Students walking through the Quad were bombarded by pro-life and pro-choice activists. Images of aborted fetuses littered the walkway. In the midst of this chaos, sorority girls were handing out coupons for free tacos. This is the epitome of a college campus.
Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a national pro-life group, and Abolitionists for Life, a campus pro-life club, hosted the protest which inspired some and left others disgusted.
“It’s good to have an open dialogue,” said Lisa Atkins, president of Abolitionists for Life. “If this is happening legally every day then we should be able to talk about it.”
Students walking by the Quad could hardly pass through the gauntlet of photos without catching a glimpse of one of the large poster-sized images depicting the fetus in its aborted form. Many felt strongly toward these graphic images believing they weren’t suitable for the campus
“This is gross,” said Jake Wolford, president of Boise State’s Secular Student Alliance (SSA). “Is this even OK, to display
The pro-life group organizing the event believe these images are appropriate and need to be seen.
Christina Garza, director for campus outreach for Survivors, explained the group’s position toward the photos.
“We’re allowing the victims to speak for themselves,” Garza said. “It would be an injustice on our part if we let these victims die silently without anyone to defend them.”
Through talking to passersby, they found that many people will not take a stance on the issue.
“We would like students to choose one side or the other,” Garza said. “It’s not safe to stay in the middle because innocent lives are being killed.”
Protesters from the Secular Student Alliance believe either way, women who think abortion is right are going to use this method.
“I think people should have the right to abortion in any circumstance,” Wolford said.
He believes it is the right of every human being to choose their stance on this issue and having access to programs that provide education and aboritions will decrease abortion rates and complications from unhealthy alternatives.
For Garza, the question isn’t when is it OK, but whether the act of abortion is killing another human being.
“We should protect that human being,” Garza said. “Not look for situations where killing that person is justified.”
Wolford also feels the pro-life event is based on religious beliefs, which is something the club feels is inaccurate.
“We’re not here because it’s a religious issue but because it’s a human rights issue,”
According to abortion statistics, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S. in 2011.
“If we can save one life by changing someone’s mind about abortion,” Garza said. “Then all of this is worth it.”
On April 28, when the Secular Student Alliance and Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were protesting, the Boise State University Student Foundation was holding an appreciation event for people who donated money to Boise State. They had placed flags on the quad, each flag representing 25 donations to the university.
According to club president, Katlin Bailey, there were 2,212 flags.
The original article reported these flags stood for the number of fetuses aborted ever day. This was incorrect, the two events had no correlation.