Oct 052010
 
Authors: Sarah Banes

In the cold of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, social work major Katie Kulcsar stood alone near the bike racks on the south side of the Lory Student Center holding a cup of coffee and looking out onto the Plaza.

As she waited, she made phone calls and sent text messages to fellow members of CSU’s Advocates for Choice and to folks from the Campus Feminist Alliance and Fort Collins’ Planned Parenthood.

By calling, her intent was to grow a protest group against the visually-disturbing anti-abortion demonstration put on by Justice For All, JFA, a Kansas-based pro-life group that set up camp on the plaza all day
Tuesday.

When she heard that JFA was coming to campus, CFA President Lexy Hall started a Facebook event that invited students to join in a protest against the display. On Monday afternoon, the group had 127 confirmed attendees.

And though only six joined Kulcsar in the counter-demonstration by 7:30 a.m., they said their message wasn’t any less clear.

“My intent today is not about arguing abortion. I don’t agree with how they are displaying their views with the graphic billboards,” said Kulcsar, a member of Advocates for Choice, a group closely associated with Planned Parenthood. “I am pro-choice. I am very much about prevention.”

Among those represented were Advocates for Choice, CSU’s Young Democrats and the Campus Feminist Alliance, CFA, an “organization of dedicated, committed and active feminists,” according to the organization’s website.

CFA’s main goal is to provide support for one another and provide a place for people to add their voices in the fight against sexual assault.

By 10 a.m., the group had signs and people advocating for pro-choice, passing out condoms and fliers next to JFA’s demonstration. It also posted fliers on doors around the LSC, which read, “Graphic Images on Plaza. Caution: Alternate Routes Advised.”

The protestors wrote, “Our bodies, our choice,” in chalk around the exhibit and areas on the Plaza.

CFA also publically disputed Colorado’s Personhood Amendment 62, which says “the term “person” shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.”

The amendment focuses on sections of the Constitution discussing inalienable rights, equality of justice and due process of law.

“Amendment 62 would take away all reproductive rights. We need to have the right to choose,” said former CFA President Lara Adamson, arguing that sometimes, it’s not always a woman’s choice to be pregnant.

The mix of JFA and protestors’ positions on abortion created a crowded Plaza of students debating with one another.

Brandon Gustafson, a sophomore communications major, was impartial about the 18-foot posters displaying aborted fetuses.

“I am not entirely sure how I feel, but I think people should be able to make their own choices regarding abortion,” Gustafson said.
“I do not think it is fair for some people who have had miscarriages or abortions to see what is on the posters,” said Adamson, a human development, women’s studies and pre-law major. “We just don’t want people to fall for their scare tactics.”

Staff writer Sarah Banes can be reached news@collegian.com.

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