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The Real Pro-Life Movement

As many of you may have heard, on Oct. 23, Dr. Barnett Slepian, an abortion doctor, was gunned down in his home in Amherst, New York. As the pro-life voice on campus, MIT Pro-Life would like to denounce publicly the murder of this man. At its very core, the pro-life movement is one of nonviolence. We reject all violent solutions to problems, whether it be abortion itself - an act of violence against a mother and her unborn child - or the targeting of abortion providers.

While we may have found Slepian's actions deplorable, the act of killing him was equally as intolerable for the same reason: No individual has the right to take the life of another. We proceed from the idea that life - anyone's life - is precious. The person who committed this act is not pro-life. Anyone who is truly pro-life would recognize that murder of any kind is wrong, even if the intention is to spare the lives of thousands of innocent children.

The real pro-life movement is comprised of caring individuals who truly value the sanctity of life and who work to support women who might otherwise feel they do not have the option to have their children. We know that vigilante justice will not bring an end to abortion. Only through peaceful, legal means will the laws and hearts of America be changed so that all human life is respected.

Our condolences go out to the family of Slepian. We hope that we shall never see a murder such as this again, as much as we also hope that the tragedy of abortion will cease.

Catherine M. Bambenek G

President, MIT Pro-life