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Update: Johns Hopkins pro-life club gains recognition after fight with student government
Catholic Review ^ | 4/11/2013 | Maria Wiering

Posted on 04/11/2013 1:26:47 PM PDT by Welchie25

A pro-life student club at The Johns Hopkins University was granted official club status after the Baltimore school’s Student Government Association initially denied the club’s application last month.

The club, Voice for Life, challenged the decision before the SGA Judiciary Committee April 9. The Judiciary Committee notified club leaders later that day that they had ruled in the club’s favor.

Andrew Guernsey, Voice for Life president, said he was “elated” by the ruling.

“It was a really moving experience after all the work we put into get the group started, that we get re-recognition,” he said. “Now we get started with what we really set out to do, which is to help women and to help the unborn.”

Guernsey, a freshman, had launched efforts to reestablish a pro-life club at Johns Hopkins.

Its members sought the student government’s approval, but the SGA Senate denied the application at a March 12 meeting.

The SGA Senate cited concerns that the group’s plans to provide sidewalk counseling at a nearby abortion clinic would violate the school’s harassment policies.

It also found offensive the practices of a pro-life organization listed as a resource on Voice for Life’s website. The organization, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, uses photos of aborted fetuses in its programming, which it has displayed near Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus.

The closed judiciary hearing included members of the SGA Judiciary Committee and two representatives from Voice for Life and the SGA Senate.

The Senate argued that allowing Voice for Life to have official status would cause some women on campus to feel uncomfortable, especially if they have had abortions, said Guernsey, who participated in the hearing.

Guernsey said SGA is supposed to maintain “viewpoint neutrality,” but did not in its assessment of Voice for Life’s mission, he said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: abortion; johnshopkins; prolife

1 posted on 04/11/2013 1:26:47 PM PDT by Welchie25
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!

2 posted on 04/11/2013 2:02:35 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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It also found offensive...a pro-life organization...on Voice for Life’s website [that] uses photos of aborted fetuses ... The Senate argued that... would cause some women on campus to feel uncomfortable, especially if they have had abortions....

I thought these "womyn" are supposed to be grown adults who can make their own decisions, and live with the consequences? Don't these budding academics want all the information, so they can make an informed decision? Apparently not. Glad someone with the sense prevailed there, to SHOW that it is murder, even if they can't SAY it's murder.

3 posted on 04/20/2013 3:24:24 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Don't believe any rumors in Washington, DC until they are officially denied.)
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