In response to a “Rally for Choice” on Thursday, April 4th at Kent State University, Students for Life at Kent State used social media and a prominent rock on campus to ensure that the pro-life message was heard, loud and clear. In fact, the response was so strong that at first the Planned Parenthood group got angry at Students for Life. In response to the Students for Life group mobilizing, one commenter on social media, Dee Acosta wrote, “Alright so how about you go get raped and fall pregnant. Women shouldnt be forced to carry a fetus they dont want or a fetus that has fatal medical issues or was brought in this world in an awful traumatizing way. Women have the right to chose so how about you mind your own business.” This particular comment was jarring for Klara McKee, a leader in Kent State University Students for Life and the Ohio Regional Coordinator for Students for Life, who herself became pregnant from being raped at 13-years-old.
McKee noted that prior to this exchange, the Planned Parenthood group, “did a march through campus with chants such as, “I stand with Planned Parenthood!” as seen on their Instagram page (@ppgaksu) and ended with a Kent State tradition, painting the rock on Main Street.They painted the rock with a simple phrase, “Protect Abortion” with their Instagram handle painted on the ground. This seems like a very strange phrase to post, when they posted a photo in their IG with a pie chart showing “abortion services” as on 3% of all Planned Parenthood does.”
But, McKee noted, Students for Life was not going to let this happen without a response, noting, “Kent State Students for Life’s treasurer, Rachel, noticed this on her drive home from the store the next morning. Members of the group rapidly responded.They all raced to the local Walmart to grab cans of spray paint to correct their work. By 1pm the group had painted the rock with the phrase “Reject Abortion” with their social media handle on the ground.” The rock is often used to portray different group’s points or to promote their events, so neither group vandalized the rock, it should be noted.
But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, there is hope that this will lead to minds being changed to support the pro-life point of view, as a debate is being scheduled for the group. Of course, we hope that the group brings better apologists than the commenters on Kent State’s Facebook page.