Editorâ€™s Note: Check the Collegian tomorrow for more coverage of Justice For Allâ€™s visit to campus.
Today, the Justice For All group comes to campus toting 18-foot anti-abortion posters, and about 200 students are expected to be waiting when they arrive.
â€œWe need to do something,â€ said Lexy Hall, who is one of three women planning todayâ€™s pro-choice response to the campus visitors. â€œThese folks come to campus every year, and we need to voice our views the same way they do.â€
When Hall heard about Justice For All returning to campus, she started a Facebook event inviting CSU students to join a counter-demonstration. As of Monday afternoon, the group has grown to 127 confirmed attendees, 99 maybes and 491 awaiting responses.
â€œWe completely respect their ability to practice free speech, but the audacity of their message is intrusive,â€ Hall said. â€œThere are two sides of the issue and just having their voice on campus doesnâ€™t show that.â€
Justice For All is based in Wichita, Kan. and aims to â€œto train thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time,â€ according to the organizationâ€™s website.
The group travels across the country visiting college campuses and displaying photos of what a fetus looks like post-abortion, arguing that â€œsome injustices have to be seen if they are to be believed.â€
The traveling posters that Justice For All displays have photos of aborted fetuses, still intact fetuses and information of the options for a woman with an unwanted pregnancy.
The group last visited campus in 2008. The Lory Student Center Plaza, where the demonstration will be held, is considered a free speech zone on campus.
Hall and other pro-choice advocates will be on the Plaza from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to talk with students about legislation and history surrounding abortion law.
News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.