With the fall semester most of the way completed, many students are starting to shift gears to projects and final exams. But not pro-abortion students, who still have plenty of energy to harass Students for Life groups. This time, it was directed towards the Students for Life at University of Connecticut, who screened the pro-life movie Unplanned near the end of October.
To advertise the film’s showing, the group shared this on a school platform:
Students at the school advertise their events, etc. in this group. BUT, when pro-life students use it, they get personally insulted, berated, gaslighted, and generally turned into victims of aggression. We grabbed about 100 screenshots of pro-abortion hate speech on this single post, but here are just a few:
Following all the social media drama and the actual screening of the movie, Students for Life of America Regional Coordinator for New England, Abigail Young, chatted with the group about their experience.
Interview with a Pro-Life UConn Student Leader
- How many students attended? Any pro-choice students?
“About forty people! ... It was very interesting that despite all of the anger on the Facebook post, only two (polite) pro-choice students showed up and nobody even bothered to come protest.”
- Tell us about the pro-choice students who came:
“Yeah, so the guy and his friend were the two pro-choice students who came. One worked at a Planned Parenthood for four years, and when he saw one of our signs, he actually thought we were promoting PP. What’s really remarkable though is that, even though he realized we were pro-life by the start of the movie, the two of them both stuck around for the whole movie and the discussion. He actually talked for a while with one of our students, and became really interested in theology as a result of the movie. The guy who came and our student exchanged numbers, and last I heard, the two of them went to catch up over lunch this past week. It was actually just a really good example, I think, of how important pro-life men are, because our male student was really able to connect with this pro-choice man and just have a good conversation.”
- How did facing this controversy feel?
“Going into it, I was just crazy scared at the backlash we were going to get at the screening because our Facebook post got SO heated. But it was just really encouraging to see that their bark is worse than their bite, and really, when you can be face to face with someone, one-on-one, it’s remarkable how easy it is to just *talk* with them. So I’d just say, if other schools or students are worried, have courage because you aren’t alone in this.”
Where Were the Haters?
It was great that those two pro-choice students attended (even though they thought it was a pro-abortion event). But where was everybody else from the Facebook post? A common thread we see in hateful comments is the accusation that pro-life students are just “trying to spread misinformation and not have any productive dialogues.” But… we hosted a dialogue and none of them showed up.
They chose to spit aggression from afar, then not show up to talk in person. And because of it, an opportunity to build bridges was lost. All pro-choice students should know – they are always welcome at Students for Life events to have productive dialogue about abortion.