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.
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.