There has been a trend of pro-choice students protesting, vandalizing, and stealing pro-life displays on college campuses. However, at some colleges and universities, even allegedly pro-life ones, the threat comes from the administration itself.
Students for Life reports that this is the case for the pro-life group at Dominican University, a Catholic university outside Chicago. After Stars for Life, the Students for Life group at Dominican University, set up more than 900 crosses on campus to commemorate preborn babies killed in abortion, administrators decided that the display, which had previously been approved, should be removed.
In an audio recording of the meeting student leaders and the Students for Life Regional Coordinator Sarah Minnich had with administrators, it seems the reason for removing the display may be the administrators own pro-abortion views.
In the meeting, Barrington Price, the VP of Student Success, reportedly told the pro-life group, “I am all about folks sharing different perspectives, I believe in what you’re doing…. if that creates unnecessary harm… that’s where I start to get worried.” He added that the crosses memorializing children killed through abortion could “create harm.”
Another unidentified staffer or administrator of the university argued that she was “pro-life” despite being pro-abortion, and that it is better for a child to be killed in abortion than to be born into an abusive environment with gang violence, such as the South Side of Chicago, which is about 15 miles from Dominican University. This eugenic argument from the staff member is disturbingly common, and lines up perfectly with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s views.
A child’s circumstances should not determine whether they are allowed to be born, and abortion is not a “tool to end poverty.” Abortion violently ends a human life, an injustice that does not better the lives of families living in poverty. 75% of women who undergo abortions are living below the poverty line, and many likely abort because they feel they have no other choice. While abortion supporters like the administrator at Dominican University view their arguments as compassionate, the reality is that they are arguing that children should die because they may be poor or might grow up in a less than ideal environment.
Sarah Minnich, Illinois Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, said, “Catholic universities should be the first place trumpeting pro-life values and supporting the rights of students to talk about the issue of abortion. It’s Catholics like the administrators at Dominican who give Catholics a bad name, by being too afraid to even let other people talk about abortion on campus.”
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