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Prolife challenges to AWS forum on abortion

In recent months, the abortion issue has received much attention via the increased activities of the MIT Prolife Community and the Association for Women Students. In regard to this recent activism, the MIT Prolife Community would like to cosponsor a debate or information session in conjunction with the AWS.being co-sponsors in an open forum. The members of MIT Prolife believe it is crucial to educate people, especially students, on the complexities involved with the abortion issue.

However, after contacting the leaders of the AWS on three separate occasions, offering them our proposal for a fair and open exchange of ideas, they declined repeatedly, offering as one of their reasons their desire not to stifle their recent increase in support, especially for the March for Women's Rights in Washington, DC on April 9. They feel such debates or information sessions only attract and consequently anger people who have already formed strong opinions on the issue, and that people who are undecided or indifferent would not attend. MIT Prolife strongly disagrees, and can back that disagreement with testimony from students who have attended our events with an open mind and unsettled position and have left telling us they have truly reconsidered their former position.

So to respond to the AWS publicly and to the whole MIT community: MIT Prolife is prepared and willing to present our ideas and goals in an environment that is open and founded on mutual respect for the right of an individual to hold a belief in accord with his or her conscience. We will not take a position of security in silence when we see our membership rising, and we will expose our ideology truthfully and without reservation. If the AWS is achieving so much support for their activities, why aren't they willing to talk about what they represent? MIT Prolife challenges every student and member of the MIT community to overcome his or her indifference and apathy on the the abortion issue and to openly confront the reality of abortion -- a policy of annihilation that is responsible for the killing of four thousand new members of our society in the United States each day. MIT Prolife is ready to address each and every MIT community member. Why isn't the Association for Women Students?

Juan Latasa '91 President->

Colleen Daughtery '92 Vice President->

Chris Papineau '90 Assistant Vice President->

Mark Viz '90 Treasurer->

MIT Prolife Officers->