Controversy has been raised on campus this week by the graphic
anti-abortion display on the Lory Student Center Plaza.
There is no doubt that the group Justice For All, which brought
the displays to campus, has a right to be there. Freedom of speech
is one of the foundations on which this country was built, and the
Plaza is the university’s free-speech zone.
In fact, the demonstration’s presence is even beneficial in some
This exhibit has everyone talking, which is great to see,
especially with the coming election. The exhibit has been a
conversation starter, not just on abortion, but also on many other
issues we are faced with today.
Unfortunately, although these images have everyone talking,
there is no doubt that they are offensive. Whether you are
anti-abortion or an abortion rights activist, the pictures are
Certainly the people running this demonstration are aware of the
inflammatory nature of their display. This brings their motives
into question. Just because they have the right to be there does
not mean they need to offend everyone who walks through the Plaza
with gory scare tactics.
There is a middle ground between getting a point across to the
public and offending people. We urge the organization behind the
display to consider not only their own First Amendment rights, but
also the personal rights of every student on this campus.