In an attempt to eliminate some of the stigma surrounding abortion, a Women’s Studies Group and an LGBTQIA Resources group at University of North Carolina, Wilmington, joined together to sponsor a “Stories of Choice” panel. As part of the event, a batch of shirts featuring the words “I had an abortion” were up for sale, angering anti-choice students.
So, what did they do? Countered back their own t-shirts with their own “special” messages.
Three students stood outside the panel room wearing what they say were equally shocking t-shirts. One read “I haven’t killed a baby” and another reading “I euthanized my grandpa.” They say the abortion t-shirts are out of line and embarrassing to the UNCW student body.
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Jimmy Eastman, spokesman for the student protest, says he hopes people realize how serious abortion is and see how unpraiseworthy it is.
“It’s still a very controversial issue,” he said. “It’s not about the abortion or pro-choice. It’s about ending a human life and that’s the real issue here. That’s what we’re trying to get at.”
There’s a vast difference between erasing stigma and “seeking praise,” but I suppose for those who believe each of the one in three women who have had abortions should be ashamed to admit it, anything other than regret is wrong.