UCC not the place for one-sided debate

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the editor:
I thought Western Lifeline’s anti-abortion demonstration on April 2, 2009 was inappropriately set in the University Community Centre atrium. I thought the UCC was supposed to be a shared space and a positive environment for all individuals. The University Students’ Council prides itself on its principles to “offer programming designed to enhance the educational, cultural, recreational, social and intellectual experiences” and “maintain responsible student government to act as the representative of undergraduate students in all issues” and yet, the pro-life campaign is contradictory of the above objectives.

Abortion is clearly an ethically and controversially charged topic and I feel that the blatant pro-life posters, videos and testimonials were not representative of the abortion issue. If the USC wanted to “act as the representative of undergraduate students in all issues,” then a pro-choice perspective should have been offered too. For most women, deciding whether or not to have an abortion is not easy and as a representative of the student body, the USC should have provided resources and support for either decision.

I think we’re lucky to live in Canada, where the option to have an abortion is available.
" Lisa Huynh
Animal behaviour & psychology IV

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