For whatever reason, whenever I walk by Planned Parenthood there always seems to be a pro-lifer and a random passerby having an impassioned discussion about being pro-life and vegetarian. The pro-lifer will firmly state that it’s not at all relevant, while the passerby will be yelling at the pro-lifer for not caring about animal welfare. While I’m not one for confrontation, and productive dialogue never happens when the two parties are shouting at each other, as a pro-lifer and (gasp!) vegetarian, I’ve always thought that if one could have a calm, well-reasoned discussion then both sides may learn something.
I was pro-life before I was a vegetarian, but I feel as if the more involved I get in both pro-life and vegetarian work, the more I see that the two movements hold similar values. Vegetarians believe that we should not consume animals for food for a variety of ethical, environment, and health reasons, but the primary reason for many vegetarians is the intense suffering and cruelty farm animals experience in the meat production process. One of-quoted statement in the animal rights movement is “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” We know that the unborn are deserving of rights purely because they are human, but how many times is the question asked of us, why should something that cannot think, has no consciousness, and has no voice be deserving of life? If we would afford such protection to animals, why would we not afford it to members of our own species?
I’m not here to convince anyone to be a vegetarian who isn’t, I just hope that both pro-life and pro-choice can consider the links between the animal rights movement and the pro-life movement, so that next time one of these discussions occurs, each side is a little more enlightened!
As tomorrow, December 12, is the last day to sign up to come on the March for Life, there will be executive board members available in the GSU Link from 3-7 PM to collect the $20 fee from everyone who hasn’t paid yet. You can still sign up here.
The deadline to sign up for the March for Life and pay your $20 is Thursday, December 12. You can sign up here. Stay tuned for details about where to bring the money. If you haven’t paid by Thursday, you are not coming to the March!
As we do every January, BUSFL will soon be traveling to our nation’s capital to join with hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from all across America in the annual March for Life. The March begins on the National Mall and ends at the Supreme Court, where preborn Americans were stripped of their right to life 41 years ago in the Roe vs. Wade decision.
This year the March takes place on January 22. (Yes, we know it’s a Wednesday!) Is it worth missing a day of classes? Heck yes! We will be traveling by bus with the Boston College pro-life club, departing on Tuesday night and returning Wednesday night. A spot on the bus costs only $20!
If you are interested in joining us at this unforgettable event, come to our next meeting Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 PM in CAS B25A. If you can’t make it to the meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that facing an unplanned pregnancy is a scary situation, especially in college. Although it is not easy, it is definitely possible to continue your education once you become a parent. BUSFL is a student group committed to helping pregnant and parenting students succeed in continuing their education by providing resources and support for them and their children. This document is meant to be a starting point for the student or staff member who encounters a pregnancy. While it is by no means all-encompassing, it lists all the resources that we are aware of on campus and in the Boston area that may be helpful.