By Haley Bartlett, Assistant News Editor—
Recently students received a mass email from the university regarding a group called “Created Equal” and the anti-abortion message they were broadcasting. UTC was notified of the crass statements the group was making; however, if they reside on public streets surrounding the campus, they are protected by their freedom of speech.
All citizens of our nation should be able to freely share and discuss their opinions, radical or not, to the public, and the beauty of the human species as a whole is our individuality when it comes to thoughts on certain topics. Although this is a great factor, it comes with the downside of abrasive nature and sometimes the inability to maturely debate without letting emotions completely sway the intentions. While I have always held the mindset that everyone has a right to their opinion and the right to express it, I also standby the need to do so while respecting others and the space they’re in. Considering the platform the group was advocating for and the environment they came into, a campus full of college students on a liberal arts campus probably isn’t the best area to be sharing such abrasive viewpoints.
The debate on abortion has been a long and tiring one throughout history with two starkly different sides of the spectrum being shared across the media. While there are many factors that go into the views people have about this subject, one issue that seems to be perpetual is the way people go about in sharing their views. “Created Equal” not only had rather vulgar posters but also pamphlets they were handing out with gory photographs of unborn fetuses. Many students passing by tried to ignore the group only to be stopped by a member in an aggressive manner and handed the pamphlets. Whether you are a pro-choice or pro-life individual, there is a time and place as well as an etiquette to share your perspective. I, along with many students, have agreed that images shown in their handouts only caused people to get upset and had no real information as to why people should be pro-life. Radical instances like this one only aid to the outraged opinions people on the opposing side have, making for an unhealthy debate platform.