By Cisco Gonzales, student at Louisiana State University and a 2015 Wilberforce fellow. He writes about his experience with the Planned Parenthood Project at Tulane University.
Intolerance: Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.The word intolerance cannot even be used to describe the students that we encountered at Tulane University last Friday with the Planned Parenthood Project. The weather was perfect, but the environment was hostile. To start off the day, many students approached me saying that they were offended that we were using “Planned Parenthood pink.” I asked them if they read what was on the banners, and they wouldn’t. It is amazing that the fact that we are using pink to display a Planned Parenthood exhibit is offensive. What should be offensive is the fact that 94% of their pregnancy services are abortions – a number taken from their own annual report. Afterwards two students who protested with signs stating things like “I stand with Planned Parenthood“ and “My body, my choice” bombarded us. After getting to speak with the protestors, the female protester said that she was for abortion because it was no different than scrapping off dead skin. The other protestor that I was able to speak to thought that abortion should be legal until viability. I responded “24 weeks or so?” He stated yes. I asked him a simple question: “Is someone who relies on an oxygen tank filled with oxygen more or less human than you or me?” He said he was confused, so I further explained that if you believe that human life begins at viability then those who rely on oxygen or I, myself, who rely on my parents for money for food must not be human. He silenced himself after that. The most interesting part about the whole day was when a girl was reading our display thinking that we were Planned Parenthood. When she finally realized that we weren’t, she ripped up the punch cards and threw them at one of the students. Afterwards, she started running towards the quota banner and tried to rip it. Her consistent handwork to try to rip this vinyl banner was impressive. Within a matter of seconds, we took the banner from her, and she stormed off cussing the world. Overall, the Planned Parenthood project was a success at Tulane University. It caught the attention of many who would not normally converse with us. My favorite story came from a girl that one of our other students spoke to. At the end of the conversation, the girl said “I never thought of it in that way. I guess I consider myself to be pro-life.” It’s days like these where you are happy to be pro-life and working in the movement.]]>