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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.
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.
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