Meanwhile, at Case Western

 

Since spring 2020, pro-life students at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) have tried to organize a chapter of Students for Life. Case Western is a university, a land of complimentary flavored condoms and helpful instructional pamphlets about proper masking procedures during sex, so the prospect of an anti-abortion organization receiving either official support or funding did not go over well. Not at all. After the student government approved the nascent group’s petition, the woke on campus complained, demanded a referendum, and voted the new pro-life club out of existence. Its members reorganized, renamed themselves Case for Life, and continued to seek recognition. To its partial credit, CWRU finally approved the group late this spring, albeit narrowly. And two weeks ago, irate student journalists took to the pages of The Observer, Case Western’s campus newspaper, to vent their spleens in a piece destined to become a classic in the annals of SJW-ist rhetoric. It begins:

Here we go again. The fight for reproductive rights and privacy happens consistently throughout the world, and it’s no different at Case Western Reserve University — even though institutions should not infringe upon people’s right to choose what to do with their bodies.

And continues:

To put it simply, CWRU does not care about its students. If they actually cared, they would have immediately considered concerns about the student body’s immediate safety and the broader school-community impacts, and they would have easily determined this organization to pose a danger. . . . Case for Life says its mission is to ‘protect and promote respect for all life,’ and they commit to a ‘nonviolent approach in all that [they] do.’ But protesting outside of an abortion clinic is inherently violent; preying on vulnerable people who, no matter the circumstance, have chosen to do what is best for their life violently threatens their privacy and their right to make that decision. This organization does not value the pregnant person’s life.

More:

What is worse is that beyond just implying that their life matters less than a group of cells that has not developed into a living and breathing human being, Case for Life will harass them for their own choice. . . . There are several problems with what this organization represents and does. Hence, it is apparent that they pose a threat to the student body and anyone who chooses to have an abortion, and it is the university’s responsibility to prevent harm to our community.

And it ends:

The recognition and funding for Case for Life go beyond just opinion. Who could care less if someone is pro-forced-birth, but when that someone takes action to enforce that opinion on others — that’s when it becomes dangerous. . . . It was and is CWRU’s administration’s responsibility to declare this organization a danger to the student body. Still, it is fair to say that the university cares more about its public image than its students. We already have to deal with anti-abortion laws dictated by governments that put our lives in danger, but now we have to face the reality of our tuition going to a club that makes the majority of the student body feel unsafe.

Read the whole thing. If you dare.

What to make of this? First, the middle-school-level writing. This is a staff editorial penned by students at a prestigious university with an acceptance rate of 27 percent. Yes, it’s a school known more for engineering and the sciences than for the humanities (and we all know what they say about engineers and communication), but come on! Is there no English major on hand who knows the difference between “constantly” and “consistently”? Who understands subject-verb agreement? Who’s aware that “they pose a threat” does not follow from “there are problems”? It’s almost as bad as the dreck published in the Columbus Dispatch.

The content is even worse. Every space on my pro-abortion argle-bargle bingo board is now filled — even the “pregnant persons” one. We’re told that holding up signs outside an abortion clinic is “inherently violent.” (If that’s violence, what must yelling “ACAB!” be?) We’re informed that an organization dedicated to the saving of lives “does not value . . . life.” We’re treated to emotional blackmail (“CWRU does not care about its students”). We’re warned about hazy and unspecified harms to the student body’s “immediate safety.” We’re told that universities exist to “protect” their students from ideas that make them “feel unsafe.” Nothing in the piece is new, though it is revelatory. It reveals what we already know: that the media/academic/professional elite consists of oversized and emotionally stunted toddlers with tattoos and Twitter accounts. Behold, the future ruling class!

Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

Published in Culture
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

There are 19 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Kephalithos: Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

    Well, on the bright side, if they follow the leftist pattern and don’t become adults until 40s or 50s – if then – we may already be gone.

    • #1
  2. Kephalithos Member
    Kephalithos
    @Kephalithos

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Kephalithos: Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

    Well, on the bright side, if they follow the leftist pattern and don’t become adults until 40s or 50s – if then – we may already be gone.

    You may be gone, but I’ll still be here . . . in the gulag. (Though living in a gulag might not be so bad. It’d be a good place to meet conservatives. Maybe I’d find a spouse there.)

    • #2
  3. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Kephalithos: Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

    You already are. 

    • #3
  4. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    What is worse is that beyond just implying that their life matters less than a group of cells that has not developed into a living and breathing human being, Case for Life will harass them for their own choice. . . .

