U of G Life Choice: Dear UofGuelph, You’re Not As Pro-Choice As You Think You Are…

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by alexsibiga. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

When I started my university experience at Guelph, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this school. Orientation week was when Guelph made its first real impression on me, and one thing really struck me when this school was trying to win me over; I was told that my new university had actually been voted in the past as the “Most Caring University“. I thought that was pretty cool, and as the semester rolled on I realized my school definitely lived up to its title. Guelph cares. With so many support services for mental health, physical health, sexual health, financial help, gender equality, minorities and disabilities of all kinds, Guelph truly takes on the identity of being an all-around loving institution.

Wow, I live in the ideal university world, right? Well actually, in all its efforts to care, the University of Guelph seems to lack support services in one particular area… services for women with an unplanned pregnancy.

Let me ask you- what does a student need when she finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy? Support, information, and options, right?

Well, I don’t think the University of Guelph offers enough of these things…particularly the third thing.

Woah, wait Alex… you’re pro-life, you don’t believe in options! Guelph on the other hand, is pro-choice. They support all the options and offer all the options. 

Do they? Or do they offer just one?

Looking through the uoguelph website and researching what someone looking for pregnancy options would find, and here’s what I discovered:

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Hmm. Interesting how our school says “there are many places you can go for comfort and support where you will be given information to help you reach the decision that is right for you…” but the only decision that’s mentioned is abortion, and the friendly reminder that abortion is free.

What about the option to go through with the pregnancy? The option of parenthood? Or adoption? Yes maybe these options aren’t free and aren’t easy, but is it really pro-choice to not mention them?

Last year, our Life Choice club went to the school’s Wellness Centre with the idea of implementing a care package program through them: diapers, baby blankets, and other little things all packed in a diaper bag and completely funded by Life Choice, to give to any woman who comes to them pregnant and who’s not going to have an abortion. Surprisingly enough, the care packages weren’t accepted because that would go against the Wellness Centre’s “Choice Model“. Offering care packages could be considered a reward or a bribe for women to keep their babies, which would go against their un-pressuring philosophy.

“No no, it’s your choice. I won’t tell you what to do or push any diaper bags on you, but I’ll just kindly remind you that abortion is free.”

Does anyone else smell a double standard…?

The Sisters of Life, a group of women who have devoted their entire lives to help pregnant and post-abortive women say that the main reason women choose abortion is fear- fear that they can’t do it, fear that they don’t have what they need, fear that abortion is their only choice.

Guelph, I know you care, I see that in so much of what you do. Please recognize what is lacking. Don’t point a pregnant woman in the direction of an abortion. Don’t make her feel that it is her only option. Give her HOPE. If there is even one woman out there who chooses abortion because she doesn’t think she has a choice, don’t you care to prevent that? Shouldn’t this change?

Offering pregnant women on campus more resources that don’t point them to abortion, or to places that’ll profit from talking them into an abortion, is the mission of the Life Choice club this year. This Tuesday we’re having a bake sale to raise money for Michael House, an organization that offers shelter and support to pregnant and parenting women. There is help and support for the students on campus who will become mothers- they just need to know about it. I feel like this is a mission that both pro-choice and pro-life people can fight for together.

Motherhood is scary. And I don’t think any of our mothers would tell us it was easy, yet they all believed that it would be worth it. Because of that, we now live. A woman needs to be believed in, so don’t be so quick to tell her abortion is free putting that single choice in her mind as though she’s not strong enough to consider or do anything else. She is. She is strong and good and has the heart and the courage to be an amazing mom whatever circumstance she happens to be in. She is beautiful, supported and capable. And it’s your job to make sure she knows that.

So don’t take away that choice.


Read the comments at the U of G Life Choice website.

U of G Life Choice: Q&A: What About Overpopulation?

This post was written for U of G Life Choice by Hanna. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

This question comes up a lot.  On the surface, it seems to make sense: we want future generations to be able to enjoy this lovely earth and all the wonders of nature, without overcrowding and destroying the place.  Thus, we shouldn’t create more people than will fit on the earth.

Before considering the topic of overpopulation itself, let’s just correct one assumption in that statement.  Often people see abortion as a preventative measure, to stop population growth before it happens.  The problem with this is that the unborn child already exists.  It’s too late to prevent anything: he or she is nestled happily in the womb, chilling out in the amniotic fluid while his/her cells multiply at an amazing rate.  So what is really being advocated here is killing humans in order to make the world better for the ones who are already grown.  Do you think someone could use overpopulation as a justification for killing a seven-year-old?  Why, then, is it a good reason to kill an unborn child?

If you really want to get into a discussion about overpopulation, Steve Mosher has a wonderful collection of videos.  This video highlights the fact that many countries are now below replacement rate, meaning that people aren’t having enough children to replace the current generation.  As we see already in China, this puts immense pressure on the younger generation to support a huge amount of retirees, and reduces the young workforce, problems that will only be magnified in future generations.

China’s one-child policy, intended to alleviate overpopulation and crowding, has had other devastating effects.  Forced abortion has been taking place there for decades.  Government officials routinely abduct women who are seven, eight, even nine months pregnant, and take them to hospitals where they are forced to have abortions against their will.  ‘Family Planning Officials’ get monetary rewards for limiting births, so the practice is not likely to end soon.  Human rights activist Chen Guangcheng drew attention to this in his village, and was swiftly put under house arrest by the Chinese Government.  Even Batman couldn’t save the day: when actor Christian Bale tried to visit Chen and show his support, plainclothes police officers physically prevented him from entering the village.  Even if Steve Mosher hasn’t convinced you that overpopulation is a myth, surely you can agree that killing children – especially using the Chinese government’s draconian methods – is not a good solution.



Read the comments at the U of G Life Choice website.