University of Manitoba Pro-Life Student Group Are Calling Abortion, “Genocide”: Fellow Students Protest

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Many Winnipeggers have been closely following the story released yesterday by CTV News  regarding a University of Manitoba pro-life student group, who has sparked significant conflict by directly equating genocide with abortion through their lobby efforts.

4443b1cd-7ba7-4408-ab7d-598ce61660e6For those of you who are just tuning in – the group is called Students For a Culture of Life and, since Monday, they have been facilitating a large graphic display erected on the campus’s high traffic greenspace. The group’s mandate states thats their goal is to “defend the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death”.

Admittedly, I had not heard about any of this until today when I myself passed by on my way to class and was handed a pamphlet. Pictured below is the first thing that is presented on the front of it.

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The some 22 enlarged images that make up the display include similar depictions.

The pamphlet strongly suggests that in our country, unborn children are “target groups”, a statement made to legitimize abortion as a form of genocide. Their claim is that Canada labels the unborn, mere “tissue”, in the same way Nazis labeled Jews, “parasites”, during the Holocaust.

Yeah… I know.

I had to opportunity to speak with a few of the many students who were there in protest, and asked their thoughts on the offensiveness of the event.

Karleigh Bacon, LGBT Community Rep for the University of Manitoba Student’s Union (UMSU), and active member of the Rainbow Pride Mosaic (RPM), said “The use of graphic images and inaccurate language is uncalled for, and the fact that we have never felt the need to use that to get our points across says enough.” 

A fellow protestor, Luke Storky, who is also a member of the RPM, expressed a similar opinion stating that “The language they are using is completely inappropriate for the situation and public setting in which it is taking place.”

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(From left: Zena MacKay, Ian Kielly, Luke Storky)

Others I interviewed felt that the University should not be providing funding to student groups who are promoting their cause in such a disgusting, degrading way.

The one common feeling shared among all protestors I spoke with was that there concern was in no way with the existence of the SFCL, but simply with the nature of their actions.

And I’d have to agree.