FGCU Abortion rally goes too far for some students
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CREATED Feb. 11, 2014
ESTERO, Fla.- An abortion protest rally on FGCU's campus today accused of going too far.
Students are petitioning the administration, demanding some changes in the way displays are in the public domain.
The images are so graphic and disturbing some students left school for the day.
While many students say they respect free speech, they also claim there are limits.
With a microphone and speakers, students on their way to class are getting bombarded with images and words claiming abortion is genocide.
"It makes you feel uncomfortable. It makes you not feel safe on campus," FGCU student Kaley Dietrich says.
Another student, Mike Malat, adding, "It's pretty disruptive in school to have these big things shoved in your face all the time. I mean you're hear to learn objectively on what you want to learn."
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform has put up a gauntlet of graphic pictures of aborted fetuses next to pictures of German holocaust victims and American Indians.
It's at the center of campus so everyone will have to go past them.
"It's affecting students quite a bit because a lot of my friends know where their family line stops because they were wiped out by the holocaust and seeing this is very hard for them," Dietrich said.
While the images may be gruesome, the organizers defend their actions.
FGCU student Caroline Howard says, "There has never been any change except when people are forced to look at injustice whether they want to or not."
Students aren't asking for the protesters to be removed from campus. They just want the exhibit to face inward, away from the sidewalk, so people can have a choice to look at the pictures.
FGCU student Chris McCartney says, "All in all I feel like activism as a whole is really important and you need both sides of an issue."
Dietrich adds, "Were not trying to limit their free speech, because they do have a right to be here because this is a public university. But we do want students to be able to choose whether they see these images or not."
The exhibit was up for only one day, but the group intends to set up another one next year on campus.