    I suppose if there was a chance that after around 9 months a puppy, kitten, pony, or calf would emerge from the womb then the clump of cells argument might have some merit. That of course is not what will happen, but perhaps the truth is that some Case Western students are hardly able to clothe and feed themselves, and upon graduation that situation might not change by the time they attend their 50th alumni reunion.

    • #4
  5. Kephalithos Member
    Kephalithos
    @Kephalithos

    Doug Watt (View Comment): I suppose if there was a chance that after around 9 months a puppy, kitten, pony, or calf would emerge from the womb then the clump of cells argument might have some merit.

    If there were some chance a puppy might emerge from the womb, these woke Generation Z females would become pro-life in a heartbeat.

    • #5
  6. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!)
    @DonG

    Kephalithos: the woke on campus complained, demanded a referendum, and voted the new pro-life club out of existence.

    Democracy:  two wolves and a chicken voting on what to have for dinner.

    • #6
  7. Full Size Tabby Member
    Full Size Tabby
    @FullSizeTabby

    Products of the government school system. Exhibit 10,581 or so on why the whole “education” system may need to be blown up.

    • #7
  8. Architectus Coolidge
    Architectus
    @Architectus

    Oh come on… They must have lifted this directly from the Babylon Bee. 

    • #8
  9. Dbroussa Coolidge
    Dbroussa
    @Dbroussa

    If protesting at an abortion clinic is violence, then what was the Summer of Fore last year…oh, yeah, “mostly peaceful”. 

    • #9
  10. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Kephalithos (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment): I suppose if there was a chance that after around 9 months a puppy, kitten, pony, or calf would emerge from the womb then the clump of cells argument might have some merit.

    If there were some chance a puppy might emerge from the womb, these woke Generation Z females would become pro-life in a heartbeat.

    Meanwhile, a large number of what would have emerged would have been black, apparently THOSE Black Lives DON’T Matter.

    • #10
  11. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Kephalithos: Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

    I’m glad I’m old.

    • #11
  12. Kephalithos Member
    Kephalithos
    @Kephalithos

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Kephalithos: Oh, I just can’t wait to be governed by them.

    I’m glad I’m old.

    You’re a lucky man.

    • #12
  13. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Kephalithos: even though institutions should not infringe upon people’s right to choose what to do with their bodies.

    Unless it’s masks or vaccine mandates . . .

    • #13
  14. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Good for the pro-life organization to keep at it – even reforming. I hope they keep going and not back down. They should openly ask for a debate – a non-violent, and even a civil and respectful discussion in front of the whole student body. I can guess which side will start verbal attacks, lose their cool and even make threats.  They can’t stand to debate or allow a different opinion.  There is no harm to any student. They still can do what they want in their personal lives.  This group is just offering a different view – something that should be the basis at every school on every subject.  

    • #14
  15. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    They should openly ask for a debate – a non-violent, and even a civil and respectful discussion in front of the whole student body

    Nonconformity is violence.

    • #15
  16. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Kephalithos: Every space on my pro-abortion argle-bargle bingo board is now filled — even the “pregnant persons” one.

    I enjoyed your phrasing here. The rest of the story? Not so much. [I grew up in the area with the notion that Case Western was a highly respected/respectable institution. Sad it’s gone the way of so many others like it. The Left ruins everything!]

    Drew Klavan has one of the best responses to this crowd, along the lines of: we don’t believe you have the right to kill someone to solve your problems

     

    • #16
  17. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Kephalithos: Every space on my pro-abortion argle-bargle bingo board is now filled — even the “pregnant persons” one.

    I enjoyed your phrasing here. The rest of the story? Not so much. [I grew up in the area with the notion that Case Western was a highly respected/respectable institution. Sad it’s gone the way of so many others like it. The Left ruins everything!]

    Drew Klavan has one of the best responses to this crowd, along the lines of: we don’t believe you have the right to kill someone to solve your problems.

     

    I don’t have a problem with SCOTUS finding a right to privacy in the Constitution.  There are lots of rights we should have that aren’t mentioned.  I just don’t think the right to privacy includes the right to kill unborn babies.

    • #17
  18. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Randy Webster (View Comment):
    I just don’t think the right to privacy includes the right to kill unborn babies.

    Crazy statements like that will get you labeled a radical. 

    • #18
  19. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):
    I just don’t think the right to privacy includes the right to kill unborn babies.

    Crazy statements like that will get you labeled a radical.

    It’s too late for me to care about any of that.

    • #19