October 26, 2010 § 2 Comments
Here is a sneak peak at NBC’s “The Assassination of George Tiller” narrated by Rachel Maddow. The documentary looks at the links between anti-choice harassment, violence incited through hate-speech and the murder of Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was a late-term abortion provider who was tragically murdered in front of his family and friends at church in 2009. Click the link on the title to see a short clip.
As a side note, the president of Operation Rescue (OR) Troy Newman has a blog! He takes time away from harassing abortion clinics, doctors, nurses and patients to spew his ideological gunk all over the internet. After Dr. Tiller’s clinic was closed, Operation Rescue purchased the property. They moved the headquarters of Operation Rescue to Dr. Tiller’s old clinic and as they moved in, blared “Another one bites the dust” by Queen….wait what?! YES, you read that correctly. To clarify, Operation Rescue did not close the clinic down but was sold because Dr. Tiller was assassinated.
Anyway, the documentary looks interesting and we just wanted to share it with you.
October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
Something positive in a time of insanity on our campus. Here is a link to a CBC article that outlines a little bit of the pro-choice movement within Canada as well as history about the man above, Henry Morgentaler. Dr. Morgentaler was and still is pro-choice, pro-woman advocate in the fight to offer women access to the necessary medical services they need. Enjoy!
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October 19, 2010 § 1 Comment
Beginning with the 2010 school year, the University of Victoria’s Student Society (UVSS) decided to re-instate the previously revoked club status and funding of UVic’s anti- choice club, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY). Within a matter of weeks, YPY announced they were hosting Jose Ruba and his presentation “Echoes of the Holocaust”. (Warning: The content of the rest of this website is very graphic and may be triggering for some viewers. Please be cautioned in exploring this site).
The history of this club has not been without deep controversy and debate. YPY lost its funding last year due to the fact they brought the “Feminist for Life” poster campaign to UVIc as well as anti-choice speaker Stephanie Gray. Both these events caused numerous students and student clubs to file official complaints and ultimately led to YPY’s loss of club status and funding. However, due to an out of court settlement, YPY was regained club status and student funding. It is important to note that re-granting the funding and status to YPY had nothing to do with an admittance of wrongdoing or guilt but a mere lack of resources on part of the UVSS. Ironically, YPY ‘out-funded’ the debate about funding.
“Echoes of the Holocaust” is a presentation that compares the medical procedure of abortion to historical genocides, specifically the Holocaust. It uses graphic imagery of purported aborted fetuses juxtaposed with photos of lived genocides, such as the Holocaust. “Echoes of the Holocaust” depicts images of actual genocides and uses them to further their own anti-choice and anti-woman agenda. Acceptable? That’s a big no. This highly offensive and problematic presentation ultimately deems women who have had abortions to perpetrators of genocide, and in this case, labels them as Nazi’s. SRJ firmly believes this is not only incredibly racist and anti-semitic but it also compromises the safety of many students at UVic who find this type of rhetoric threatening. In true YPY fashion, this club has shown no respect or regard for the implications of such a project and the complex intersections of identities at UVIc that may find this material triggering. SRJ believes there is a way to represent ideas and stances in a way that is factual, creative and poignant. However, likening women to Nazi’s is not acceptable. End of story.
September 28, 2010 § 4 Comments
Students for Reproductive Justice is a UVSS Club at the University of Victoria formerly known as Students for Choice. “Choice” as it pertains to reproductive justice refers to the right of all self-identified women as well as those who may not identify as women, with the reproductive capacity to become pregnant and carry a fetus to term, to independently decide whether or not they wish to become pregnant, wish to carry a fetus to term, and wish to parent a, once born, child and furthermore be supported within their decision.
However, the concept of “choice” in isolation is problematic. Through only examining a woman’s choice to either carry a fetus to term or terminate a pregnancy, certain privileges are implied while simultaneously excluding the experiences of many women within the colonial history of Canada who have systematically been denied the choice to become pregnant, to have, and parent their own children. Historical atrocities such as the forced sterilization of those termed “feeble minded” during the 1930’s and the systematic sterilization of Indigenous women, the removal of Indigenous children from their communities and cultures to be placed in residential schools, and the continued overrepresentation of Indigenous children in Canadian foster care and child welfare systems are but a few examples of the broader reproductive injustices experienced by women and men. As Students for Reproductive Justice we wish to rectify our formerly narrow perspective by adopting a more comprehensive lens that views “choice” as but one important aspect of reproductive justice.
Sister Song: Women of Colour Reproductive Justice Collective draws on Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice for their definition of reproductive justice, which can be viewed in entirety at their website . As Students for Reproductive Justice at UVic, we have relied on Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice definition as a foundation for our own mandate:
The Official Mandate of Students for Reproductive Justice [SRJ] at the University of Victoria:
- SRJ recognizes the abortion procedure as an absolutely necessary medical service for all individuals with the reproductive capacity to become pregnant and carry a fetus to term. SRJ recognizes that such individuals may identify across a broad spectrum of genders and sexualities. When abortion is made inaccessible or criminalized, the number of abortions performed does not decrease; rather, the number of people who die as a result of accessing unsafe “backroom” abortions increases.
- SRJ is a sex-positive organization; moreover, we promote and embrace multiple sexualities and sexual practices with few limitations.
- SRJ advocates for comprehensive sexual education for all children, youth, and adults. Comprehensive sexual education is essential to the prevention of untimely pregnancy as well as STI’s. Information about consent, healthy and respectful physical and emotional relationships are foundational aspects of comprehensive sexual education in addition to birth control and STI preventative method.
- SRJ advocates that individuals should never be denied the right to parent based on race, sexual orientation, religion, or socio- economic status. We also firmly believe in the rights and safety of children and minors and understand that not everyone is willing or able to parent.