March 14, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ontario students want abortion debate but abortion advocates unwilling to defend their position
Toronto, ON: This March, two Ontario university clubs are hosting abortion debates on campus, but pro-choicers have been unwilling to debate. Despite contacting over 120 professors, feminist organizations, and abortion advocacy groups, Guelph Life Choice and McMaster Lifeline have been unable to find anyone willing to debate. Pro-life students from McMaster and Guelph are now issuing a public challenge to pro-choice proponents (specifically professors, doctors, clinic workers, and advocates from pro-choice organizations), inviting them to defend their position on abortion and join in an open and respectful debate.
“There’s been great student interest in having this debate,” states Hanna Barlow, President of the University of Guelph Life Choice. “But everyone we’ve contacted to represent the pro-choice side has either rejected the invitation or simply ignored it. It’s very disappointing.”
With the debate scheduled for the end of the month, Guelph Life Choice contacted the Student Help and Advocacy Centre (SHAC) from the student union for help finding a pro-choice advocate. They declined, stating, “We do not believe that the sexual and reproductive rights of women is [sic] something that should be debated because we see ‘pro-choice’ as the only option. For us, reproductive rights are non-debatable.” (See full email text at: http://uofguelphlifechoice.ncln.ca/2012/03/14/email/)
“Unwillingness to debate is something we’ve seen before on other campuses,” states Rebecca Richmond, Executive Director for the National Campus Life Network, a national pro-life student organization. “Despite accusations from pro-choicers that we’re closed minded and backwards, they are the ones who keep rejecting our offers to engage in dialogue.”
“Anyone who holds a belief on an issue must have evidence to back up their belief,” states Julia Bolzon, President of McMaster Lifeline. “If pro-choicers are confident in their position, then they should be willing to defend it in a debate. We hope pro-choicers will rise to the challenge.”
For more information or for those interested in representing the pro-choice side of the debate, contact:
Julia Bolzon – President McMaster Lifeline, 647 221 0912, email@example.com
Hanna Barlow – President Guelph Life Choice, 519 830 9072, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Richmond – Executive Director, National Campus Life Network, 416 388 0461 email@example.com
Read the comments at the McMaster Lifeline website.