Baldwin Wallace Allies, an LGBTQ group at Baldwin Wallace University, Methodist college in Ohio, has denied a request for the school’s pro-life group to have a table at Relationship and Sexual Health Awareness fair on Friday, November 3rd.
On Tuesday, October 10, Jamie Yager, Director of Student Activities e-mailed student groups promoting the event sponsored by BW Allies and asking for groups to get involved.
Bryan Istenes, president of Baldwin Wallace Right-To-Life, asked the group if his group could set up a table to talk about the negative physical and mental effects abortion can have on people as well as other options available to pregnant women.
“It’s a sexual health fair, and we wanted to educate students about the physical, mental, and emotional consequences of abortion, in order to ensure students were making truly informed choices” said Istenes.
“The decision by BW Allies continues an unfortunate strain of prejudice at Baldwin Wallace against pro-life beliefs. Just recently, students bragged on social media about destroying the group’s chalked messages around campus” noted Morgan Getts, Ohio Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America. [For reference: http://dev.studentsforlife.org/disturbing-trend-on-college-campuses-attacks-on-pro-life-free-speech-rights/ ).
Jake Knowlton and Vex Cassius, co-presidents of BW Allies told Istenes, “Unfortunately, Allies is going to have to deny your request for a table at this event. Our intention is to promote sex positivity and sexual health awareness, and based on information we’ve seen promoted by your organization in the past, we do not feel as though it would be an appropriate setting for Right to Life’s message…your past installments in the Union do not meet our definition of sex positivity and sexual health awareness.”
According to Istenes, however, the only displays that have been set up by the group in the Union were the Stop the Violence Tour and a poll on the legality of abortion.