Moral debates have no place in academia

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “CFS-Ontario passes pro-life ban motion”
Feb. 5, 2007

To the editor:
I am of a pro-choice opinion myself, and my problem with anti-abortion groups is not that they are opposed to my personal view, since I don’t push my values on others and do my best not to take debates such as this personally.

I do have a problem with terms like ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice,’ because honestly everyone should be for life and for freedom of choice. What silly labels to give the two sides of the debate.

I agree, however, with the decision to ban pro-life groups. The argument is taken as a moral one and, quite often, these pro-life groups also have a foundation in religious beliefs. The fact is abortion is legal in this country.

Personally, I believe the decision to ban pro-life groups was based on that fact " that abortion is legal and will most likely stay that way. I can’t see any logical reason for the Government of Canada to ever change its decision on abortion.

I don’t see the ban as a form of suppression of an opposing opinion, because we all know this debate " I simply agree that it has no place on a university campus.

Abortion is a moral issue. Morals and academics are very different concepts. A university is a place of debate on academic issues.

Therefore, arguments based on subjective morals have no standing on a university campus. People on the pro-life side of the debate can feel free to gather and organize outside of campus " I have absolutely no problem with that. There is just no reason to make moral arguments in an academic setting.
"Sarah W.
Political Science/Philosophy IV

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