After seeing a poster in the dining hall this week advertising Pro Vita's trip to Washington D.C. to protest against abortion, I recalled other instances where I have seen Pro Vita fliers on the wall beside the Lewis staircase. In the years I have been at Dominican, I remember seeing fliers about people who have lived successful lives and informed the reader that they wouldn't have been able to contribute to society if they had been aborted.
Now I understand that with Dominican being a Catholic university, promoting pro-life is not unexpected with it being an important aspect of Catholic belief. Personally, I see both sides of the argument and I think that each side has a valid argument.
I feel guilty sometimes for leaning more toward pro-choice. I think that women having a choice is very important and they shouldn't be beholden to a religious belief however well-meaning it is. After seeing fliers posted by Pro Vita with pictures of aborted babies (I'm not 100% on this, so if such fliers weren't posted, feel free to correct me), I don't know anyone who would choose abortion over considering the option of having their baby adopted. So either way, don't you think adoption - giving the child a chance - is a better option to not giving him/her a chance at living at all?
But there is no Pro-Choice group on campus when it comes down to it. This controversial issue of abortion even extends to who some people may have voted for in this past election. A friend of mine said that her personal belief supporting pro-life affected her choice for president - that she felt she'd be going against her belief if she voted for someone supporting abortion.
Even the Wellness Center here at Dominican has stopped handing out contraceptives to students in order to support the pro-life belief so central to Catholicism.
I know how controversial the abortion issue is - I almost wasn't sure whether or not to bring this up. Though Dominican is a Catholic university, I'd be surprised if all the students at DU supported pro-life.