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Murray State student public demonstrations take on both sides of abortion

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Today, students are counter-demonstrating in response to a series of cardboard cutouts tied to posts on Murray State’s campus. The cutouts, which appeared Monday, depict silhouettes of pregnant women and carry pro-life messages.

Murray State demonstrations, pro-life, pro-choice, wkmsHere, a student has tied herself to a light post. To the right, the pro-life cutout reads “Women under 25 obtain 52% of all abortions.” The student holds a sign reading “My body. My choice.”

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Written by Jacque E. Day

April 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Community, News Extras

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  1. On campus, April 18, 2011, I was shocked and saddened by how impressively appropriate and inappropriate the MSU Students for Life demonstration was. For those of you who did not get to see, MSU SFL tied about ten pregnant female silhouettes to light poles in front of the Carr Health Building. No detail was added to humanize the women, only phone numbers for a Crisis Pregnancy Center, statistics without citation or context, and a question about where all the pregnant women are. My “favorite” part of their demonstration was just how the cardboard forms were tied to the light poles. A single piece of cord was wrapped around the silhouette women’s throats, under their breasts, and about their ankles.
    The demonstration is symbolic of how the pro-life movement binds women. Pro-life policies don’t’ allow women to move their necks to see the multiplicity of options before them. Pro-life policies seek to control women’s sexual responses to their surroundings. Pro-life policies bind women’s legs in order to prevent them from walking whatever path they want. Even the fact that they used blanked-out female forms is significant. While the Women’s Center’s “Red Women” symbolize how rape and domestic violence affects everyone, these blank women are being erased from their own stories. By choosing the statistics and the methods they used, these pro-life students have placed the focus of the conversation once again on the unborn fetuses rather than the living breathing women that carry them.
    We tied women up in order to place women back into the demonstration. We want to highlight just how bound women are by the pro-life movement. We placed duct tape over our mouths to symbolize the silent voices of the women who choose to have this potentially lifesaving procedure. Whether or not you would personally choose to have an abortion is not what we are trying to condemn. We simply demand space within political, societal, and educational circles to make our own choices.
    Jen Crocker
    Co-Organizer of this Pro-Choice Counter Protest

    Jen Crocker

    April 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

  2. Odd these were not immediately removed as they did not confine themselves to the “free speech zone” but rather affixed their politics to the school property.

    Aaron

    April 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm


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