late 1800s states began passing laws that made abortion illegal. The motivations for anti-abortion laws varied from state to state. One of the reasons included fears that the population would be dominated by the children of newly arriving immigrants, whose birth rates were higher than those of ‘native’ Anglo-Saxon women.”
However, in 2003 a federal ban on abortion was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. The NAF challenged the law in court, and in 2004 was successful by winning the lawsuit against the federal abortion ban.
It’s interesting to see how much has changed in such a long period of time. Everyone has a different view on this sensitive topic, but if people are going to protest something as serious as this, it is important to do research.
I respect that everyone has an opinion, but I feel it is essential to present it in a professional manner with accurate resources on the topic since it can hurt others who have had to go through abortion or any other life-changing event.
Christina Danno is a senior philosophy and English studies major as well as a copy editor and columnist for The Vidette. Questions or comments can be sent to: